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Luquillo Puerto Rico – Your Next Vacation Destination

Why You Should Vacation in Luquillo Puerto Rico

Luquillo Puerto Rico – Your Next Vacation Destination. There’s a relatively undiscovered area of the northeastern ecological corridor of Puerto Rico and it’s brimming with everything from mountain top hikes to beach walks under sweeping fields of palm trees. It’s where you can hear the coqui frogs sing, spot a manatee searching for breakfast, and glimpse a leatherback turtle laying her eggs.

The turtle nests are often roped off to protect it from trampling feet.

Even Hurricane Maria can’t fade the natural beauty of Luquillo and the resiliance of the people who have worked tirelessly to rebuild, many who still remain without power. The impact of your visit will assist in helping the local businesses and residents. It is why you should make Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination and visit today.

Kayaking is a popular activity in Luquillo.

Enjoy a relaxing kayak trip along the shores of Luquillo’s beaches.

Hiking, kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling blend seamlessly with lazy days relaxing on one of the many golden sand beaches.

The ocean changes color throughout the day from turquoise blue to emerald green.

Luquillo Puerto Rico – Your Next Vacation Destination

Luquillo’s Shimmering Beaches

Luquillo is home to a beautiful coastal strip of magnificent beaches: Balneario Monserrate/Luquillo Public BeachPlaya AzulLa ParedLa Fortuna, Mameyes, and La Selva Beach. In addition to the breathtaking ocean views, they provide opportunities for all types of water fun.

Oftentimes my most pressing decision of the day is deciding which of the top beaches in northeast Puerto Rico I should visit.  Spending time on any of  Luquillo beaches is a perfect opportunity to experience the natural beauty of both the sea and the land.

Balneario Monserrate/Luquillo Beach

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.Balneario Monseratte/Luquillo Beach is a beautiful stretch of calm, clear water. El Yunque Rainforest can be seen in the background.

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.

The lifeguard stations at Luquillo Beach are picture perfect with their dazzling red paint.

Monseratte or more often called Luquillo Beach is Blue Flag Certified and is awarded by the Foundation of Environmental Education when a beach meets the stringent standards of water quality, safety, sand quality, and environmental protection. Flanked by a plantation of majestic coconut palms and more than a mile of golden sand and calm surf, this beach is a true beauty. It is one of the most popular beaches with amenities offering food, public bathrooms, showers, parking, and lifeguards. There are also designated camping areas. You can also access the famous kiosks, offering a wide variety of food, at the west end of beach and it is here you can find tour operators offering kayak and jet ski rentals.

Playa Azul Beach

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.

Playa Azul is frequented by locals on the weekends, but during the week you may find that you’re the only one there. The reefs offshore are good for snorkeling.

Playa Azul is a gorgeous crest of surf and sand and is only accessed through a myriad of small side roads. There are no public amenities and only street parking, but the tranquility and beauty make it my favorite.

La Pared Beach

La Pared is a favorite among surfers.

La Pared is where the surfers go and is close to the town center where there are an assortment of great restaurants. If you’ve always wanted to surf, this is the place to catch a wave. There are several surf schools who would be happy to give you a lesson and with a sandy bottom it’s a perfect place to learn. Keep an eye out for turtles nesting. The nesting area will be roped off preventing anyone from walking on the delicate turtle eggs.

Mamayes Beach and Playa Fortuna Beaches

The Mamayes River flows into the Atlantic near Mamayes Beach.

Playa Fortuna is flanked by a grassy field.

These two beaches are most frequented by locals and residents of the area because of the lack of parking and facilities.

La Selva Beach

At La Selva Beach the waves are rough.

La Selva beach is a critical habitat for leatherback turtle nesting and is part of the Northeast Ecological Corridor. It can only be reached on foot from La Pared after a 40 minute hike. The waters are very rough and I don’t recommend swimming, although experienced surfers can often be found catching a wave.

Things to do in Luquillo

Surfing Puerto Rico

Surfing is fun for all ages.

All experts agree: La Pared in Luquillo is the best beach for surfing lessons in Puerto Rico. You can find all the information you need on Surfing Puerto Rico’s website.

surfingpuertorico.com
787-501-SURF (7873)
info@surfingpuertorico.com

El Yunque Rain Forest

Hike through El Yunque Rainforest and enjoy the waterfalls.

If there’s any activity you choose to do when in Luquillo, hiking El Yunque should be at the top of the list. it is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System and consists of 29,000 biologically diverse acres. Over 200 inches of rainfall in some areas is responsible for its lush foliage and abundant waterfalls. The nature and beauty make hiking in the rain forest one of my top things to do in Puerto Rico.

El Yunque has suffered some serious damage during hurricane Maria. There is only access to La Coca Falls at the time of this writing, but is well worth the visit. In the meantime,  check their website for road closures and updates.  If you’re interested, you can read here about what El Yunque was like before the storm. 

Caribali Rainforest Park

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.

Driving an ATV through the lush landscape is a great way to connect with the natural beauty of Luquillo.

This lush outdoor destination in El Yunque mountains offers a go-kart track, horseback riding, mountain biking, and ATVs. It’s a great place to experience the beauty and nature of the rain forest in multiple different ways.

Puerto Rico 992, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico
+1 787-889-4954

Yunke Zipline Adventure

An exhilarating opportunity to fly among and above the rainforest by way of  5 exciting zip lines and experiencing why Puerto Rico is a great Eco-Tourism destination!

http://yzapr.com/contact-us/
787 242-3368
yunkezipline@gmail.com

Las Paylas – Natural Waterslide

The natural water slide at La Paylas is for the adventuresome.

If you’re looking for an “off the beaten path” activity, this one is for you. Amazing rock formations create a natural water slide which can be accessed, believe it or not, in the backyard of someone’s home. Don’t worry. They’re prepared for guests and offer parking for $5 as well as snacks and cool drinks. It’s worth a visit to explore the unique rock formations and enjoy a picnic, even if you don’t venture onto slide.

It’s a little tricky to find:

Take route 3 to road 992 and make a left onto road 991. Continue until you see a sign for Sabana and turn right onto road 983. Follow road 983 until you see a house on the right with a chain link fence around the yard and the words Las Paylas on a sign and mailbox.

Luquillo Beach Yoga

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.

There’s no better way to connect with nature than with yoga on the beach with Jennifer. 

Sit cross-legged facing the ocean. Breathe deeply for five or more breaths, taking in all aspects of your surroundings with your five senses. There is absolutely no better place to experience yoga. Jennifer Forshee offers classes Wednesday through Saturday at 8:30am on Playa Azul Beach, but it’s best to check the Luquillo Beach Yoga Facebook page to be sure.

Visiting the Town of Luquillo – Capital Del Sol

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.

Beautiful Saint Joseph Parish (San José Iglesia Catolica, or Parroquia San José de Luquillo in Spanish)

Luquillo was founded in 1797 and is known as “La Capital del Sol” (Sun Capital). A trip to Luquillo wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the public plaza on Calle Fernandez Garcia.

The first thing that will grab your attention is the colorful Saint Joseph Church. If you can, stop in and admire the wood carvings that adorn the interior. Carvings depicting nature, as well as symbols from other cultures and religions are represented.

It is in this plaza that you will find a few other eateries, the mayor’s offices, as well as Chelos Liquor and Convenience Store. It’s a good place to pick up snacks and cold drinks when heading out to the beach, or for liquor for when you’re in the mood for a refreshing mojito or cuba libre.

Lifelong Luquillo resident, Mar Gomez, promotes tourism for the municipal of Luquillo and runs the Capital Del Sol Facebook page. It’s a great resource for things to do in Luquillo and to find out about the local festivals that take place in town throughout the year. The town also sponsors the bi-monthly Farmers Market.

Mar graciously introduced me to many of the local business owners. Her enthusiasm and passion for Luquillo is contagious. She shared with me, “There’s so much to do here in our beautiful town. We offer a variety of great restaurants, beautiful beaches, and a top-notch surfing destination. If you really want to support our community, the best way to do that is to visit our town and eat at our restaurants and shop at our local businesses…and follow the Capitol Del Sol Capital Del Sol Facebook page. It’s the best way to find out what is going on in Luquillo.”

  • Fiestas Patronales (Patron Saint Celebrations) – March
  • Festival Tinglar (Sea Turtle Festival) – April
  • Luquillo Beach Jazz Fest – May
  • Festival de Coco (Coconut Festival) – September
  • Festival Platos Típicos (Local Food Festival) – December

Visit the Farmer’s Market in town at the Public Plaza

Enjoy local fruits and vegetables at the Luquillo Farmer’s Market.

On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, the town gets together to host a farmer’s market at the Public Plaza of Luquillo.  Enjoy homemade baked goods, hand crafted jewelry, garden grown vegetables, as well as local honey and hot sauces.

Luquillo Puerto Rico – Your Next Vacation Destination

Restaurants in Luquillo

Luquillo has a wide assortment of restaurants offering many different types of food.

The Luquillo Kioskos

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination. Why you should visit today.

Luquillo’s famous kioskos.

Fried snapper is a popular dish at many Luquillo restaurants.

Don’t miss Charlie Sepulveda playing at El Terruno the last Monday of every month.

When lunch time or evening rolls around there’s no better place to relish in the year-round warm-weather by enjoying the open-air restaurants and kiosks serving Puerto Rican cuisine and offering local entertainment.

In Luquillo the kioskos are a famous tourist attraction along the popular PR-3 highway. Offering an array of 60 or more mini beach-front open-air restaurants that run parallel to Luquillo Beach, it is your chance to get authentic Puerto Rican food, purchase a few souvenirs, and try out the water sports rentals. It’s here you’ll want to try mofongo, tostones, arepas, and many other local favorites. You can also order a hamburger or pizza, but why?  When in Puerto Rico eat like a local ! Charlie Sepulveda, the famous Grammy Award winning Latin jazz musician plays at El Terruno, located in the kioskos on the last Friday of every month. Be sure to check out one of his shows.

Boardriders

Enjoy an amazing view and watch the surfers catch a wave while at Boardriders.

Boardriders is an open air beach front bar on La Pared Beach offering bar food and live entertainment most weekend nights.
http://boardriderssurfbar.com/
25 Calle Veve Calzada, Calle Herminio Diaz Navarro, Luquillo, PR 00773
Phone+1 787-355-5175

Lena’s Café

Lena’s offers a diverse menu and plenty of indoor seating.

Lenas Cafe is near the Public Plaza of Luquillo offering sandwiches, breakfast specialties, and more.
http://www.lenascafepr.com/
152 Cll Fernández Garcia, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico
Phone+1 787-953-1111

Pasta Y Pueblo

Enjoy a glass of wine as you savor the view from Pasta Y Pueblo’s rooftop deck.

The mussels and pesto pasta is my favorite dish at Pasta Y Pueblo.

Pasta Y Pueblo is a beach front restaurant with a stunning view overlooking La Pared beach, offering delicious upscale cuisine. This restaurant review gives more details about this fabulous restaurant.
Phone+1 787-435-1771

Rincon De Sabor 

Mofongo is a specialty at Rincon De Sabor.

Rincon De Sabor is two blocks from the Public Plaza of Luquillo. This unassuming local restaurant boasts delicious mofongo. Don’t let the darkened windows fool you into thinking it’s closed. Ring the bell and enjoy the fun souvenir shop at the front of the restaurant.

263 Cll Fernández Garcia, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico
Phone+1 787-556-9760

William’s Pizza

When in the mood for pizza, William’s is the best.

William’s Pizza offers a variety of toppings on their delicious pizzas.
4 Calle Matienzo Cintron, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico
Phone+1 787-889-8762

Yunni’s Pinchos

Pinchos are grilled to perfection at Yunni’s.

Pinchos are grilled chicken, pork, or shrimp on a stick and there’s no better place to get them than at Yunni’s Pinchos.
Puerto Rico 991, Luquillo, Puerto Rico 00773

Brass Cactus

Burgers, steaks, bar food, drinks, and more.
PR-193, Luquillo 00773, Puerto Rico
Phone+1 787-889-5735

EL Flamboyan

Inexpensive open-air bar and grill
PR-193, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico
Phone+1 787-889-2928

Bistro Del Mar

This food truck does not serve ordinary food truck fare. Try the seafood stuffed avocado. You won’t be disappointed.
Calle Herminio Díaz Navarro, 7.1 km, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico
Phone+1 939-269-1978

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Your Next Vacation Destination

Where to Stay in Luquillo

Love.Soul.Beautiful Guest House

I just love the vibrant colors of the outside of Love.Soul.Beautiful Guest House!

This Bohemian-chic boutique 4-bedroom apartment is nestled in the heart of downtown Luquillo. Each room is unique, colorful, and just as full of life as the owner, Molly Jones.

“I love Luquillo, Molly shares. “I want my guests to feel at home and enjoy everything this town has to offer.” The guest house embraces the carefree and relaxed lifestyle of the pueblo in which it resides, yet it’s the attention to detail that Molly provides, that makes this place so special.

The rooftop patio at Love.Soul.Beautiful Guest House is stunning! Just look at that view.

Step out onto the colorful rooftop deck in the front of the guest house and be dazzled with sweeping views of the Atlantic and enjoy gentle warm breezes. The back porch, fitted with an inviting hammock, offers a relaxing oasis with views of the famous El Yunque Rain Forest.

“Our guest house has everything you need. A fully stocked kitchen with gas stove and oven along with a fridge and freezer, and pots and pans,” Molly said. “Make yourself at home! When you come back from a long day of sightseeing take a shower in one of two bathrooms and get ready for a night out.”

12 Cll Miguel Veve Calzada, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico

For Vacation Rentals in Luquillo:

Services by Alana

Visit her website for a listing of great rental properties.
Phone: +1.787.241.8638

Mar Y Miel House Rental

This beautiful house is a tropical oasis!

Private house on the beach that can sleep up to 8 people.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marymielpr/
#3 (1,656.13 mi), Luquillo, Puerto Rico 00773
+1 787-975-0275

Why You Should Visit Luquillo

The effects of hurricane Maria weigh heavily on the local economy and by way of fear in the tourist. Responsible tourism will continue to help Luquillo recover and visiting is the most effective remedy. The local business owners and residents fuel Luquillo’s hospitality and their and dedication to the town they love is graciously passed on to anyone who visits. It’s where anyone who gets to experience this destination is thankful they have.

Comprised of 12 miles of untouched beaches, a myriad of nature based activities, a one of kind rain forest, unique places to stay, and fabulous dining, this relaxing beach escape has everything you’re looking for, from a weekend getaway to a week-long stay.  Discovering the nature and beauty Puerto Rico’s northeast coast you’ll realize Luquillo is a slice of paradise.

It is here you can connect with the natural beauty that surrounds you!

Luquillo Puerto Rico – Your Next
Vacation Destination. Visit today!