LUQUILLO, PUERTO RICO
Luquillo is Puerto Rico’s best kept secret. Among the locals, it is known as “La Capital del Sol” (The Sun Capital) of the island and is a small, seaside town in the northeastern part of Puerto Rico.
It is nestled between the incredible greens of the El Yunque National Forest to the west and the amazing blues, silvers, and greens of the Atlantic Ocean waters to the east. Only 7 miles to the southeast, you will find Fajardo with its ferries to other, off-shore islands of Puerto Rico (like Vieques) and the famous Bio-luminescent bays.
Luquillo is a popular vacation spot for local tourists and San Juan residents but most non-residents usually just pass right through it without stopping when visiting Puerto Rico. This is unfortunate because Luquillo has a lot to offer. If you follow the coastal highway from San Juan, you will find this beautiful town only 35 minutes from the San Juan International Airport.
Its proximity to all of San Juan’s amenities (like shopping, food, and tours), as well as, nature and eco activities make it an ideal location. Whether you like to relax on the beach, shop, hike in the rain forest, or try great Puerto Rican food you can find it all in Luquillo.
The gentle ocean breezes, warm rains, and the bright sunshine make for an ideal climate in Luquillo. Come visit, catch some rays and to enjoy the waves.
Luquillo sits on 12 miles of Atlantic coast and it has five main beaches. They are unique in that they form a long stretch of sand flanked by Palm trees that goes on for miles along the sunny Atlantic shore. One can literally walk with feet in the ocean for hours without obstruction.
Another unique thing about the Luquillo beaches is that each is different – you can find whatever you like here, large waves for surfing, medium ones for boogie boarding, or gentle ones for swimming or snorkeling. The Monserrate beach has the high distinction of a Blue Flag beach, one of only eight in all of Puerto Rico.
Luquillo’s tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, along with the availability of many rental condos, make it a great and relaxing vacation spot for couples and families.