Here at AllTheRooms we’re a little bit biased. Our CEO Joseph DiTomaso has Puerto Rican family and there’s no doubt that the island has some of the best beaches in the world. It’s an incredible vacation destination with rainforests, stunning coastlines a vibrant culture and active nightlife. With so many beaches to choose from, we’ve made things easy for you and rounded up the top seven beaches in Puerto Rico. Happy sunbathing!
1. Sandy Beach
Sandy Beach is a stunning bay that has one of the best sunsets on the island, so it undoubtedly draws a large crowd in the afternoon. The bay is lined with hotels and restaurants, making it a great place to ‘set up camp’ for a week or so. Be sure to have your phone or camera fully charged so you can capture the sunset.
2. Flamenco Beach
Flamenco Beach is also located on the stunning island of Culebra. It is a wide, horseshoe-shaped bay with perfectly white sand and turquoise sea. It’s a great beach for families thanks to its warm shallow waters. Bring a snorkel as there are tons of amazing, tropical fish, from parrotfish to ghost crabs. In 2014 it was ranked the third best beach in the world in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.
3. La Chiva
La Chiva beach is located in Vieques, which is an island just off the mainland that makes up part of the Puerto Rican archipelago. La Chiva is a stunning beach where some say you can see fifty different shades of blue in the water. The beach is incredibly tranquil and it would stretch one’s imagination to picture the site as a former target practice location for US Navy pilots. Today, the beach has been reclaimed by the locals and is one of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful spots. The beach has a great marine and sea-life population, so bring your snorkel and explore.
4. Condado Beach
Condado Beach is arguably Puerto Rico’s most famous. It’s lined by some of the island’s top places to stay and eat making it a hit with the elite. It’s a busy beach, with serious sunbathers and a chic-cocktail-drinking clientele.
5. Pinones Beach
Pinones Beach is right by San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, so if you’re visiting the city there’s no excuse not to make a day trip to the beach. It’s a stunning bay with a lagoon, mangroves and a perfectly clear sea. There’s a scenic cycle route leading up to the beach, so why not hire a bike and explore?
5. Isla Culebrita
Isla Culebrita is located in Culebra which is one of the Spanish Virgin Islands that makes up part of the Puerto Rican archipelago. It’s a tiny island that has six small beaches that you can walk between easily. Head to Playa Tortuga where you can see sea turtles nesting. Other beaches on the island are made up of tiny pools and rocky trails. Bring sensible shoes and get exploring.