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.

Located toward the northwestern outskirts of Rincón, Steps Beach is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Since Steps Beach happens to be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the West coast of Puerto Rico. It is close to Oceano Sea Glass, which is one of the local attractions.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found a mile and a half to the north-northwest, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the coast, Rincón isn't far off, about a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a decent number of hotels which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest options have been displayed in the following table.

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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Steps Beach; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. The Spot At Black Eagle Restaurant And Bar is one of the closest eateries. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

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

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Puerto Rico, so Steps Beach is just one of your options.

You might also want to visit Rincon Beach, which is located within a couple of miles. 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.

Puerto Rico has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Steps Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Puerto Rico even more memorable.


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