Luquillo Beach, San Juan
We heard that this is Luquillo Beach - one of the most loved beaches in Puerto Rico (other than the Conde Nast winner: Flamenco), and so I was glad when it was included in the tour we got.
Truly the beach is amazing – it was not cold at all. The waters were just lukewarm and the twins headed off right into the waters and I was running at them, worried that it might be deep but it was only about 3 feet for about a 25 feet stretch. So, they had fun swimming around and building castles in the sand (well, I was the one who enjoyed the sand castle building, hehehe).
We easily got an umbrella for the beach for just $10, and the lounge chairs were just $5 each for the duration of our stay there (until 5 PM).
They also have kayaks available for rent and I think it was just a few dollars per hour. Snorkeling and skin- diving through the living reefs were also available. Expect eels, octopuses, stingrays, tarpon, nurse sharks, squids…
I also bought shirts for 3 for $10 and other inexpenisve toys for the kids. But this beach is also famous for its many food stalls, but you may find some of the food too “fried and greasy” but still okay to have energy for the wonderful beach.
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
Here is a video of the Jumping Family enjoying the beaches
and the rainforest of PUERTO RICO
to the tune of the Flintstones theme song, haha:
PUERTO RICO RAIN FOREST AND BEACHES
If you're staying in San Juan, Luquillo is quieter and feels more remote (although it's not actually that far away). The water was so calm, it was a bit dull. The grounds surrounding the beach area were in poor condition.
Luquillo Beach (Banareio de Luquillo) is a beach located in Luquillo, a town about 45 minutes east of San Juan along Route 3. What I enjoy about this beach is it's crystal clear calm waters which are protected by reef which is ideal for families with young children.
The Banareio has plenty of shade, picnic tables, lockers and showers (at a fee), a few huts for water sport rentals and huts to grab something to eat. Some sections of the beach are much "cleaner" than others and recommend you get there early for the best spots.
The "kiosks" of Luquillo are numbered huts along Route 3 that serve your typical Puerto Rican food. If you have time are hungry or want to try something, I would recommend that you stop here once you are done with the beach.