Up the coast from Pinones Beach, after those dunes we discussed, the area gives way to luxury resorts and with good reason: the beach! Opened in 2009, the Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club features two miles of beach front! Their “St. Regis” hotel/condos will be sharing the Puerto Rican countryside with a magnificent golf course designed by none other than Robert Trent Jones Jr.
And things have been changing at Luquillo Beach. The Wyndham announced their purchase of the 600 room Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa which offers rooms at $459 in the low season, and $689 in high season. With room prices like that, imagine what Luquillo Beach is like?
Just across the bay from the Wyndham is beautiful Luquillo Beach. Some say it’s the nicest “balneario” on this coast. We found over a mile of nice hard fine sand lined by an old coconut plantation. Talk about gorgeous. Luquillo Beach is a Blue Flag facility.
There are lifeguards at Luquillo Beach, along with changing rooms, bathrooms, and a recycling station – nice! You’ll fine shaded picnic areas which also come in handy for the afternoon rain showers that develop off the El Yunque mountain rainforest. Sometimes a nice rain is cooling.
When you think you’ve seen it all, beachfront campsites are available. Now, we did this in Hawaii, and it was a great experience for the kids. Here in Puerto Rico, with the protection of the park, this is a treat. There are rentals for kayaks and jet skis.
One thing that touched us while here was the Mar Sin Barreras program. The name means Sea Without Barriers and these guys have special wheelchairs with balloon tires that make strolling along the beach with your handicapped loved one so very special.
Luquillo Beach – Beach Index:
- Sand – hard packed, nice to walk on, clean
- Facilities – full, a Blue Flag Beach
- Shade – grab yourself a place under the coconut trees
- Sports – full service at the beach, kayak, jet skis, swimming
- Notes – recommended
On the east coast there are spectacular islands with dramatic terrain. We found the best beach on Isla Palominos and it’s Next! >>