It is the quiet calm of plantation life that draws tourists to Luquillo every year, and a big part of the serenity has to do with the fact that there are no big name attractions within city limits. Outside of a beach or two, if you're into exploring landmarks and natural attractions, it will take a quick drive out of town to do so.
There are several beaches to consider in and around the area. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that particular stretch of sand.
Luquillo Beach: Often called Puerto Rico's most popular and even most famous beach, Luquillo is favored by tourists and locals alike. The upside of its popularity is that the beach has excellent facilities, life guards, and plenty of parking as well as a number of food and souvenir sands lining the shore.
A second alternative worth considering is Luquillo Public Beach. Water sports, equipment rentals, camping, and souvenir and food vendors are all available to the public at this beach. Lining the entrance to the beach, visitors will find numerous brightly colored stands offering all sorts of goodies you won't be able to resist. A unique feature to Luquillo Public Beach is its "Sea Without Barriers" program which assists disabled persons with enjoying the water, so everyone can have a great time.
Fortuna Playa: Fortuna Playa is what many would call a "local beach." The area is frequented by locals, and not very well kept, yet still remains a beauty in the grand scheme of things.
Luquillo and the surrounding areas offer plenty of other beaches. For more information on beaches available, click here.
Travelers can explore some other interesting local landmarks nearby.
If the functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you should consider visiting Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse. You can visit the lighthouse on weekends, and tours are available at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Other kinds of landmarks close to Luquillo are summarized in the following table.
|Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse||Lighthouse||6.6 mi. East of Central Luquillo|
|Observation Tower||6.6 mi. South West of Central Luquillo|
|Observation Tower||7.1 mi. South West of Central Luquillo|
One of the more popular outdoor attractions is Juan Diego Falls. <p>Juan Diego Falls is a popular picnicking and swimming spot in the El Yunque National Forest. Several tiers means you can hike a short ways for the rewarding oasis of the waterfall, or take it further to the top for something even more majestic.</p>
Another attraction that you might enjoy is El Yunque National Forest. <p>As the only tropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunque is a prized possession in Puerto Rico. Explore its nearly 28,000 acres of dense forests and rough mountain landscape through their hiking trails, lookout towers, or driving through its main road and simply looking around.</p>
These are just a few of your options. Click this link to check out our page dedicated to natural attractions in and around Luquillo.
Vacationers don't generally stay in Luquillo for its gambling opportunities, but there is one option nearby, Wyndham Rio Mar Casino. <p>Part sports bar, part casino, the Wydham Rio Mar Casino offers guests the opportunity to play a few games, then kick back in the bar with a cold drink and watch the game. Guests making their way around the table games and slot machines enjoy complimentary beverages as well as assistance from a knowledgeable and friendly staff.</p>
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