Puerto Rico‘s dreamy tropical vibe has made it a firm favourite of holidaymakers seeking wildly beautiful sandy shores, intense sunshine and a scenic road trips around the island’s phenomenal reefs and coves. As a destination that offers all this and more at every corner, we’ve fallen head over heels for the beaches of Puerto Rico.
Take a day trip across to Culebra and you’ll be treated to a gorgeous little island that has miraculously managed to evade the overdevelopment seen on the mainland. Here there is very little to get in the way of uninterrupted sun worshiping and swimming. If you want to venture to new depths then check out Culebra Divers, who have been organising scuba trips for over 25 years. After a hard day spent relaxing, visit local’s favourite Susie’s, for a delicious al fresco dinner.
Visit Luquillo for over 400 metres of velvety white sand and enchanting seas, located just 25 miles from San Juan’s airport. Its prime location makes it a favourite among locals and visitors who clamber onto the beach in a bid to soak up the lively yet relaxed atmosphere. If you plan on visiting around Easter time you may even catch some of the native turtles that come to shore and lay their eggs. A great deal of effort has gone into educating the local community about the rich local wildlife and the town of Liquillo also holds an annual Festival del Tinglar or Festival of the Turtles to help increase awareness and promote conservation of the local wildlife.
This beach is a closely guarded secret in surfing circles and it’s no wonder they’ve tried to keep it to themselves. Earning the nickname “˜Little Malibu’ by devoted surfers, Playa HigÃ¼ero frequently tops the list of great surfing spots in Puerto Rico. Conditions are at their best from November through to April, when surfers from all over the world come to practice (and show-off) their skills on the huge swells.
A four to six hour ferry ride from San Juan will deliver you to the petite island of Vieques, a designated conservation area set off the coast of the mainland. Exceptional access to an abundance of wildlife and the ability to visit unspoilt beaches make this a popular breath of fresh of air for city dwellers. The roads are in rough shape and potholes are common, which makes for a bumpy ride, but having the unspoilt shores of Playa Esperanza at your disposal will make it worth the journey. The beach is also the perfect jump-off to discover Cayo Afuera, a small inlet that’s home to a rich assortment of marine wildlife.
This may be a government-run beach but don’t let that put you off; this is actually more of a reason to visit the beautiful Bahia de Boqueron, located in the southwest of the island. Equipped with practical mod cons like public toilets and showers, it’s an ideal spot for families wanting to experience all the natural spoils of Puerto Rico’s impeccable coastline without any hassle. With regular water testing you can rest assured that the crystal clear waters are unflawed and completely safe. Whilst you’re in the area take a detour to the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge nearby, where you can observe local wildlife and visit the acres of salt flats.
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Written by Chantelle Symester