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.
You will discover a large number of beaches to consider in and around the area. You can click on each beach name to get additional information about that section of the coast.
Luquillo Beach: Driving from San Juan, take Coastal Highway 3 for approximately 31 miles headed east. Exit at Cil Florida and take it to the coast where you will turn at the Kiosks and drive down a small road located behind them. You can park in the Kiosks parking lot, or on the sand.
A second location for beach-goers to consider 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.
These are merely a few of the options. You can go to this article if you want to find out some more specifics.
Guests will experience some other interesting sites to visit close to Luquillo.
If the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you should consider visiting Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse. Set on the grounds of the Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan, a lighthouse erected by the Spanish in 1882 to guide sailors in the dark. It is located on the northeaster point of Cape San Juan, one of the highest points on the island.
The following table lists a few details concerning other kinds of places of interest to travelers.
|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|
Those visitors who like the open air will probably have a pleasant time visiting 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>
El Yunque National Forest is another option worth considering. <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>
Luquillo has a nice selection of nature attractions. For a more thorough discussion of natural attractions in and around Luquillo, check out this page.
Travelers do not usually stay in Luquillo for its gambling opportunities, although there is one such place 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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