Best Beaches

Nov 28th 2011

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For overall best bets on fine sand, good facilities and clean water, head for any of those called balnearios or Blue Flag beaches.

Cruisers spending the day in San Juan's port can quickly get to the  Condado and Isla Verde beaches. Most are crowded, perfect for people watching, ideal for watersports, and near multiple restaurants and shops. Those who prefer a more laid-back atmosphere should check out the shady residential Ocean Park Beach.

On the northeast coast, try Luquillo Beach, about 30 miles from San Juan. This is an ideal beach for families and foodies. The ocean is calm and within walking distance of dozens of kiosks serving all types of snacks, drinks, and full meals.

The southern Caribbean coast is lined with beautiful beaches from Bahia Sucia, near the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, to just west of Ponce. You'll find Playa Santa  draws an active crowd near the town of Guanica, while Las Paldas offers waterfront solitude in the Guanica State Forest.

Surfers gather at beaches in and near Rincon, a town on the western end of the island that has hosted World Surfing Championships. The most active spot for sand volleyball and watersports is Sandy Beach, north of town.

The Atlantic meets the Caribbean at the Rincon Lighthouse on the Sunset Coast. During the winter months, only serious sportsmen can handle the waves at Domes Beach, but the surf settles down April - September.

Families prefer in-town
Balneario Rincon because of the park facilities, calm water, and good snorkeling. South of town, the calm sea washes onto miles of shaded sand. Try Corcega Beach for lounging, swimming, and snorkeling. 

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