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.

Set in Playa Azul, near the center of Luquillo, Luquillo Public Beach is on the East edge of Puerto Rico. You might want whether or not you're staying nearby. Active, fun-seeking vacationers may particularly enjoy this beach because of its crowded, urban location. Actually, Luquillo Public Beach would be great for guests staying in nearby hotels, and people who prefer "city life" to the suburbs.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Luquillo Public Beach is the ultimate convenience. If available, you could also buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Shower facilities are available here, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. 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.

Be mindful that Luquillo Public Beach's location is a popular spot, meaning you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Luquillo Public Beach on the East coast of Puerto Rico; the area hosts attractions such as Taller Artistico En Luquillo, which is a half mile to the south.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found 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

Guests visiting Luquillo Public Beach who are seeking further attractions should think about heading over to Luquillo, since it's not far away and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Luquillo isn't far off, maybe a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels within driving distance, the ones found nearest to the water are listed in the following table.

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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Luquillo Public Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. McDonald's Luquillo is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of American food. They are also known for serving hamburgers. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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

You may also like Playa Laguna Aguas Prietas, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located four and a half miles to the east. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Luquillo Beach is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Vacationers may also want to visit Seven Seas Beach, located not too far away, meaning a short cab ride will get you here pretty easily. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Luquillo Public Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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