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Playa La Pocita

Puerto Rico

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Local Hangout

Though San Juan boasts impressive beaches right within the city proper, there’s nothing like escaping urban commotion to a place where you can truly let your hair down. Make the short drive east to Playa La Pocita (also called Piñones) on the edge of the Afro-Caribbean town of Loiza, a gathering place for those who love traditional bomba beats and Puerto Rican fried treats.

Come One, Come All

The preferred weekend beach spot for city-dwellers and locals, Playa La Pocita offers lagoon-style swimming, a long stretch of golden sand, and patches of palm trees for protection against the sun’s rays. On busier days, expect to hear the excited squeals of children, plus a little salsa or reggaeton music.

Make the trek to the beach an adventure by cycling along the Paseo Tablado de Piñones, a boardwalk and bike path that starts several miles west near a community center and a cluster of food shacks. You’ll weave through lush wooded areas and panoramic oceanfront stretches.

Fried Feast

Aside from the beach, the town’s many roadside kioskos, or food shacks, are the primary draw to the area. Some line the road across from the beachfront, while others are set up further down route 187. Sample local delights such as alcapurrias, fritters of plantain and taro root stuffed with meat or seafood, or pastelitos, fried turnovers similar to empanadas. Mofongo, a dish of fried green plantains mixed with pork or seafood, is a must-try.

Enjoy a refreshing piña colada or a cold Medalla beer. Water from a freshly chopped coconut, poured over ice, can wet even the driest whistle.

Playa La Pocita at a Glance

City:Loiza

Country or State:Puerto Rico

Length of Beach:1 mile

Access:By car or bike trail

Best time to visit:Late summer/early fall

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November

Facilities:

  • Food and drink at kioskos near beachfront

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • St. James Festival in July

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