A brilliant sunset from Tres Palmas beach, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. 

West

Catch some waves and laidback vibes in Puerto Rico's capital of surfing and sunsets.

Home to some of the best beaches on the Island, the west region is the undisputed surfing capital of Puerto Rico – and the Caribbean – and features the best sunsets on the Island. The feel on the west side is different from the hustle and bustle of the San Juan metropolitan area. Towns here have a more relaxed surfer vibe, which isn’t a coincidence since surfers flock to Rincón from all over to ride the waves at iconic beaches like María’s beach and Domes.

REGION FACTS

Distance from San Juan's airport: 2–2.5 hours

Distance from Aguadilla’s airport: 45 minutes–1 hour

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A woman peers over Guánica Dry Forest from the top of Fuerte Capron.

Peering over Guánica Dry Forest from historic Fuerte Caprón.

Things to Do in the West Region

The west region is ideal for enjoying water activities, particularly surfing. Beginners who want to learn can find lessons in IsabelaAguadilla, or Rincón, and more experienced riders can find board rentals and local advice from area surf shops.

For travelers who prefer to stay on dry land, visit Los Morrillos Lighthouse, the puente de piedra (a natural stone bridge), the salt flats, and a stunning white-sand beach called Playuela, all of which can be found at the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. For hikers, Guánica State Forest offers trails through one of the most extensive tropical dry coastal forests in the world. In Isabela, you can enjoy a horseback ride on the beach and pop into beachfront restaurants to savor seafood, local draft beers, mojitos, and fresh coconut water. Also, be sure not to miss a visit to La Parguera, a quaint fishing village in Lajas, which is a playground for water sports including kayaking and kiteboarding and is home to one of the five bioluminescent bays in the world.

 

View of the private pool from inside a private villa at Royal Isabela in Puerto Rico.

Where to Stay in the West Region

In western Puerto Rico, you will find a variety of accommodation options for every style and budget. There are luxurious properties like Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in Guánica and Royal Isabela, a noteworthy golf course and resort with oceanview villas. You can also choose from casual beachside guesthouses, modest inns, and paradores (small, family owned properties) like Villa Cofresí Hotel & Restaurant and Combate Beach Resort, which is located in a nature reserve steps from one of the best beaches of Cabo Rojo.

Cocktails and fruit rest on a tray in front of Domes Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Where to Eat in the West Region

Head west and discover some of the most eclectic and exciting restaurants on the Island. From charming stands alongside popular surfing beaches to food trucks with diverse offerings to one of the Island's most popular breakfast spots, there are lots of ways to enjoy a meal on Puerto Rico's west coast. You definitely won't want to miss sunset happy hour at one of the many open-air bars and restaurants along the coast in Rincón.

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In Episode 2 of our "Sounds like Puerto Rico" series, we're taking you to the west coast of our Island, where you'll relish in the beautiful views and relaxing vibes, and learn all about the surfing culture in Puerto Rico. You'll also learn some local lingo used among the surfers and Boricuas. Let's surf! 

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