Top 3 Beaches, Northeast Puerto Rico
La Monserrate Balneario (often called Luquillo Beach), Playa Azul, and La Pared, each remind me of glimmering jewels; brilliantly stunning, yet each one unique making them my top 3 beaches.
#1 Playa Azul
Playa Azul, flanked to the west by Luquillo Beach and to the east by La Pared. It’s 11:15am. A group of sandcastles rise above the surf. They’re the only indication that someone was here before. Billowing palm trees, its coconuts hanging like clusters of grapes waiting to be plucked cast a partial shadow overhead. Dancing waves break at shore, stretching its finger like tentacles toward my toes, beckoning me towards its depths before the sunburn sets on my skin.Playa Azul for me is like a frail enchantment; I’m mesmerized by its beauty when I’m there and I miss it after I leave. All that’s stressful drifts away with the rhythmic sound of the surf, the salty smell of the ocean breeze, and the warm sand under my feet. All beaches in Puerto Rico are public, but only the Balnearios (government run beaches) have services such as life guards, restrooms and eateries. There are no public facilities here. At Playa Azul the sun and clouds move overhead and the translucent waters evolve from emerald, to turquoise, to sapphire. On days when the water is calm, it’s not uncommon to see snorkelers exploring the reefs which are close to shore. On Friday’s through Sunday’s kayaks can be rented. On weekends and holidays, families are content to picnic, grill, and make a day of enjoying the expansive sand and surf.
La Monserrate or Luquillo Beach is what’s called a Balneario or public beach. Here is where you’ll find bathrooms and changing stations as well as several outdoor eateries. The waters are generally calm, and the beach front is kissed with bright red lifeguard stations flanked by tall, willowy coconut trees. On the weekends spirited local families can be found picnicking and listening to music. The gentle lap of the surf hits the foot of the beach as children run to and fro with their sand pails in hand. One side of the beach is flanked by the majestic towering mountains of El Yunque Rain Forest whose verdant peaks jet up toward the sky, while the other side offers the Atlantic Ocean stretching hypnotically towards the horizon offering peaceful and hypnotic views.
#3 La Pared
La Pared or “The Wall” is where the surfers go. It is where the sea is disturbed by opposing winds and the waves get large and strong. The town of Luquillo recently completed a stunning and colorful mosaic wall separating the road from the beach. It is one of the steps taken to revitalize the area providing visitors and locals with a beautiful promenade to stroll or sit and watch the surfers catch a wave. It’s also where the sea-breeze is invigorating and the area full of spirit making it a place for you to arrange a surf lesson, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy music offered at local venues. On days when the surf picks up it’s not uncommon to see red flags flapping in the wind warning swimmers to stay out of the water, but that doesn’t dissuade me from taking a leisurely stroll along the brilliant shore.
I’m at peace when I’m at any of these top three beaches in northeast Puerto Rico. Each one unique, each breathtaking, each a special place to build a castle in the sand. Share with me your top 3 beaches in Puerto Rico.
Get Social with Boulevards & Byways and like us and follow us at:
Travel Easier. This suitcase is a favorite:
We are a participant in the Amazon Associates, LLC program, an advertising program allowing us to receive fees when you purchase the product above. It does not in anyway add to your cost.