Luquillo Public Beach

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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.

Situated in Playa Azul, toward the center of Luquillo, Luquillo Public Beach is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Active and social travelers will probably enjoy this beach because of its urban location. In fact, Luquillo Public Beach is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and people who thrive in crowds of fellow visitors.

How to Access The Beach

Luquillo Public Beach can be accessed off Highway 3 from Calle A. An asphalt parking lot is available for visitors.

Amenities and Ambiance

On the northeast side of the island lies a golden crescent-shaped beach known as Luquillo Public Beach. The Atlantic waters here are unusually calm because they are protected by offshore reefs. On shore, the beach is lined with tropical palms and backed by nearby mountains.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. You might also have the option to order some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Luquillo Public Beach. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. Luquillo Public Beach is a prominent beach and is well-liked by tourists as well as locals. Weekends are especially crowded but manageable and, of course, the concession stands and colorful vendors are almost always present.

Bear in mind that the area right around Luquillo Public Beach is visited by quite a number of tourists, meaning you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Puerto Rico; the area hosts attractions such as Taller Artistico En Luquillo, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Puerto Rico. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Luquillo Public Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Taller Artistico En Luquillo Art Gallery 0.5 mi. S Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Luquillo Public Beach guests looking for further attractions should consider making the trip to Luquillo, because it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Puerto Rico. From the shore, Luquillo is not far away, about a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Although travelers generally won't find many accommodations in the vicinity, those accommodations closest to the beach can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Luquillo Public Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn 0.4 mi. SE Hotel
Yunque Mar 1.6 mi. W Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Luquillo Public Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is McDonald's Luquillo. This restaurant has a menu featuring American food. They are also famous for their hamburgers. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Luquillo Public Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
McDonald's Luquillo -- American Very Casual 0.4 mi. S
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 -- --
Bamboo Lounge Restaurant (787) 889-1807 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
Bonilla Tacos (787) 889-8765 Mexican -- 0.5 mi. S
Cafe Brisas (787) 889-0410 American -- 0.5 mi. S
Casa Patria Restaurant (787) 439-5447 Creole Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
Chef Wayne At Hacienda Carabali (787) 889-1962 Caribbean -- 0.5 mi. S
Edwin Sea Food (787) 889-1645 Creole -- 0.5 mi. S

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Puerto Rico, so Luquillo Public Beach is just one of your options.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Luquillo Public Beach has you wanting more of the same, consider also visiting Playa Laguna Aguas Prietas, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located four and a half miles to the east. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Luquillo Beach is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Seven Seas Beach, located six miles away. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

You may find that Luquillo Public Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Puerto Rico you might like.


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