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.

Positioned along 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 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, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Don't forget that Steps Beach's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Steps Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the West coast of Puerto Rico. Oceano Sea Glass is one of a few attractions in the region.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found just a short taxi trip or walk away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

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 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

Cities and Towns

Steps Beach is very close to Rincón, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The closest town is Rincón, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Steps Beach, Rincón is a quick trip away, about a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient possibilities are seen 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 -- -- B & B
Villa Confresi Hotel 1.3 mi. SE Hotel
Coconut Palms inn on the Beach 1.3 mi. SE Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Steps Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is The Spot At Black Eagle Restaurant And Bar. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Steps Beach in Puerto Rico.

You might also want to visit Rincon Beach, 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 Steps Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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