Catch a wave and some of Puerto Rico’s best sunsets while enjoying the laid-back surfer vibes of Puerto Rico's west region.
Home to some of the best beaches in Puerto Rico, 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 of the island is different from the hustle and bustle of the San Juan metropolitan area. Towns here have a more laid-back, 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 Beach.
Things to Do
The West region is ideal for enjoying water activities, particularly surfing. Beginners who want to learn can find lessons in Isabela, Aguadilla, 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. 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 has one of the five bioluminescent bays in the world.
Where to Stay
In the West you will find a variety of accommodation options. There are luxurious properties like the Royal Isabela (a noteworthy golf course and resort with oceanview villas), or more modest inns and paradores like Combate Beach Resort, which is located in a nature reserve steps from one of the best beaches of Cabo Rojo.
Towns that make up this region: Aguada, Aguadilla, Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Hormigueros, Isabela, Lajas, Las Marías, Maricao, Mayagüez, Moca, Quebradillas, Rincón, Sabana Grande, San Germán, San Sebastián, Lares, and Yauco.
Distance from SJU airport: 2–2.5 hours
Distance from Aguadilla’s airport: 45 minutes–1 hour
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