Steps Beach

Photo Credit: © Leanne Velaquez CC

A part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, Steps Beach is one of the best snorkeling beaches in the area starting in mid-April when the rough waters great for surfing become much more manageable by leisurely swimmers.

Situated in the northwestern outskirts of Rincón, Steps Beach is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby.

How to Access The Beach
A sign directing guests to Steps Quick Lunch Truck off Route 413 at KIM 1.7 is where you'll find the entrance to the beach. People usually park along the street.

Amenities and Ambiance

When the conditions are good at Steps, the water can be smooth and very clear, which is perfect for snorkeling and exploring the elk horn coral that lines the coast. The beach has been named for a set of concrete steps on the beach, and you can use them to walk right into the water. The drop off comes up rather quickly, so pay attention as you wade out to the reef. On shore, the beach is only about 10 to 15 feet wide.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Since Steps Beach is of course located inside an area that sees many visitors, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Puerto Rico. Oceano Sea Glass is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Maritime Museum. This museum is located a mile and a half away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Steps Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Oceano Sea Glass Art Gallery 1.0 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Playa Oesta Gallery Art Gallery 1.0 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Putt Putt Parrot Safari Miniature Golf Course 1.2 mi. N Puerto Rico
Punta Higuero Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.4 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Maritime Museum Museum 1.4 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Galería Éxodo Art Gallery 1.8 mi. SE Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Rincón is the closest town and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Rincón is a fairly short distance away, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

There is a pretty nice range of lodging options to pick from in the vicinity of the beach. The most accessible of which can be seen below.

Accommodations near Steps Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Blue Boy Inn 0.1 mi. NE B & B
The Pineapple Inn Rincon -- -- Hotel
Sole Beach Club Inn 1.1 mi. NNW Hotel
Parador Villa Antonio -- -- Hotel
Tres Sirenas Beach Inn 1.1 mi. SE B & B
Lazy Parrot Inn 1.2 mi. N Hotel
Rincón of the Seas - Grand Caribbean Hotel 1.2 mi. SE Resort
The English Rose Bed & Breakfast Inn -- -- B & B
Villa Confresi Hotel 1.3 mi. SE Hotel
Coconut Palms Inn on the Beach 1.3 mi. SE Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest places to eat is The Spot At Black Eagle Restaurant And Bar. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Steps Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Spot At Black Eagle Restaurant And Bar (787) 823-3510 -- -- 0.0 mi. NW
La Copa Llena (787) 823-0896 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNE
Shipwreck Bar & Grill Rincón (787) 823-0578 Eclectic Very Casual 0.1 mi. NE
Blue Boy (787) 823-2593 International Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Carta Buena (787) 679-2365 Caribbean, Vegan, Vegetarian Very Casual 0.2 mi. N
Steps Quick Lunch (787) 504-7877 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. NNW
La Cambija (787) 568-6702 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. SE
Cafeteria El Balneario (787) 517-0917 Italian -- 0.6 mi. SE
Do Galego (787) 949-8551 Spanish Informal 0.7 mi. E
Fruiti Cream -- -- -- 0.7 mi. SE
Pancho Villa Grill (787) 823-8226 Mexican Very Casual 0.7 mi. ESE
Das Alpen Cafe (787) 233-8009 German, Italian Informal 0.7 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach in Puerto Rico will have lots of options besides Steps Beach.

Vacationers may also want to visit Rincon Beach, which is located a couple hundred yards away. Rincaan is a collection of six beaches that stretches over the Atlantic and the Caribbean, so there are plenty of sights and activities to suit any taste.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Puerto Rico; then again, Steps Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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