Rincón, Puerto Rico (2022 Guide) – All You Need To Know

Rincón is a popular destination in Puerto Rico. 

The Corona Pro Surf Circuit takes place in Rincón, which is known as “The town of beautiful sunsets.” 

After spending 22 years in Puerto Rico and going on my fair share of road trips, I award Rincón the #1 beach destination.

In this article, you will learn all you need to know about Rincón:

What is Rincón?
Where is Rincón located?
How far is Rincón from the airport?
What is the best way to get to Rincón from San Juan?
What is Rincón Puerto Rico known for?
Can you surf in Rincón?
Is Rincón Puerto Rico nice?
Is Rincón Puerto Rico worth visiting?
Other frequently asked questions

 

What is Rincón?

Rincón means ‘corner’ which perfectly describes the town’s angular shape pointing into the Caribbean Sea. 

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An aerial view of Rincon and its historic lighthouse.

But the name actually comes from Don Gonzalo de Rincón. In the 1500’s, he worked as a butler for Don Tomás de Castellano who was a well-known landowner.

He left his lands to Don Gonzalo de Rincón before he died.

When the town was officially founded in the 1700’s, it was named Santa Rosa de Rincón as a thank you to Don Gonzalo for letting families settle on his inherited lands. The name was later shortened to Rincón. 

Check out the video below of Rincón:

 

Where is Rincón located?

Rincón is located on the northwest-side of the island, next to the towns of Añasco and Aguada. 

A map showing the location of Rincón, Puerto Rico.

It covers the coastline of the farthest tip west of Puerto Rico. 

Below is a Google Map showing the location of Rincón:

 

How far is Rincón from the airport?

The driving route to Rincón from Luis Muños Marín Airport in San Juan is just under three hours but completely worth it.

Many visitors fly directly into Aguadilla’s international airport.

There is also another international airport located thirty minutes north of Rincón in Aguadilla.

 

What is the best way to get to Rincón from San Juan?

I recommend going to Rincón through the north side.

San Juan is also located in the north, and this route has beautiful views when you pass through the town of Quebradillas. 

Below is a Google Map showing best way to get to Rincón: 

Friendly advice, avoid rush hour which is from 5 pm -7 pm.  

 

What is Rincón Puerto Rico known for?

Rincón is known for its beaches.

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The Rincón coastline is perfect for beach days.

Even us locals admire them.

I’m from Humacao, which is all the way on the other side of the island, and I don’t mind the 3 hour road trip. 

It’s worth it. 

Walking on the beach near Tres Sirenas Beach Inn.

There are about 15 beaches to choose from. How do you know which one to go to? It all depends on what activities you wish to enjoy. 

If you want to relax, tan and swim in the ocean, I recommend Playa los Almendros or Playa Córcega. Both have gentle waters and a relaxing ambience.

Friendly tip: bring your own food, drinks, beach chairs and umbrella. 

Now, if you want to catch some waves, read below. 

 

Can you surf in Rincón?

100% – It’s known as the capital of surfing for a reason. 

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Domes Beach.

If you want to surf like the locals there are a couple of beaches to choose from. These are Playa Domes, Playa Tres Palmas and Playa Marias.  

Each one has different characteristics. 

The most popular one is Playa Domes or Domes Beach. It’s located next to the Punta Higuero Lighthouse and a Nuclear Reactor named “domes” (don’t worry, it’s inactive).

Playa Domes has hosted surfing competitions such as the Corona Pro Surf Circuit. That’s how tubular it is. After a day of surfing under the sun, you can recharge with the restaurants nearby. 

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The famous steps of Steps Beach.

Playa Tres Palmas is also known as “Steps Beach” because of the concrete steps that are in the sand (a great photo opportunity).

In the summer, it’s great for snorkeling because of visible coral reefs and marine life.

But, in the winter time, you’ll find the surfers. The waves swell too high for swimmers.

Steps also offers places to eat close by. 

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Learn to surf at Maria’s Beach.

Lastly, Playa Maria is a great option for people who want to learn how to surf.

They give surfing lessons and you can rent surf boards from nearby vendors.

Fun fact, the beach hosted the 1968 World’s Surfing Championship where surfers would camp out behind a women’s house named Doña Maria. That’s where the name Playa Maria comes from. 

If you are looking for other surfing spots, then check out our article about the 10 best surf spots in Puerto Rico.

 

Is Rincón Puerto Rico nice?

Yes! Rincón is a very nice town. 

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A couple enjoying the sunset over the ocean in Rincón.

It’s the best place to get away from the pressures of everyday life.

Once you enter the west side of the island, you feel like you’re in another world.

All mellow vibes with no rush. You will be on what we locals call, island time. 

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Surfing in Rincón, with views of Desecheo island in the background.

Surfing is the main attraction but there is so much more to enjoy, like the local cuisine.

I celebrated my 25th birthday at Rincón Beer Company where they sell their own beers and tasty Puerto Rican bar food. 

The plaza comes alive every Thursday night at art walk, and event that showcases local artisans, and on Sunday mornings at the farmers market. 

The nicest part of Rincón is the people. They welcome you with open arms and make you feel right at home. 

 

Is Rincón Puerto Rico worth visiting?

Definitely!

Rincón’s sunsets alone are worth visiting. 

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Watching the sunsets in Rincón is a local’s favorite past time.

I worked in a boutique on the east side of the island.

Whenever tourists asked me, “What else should we do on vacation?”

I always answered, “Go visit the west side, especially the beaches of Rincón.” 

image of "Welcome to Rincón" sign 
“Welcome to Rincón” sign.

Since it’s far from the San Juan airport, tourists may overlook visiting the west of Puerto Rico. 

And they shouldn’t.  

San Juan is the capital city filled with history, but Rincón is the beach town filled with tranquility, snorkeling, surfing, sunkissed tans, and sunsets. 

All you need for your vacation in paradise. 

 

 

FAQ section

Can you walk around Rincón?

There are walkable areas in Rincón, such as the town center. But overall, the best way to get around Rincón is by car.

When is the best time to go to Rincón?

October and November are the least crowded, while winter is best for surfing. Late winter and spring have the most sun, and summer is best for snorkeling.

 

Final thoughts

If you’re vacationing in Puerto Rico, then Rincón should be one of your stops. 

Rincón has some of the most famous beaches on the island. Check out our article where we review the 30 best beaches in Puerto Rico.

The drive from San Juan might be long, but the sunsets alone make it worth it. 

If you are looking for fun activities to do in Puerto Rico, I recommend you read our article about the bioluminescent bays. Puerto Rico has three bio bays, and this is a once in a life time activity that you shouldn’t miss.

Article by

Alejandra Chamorro

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I’ve spent 22 years of my life in Puerto Rico. I was born in San Juan and raised in Palmas del Mar, Humacao. My favorite activities to do on the island are paddle boarding in the Condado lagoon, beach hopping on the west side and going on “chinchorreos” with my family during Christmas time.

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