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.

Set in Rio Sabana, near the heart of Luquillo, Luquillo Beach is on the East edge of Puerto Rico. You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying nearby. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will probably enjoy this beach due to its urban location. In fact, Luquillo Beach would be great for guests staying in nearby hotels, and people who thrive in crowds of fellow visitors.

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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Luquillo Beach at all, it's worth a try. Every nation has its own style of cuisine, and Puerto Rico is no different. One of the best places to try local specialties is right on the water. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner.

Facilities like showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are available at Luquillo Beach, so beachgoers can plan on staying here for the entire day.

Keep in mind that Luquillo Beach's immediate surroundings are a popular spot, which means you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Puerto Rico. Taller Artistico En Luquillo is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is a local place of interest.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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 walking the city is a definite option. Luquillo Beach guests seeking other opportunities for exploration should consider checking out Luquillo, which is not far away and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Luquillo is a quick trip away, about a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Luquillo Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may meet visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Though you'll find very few hotels within driving distance, the ones found closest to the shore are listed in the following table.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within a reachable distance. Guava's Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant features Caribbean cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood and steak. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

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

There are multiple beaches to discover in Puerto Rico, of course, so if Luquillo Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Playa Laguna Aguas Prietas, which is generally a pretty popular beach. It is located four miles to the east. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Luquillo Public Beach is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located just a little ways away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Seven Seas Beach, which is 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.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Puerto Rico; then again, a trip to Luquillo Beach could end up a family favorite.


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