The author sitting on a tree branch on one of the beach in Rincon

9 Best Rincon Beaches in 2023 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

When it comes to beaches, Rincón offers travelers more than eight miles of coastline full of palm-lined beaches in Rincón with clear waters.

Located on the west side of Puerto Rico, this laid-back Caribbean-style city attracts thousands of surfers, divers, swimmers, and beach bums each year. As a Puerto Rico local, every time I visit this tropical paradise I can’t get over it. But, before you continue onto my beach picks, be sure to bookmark my guide to what to do in Rincón if you need more activity ideas.

Now, prepare your flip-flops and swimsuit – these are the best Rincón beaches to visit in 2022.

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9 Best Beaches In Rincón

Rincón Public Beach


View of the empty Rincon Public Beach

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking in front of the beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Villa Cofresi

Rincón Public beach is within walking distance of Rincón’s town center, is easily accessed, and has free parking in front of the beach. This is the beach most local families visit as it has picnic areas, public restrooms, showers, and safe tides most of the year. Adventure seekers can also do water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and paddleboarding.

✈️ First time visiting? Read about all the best things to do in Puerto Rico.

Maria’s Beach


View of the sunrise above Maria's Beach
(photo: Infinite_Eye / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking in front of the beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Lazy Parrot Inn & Mini Resort

Maria’s Beach is another spot with lots of surfing activity. But never fear, even if you’re not a surfer, you won’t get bored. This beach is great for appreciating the scenery, watching surfers, hiking along the shore, dipping your feet in the water, and taking pictures of the Caribbean coast sunset.

🛎️ Need a hotel? These best areas to stay in Rincón are close to all the attractions of the city. 

Domes Beach


View of a surfer having a surf on the wave in Domes Beach

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking in front of Domes museum gate | Best Nearby Hotel: Lazy Parrot Inn & Mini Resort

If you’re here to go surfing in Puerto Rico, you can’t miss a visit to Domes Beach. Famous for hosting an international surfing contest once a year, Domes features strong surf, golden sand, and beautiful scenery – including a non-functional nuclear power plant and reactor in the shape of a dome. The beach doesn’t have any facilities, but it’s a great camping spot.

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Spanish Wall Beach


View of the sunset in Spanish Wall Beach

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking in front of Domes Beach or Sandy Beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Lazy Parrot Inn & Mini Resort

If you’re looking for a nice walk along the beach instead of swimming and surfing, then head over to Spanish Wall Beach. Only reachable from Domes Beach, this beach gets its name from the ruins of old railway trails on the coast. You won’t find facilities though, so bring a backpack with snacks and plan to catch the sunset.

Sandy Beach


View of the Sandy Beach during sunset

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking in front of the beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Casa Isleña

Sandy Beach is the main beach of Rincón and, depending on the season you visit Puerto Rico, you’ll see either swimmers or surfers in these Atlantic Ocean waters. This beach offers plenty of space for an active beach crowd. Although there aren’t any facilities, you’ll find beach bars, hotels, and restaurants close by. Collectors can also hunt sea glass in this spot.

👉 Local Tip: If you’re looking for less crowded beaches, then check out Antonio’s Beach and River Mouth Beach (both are just a short walk from Sandy Beach), which feel more like private beaches with tidal pools.

Steps Beach


The author walking on the sand of Steps Beach

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free, but limited, parking spots in front of the beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Lazy Parrot Inn & Mini Resort

Part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, Steps Beach is one of the best beaches in Rincón. While the tide might be strong (especially during the off-season) a natural rock barrier forms multiple pools along the coast that are perfect for solo adventurers and families alike. When the tides are low, the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve is the best spot for snorkeling and scuba diving in Rincón. The only amenity on this beach is nature itself.

👉 Don’t Forget to Pack: If you’re visiting the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, don’t forget to bring your snorkeling equipment. The ZEEPORTE snorkeling set brings everything necessary for a day of adventure. See our full guide to what to pack for a beach trip for more tips.

Pools Beach


View of palm trees in Pools Beach and the clear blue sky

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking on nearby streets | Best Nearby Hotel: Casa Verde Hotel 

Located between The Spanish Wall Beach and Sandy Beach, Pools Beach is a small beach that attracts mostly surfers but also has a natural pool. Although it doesn’t have any facilities, the beach is quite private and ideal for relaxing under the palm trees while reading a book. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb the rocky point that divides Pools Beach from its popular neighbor, Sandy Beach.

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Córcega Beach


The colorful sky in Córcega Beach at sunset

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free parking in front of the beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Coconut Palms Inn

Corcega Beach is the go-to beach if you want calm waters perfect for swimming. The beach sports a quiet and relaxed atmosphere with blue Caribbean waters where you’ll find other visitors fishing and hiking. There aren’t any facilities or lifeguards on this beach, but you will find restaurants and apartment rentals nearby.

📚 Related Reading: Popular Destinations to Visit in Puerto Rico

Playa Almendros


View of flags in a pole in Playa Almendros
Take a picture with the flags in Playa Almendro

📍 Google Maps | Parking: Free, but limited, parking in front of the beach | Best Nearby Hotel: Coconut Palms Inn

Playa Almendro is a mesmerizing beach hidden behind dozens of luxury villages and apartment buildings on the southern edge of Rincón. Home to turtle nests during the second half of the year, this beach features playful waves, golden sand, and rock formations that come alive during the light of the magic hour. 

👉 Local Tip: During the winter months, the tides on the beaches of Puerto Rico are strong. Before visiting any beach, consult the local weather to know if it’s safe to swim in any given area.

FAQs about Beaches in Rincón

Can you swim in the beaches of Rincon?

Not all Rincón beaches are optimal for swimming. Rincon Public Beach, Sandy Beach, Playa Los Almendros, and Corcega Beach are some of the best beaches for swimming. Domes Beach, Maria’s Beach, and Pools Beach are better beaches for surfing.

Is it safe to swim in Rincon Puerto Rico?

Overall, swimming in Rincón, Puerto Rico is safe. During the Fall and the Winter season, most beaches in Puerto Rico have dangerous tides, but visitors can stick to low tide beaches like Playa Corcega or beaches with tidal pools like Steps Beach and Pools Beach.

📚 Related Reading: How Safe is Puerto Rico?

What is Rincon known for?

Rincon is known as the mecca of surfing in Puerto Rico. The city is also famous for its beautiful sunsets, popular beaches, the international surfing contest in Domes Beach, and the best waters for whale watching in Puerto Rico.


Thanks for reading my complete guide to beaches in Rincón! 

Looking for more things to do in the city? Check out our post on the most popular things to do in Rincón or our complete travel guide to Rincón.

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  1. The first time we came to PR we stayed on the island of Vieques. Beautiful secluded beaches, but sand flea abundant, same with Arecibo. The 2nd time we visited PR we rented a house in Rincon. We have been to Rincon 10 times. Love Rincon

  2. Love the beaches in Rincon, don’t forget to visit El Coqui Bookstore & Caja De Pandora, you will find lots of treasures about P.R.

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