Playa Luquillo

Playa Luquillo information

admission free, parking $4.50
Opening hours
8am-5pm daily
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Lonely Planet review

Luquillo is synonymous with its balneario, the fabulous Playa Luquillo. Set on a calm bay facing northwest and protected from the easterly trade winds, the public part of this beach makes a mile-long arc to a point of sand shaded by evocative coconut palms. The beach itself is a plane of broad, gently sloping yellow powder that continues its gradual slope below the water. Although crowds converge here at weekends and during holidays, Luquillo has always been more about atmosphere than solitude. With its famous strip of about 60 food kiosks congregated at its western end, it’s also a great place to sample the local culinary culture, including scrumptious surullitos (fried cornmeal and cheese sticks). There is a bathhouse, a refreshment stand, a security patrol and well-kept bathrooms.

You do not have to park in the balneario lot if you want to visit the beach. Playa Luquillo extends at least another mile to the west. If you pull off Hwy 3 by the long row of food kiosks, you can drive around to the ocean side of the stalls and park under the palms, just a few steps from the beach and with more cold beer and pastelillos (fried dumplings) than you could consume in a year.