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Luquillo is synonymous with 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 sand that continues its gradual slope below the water.

With crowds converging here at weekends and during holidays, Luquillo has always been more about atmosphere than solitude. Many come just for the famous long strip of food kiosks at its western end. Umbrellas ($10) and beach loungers ($5) can be rented near the balneario.