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.

Located in Playa Azul, just outside the heart of Luquillo, Luquillo Public Beach is on the East edge of Puerto Rico. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of Puerto Rico's beaches are soothing, less-traveled spots along the coast. These spots may be perfect for those who need a break from crowds, but busy vacationers may prefer something a little less out-of-the-way, like Luquillo Public Beach.

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 on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. On some days, it may be possible to buy some food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Shower facilities are available, 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.

Even so, try to keep in mind that while there are definitely (BLANK) conveniences present while at Luquillo Public Beach, it happens to be found inside an area popular for visitors. If you are no fan of busy beaches, it will be a decent motivator to plan your visit out to beat all the other tourists, like coming before the sun it at its hottest. Otherwise, you might miss the opportunity to fully use all the amenities which the beach has on site.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the East coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Taller Artistico En Luquillo, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 additional places to explore might consider going to Luquillo, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Luquillo isn't far off, roughly a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Although you won't find many hotels within driving distance, the ones found nearest to the water are listed 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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is McDonald's Luquillo. This restaurant serves American food. They are also famous for their hamburgers. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

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

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices in Puerto Rico besides Luquillo Public Beach.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Luquillo Public Beach is what you're looking for, consider heading to Playa Laguna Aguas Prietas, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it four and a half miles to the east. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Luquillo Beach is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it not far off the beach at all.

Vacationers may also want to visit Seven Seas Beach, located fairly close-by, which means a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

Puerto Rico has plenty to offer its visitors, and paying a visit to Luquillo Public Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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