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Puerto Rico Beaches Guide

The 7 Best Beaches In Puerto Rico

Last Updated on July 17, 2024 ⋅ Written by Vanessa Howard ⋅ Edited by Laura Schulthies

Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Welcome to Puerto Rico

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is home to excellent white sand beaches that welcome visitors to surf, sunbathe and swim in their waters. Puerto Rico beaches also have excellent snorkeling thanks to the thriving and vibrant reef system. To help you plan your next visit to this beautiful island, we have compiled a list of 7 of the best beaches in Puerto Rico.

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is home to excellent white sand beaches that welcome visitors to surf, sunbathe and swim in their waters. Puerto Rico beaches also have excellent snorkeling thanks to the thriving and vibrant reef system. To help you plan your next visit to this beautiful island, we have compiled a list of 7 of the best beaches in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Beaches

The Best Puerto Rico Beaches

Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Flamenco Beach

Culebra Island

Flamenco Beach is as close to a tropical paradise beach as you can get. The clear and calm water against the ivory sand, shaped like a horseshoe, is truly a beautiful sight. The ideal beach for swimming and unwinding, this location is the very reason people choose to venture outside of mainland Puerto Rico. The coral reefs around Culebra are also considered some of the very best in the Caribbean, making this an excellent place for both diving and snorkeling excursions.

Beach Amenities: Entrance Fee ($2 USD), Large Paid Parking Area ($5 USD For Cars, $4 For Golf Carts), Public Restrooms, Public Showers, Public Changing Rooms, Lifeguards On Duty, Camping Area ($35 USD Per Tent).

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Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Luquillo Beach

Luquillo

Luquillo Beach is known for being one of the prettiest beaches in Puerto Rico. The long crescent-shaped stretch of golden sand is lined with swaying palms. Lapping the shores is a calm stretch of turquoise sea that is great for swimming. As an added bonus, there are lifeguards on duty during the day. The beach also has public restrooms as well as showers and changing rooms. You can also find local food vendors just outside of the beach entrance and surfing lessons are available at a nearby beach as well.

Beach Amenities: $2 USD To Access Restrooms, Showers, Lockers,  Lifeguards On Duty, Food Vendors.

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Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Crash Boat Beach

Aguadilla

Crash Boat Beach is great for surfers of any skill level, although the surf here is not as consistent as some other beaches in the area. The beach is also popular for swimming, but keep in mind there are specifically designated areas for doing so. There are fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities at Crash Boat Beach, particularly north of the pier. It’s a great beach for relaxing and enjoying the soft sands as you listen to the turquoise waters lapping the shore.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Public Shower, Large Parking Lot, Cocoloba Beach Bar, Food And Drink Vendors.

Stay Nearby! Explore Aguadilla Hotels on TripAdvisor

Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Tortuga Beach

Culebra Island

The idyllic Tortuga Beach is only accessible by boat or seaplane, but that makes this white-sand cove one of Culebra’s best-hidden gems. The cove also serves as a home and feeding ground for green turtles. At this nearly deserted beach, you are sure to find tropical bliss, and you can bump into many stunning sea creatures while snorkeling here. Just keep in mind that you will need to charter a boat to get to this beach, but don’t let that stop you from reaching the wonders of this tropical paradise.

Beach Amenities: No Amenities Available, Only Accessible by Boat.

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Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Domes Beach

Rincon

As a true surfer haven, this beach is famous for big wave surfing. Domes Beach is not a beach for beginners, and swimming here is not recommended due to dangerous rip currents. With its turquoise waters and golden sand, this beach is an excellent spot for whale watching during the winter months. It’s a fun beach to lay back and relax, marvel at the skilled surfers during surfing competitions, or even take a horseback riding tour.

Beach Amenities: Parking On And Behind Beach, Ola Sunset Café (Restrooms Available In Restaurant), No Additional Amenities Available.

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Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Sun Bay Beach

Vieques Island

Just eight miles from Puerto Rico’s mainland, Isla Vieques is 21 miles long and five miles wide and is home to a beautiful stretch of sand known as Sun Bay Beach. This is one of the island’s most popular beaches, but this island is also known for its Bioluminescent Bay. There is no need to pack an umbrella for your time on Sun Bay Beach, as there are gorgeous palm trees providing just the right amount of shade.

Beach Amenities: Ample Parking, Public Restrooms, Public Showers, Picnic Tables, Campgrounds, Plenty of Palm Trees to Hang a Hammock, Arenamar SunBay’s Cafe.

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Puerto Rico Beaches
Puerto Rico Beaches

Cayo Icacos

Fajardo

Icacos isn’t just one singular beach, but rather a tiny island known as Cayo Icacos. Trust us, it’s worth the extra effort to reach Cayo Icacos. The tiny island and its pristine beach are only accessible by boat and completely uninhabited. Visitors can expect few frills, but what you’ll get instead is complete peace and solitude from the outside world.

Beach Amenities: No Amenities Available.

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