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30 Best Beaches In Puerto Rico (2023)

Puerto Rico has nearly 300 beaches.

Some of these beaches are considered to be the best in the world. 

I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for over 14 years, meaning that I’ve been to all of the top coastal spots. 

In this article, I will cover 30 beaches in Puerto Rico that you can’t miss:


1. Flamenco Beach – Culebra

Flamenco Beach is an award-winning beach located in Culebra, Puerto Rico. 

Flamenco Beach.

This is a tropical paradise with crystal-clear waters, palm trees, diamond-dusted sand, and an Instagram-worthy abandoned tank.

You can view the exact location of Flamenco Beach on Google Maps below: 

You can learn more about this beach, how to get there and its historic abandoned tank in our article Flamenco Beach – All You Need To Know.


2. Crash Boat Beach – Aguadilla

Crash Boat Beach is a favorite among all Puerto Ricans who visit.

The pier at Crash Boat Beach.

Located on the west side of Puerto Rico, this beach offers clear waters, food kiosks and fun activities such as jet skiing and other water sports rentals. 

Due to the popularity of this beach, it fills up quickly, especially during the morning. If you’re coming from San Juan, I suggest planning the road trip early in the morning. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Crash Boat Beach: 

You can learn more by reading our article Crash Boat Beach – All You Need To Know.


3. Carolina Beach – Carolina

Carolina Beach is one of the best urban beaches in the Caribbean!

Carolina Beach.

Located near strips of hotels, restaurants, and even the airport, this is a famous beach among tourists and locals of Puerto Rico.

Advisory sign at Carolina Beach.

You’ll even find a small water park for children at the end of the beach with a $4 entrance fee.

Water park at Carolina Beach.

This beach is perfect for enjoying the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean without traveling far from the metro area. If you’re staying in Isla Verde, this is the perfect beach.

Here’s how you can get to this beach using Google Maps:

Learn more about the area by reading our guide to Isla Verde – All You Need To Know.


4. Aviones Beach – Loiza

Aviones Beach is perfect if you love to surf.

Aviones Beach.

Located in Loiza, it’s close to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and offers local festivals, music, and delicious local food.

Surfers love coming here. It’s not recommended for beginning surfers, but you can always have fun in the water and watch the pros do their tricks. 

You can visit the beach by following this pin on Google Maps:

Learn more about where to surf in our article 10 Best Surf Spots In Puerto Rico.


5. Balneario del Escambron – Old San Juan

Escambron Beach is a family-friendly beach near Old San Juan’s entrance.

Lifeguard stand at Escambron Beach.

This beach offers the same charm and unique features the beaches on the west coast have, without having to travel to the west coast! 

My favorite thing about this beach is that it allows you to dive with Scuba Dogs.

I once saw a sea horse when scuba diving with them.

Find the exact location of this beach using the Google Map below:

Learn more about top dive spots in our article 30 Best Scuba Diving Sites In Puerto Rico.


6. Playita del Condado – San Juan

Playita del Condado is one of the smallest beaches you’ll ever encounter!

Playita del Condado.

Hence the name Playita (small beach), this is the best family-friendly beach for swimming and relaxing under the sun.

The water is calm and has shallow spots perfect for your kids to swim in and for adults who want to float and enjoy the clear turquoise water.

There is no parking for this beach; you will need to park in the tourist district of Condado and walk towards Puente Dos Hermanos.

You can find directions to this beach by using the Google Maps pin below:

Learn more about the area in our article Condado – All You Need To Know.


7. Ocean Park Beach – San Juan

Grab onto your hats because this is one windy beach! 

Ocean Park Beach.

Ocean Park Beach is a laid-back beach that locals and tourists love to visit to enjoy a relaxing day.

There are plenty of shady spots for relaxing, and it’s famous for water sports like kitesurfing.

Find your way to Ocean Park beach by using the Google Map below:


8. Cerro Gordo Beach – Vega Alta

Cerro Gordo Beach is one of the finest beaches you can visit!

Cerro Gordo Beach.

This beach is very well kept and maintained. It goes through biweekly water quality testing, and provides lifeguards, gated parking, a bathroom, showers, and even a snack bar!

Vega Alta is 45 minutes from San Juan, which is not very far. It has a local city vibe far from the metro area in San Juan. 

Save this pin when you take the trip to Cerro Gordo Beach:


9. Poza del Obispo Beach – Arecibo

This small beach is one of the unique beaches in Puerto Rico.

Poza del Obispo Beach.

The main attraction of this beach is the pool within the beach (La Poza).

This is one of my favorite beaches to visit; the big ocean waves crash into the coral reefs and cause a big, fun splash. 

Here is how you can get to this beach using Google Maps:


10. Jobos Beach – Isabela

This is another beach surfers love visiting.

Jobos Beach.

If you’re going to surf, paddleboard, or tan under the sun, this is the perfect beach for you.

There are beach bars and restaurants for you to visit, so you can sip away into paradise with a Piña Colada in one hand and a pincho in the other! 

Use this pin to find Playa Jobos on Google Maps:

Learn more about the area in our article Isabela – All You Need To Know.


11. Balneario de Rincón – Rincón

This is one of the best beaches on the west coast!

Balneario de Rincón.

The town of Rincón is a favorite among tourists, so it’s no surprise that this beautiful beach is a favorite among anyone who visits. 

The best part of this beach is waiting until 6:00 PM to see the gorgeous sunset to finish the day, an everyday activity many locals love!

You can visit the beach by using this pin on Google Maps:

Learn more about the area in our article Rincon – All You Need To Know.


12. Cayo Aurora – Gilligan’s Island – Guánica

This is an island you need to visit!

Cayo Aurora.

Cayo Aurora (Known as Gilligan’s Island) welcomes you with diamond sparkling waters and Instagram worthy moments you’ll never forget.

It has shallow waters, so it’s easy to swim in, and it’s perfect to snorkel, just don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gear! 

This is not a beach you can drive to; you’ll have to park at a small pier and take a water taxi to get there. The cost is around $10 and there is an extra charge to bring a cooler.

Find the location of Gilligan’s Island on the map below:

It’s recommended to call them for updated rates and hours before arriving; their phone number is +1 (787) 821-4941 


13. Seven Seas Beach – Fajardo

This beach is famous for its camping facilities.

Seven Seas Beach.

Home to the trailer parks and campsites, this is a favorite among tourists too.

Seven Seas Beach is a “blue flag beach,” meaning it promises water quality, service, and safety.

You can visit the beach by going here using Google Maps:


14. Mar Chiquita Beach – Manati

This beach is a natural pool beach!

Mar Chiquita Beach.

This beach is just 45 minutes away from San Juan. It’s a natural pool beach because, along the cliffs, there’s an opening that welcomes the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to rush into this pool, creating a fun beach for the family to enjoy.

Save this pin on Google Maps for your trip to Mar Chiquita Beach:


15. Isla Cardona – Ponce

This is another beach located on a tiny island!

Isla Cardona.

Located in La Guancha In Ponce, a 30-minute boat ride off of Ponce. You can also get a private charter boat to take you to the beach.

I went there for the first time with my father last year on my birthday, and it was a relaxing all-day experience.

To get to La Guanca, you can go here using Google Maps:


16. Politas Beach – Salinas

This is a beach surrounded by beautiful mangroves and perfect for the family.

Politas Beach.

It offers an ocean view bar, bathrooms, and showers. What’s fascinating about this beach is a smaller island, a key, that you can get to walking on foot! 

If you pack a light bag and easy-to-carry cooler, you’ll be able to reach this key by walking over a dune that takes you through this marine path.  

I used to grow up going to this beach many times with my father, and we loved spending the beach day on that tiny island.

There’s a small parking fee to enter the beach, which is about $5.00.

You can get to this beach by following this pin on Google Maps:


17. Guajataca Beach – Quebradillas

Guajataca Beach has a personality like no other.

Guajataca Beach.

This beach includes a beautiful river and a historic railroad tunnel called the Guajataca Tunnel. 

This is a perfect beach to seek peace, quiet and personal time, not so much for swimming. It’s built like a nature lovers playground.

Find Playa Guajataca by using the pin below:


18. La Poza de las Golondrinas – Isabela

This is another family-friendly beach pool the family will love!

La Poza de las Golondrinas.

It’s a shallow beach, similar to Mar Chiquita, with no access to the open sea. This beach is located on the east side of Montone’s beach. With crystalline waters, you’ll never want to leave!

Save this pin before you take your trip to find Las Golondrinas:


19. Domes Beach – Rincon

Domes beach is another beach for surfers to enjoy.

Domes Beach.

Because it’s a surfer-focused beach, the waves are often high and robust.

It’s great to relax and enjoy the day but be careful when swimming. 

This beach is on the island’s west side, about an hour and a half drive from San Juan.

You can reach this beach by driving to this location on Google Maps:


20. Playa Buyé – Cabo Rojo

This beach is perfect for you if you’re looking for calm waters.

Playa Buyé.

When I lived in Mayaguez in 2018, I would always visit this beach with my college friends. It’s a beloved beach town in Puerto Rico.

You’ll fall in love with the stunning scenery and flirtatious waves. It’s a tucked-away gem compared to the other beaches listed here. 

Find Playa Buyé by following this pin on Google Maps:


21. Combate Beach – Cabo Rojo

Combate Beach is loved by locals, and you’ll love it too!

Combate Beach.

You can enjoy a nice relaxing day at the beach during the day, and a fun, festive ambiance at night during the weekends.

It’s family-friendly, with calm waters and shallow areas to enjoy. You can also find local Puerto Rican cuisine at great affordable prices.

You can visit the beach by driving here:


22. Cayo Icacos – Fajardo

Cayo Icacos is a small, inhabited island off the coast of Fajardo. 

Cayo Icacos.

You can only get to Cayo Icacos on a boat and with reservations, but it’s worth every second of your time.

Perfect to swim, snorkel or just lay out under the sun and get that nice Caribbean tan. 

View the location of Cayo Icacos in the map below:

You’ll need to book your tickets first by going here or visiting http://www.


23. La Monserrate – Luquillo

Just by the scenery of this beach, you’re going to fall in love!

La Monserrate.

This blue flag beach meets the highest water quality standards, facilities, and more. 

You have a recipe for a perfect day with lots of palm trees, fine-dusted sand, and perfect sun. 

The beach is currently open Wednesday – Sunday. 

You can visit the beach by following this Google Maps pin:


24. Montones Beach – Isabela

Montone’s Beach is a natural pool with shallow waters perfect for everyone to enjoy.

Montones Beach.

Out of all the natural pool beaches Isabela has to offer; this is the biggest one. 

This is a relatively unknown place for tourists and is crowded by locals; it’s perfect for an authentic Puerto Rican beach experience. 

Find the exact location of Montones Beach by following the pin below:


25. Sun Bay Beach – Vieques 

This is one of the best beaches Vieques has to offer.

Sun Bay Beach.

This pretty beach has all the facilities needed to ensure you have a pleasant day trip. 

To get to this beach, you’ll have to take the ferry to Ceiba, an hour-long drive from San Juan. Once the ferry arrives at Vieques, take a taxi van that will direct you to this beach.

Here’s how to get to the ferry terminal in Ceiba using Google Maps:

It’s highly recommended to reserve your tickets beforehand, you can get your reservations by going here.


26. Balneario de Boquerón – Cabo Rojo

If you ask any local or tourist which is the best beach in Cabo Rojo, they will always say Boquerón beach. 

Boquerón beach offers a unique landscape, full of hundreds of coconut palm trees that makes you think you’re in a postcard.  

You can visit this beach by following the Google Maps pin below:


27. Tortuga Beach – Culebrita

Tortuga beach is located in Culebrita, a small island off the east coast of Culebra. 

Tortuga Beach.

The name comes from all the turtles who would visit the island for feeding purposes.

It’s an excellent beach for swimming and even better for snorkeling.  

This beach also offers excellent hiking trails that lead to other beaches and tidal pools. 

View the location of Culebrita Beach in the map below:


28. Survival Beach – Aguadilla

Survival Beach is the gem of Aguadilla. 

Survival Beach.

This is not a beach great for swimming, but for hiking lovers, you’ll have a splendid reward that awaits you at the end of the trail. 

To visit this beach, you can drive to this location using Google Maps:

Learn more in our article about Survival Beach.  


29. Caña Gorda – Guánica

Caña Gorda is one of the most visited beaches in all of Puerto Rico. 

Caña Gorda.

This beach is famous for snorkeling, swimming, and hiking.

It’s ideal for families to bring their children that offers a children’s play area, restrooms, and lifeguards, and you can find several food vendors to enjoy local Puerto Rican cuisine.

Find the exact location of this beach using the pin below:


30. Poza de las Mujeres – Manatí

Saving the best for last, Poza Las Mujeres is the perfect summer beach to visit. 

Poza de las Mujeres.

This natural pool is a dream come true; with clear water, clear blue skies, and soft golden sand, it’s a favorite among locals and residents of Manati.

Forget your worries and all your cares; Poza Las Mujeres is the beach to relax and have an unforgettable beach day.

You can save this pin before your trip for the exact location of Poza Las Mujeres:


FAQ section

What is the most beautiful beach in Puerto Rico?

The most beautiful beach in Puerto Rico is the award-winning Flamenco Beach, in Culebra.

What is the best beach in Puerto Rico?

The best beach in Puerto Rico is Crash Boat beach.

Which part of Puerto Rico has the best beaches?

The north shorelines have the best beaches in Puerto Rico.


Final thoughts

In this article, I listed the 30 best beaches in Puerto Rico.

It’s impossible to visit all of these beaches in a single vacation. 

However, I recommend that you take a day-trip to visit the following beaches along the north-coast of Puerto Rico’s main island: Carolina Beach, Cerro Gordo Beach, Poza Del Obispo, and finish in Crash Boat Beach. 

If you’re staying in the San Juan area, Playita Condado Beach, Carolina Beach, Balneario del Escambron Beach and Ocean Park Beach are the best beaches to visit.

If you are looking for other fun activities, then check out our article about the 15 best outdoor activities in Puerto Rico.

Article by

Miguel Concepcion

Writer & Editor at PuertoRico. com. I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and have experienced every inch of this stunning island. Growing up in Puerto Rico has helped me truly learn about the rich culture and extensive history this island has to offer. I share my local knowledge in all of the articles that I write.

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The 13 Best Beaches in Puerto Rico, for Any Taste

Nestled in the Caribbean sea, Puerto Rico hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world. White sand, turquoise waters, sea turtles, colorful fishes… I was there for 3 months and I often had to pinch myself to believe that I wasn’t dreaming!

The whole island has about 300 beaches, so I bet you won’t be able to see them all, that’s why I made this guide with the TOP beaches in Puerto Rico, including something for any interest. Whether you want to chill, snorkel or surf, there are countless options in this tropical paradise.

NOTE: If you want to explore many of the beaches I’ll recommend in this post, you HAVE to rent a car. There is no public transport in Puerto Rico, only in the San Juan metropolitan area, so it is really necessary unless you just want to stay in the capital. 

I also included a hotel option for each beach, so you can spend the night in the nearby area. Now, are you ready to explore them all with me? 

Let’s go!


  • If you are in a hurry
  • 1. Condado Beach – top urban beach
  • 2. Ocean Park Beach – best choice for laid-back vibes
  • 3. Flamenco Beach, Culebra Island – best for snorkeling
  • 4. Domes Beach Rincón – a surfer’s paradise
  • 5. Playa Crash Boat – the most vibrant beach in Puerto Rico
  • 6. Tortuga Beach, Culebrita Island – most beautiful beach
  • 7. Playa Sucia – the most pristine beach in Puerto Rico
  • 8. Combate beach – best party beach in Puerto Rico, USA
  • 9. Sun Bay Beach – best beach in Puerto Rico for families
  • 10. Escambrón Beach – closest beach to Old San Juan
  • 11. Jobos Beach – great beach to both chill and surf
  • 12. Luquillo Beach – best beach in Puerto Rico for foodies
  • 13. Isla Verde Park – one of the closest beaches to the airport
  • FAQs about Puerto Rico Beaches

If you are in a hurry

Here is a quick list of the best beaches in Puerto Rico divided by interest:

  • Most beautiful beach – Tortuga Beach
  • Best surf beach – Domes Beach
  • Best beach for families – Sun Bay Beach
  • Best for snorkeling & diving – Flamenco Beach

Here’s a map that will help you visualize where the best Puerto Rico’s beaches are located on the island: 

1. Condado Beach – top urban beach

📍 Location: Condado Beach
🚗 Parking: Free street parking or private parking
🗺️ Closest Town: San Juan
🏨 Recommended Hotel: La Concha Renaissance San Juan

Located in a tourist resort area of San Juan, on Puerto Rico’s northeast coast, Condado Beach is perfect if it’s your first time on the island and you are looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital.

This sandy beach is perfect for just chilling or enjoying some watersports, but it’s better if you don’t swim there (unless you’re very good at it) because the currents are quite strong, especially during winter (November – April).

Condado Beach is fully equipped with sun-loungers, beach chairs/umbrellas, and beachfront restaurants (it reminds me of Miami Beach!)… So you’ll have everything you need to spend a lazy day at the beach after having explored Old San Juan on a walking tour!

2. Ocean Park Beach – best choice for laid-back vibes

📍 Location: Ocean Park Beach
🚗 Parking: Free beachfront parking
🗺️ Closest Town: San Juan
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Numero 1 Beach House

Located between the airport and Old San Juan, Ocean Park Beach is perfect if you want to spend a tranquil day at the beach but you want to avoid the crowds you can find in the most popular beaches like Condado Beach!

The mile-long Ocean Park beach has a very laid-back atmosphere, but offers also many activities and watersports to join, from kite-surfing to paddle tennis and beach volleyball.  

And if after all these activities you get hungry, buy hot crab empanadas from the food vendors or grab a delicious sandwich at Numero Uno Beach Hotel and Restaurant (known as Pamela)!

3. Flamenco Beach, Culebra Island – best for snorkeling

📍 Location: Flamenco Beach
🚗 Parking: Flamenco Beach Parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Culebra
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Aleli Cottages

If you take a 1 hour ferry from Puerto Rico’s Mainland to the magical Culebra Island, you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole world, Flamenco Beach. Here you’ll literally feel like you’re in a movie, at least I did!

This golden beach, surrounded by palm trees and green mountains, offers warm and shallow waters and coral reefs (some of the best ones in the Caribbeans) is the perfect place for diving, snorkeling, and discovering all the tropical fishes.

The beach is also equipped with many facilities: toilets, kiosks, picnic areas, showers, umbrella rentals and lifeguards, so you don’t have to bring anything, just your snorkel!

Culebra Island actually hosts many other stunning secluded beaches, like Zoni Beach, but some of them are hard to reach if you don’t have a boat. If you want to explore them all, check out this 1 day Kayak & Snorkel tour, including round trip ferry tickets from and to Puerto Rico.

P.S.: Only 15 minutes from Ceiba (where you take the ferry), you’ll find 7 Seas Beach, another incredible beach with turquoise blue waters, where you can snorkel or just chill under the palm trees and enjoy the view!

4. Domes Beach Rincón – a surfer’s paradise

📍 Location: Domes Beach
🚗 Parking: Free beachfront parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Rincon 
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Casa Verde Hotel

Are you a surf addicted like me? Then you cannot miss Puerto Rico’s surfer’s heaven: Domes beach, located in Rincon surf town, on Puerto Rico’s west coast, offering turquoise blue waters, golden sand, and great waves for expert surfers.

In fact, with waves up to 15-foot-high in winter, Domes (also called Maria’s beach) hosts yearly surfing competitions. Are you ready to join? 

Even if you don’t surf, this public beach is an excellent spot for whale watching from mid-January to March, or to just chill under the palm trees the whole year!

If you’re already seeing yourself surfing there every day of your holiday, check out this beautiful apartment within walking distance from Domes beach (it even has a private pool)!

5. Playa Crash Boat – the most vibrant beach in Puerto Rico

📍 Location: Playa Crash Boat
🚗 Parking: Free street parking 
🗺️ Closest Town: Aguadilla
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Parador el Faro

If you just want to spend a leisurely beach day with your friends, you should check out Crash Boat Beach, located close to the lazy town of Aguadilla, the perfect place for beach bums!

In summer, Playa Crash Boat gets full of locals and tourists listening to music from their big speakers, drinking beers, and just dipping in the water. Here you’ll find many restaurants and bars where you can have a drink while watching breathtaking sunsets, like the Cocoloba Beach Bar, offering great cocktails, food, and live music. 

But on this public beach, you can also join some fun activities, like snorkeling, scuba diving or playing beach volleyball… and if this is not enouLuquillogh for you, at 20 minutes driving from Crash Boat, you’ll find Survival Beach, where you can follow a panoramic hike on the coast!

6. Tortuga Beach, Culebrita Island – most beautiful beach

📍 Location: Tortuga Beach
🛥️ Water taxi: h30 Water Taxi
🗺️ Closest Town: Culebra
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Club Seabourne hotel

On the west of Culebra (check out beach #3), there is another small and stunning island, Culebrita, hosting the most beautiful beach you’ll ever see, Tortuga Beach (if you’ve seen a better one, please let me know!).

This white sand beach takes its name from the lovely sea turtles that populate its clear waters, but there is an infinite marine life you can explore here (I saw a small shark!), so don’t forget to bring your snorkel!

This is also the perfect place to just lie down on the golden sand, soak up some sun and release all your stress. The only downside is that to reach this remote beach you need to take a water taxi or have a private boat… but the boat trip is actually what I enjoyed the most!

7. Playa Sucia – the most pristine beach in Puerto Rico

📍 Location: Playa Sucia
🚗 Parking: Free street parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Cabo Rojo
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Cozy 1BR Apartment

Located close to the charming village of Cabo Rojo, on Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast, you’ll find an untouched beach framed by almond trees and coconut palms: Playa Sucia, which is all the contrary to what the name suggests (Playa Sucia literally means dirty beach).

To reach the wild and pristine Playa Sucia you’ll need to do a short 10 minutes hike from the parking lot, but it will definitely be worth it! Once there you can just relax on the white sand without the noise of people, swim in the transparent waters or just take in the breathtaking panorama!

NOTE: There are no facilities there, so make sure you bring your own food and drinks if you plan on spending the whole day!

8. Combate beach – best party beach in Puerto Rico, USA

📍 Location: Combate Beach
🚗 Parking: Free street parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Cabo Rojo
🏨 Recommended Hotel: El Combate

Around 20 minute drive from Playa Sucia, you’ll find another unspoiled paradise in Puerto Rico’s southwest coast: Combate Beach, part of Boquerón National State Forest. From here you will see the most incredible sunsets in the island!

But this doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the beach during the day. Combate hosts big reefs to explore, and many restaurants and bars in the close surroundings, which turned it a favorite among younger crowds.

So get ready to just relax on its white sand, go swimming and diving in its calm waves, or join some crazy beach parties on weekends!

9. Sun Bay Beach – best beach in Puerto Rico for families

📍 Location: Sun Bay Beach
🚗 Parking: Free beachfront parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Vieques
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Esperanza Inn Guesthouse

If you’re going to Puerto Rico with your family and you want to spend a relaxing and fun beach day without being surrounded by speakers playing loud music (hard in Puerto Rico) you should hop on a 30 minute ferry to Sun Bay Beach, on the beautiful Vieques island!

This golden sand beach (apart from being absolutely beautiful), stretches over one mile, so you go for long waterside walks, and offers picnic areas, barbecue grills, food kiosks, lifeguards, and toilets… So you will have all the facilities you need to spend some quality time with your beloved ones!

If you want to know more about Vieques and where to stay there, check out this post about the best places to stay in Puerto Rico!

Other must-sees in Vieques are the stunning Playa Caracas, a snorkeling paradise, or Mosquito Bay, where you will see the magical phenomenon of Bioluminescence… interested? Then check out this tour from Vieques! 


Escambrón Beach – closest beach to Old San Juan

📍 Location: Escambrón Beach
🚗 Parking: Beachfront paid parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Old San Juan
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Kasa Skyview

If you are going to spend your whole holiday in Puerto Rico’s capital, you need to check out Escambrón Beach, located just a short walk from Old San Juan: the historical, and cultural center of the Island, and one of the best areas to stay in San Juan!

Escambrón Beach has a Blue Flag award, which means it is easily swimmable: get ready to splash, snorkel or go scuba diving! 

This white sand beach has the same crystal waters as the beaches on the west coast but is surrounded by many hotels and restaurants, so it is more accessible and is also fully equipped with family-friendly amenities, like toilets, showers, food stalls, and there’s even a kid’s playground nearby! 


Jobos Beach – great beach to both chill and surf

📍 Location: Jobos Beach
🚗 Parking: Free Street Parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Isabela
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Parador Villas del Mar

If you are going to Puerto Rico with a group of friends, and some of you are surfers but others just want to chill under the sun, I have the place to meet everyone’s needs: Jobos Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the coastal town of Isabela.

In Jobos Beach the waves break far from the shore, so you can dip in the water, which is low until the waves’ breakpoint, while your friends catch some good waves! 

The beach brims with bars and restaurants where to have a snack, a fresh cocktail or a meal… I suggest Uma Bar, which is also one of the only beach bars on the island with wifi (I had such a hard time finding one!), in case you need to get some work done!

PRO TIP: About a 3 minute drive from Jobos, you’ll find Montones, a super tranquil beach with way fewer crowds, hosting a natural pool (called pool of Manati), which is just incredible and perfect for families with small kids!


Luquillo Beach – best beach in Puerto Rico for foodies

📍 Location: Luquillo Beach
🚗 Parking: Beachfront paid parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Luquillo
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar

Luquillo Beach, located on Puerto Rico’s north coast, is an amazing beach for 2 main reasons: exciting watersports and access to delicious food… great combo, right?

In fact, here you can try kite-surfing, jet skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding, and recharge your energies after all these activities at the many food stalls selling traditional Puerto Rican cuisine (try the fried empanadas and tostones!).

Also, Luquillo beach is only 15 minutes drive from El Yunque National Forest, a must among all the best things to do in Puerto Rico!

13. Isla Verde Park – one of the closest beaches to the airport

📍 Location: Isla Verde
🚗 Parking: On-street free parking
🗺️ Closest Town: Isla Verde
🏨 Recommended Hotel: Latitude Adjustment

If you want to have one last dip in Puerto Rico’s warm waters, or you’ve just arrived on the island and you want to go straight to the beach, the Isla Verde neighborhood is located literally 10 minutes from San Juan international airport!

Ilsa Verde is divided into 3 main beaches: Pine Grove for surfers, the laid-back Alambique, and Balneario de Carolina for families, all offering access to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and to great restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and hotels at walking distance!

🏖️ Best urban beach: Condado Beach
🤿 Best beach to snorkel:  Flamenco Beach
🌊 Best surf beach: Domes Beach
🌴 Most beautiful Beach: Tortuga Beach
👪 Best family-friendly beach: Sun Bay Beach 
✈️ Closest to the airport: Isla Verde 
⬅️ West Coast: Best for beaches
➡️ East Coast: Best for forests/nature

FAQs about Puerto Rico Beaches

🏖️ Which are the best beaches is Puerto Rico?

The best beaches in Puerto Rico are Playa Sucia, close to Cabo Rojo, Tortuga Beach in Culebrita Island – perfect if you want to snorkel, or the laid-back Alambique, in Isla Verde area, the closest area to the airport!

📍What part of Puerto Rico has the best beaches?

The west coast has definitely the best beaches in Puerto Rico, both if you want to surf, like in Domes Beach and Jobos Beach, or just chill, as in Playa Crash Boat!

🏄‍♀️ Which are the best beaches in Puerto Rico for surfing?

The best beaches in Puerto Rico to surf are Domes Beach (also called Maria’s beach), Jobos Beach, and Surfer’s Beach, all located on the west coast and working better in winter.

🤿 Which are the best beaches in Puerto Rico to dive?

The best beaches in Puerto Rico to dive or snorkel are the Seven Seas Beach, Tortuga Beach in Culebrita or Playa Sucia, located on Puerto Rico’s Southern coast .


Well, we are already at the end of this tropical vacation through some of the BEST beaches in Puerto Rico, which ones will you visit first? 

Whether you’re looking for a beach where to just chill with the family, snorkel in crystal clear waters, surf perfect waves or to escape the crowds of San Juan, there is the right place for you here!

Just remember to rent a car if you want to visit these stunning beaches. Puerto Rico doesn’t have public transport, so there’s no other way to move around (unless you want to spend a fortune in taxis). 

I hope you enjoyed my guide as much as I did sharing with you all the dreamy spots I’ve been to in Puerto Rico, and if you want to suggest some more beaches or you have any question for me, please share them in the comments below, I am looking forward to reading them all!

Have an exciting holiday!


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Top 10 best resorts in the USA

Nature has generously endowed the territory of the USA. A variety of climatic conditions from snowy and frosty Alaska to the tropics of Florida, combined with mountain ranges and mineral springs, creates ideal natural conditions for organizing numerous resorts in the United States (there are about 9 thousand of them).

In the USA there are all kinds of resorts, but it can be recognized that only ski resorts can be of interest to tourists spoiled by the Alps. As for mineral springs, all of them, with a few exceptions, have extremely low popularity and are practically inactive. As for swimming in the sea, on the northern coast of the Atlantic it is limited to the season (June-September), and in the Pacific Ocean, due to huge waves and low water temperatures, swimming is generally difficult. Only Florida can be considered as a complete seaside holiday. nine0003

The United States of America, which is at the forefront of world health care, has recently also cultivated resorts of a new direction — preventive care. The so-called healing or medical spa offers doctors and nurses and is a very attractive alternative to traditional cosmetic treatments such as Botox and laser therapy. The emphasis at these resorts is on healthy eating (which is very important for Americans with their love of fast food and a tendency to obesity) and exercise. These preventive spas are gaining popularity, but are still very expensive. nine0003

Captiva Island, Florida.

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Captiva Island was heavily damaged by the 2004 hurricanes, but fortunately the island is now ready to welcome tourists again.

This is an ideal place for a secluded vacation, the sunrises and sunsets on Captiva are so beautiful that they have earned the place the fame of the most romantic resort in Florida.

Puerto Rico Beaches

Are you wondering why the beaches of Puerto Rico are on our unspoken list of the best beaches in the US? It’s simple: Puerto Rico is a territory that freely joined the United States, and if so, it is the place in our ranking! nine0003

The beaches of Puerto Rico are all exotic places with coconut palms and white sands. Among the resorts of the United States, this one stands apart, after all, Puerto Rico belongs to the Lesser Antilles, which means that the landscape here is no longer continental, but island. Puerto Rico is located in the typical tropics, on the one hand it is washed by the Atlantic, on the other — the Caribbean Sea.

The most popular beaches for recreation are Playa del Puerto Rico, Playa de los Amadores and Playa del Cura. All of them surprisingly resemble the heavenly corners of our planet. These beaches are equipped with everything you need, including even breakwaters. The landscape of Puerto Rico is such that it is better to swim here in equipped places, since on wild beaches there is always a risk of injury from corals (it is not for nothing that the island is located in Caribbean waters). The best beaches for surfing are Punta las Marias, Marias Beach and Punta Higuero. For snorkeling and diving, the coast of Vieques Island is suitable. nine0003

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How do I get to the best beach resorts in the US?

From Russia, you can get to any of the listed destinations with a transfer in New York. Local airlines can, for example, fly to Honolulu (Hawaii). Non-stop flights from New York to Honolulu are operated by Hawaiian Airlines and United. Many airlines fly to Los Angeles direct from New York, the number of flights reaches up to 50 per day.

Airlines flying from LA to NY will take you to your destination, from the east coast to the west (United, Jet Blue, Virgin America) in 5.5 -6 hours. You can get to Key West in 4.5 hours, but with a small change in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Flights are operated by United, American Airlines and Spirit. Miami can be reached in 3 hours with American Airlines. San Juan (Puerto Rico’s capital) is also a 4-hour non-stop flight with flag carrier American Airlines. nine0003

Be aware that domestic flights within the US can be quite expensive, especially if purchased at the last minute. It is definitely better to buy tickets in advance. And how to find low-cost tickets from Russia to New York, read our special article: Recommendations for finding and booking air tickets to New York.

  • Getting around the US from A to Z
  • Public transport in US cities: how to get around
  • How to save on accommodation while traveling in the US

Carmel, California.

Carmel is often referred to as the “postcard city”, and rightly so, because the views here are just amazing.

Located on the Pacific coast, in Carmel Bay, it impresses with its Spanish colonial architecture, so there will definitely be something to see and photograph on Instagram on the way to the beach.

Beach resorts USA

Despite the fact that the US is not considered by our tourists as a beach destination, the southern part of the country has great potential for beach tourism, if only because the US is washed by oceans on both sides. Traveling to the USA is a great opportunity to combine several types of recreation at once and diversify your trip, including a beach holiday. Once in the US, do not miss the opportunity to relax on the vast sandy beaches, indulge in water sports and plunge into the idle atmosphere of doing nothing. Today we will tell you about the best resort places and the best beaches in the country. In our selection, both island destinations and continental ones: we debunk the myth that the USA, as a destination, is not suitable for a beach holiday. nine0003

Coronado Island, California.

The beach of Coronado Island is located almost on the very border with Mexico, this resort was previously considered the best in all of the United States.

It is also home to one of the famous attractions — the five-star Hotel Del Coronado, made in the Victorian style. By the way, it was here that the famous film “Only Girls in Jazz” was filmed — although the action of the film takes place in Miami, the views of Coronado are almost indistinguishable from Miami resorts. nine0003

Key West Beaches

Key West Island, located off the East Coast of the United States, is well known in narrow circles, while outside the United States it is little known. Mostly locals rest on Key West, there are relatively few foreigners here. What can I say, even if US presidents prefer to have their «dachas» here.

The beaches of Key West are characterized by long sandbanks, some of the beaches are in the national park, such as Dry Tortugas. However, there are no hotels in the national park, so you can come here only for a day or spend the night at a campsite. The hotel base is located along the Caribbean coast, where Smathers Beach is considered the best beach. The long sandy beach of Smathers Beach, like no other in the US, looks like a piece of paradise Bounty. nine0003

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Los Angeles

Located on the West Pacific coast. The beach industry is organized here like nowhere else in America. The possibilities here are almost endless. This is not just an urban agglomeration. There are certain areas here that are adjacent to the ocean and are considered good for relaxation. These are Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach. Malibu is the perfect place for surfers. Long Beach has a more democratic atmosphere. Visiting Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, you can see a large number of restaurants located on the pier. nine0003

To save money, stay in apartment hotels. Network options are not budget friendly. There are very few hotels available. The best place to look for them is in the Venice Beach area. In particular, you can pay attention to Venice Breeze Suites. It is located directly on the first line. Not far from it is the Wens Beach promenade. The hotel offers apartments with well-equipped kitchens and living rooms. Wifi is free. You can ask the staff for barbecue accessories and have a picnic right on the coastal sand. nine0003

Venice Suites is also on the first line. Near it there is an embankment called Ocean Front Walk. You can relax on the outdoor terrace located on the roof. There are more compact studios, as well as options that include a separate bedroom.

The next hotel — AIR Venice on the Beach almost intersects with the coastline. There are bike rentals and free internet. Guests can stay in studio rooms equipped with everything you need. Some of them are equipped with a separate cooking room. nine0003

Please note! The water here is rarely calm. Yes, the local shores are washed by the Pacific Ocean, but its name does not match its temperament.

We can say that the local waters are ideal for surfing, but not for relaxing swimming. On the other hand, fans of calm backwaters will be able to find a suitable place for a measured rest.

In general, the local population goes to rest in Los Angeles, not only to sunbathe, but also to hang out. Occasionally, East Coast residents move to the West Coast for a perpetual holiday experience. There are always parties and meetings going on here. nine0003


This is perhaps the most popular corner in the United States among our compatriots. The degree of demand is evidenced by the numerous photos published on social networks by Russians. It has a temperate tropical climate. The waters of the Atlantic also warm up well. The warm current of the Gulf Stream enters here, which provides such attractive conditions for guests. You can relax by the sea here all year round. In addition, you can often meet people who speak Russian here. nine0003

Miami has flat banks of sandbars. Public beaches are equipped with the necessary facilities. There are:

  • special outlets;
  • showers;
  • toilet;
  • security system;
  • Possibility to rent sun loungers and umbrellas.

Access to the recreation area is free of charge. At the same time, it is always clean here, as the local authorities keep order well. Miami Beach occupies a key place here. But if you want to relax away from the crowds, South Beach, located a short walk from Ocean Drive, can be recommended. Almost everywhere clean white sand. Good recreation areas are equipped, you can swim without worrying about your own safety. The weather here is excellent, which is why, no matter which beach you choose, you will not be disappointed. nine0003

Compared to the West Coast, Miami is much easier to find budget options. But be that as it may, early booking eliminates many unpleasant moments. Apartments are in high demand. If you look carefully, you can find an option with a sea view and a well-organized infrastructure.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall can be distinguished among the hotels. Guests can swim in the pool, visit the restaurants and the fitness room. The cost of the rooms varies, as does their functionality. In some cases, breakfast can be included in the price. All apartments are equipped with a miniature kitchen. Parking and wi-fi are free. nine0003

Atton Brickell Miami is classified as a 4 star hotel. There is a restaurant, fitness, swimming pool. Nearby are areas where you can leave your car. In another area called Doral, Provident Doral At The Blue is a resort. Here, among other benefits, you can find a spa, sauna. A special grill bar invites everyone to have a tasty meal.

Glass Beach

This glass beach is a symbol of respect for nature. After all, mountains of garbage can be dumped in a heap, or you can use it for good. The object located in California is considered unique because huge arrays of glass waste were once concentrated here. Once about them and these wild places forgot. Perhaps they would have been lying here, but one day the unexpected happened. nine0003

It turned out that under the influence of sea air and water, a certain transformation took place. The landfill turned into a beautiful and original glass beach, tourists flocked there. Now all kinds of souvenirs are made from smooth pebbles. By right, this object can be considered a miracle of industrial human intervention in natural affairs.

Best beaches in the world named

Tripadvisor experts have compiled a list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The rating is based on the reviews of millions of users. nine0003

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On the first line was the beach Baia do Sancho on the island of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Experts noted the crystal clear water, ideal for diving. “When you walk along a small path, you don’t know what to expect. Paradise views like a mirage,” Traveler Reviews quoted Tripadvisor as saying.

Grace Bay beach on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Atlantic Ocean was recognized as the second most beautiful beach. Tourists admire the sparkling white sand and warm gentle waves on this beach. “The water is of such an amazing color that even the heart starts to beat faster,” one of the reviews says. nine0003

Third place went to Playa Paraiso in Cuba. Travelers compare the sand on it with flour — it is so soft. “All you need to be happy is a sun lounger and a glass of pina colada,” one of the lucky ones who visited there is sure.

There are 25 beaches in the ranking. Among them are Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia in Brazil, Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Eagle Beach in Aruba, Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico, Varadero Beach in Cuba, Kleftiko Beach in the Cyclades in Greece and others. nine0003

If you’re looking for a truly memorable beach experience, don’t miss our selection of the best beaches around the world.

Source: RIA Novosti

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