Surfing and sunsets — that's what Rincón is all about.
About a two-and-a-half-hour drive from SJU airport, Rincón is a place where visitors can enjoy laid-back vibes, beautiful beaches, and great places to eat.
Known as the "town of beautiful sunsets," Rincón is located on the westernmost tip of Puerto Rico, and takes pride in providing the most breathtaking twilight on the island. During the winter, you might also spot migrating whales along its shores.
Things to Do
Rincón is a hub for experienced and beginner surfers alike, who congregate to catch waves at beaches like María, Sandy, Tres Palmas, and Domes. Domes Beach hosts an annual international surfing competition as well as various beach festivals throughout the year.
If you’re a beginner, there are multiple schools available to teach you how to catch waves safely. If you’re interested in trying other water activities, check out the guided diving tours and snorkeling expeditions.
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve is ideal for snorkeling due to its beautiful corals and diverse marine species along nearby Steps Beach. There you’ll find horn corals, sponges, mollusks, lobsters, bottlenose dolphins, and turtles, among other species. You might be lucky enough to spot a humpback whale during the winter months.
If you’re more focused on relaxation, enjoy a sunset boat ride followed by dinner on the beach.
The Punta Higüero Lighthouse is a major attraction in Rincón. The original structure was built with bricks in 1892, but had to be demolished and rebuilt after the 1918 earthquake. Its intermediate light connects Punta Borinquen Lighthouse in Aguadilla and Los Morrillos Lighthouse in Cabo Rojo.
Currently, the Rincón lighthouse is located in a park that offers visitors benches and viewfinders to enjoy panoramic sights of the sea. From there you can see Desecheo Island as well as Domes Beach, where you can watch surfers catch waves. Stop by one of the kiosks to grab some tasty food, cocktails, or frozen drinks, as well as handmade local products.
Where to Eat
For a memorable experience visit the quaint Cowboys Cantina, an eclectic family restaurant where they serve a variety of tasty cuts of meat with creole-inspired side dishes. It’s more than a name; the restaurant hosts rodeo nights, too.
Food trucks flourish in Rincón, with offerings ranging from South American to vegan food, smoothies, and natural juices. Don’t pass by popular spots like Jack's Shack and Carta Buena.
For breakfast, one of the most popular places is The English Rose, located at the top of a hill where you can enjoy good food and delightful views across the valley and out to the sea. Arrive early or make a reservation to secure a spot at this popular establishment.
Where to Stay
Like other coastal towns in Puerto Rico, Rincón has an excellent variety of unique hotels and vacation rentals with spectacular views.
If you prefer a resort-like location, check out Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel. There are also several eco-friendly properties, such as Casa Verde Hotel, and pet-friendly locations such as Serenity Rincón.
If you’re looking for a hotel with vibrant nightlife, book your stay at Hotel Villa Cofresí and try their famous El Pirata drink, a cocktail consisting of a mix of rums, coconut milk, and cinnamon served inside a fresh coconut. The hotel bar is located steps from the beach, where you can catch one of those famous Rincón sunsets.