Luquillo Beach

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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. The downside is that it can be crowded, and those crowds can leave a mess. Still, when the shores are freshly clean, there is arguably no more beautiful view on the island.

Located in Rio Sabana, near the center of Luquillo, Luquillo Beach is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will like how easy it is to reach Luquillo Beach. More than likely, this beach is near many of the attractions you already plan to visit, since it is located in a pretty major tourist area.

How to Access The 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.

Amenities and Ambiance

Luquillo Beach is lined for more than a mile with coconut palms. The shore scoops out a portion of the coast into a crescent of tan colored sand, and the waters are a striking aquamarine hue. The waters are very calm due to an offshore reef that serves as a barrier between the coast and the strong surf. An old boat ramp juts out into the ocean, providing an excellent jumping of point for snorkelers.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Every region in the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and Puerto Rico is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to sample the local fare is right on the water. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

You'll find showers, picnic tables, and restrooms available at this beach, so you will find all their needs taken care of, allowing for a full day to be spent here.

You should remember that Luquillo Beach is in an area which is highly urbanized, so the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Luquillo Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the East coast of Puerto Rico. It is close to Taller Artistico En Luquillo, which is found a half mile away, and it is a local attraction.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Luquillo Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Taller Artistico En Luquillo Art Gallery 0.6 mi. W Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Luquillo Beach is close to Luquillo, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Guests visiting Luquillo Beach who are seeking some additional excitement should consider heading over to Luquillo, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the shore, Luquillo is a fairly short distance away, maybe a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

While travelers will not find that many hotels in the immediate vicinity, those accommodation options closest to Luquillo Beach can be viewed in the list that follows.

Accommodations near Luquillo Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn 0.4 mi. NW Hotel
Yunque Mar 2.2 mi. W Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Guava's Restaurant. The restaurant has Caribbean food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood and steak. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Luquillo Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Guava's Restaurant (787) 889-2222 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NW
Boardriders (787) 355-5175 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. NW
La Exquisita Bakery (787) 633-5554 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. WNW
Chachi's -- -- -- -- --
Cuti's Coffee & Ice Cream Shop (787) 553-8816 American Very Casual -- --
Ernestina’s Restaurant (787) 526-5701 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Differencia (787) 564-5620 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
William's Pizza Luquillo (787) 889-3330 Italian Very Casual -- --
McDonald's Luquillo -- American Very Casual 0.5 mi. WNW
Bamboo Lounge Restaurant (787) 889-1807 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Bonilla Tacos (787) 889-8765 Mexican -- 0.6 mi. W
Cafe Brisas (787) 889-0410 American -- 0.6 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Luquillo Beach.

You might also enjoy Playa Laguna Aguas Prietas, which is in a pretty active location. It is located four miles to the east. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Luquillo Public Beach is a beach which doesn't see as many crowds. It is located just a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Seven Seas Beach, located five and a half miles away. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

Maybe Luquillo Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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