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.

Located on the western coast of the island of Puerto Rico, You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying very close. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will like this beach due to its crowded, urban location. In fact, Playa Higuero would be most convenient for those who are staying in the hotels nearby, and people who prefer "city life" to the suburbs.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Don't forget that Playa Higuero's location is a popular spot, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the West coast of Puerto Rico; it will be near other attractions like Putt Putt Parrot Safari, which is three quarters of a mile to the south-southwest.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found just a walk or cab ride away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

The town of Rincón is close-by and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the shore, Rincón is just up the road, roughly two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of places to stay within driving distance. A list of the closest choices can be viewed 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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Playa Higuero; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Tamboo Seaside Grill. The restaurant serves both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. Many guests rave about their seafood.

The following table provides a list of dining options located 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
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

There are other beaches in Puerto Rico you might like besides Playa Higuero.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Sandy Beach, located a quarter mile away.

Maybe Playa Higuero is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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