Luquillo Beach

Puerto Rico

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

A Puerto Rican Favorite

About an hour’s drive east of the city of San Juan lies Luquillo Beach, a popular, lively beach and a favorite of both locals and tourists. Visitors are mesmerized by its blue waters and by views of El Yunque National Forest far off in the distance. Coconut palms span the mile-long beachfront, providing respite from the sun’s rays.

Though it clearly has all the preferred natural attributes, Luquillo also boasts conveniences beachgoers need, such as lifeguards, bathrooms, showers, parking and equipment rentals of all kinds.

What To Do

Rent snorkel gear and explore the water close to the beachfront — the sea is soothing even if you don’t end up seeing any tropical fish.

You can also rent a kayak at Luquillo Beach and glide along the serene water. Bring some snacks and have a picnic, or choose from the treats vendors offer when they pass by.


Of course, any mention of Luquillo Beach has to include a mention of the “kioskos.” Dozens of kiosks are located on a strip not far from the beach, and these rustic shacks serve as informal dining spots for those visiting the beach.

Seafood, local cuisine, international cuisine, cocktails, beer—it’s all here, and it’s affordable, too. It’s not 5-star dining, but pull up a chair and chat with the owners. You’ll see why these family-owned restaurants are so beloved.

Luquillo Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Puerto Rico

Length of Beach:1 mile

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:April to June - lower rates

High Season:December to May

Low Season:June to November


  • Kiosks (bars and eateries)
  • Rentals: Chairs, umbrellas, kayaks
  • No lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Coconut Festival
  • Typical Dish Festival
  • Leatherback Turtle Festival