Playa Higuero

Often called "Little Malibu," Playa Higuera is home of some of the best waves for surfing in Puerto Rico -- in fact, world-class surfing competitions are often held on these shores. Though the waves are too rough to be conducive to swimming, staking your claim in the sand to watch surfers do what they do best can make for an enjoyable morning on the beach.

Positioned on the western side of the island of Puerto Rico, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that Puerto Rico has plenty of secluded beaches. Of course, some vacationers come to Puerto Rico looking for activity, and are much more likely to visit Playa Higuero, which has a wider range of amenities nearby.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Higuero is accessible at the junction of Calle 413 Ramal and Cil Miramar in Rincon.

Amenities and Ambiance

The shores of Playa Higuero are lined with lush green trees as well as coconut palms, and powdered with dark tan sand. The rough waters, known for their massive 16 foot waves, are aquamarine in hue.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Playa Higuero can be found inside a relatively urbanized region, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Playa Higuero on the West coast of Puerto Rico. Putt Putt Parrot Safari is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found only a brief walk or taxi ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Higuero
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Putt Putt Parrot Safari Miniature Golf Course 0.8 mi. SSW Puerto Rico
Punta Higuero Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.4 mi. WSW Puerto Rico
Maritime Museum Museum 1.4 mi. WSW Puerto Rico
Oceano Sea Glass Art Gallery 2.7 mi. S Puerto Rico
Playa Oesta Gallery Art Gallery 2.7 mi. S Puerto Rico
Galería Éxodo Art Gallery 3.3 mi. S Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Playa Higuero is very close to Rincón, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Rincón, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Playa Higuero, Rincón is just up the road, maybe two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a decent amount of hotels within driving distance. Some of the closest choices have been displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Playa Higuero
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Isleña Inn 0.1 mi. W Hotel
Tamboo Beside the Pointe Inn 0.2 mi. W Hotel
Punta Taino Guest House 0.4 mi. WSW Guest house
Casa Verde Hotel 0.5 mi. WSW Hotel
The English Rose Bed & Breakfast Inn -- -- B & B
Lazy Parrot Inn 0.8 mi. SSW Hotel
Sole Beach Club Inn 1.3 mi. SW Hotel
Blue Boy Inn 1.9 mi. S B & B
The Pineapple Inn Rincon -- -- Hotel
Parador Villa Antonio -- -- Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Tamboo Seaside Grill. The restaurant offers both American and Caribbean cuisines. They are also known for serving seafood.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Higuero
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Tamboo Seaside Grill (787) 823-8550 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.4 mi. W
Kahuna Burger Bar (787) 823-5600 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. WSW
Saltaire Restaurant (787) 823-3756 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.5 mi. WSW
Pool Bar Sushi (787) 823-2583 Japanese Informal 0.6 mi. W
Wine Cellar Cafe (305) 776-7859 International Informal 0.6 mi. WSW
Ode to the Elephants (939) 697-8033 Thai Informal 0.6 mi. SW
Red Flamboyan (787) 823-4508 Caribbean, Spanish Informal 0.8 mi. WSW
Francisco's (787) 823-0101 Caribbean, Creole Informal 0.8 mi. SSW
Mi Familias Pizzeria (787) 823-0103 Italian Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSW
Surf Pizza Wagon -- Italian Very Casual 0.9 mi. SSW
English Rose Restaurant (787) 823-4032 Continental Very Casual 1.2 mi. S
Volkanos Restaurante (939) 242-8639 Caribbean, Spanish Informal 1.5 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Playa Higuero doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you may want to try is Sandy Beach, which is located within a short distance.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Playa Higuero is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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