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 island of Puerto Rico, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying very close. Many of the beaches in Puerto Rico are quiet and secluded, but Playa Higuero offers those same relaxation qualities without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Playa Higuero will be found within an area popular for visitors., many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the West coast of Puerto Rico. It is near some interesting sites like Punta Higuero Lighthouse, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Maritime Museum. This museum is located a mile and a half to the west-southwest, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows some of the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Higuero
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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 close to Rincón, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Rincón is the closest city and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Rincón isn't far off, roughly two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a nice variety of booking options to pick from in the vicinity of the beach. The closest of which can be viewed in the following table.

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
Mar Azul Villas 0.7 mi. S Villa complex
The English Rose Bed & Breakfast Inn -- -- B & B
Lazy Parrot Inn 0.8 mi. SSW Hotel
Blue Boy Inn 1.9 mi. S B & B
Terraces at Rincon -- -- Villa complex
Tres Sirenas Beach Inn 2.8 mi. S B & B


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. Tamboo Seaside Grill is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

The following table provides a list of places to eat near 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
Pool Bar Sushi (787) 823-2583 Japanese Informal 0.6 mi. W
Red Flamboyan (787) 823-4508 Caribbean, Spanish Informal 0.8 mi. WSW
Mi Familias Pizzeria (787) 823-0103 Italian Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSW
Surf Pizza Wagon (787) 236-1042 Italian Very Casual 0.9 mi. SSW
English Rose Restaurant (787) 823-4032 Continental Very Casual 1.2 mi. S
Steps Quick Lunch (787) 243-7141 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. SSW
Carta Buena (787) 679-2365 Caribbean, Vegan, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.8 mi. SSW
Blue Boy (787) 823-2593 International Informal 1.9 mi. S
Shipwreck Bar & Grill Rincón (787) 823-0578 Eclectic Very Casual 1.9 mi. S
La Copa Llena (787) 823-0896 International Very Casual 1.9 mi. S

Other Beaches

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

You may also want to consider Sandy Beach, located a quarter mile away.

Playa Higuero could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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