Things to do in Luquillo

Things to do in  Luquillo

Sun capital of Puerto Rico

Luquillo isn’t known as the “Capital del Sol” (“Capital of the Sun”) for nothing—in fact, one of the top things to do in this seafront city, located in northeastern Puerto Rico, is to enjoy some of the island’s most popular beaches. Sunbathers head to Luquillo Beach to relax on the golden sands, sip daiquiris, and groove to the reggaeton that carries on the breeze, while surfers catch waves at La Pared. It’s also just a short trip inland to El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest Service, renowned for its biodiversity and accessible hiking trails.

Top 2 attractions in Luquillo

Luquillo Beach

Puerto Rico’s Luquillo Beach (Playa Luquillo), also known as Balneario Monserrate, is a tranquil crescent famed for its coconut palm trees and long stretch of powdery white sand. Considered one of the island’s best public beaches, the calm waters here are perfect for swimming, wading, kayaking, and other water sports.More

Palomino Island

Palomino Island (Isla Palominos) is a tiny tropical escape boasting clear Caribbean water, white-sand beaches, and a balmy breeze. With not much to do except explore the island’s coral reefs, seagrass beds, and craggy coastline, visitors come to Palomino Island—located east of Puerto Rico—for the ultimate in peace and relaxation.More

Top activities in Luquillo

San Juan Bio Bay Kayak Night Tour with Transport
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El Yunque Rainforest - Drive Yourself & Meet your Guide
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Culebra Snorkel and Beach Tour with Lunch and Drinks
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San Juan Highlight Tour

San Juan Highlight Tour

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All about Luquillo

When to visit

Called the "sun capital of Puerto Rico" for a reason, Luquillo offers year-round sunshine and beautiful weather to accompany its golden beaches and sparkling seaside. It’s popular among visitors throughout the year. Hurricane season generally lasts from June to November, so it’s wise to keep an eye on the forecast and to potentially time your visit for winter to lessen the chance of confronting bad weather.

Getting around

The closest airport to Luquillo is San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which is roughly 31 miles (50 kilometers) away. There are not many public transportation options, and while taxis are an option, a private rental car can be more cost-effective. Luquillo itself is compact and can be explored on foot or by bicycle, while taxis can ferry you to any of the farther-flung beaches.

Traveler tips

Luquillo has a wide range of beaches to suit every kind of traveler. Luquillo Beach is the most popular and easily accessed stretch of shoreline, while La Pared Beach attracts surfers throughout the year and Playa Azul is frequented by locals and is also easy to get to. For a slightly more remote option, head a little bit out of town to La Selva Beach, where you can see wildlife, including nesting leatherback turtles.

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People Also Ask

What is Luquillo known for?

Luquillo is known for its sun-kissed, beautiful beaches—places like Costa Azul Beach, Mameyes Beach, and Fortuna Beach that can be reached in under a one-hour drive from San Juan. The city is also close to El Yunque, Puerto Rico’s tropical rain forest—one of the island’s most famous highlights.

Is Luquillo worth visiting?

Yes, Luquillo is worth visiting, especially if you want to experience beautiful, golden sand beaches and get a feel for local Puerto Rican culture. Besides enjoying Luqillos beaches, nature reserves, and the El Yunque rainforest, you should also get out and dine and drink at the city’s restaurants and bars.

How do I get to Luquillo?

Start by flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city. Luquillo is about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from the San Juan airport. The drive from the airport to Luquillo takes about 30 minutes without any traffic. You can rent a car or take a taxi, shuttle, or bus.

Can you swim in Luquillo, Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can swim in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, at many different beaches. The best beach for swimming in Luquillo is Luquillo Beach, which is also excellent for snorkeling. You can also swim at Costa Azul Beach. If a beach has a red or yellow flag, it’s best to stick to the shore.

Is Luquillo safe for tourists?

Yes, Luquillo is safe for tourists and ideal for families. The safest area of Luquillo is the town center. Most of Puerto Rico is safe for tourists, though you may want to avoid certain parts of Carolina, Santurce, Vega Baja, Bayamon, and La Perla, especially at night.

Is Luquillo beach free?

In most cases, you won’t have to pay to actually step foot on a beach in Luquillo, but you will have to pay for parking. Usually, parking costs around US$5, but this can vary. Sometimes, shower and bathroom facilities cost extra, but this depends on the beach.

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