Home to some of the best beaches in Puerto Rico, the region of Porta del Sol is the undisputable surfing capital of Puerto Rico. Among its 17 towns, Rincón has several of the best surfing spots in the entire Caribbean.
Cabo Rojo’s spectacular coastal cliffs make for some of the island’s most breathtaking beach views while La Parguera, in Lajas, has one of the few remaining bioluminescent bays in the world.
And right before the stars come out at night, any beach on the west coast features some of the best sunset scenes in Puerto Rico. Keep your camera handy!
Porta del Sol is made up of 17 small towns that stretch from Quebradillas in the north to Guánica in the south. This area was the first part of Puerto Rico to be explored by Ponce de León. He founded the town of San Germán in 1508, the second city to be established on the island, before he ever knew of San Juan. Today, the largest city in the region is Mayagüez, the third largest city in Puerto Rico and home to the island’s only zoo. Rincón hugs the west coast and features some of the most famous surfing beaches in the Caribbean. Farther south, Cabo Rojo boasts roughly 2,000 acres of wildlife refuge, dramatic salt flats and some of the island’s most picturesque beaches.
The most famous address in Puerto Rico for surfers, Rincón has more than earned its reputation with beaches like Spanish Wall, Indicator and Steps, to name just a few. This area is also known for its breathtaking beachfront sunsets.
Rafael Hernández International Airport
Porta del Sol has its largest airport in the town of Aguadilla, which direct flights to many cities in the United States. If you’d like to travel directly to the west coast, look for the BQN airport code.
Known as the “Garden of the Atlantic” for its spectacular marine life and sponges, Aguadilla features some of the best surfing beaches on the island. Crash Boat, Gas Chambers, Wilderness and Surfer’s Beach rank among the top surf destinations in Puerto Rico, and the city has hosted numerous international surf competitions. Beneath the waves, an underwater kingdom awaits divers and snorkelers.
Aguadilla Entertainment Complex
Made up of four separate facilities - an ice skating arena, a bowling alley, a skate park, and a water park – it provides fun for the entire family, indoors or outdoors, wet or dry.
Playuela is one of the most picturesque half-moon shaped beaches in Puerto Rico, a secluded treasure on the southwestern tip of the island. Overlooking the beach is the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, which was built in 1882.
Balneario de Boquerón
Boquerón Beach is very family-friendly with picnic tables, convenient parking, gazebos, handicap facilities, accommodations, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, and lots of palm trees perfect for a shaded nap on the beach.
Basílica Menor La Monserrate
Built in the small town of Hormigueros in the west coast, this basilica dates to the late 16th century as a dedication to the Virgin of Montserrat. Its architecture combines Romantic elements and features a bell tower with Arabic elements.
Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge and Salt Flats
The salt flats of Cabo Rojo and the Combate Beach coastline trails are a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge and an absolute paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. This arid landscape, almost an alien world amid Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation and azure beaches, is home to 25 species of migrating shorebirds. In fact, this is the most important point of convergence for migrating shorebirds in the eastern Caribbean. The salt flats are also frequented by over 90 resident and migratory birds and are part of the designated critical habitat of the yellow-shouldered blackbird, an endangered species. Trails available from the salt flats, Combate Beach, visitor centers, and Laguna Cartagena Refuge.
El Palacete Los Moreau, Labadié Castle
Historically known as the Labadié Mansion in the town of Moca, this house inspired writer Enrique Laguerre to write La Llamarada. The property was recently restored as a museum and renamed the "Palacete Los Moreau" in honor of Laguerre’s novel.
Guánica Dry Forest
This subtropical dry forest is very different from the lush rainforest of El Yunque. Designated as a United Nations Biosphere, the Guánica forest is home to more than 600 types of flora and fauna and 48 endangered species, 16 of which are endemic to the island. A visit here includes a trip to the idyllic and unspoiled Gilligan’s Island.
La Parguera is a seafront fishermen’s village where you will find a wide variety of restaurants, souvenir stores, small inns and boat trips to several cays. La Parguera is also home of one of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.
Originally a convent, the Porta Coeli Church is the most famous attraction in San German and is one of the oldest churches in the Americas and the oldest church under the United States jurisdiction.
Rincón Lighthouse & Park
Built in 1922, this lighthouse is situated in a park with great views to Domes Beach and nearby Desecheo island. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset and, if in season, whales swimming by.
Aquamarina, Parador Villa Parguera
Restaurante Hacienda Latina
Tres Amigos, Parador El Faro
Beside the Pointe on the Beach
Casa Isleña Inn
Casa Verde Hotel
Coconut Palms Inn
Cofresí Beach Hotel
Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Courtyard Aguadilla by Marriott
Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House
Faro Inn & Suites
Hacienda El Jibarito
Hotel Cielo Mar
Hotel El Guajataca
Hotel Ocean Front
Hotel Villa Forín
Howard Johnson Downtown Mayagüez
Mayagüez Holiday Inn Tropical Casino
Mayagüez Resort & Casino
Paradise Guest House
Combate Beach Resort
Parador El Faro
Parador Guánica 1929
Parador Turtle Bay Inn
Rincón Beach Hotel
Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel
Parador Villas del Mar Hau
Parador Villa Parguera
La Jamaca Guesthouse & Snack Bar
Lazy Parrot Inn
Villa Cofresí Hotel & Restaurant
Villa Montaña Beach Resort
Costa Dorada Beach Resort
Boquerón Beach Resort
San Sebastián Bed & Breakfast
Posada Qué Chevere
Beach Horseback Ride
Tropical Trail Rides, Isabela
Activities: Horseback Riding
Desecheo Island Scuba & Snorkel
Taíno Divers, Rincón
Attractions: Desecheo Island
Activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Boat Diving
Glass Bottom Boat Tours at Rincón
Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón
Activities: Sightseeing, Sailing
Scuba and Snorkeling at West Coast
Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla
Activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Shine Time Sunset Sail in Rincón
Katarina Sail Charters, Rincón
Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming, Sailing, cruising
Snorkel Express at Rincón
Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón
Snorkeling Charter Trip
Adventures Tourmarine, Cabo Rojo
Attractions: Joyuda Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboard at Aguadilla
Verde Azul, Aguadilla
Activities: SUP,Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Surf and diving Lessons
Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla
Activities: Surfing, rentals, stand up paddleboarding, Scuba diving lessons
Surfing Lessons at Rincón
Surf Lessons PR, Rincón
Attractions: Rincon Beach
Birding Puerto Rico
Snorkeling and Diving in Rincón
Rincón Diving, Rincón
Attractions: Rincon Beaches
Activities: Scuba Diving, Shore Diving, Technical Diving, Snorkeling