Puerto Rico. An exotic vacation destination with seemingly unending white sand beach lines. Gloriously blessed with an abundance of surf, sand, and sun.
What are the best beaches to visit in Puerto Rico?
As is the case the world over, when you are looking for excellent tourist spots, the answer will always include places that are favorites of the locals. Take a look at these recommendations and determine your preferred beach destination for your trip.
When you’re in the mood for some visual enjoyment, Boqueron Beach can give it to you. It’s nearly 4 miles of white sand, and palms swaying enticingly in the breeze. Perfect for peaceful and lazy days spent with friends or family. Or, you can fish, swim, sail, and snorkel.
This public beach is well-managed, compared to those found in most other countries where only the private resort-types can boast of clean surroundings and facilities (well, at least it’s clean until careless people start littering).
Boquerón Beach has all the basic tourist requirements:
• canteeen and small general purpose shop
• shower stalls and bathrooms
• grilling spots and picnic tables
Ocean Park Beach
Ocean Park Beach in the Santurce district is more of a high-end resort that is often visited by classy locals of San Juan. Tourists are a mixed bunch, but most of those who come to swim or snorkel are single.
Young adults seem to have marked this beach as their territory. Kayaking is a popular activity, as is getting a happy buzz at the on site bars. If you’re single and want to mingle, head on to Ocean Park. The crowd is cool, and doesn’t discriminate about sexual orientation.
This one is ideally situated between Condado and Miramar (neighborhoods in Santurce), and is perfect for windsurfing. The average depth of this swimming spot is 10 meters, and the deepest area has been recorded at 36 feet. As a lagoon, salinity is not that high, because fresh water from inland water sources such as rivers, mixes with the oceanic salt water.
If you’re a nature tripper and you’re interested in seeing endangered species beyond textbooks or what’s online, Condado can meet both needs. It’s home to the:
• Antillean Manatee
• Brown Pelican
• Magnificent frigatebird
Get your waterproof camera ready!
Playa La Jungla
This curiously named beach (“La Jungla” is Spanish for “The Jungle”) is home to numerous mangroves. Most of the time, it is crystal clear water that laps ashore, and that’s not surprising, considering it is mostly only locals and tourists who “share the secret” who frequent this often isolated beach (it only gets a lot of tourist noise and presence during weekends or holidays).
For the times when you want to be reflective or simply commune with nature on weekdays, La Jungla awaits.
Surf’s up! Although Rincón is known to be a laidback municipality, the area encompasses beaches famed for their waves such as Tres Palmas, Pools Beach, Marias, and Sandy Beach. Waves of the Rincón during winter can go as high as 20 feet or so, which makes it a sheer delight for surfers.
When the waves are tamer and smaller in summer, other water sports such as snorkeling and windsurfing also take hold of the vacationing crowd.