Is Rincón Safe For Tourists In 2024? – All You Need To Know

Rincón is a popular beach town located on the west-side of Puerto Rico. 

It’s one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world! 

But is it safe for tourists?

I have been visiting Puerto Rico with my family since childhood and Rincón is always one of our favorite destinations.

In this article, I will answer the following questions:

 – What is Rincón?
 – Is Rincón Puerto Rico safe for tourists?
 – Are Rincón beaches safe?
 – Is Rincón safe for solo travelers?
 – Is Rincón safe to walk around?
 – Is Rincón disability accessible?
 – Other frequently asked questions


What is Rincón? 

Rincón is a popular beach town on the west-side of Puerto Rico’s main island.

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Rincón is home to some of the biggest annual surf competitions in Puerto Rico.

The town attracts international visitors year round and is best known for its laid back surf culture.

To learn more about this town, check out our article Rincón, Puerto Rico – All You Need To Know.


Is Rincón Puerto Rico safe for tourists?

Rincón is a frequent tourist destination. 

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Rincón has been a tourist town for many years, making it very safe to visit.

Travelers from all over the world come to surf in this beautiful destination! 

The area is heavily catered towards tourists, so yes it is indeed safe for travelers there.


Are Rincón beaches safe?

Absolutely, but not all of the beaches are swimmable. 

The best beaches for swimming are Rincón Public Beach, Sandy Beach, Playa Los Almendros, and Corcega Beach. 

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The time of year has a lot to do with how calm the waters will be in Rincón for swimming.

The winter months can make the currents really strong, so make sure you check the rip current statements before swimming at these beaches. 

One beach that’s known for its lower tides and tidal pools is Steps Beach which is very popular! 

One of the biggest safety concerns is skin cancer, so make sure you wear your sunscreen.

If you love surfing or want to learn, check out our article 10 Best Surf Spots In Puerto Rico, where Rincón made the list multiple times.


Is Rincón safe for solo travelers?

Rincón is very safe for solo travelers. 

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Rincón’s people are very friendly, making this a great place to visit as a solo traveler.

Crime is very low in this area, with the most frequent crime being committed against tourists being theft and pickpocketing.

Make sure you just keep a good eye on your belongings and leave anything super important locked away wherever you are staying. 


Is Rincón safe to walk around?

There are a few areas that are pedestrian-friendly in Rincón, like the town center and Puntas neighborhood.

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Rincón is safe to walk around, but if you want to fully explore the area, we recommend renting a car.

Otherwise, it would be best to rent a car to get around Rincón safely and with ease.

Check out our article 22 Best Things To Do In Rincón to give you some ideas for your trip.


Is Rincón disability accessible?

The Balneario of Rincón, located very close to the town plaza, is an easy way for travelers with mobility aids to access the beach area.

The parking lot is located right next to the beach, and includes sidewalks that you can walk around and has showers. 

Popular beaches like Maria’s Beach also have a parking lot directly at the beach, making accessing the sunset views easy for all.

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At many beaches in Rincón, you can drive right up to the beach to watch the surfers or the sunsets.

There are lots of vacation rentals in Rincón, and I’ve seen plenty with private pools! 

There are also hotels in the area that might be accessible, it just might be a good idea to give them a call in advance to accomodate your unique situation. 

Overstimulation might be an issue in more populated areas like the beach for individuals sensitive to that sort of thing.

People really like to play loud music on the beach, so that’s something to look out for!


FAQ section

Is Rincón safe for female travelers?

Yes - Rincón is a great place for female travelers. There have been a few instances where ‘catcalling’ was involved, but this was usually at places like the bar or places that had alcoholic drinks being served.

Is Rincón safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Rincón has a growing community of LGBTQA+ friendly businesses for tourists. You should have no issues with harassment walking with your partner on the beach or elsewhere, and there should be no issues regarding your gender identity or expression on your stay.


Final thoughts

Rincón is a beautiful beach town that you should visit.

It is very safe for tourists. 

The biggest concerns you will face while traveling in Rincón are minor cases of theft which can be combated by locking up your important belongings.

If you want to learn more about general safety in Puerto Rico, then check out our article Is Puerto Rico Safe? 12 Things You Need To Know.

You may also like our articles 22 Best Things To Do In Rincón and 10 Best Surf Spots In Puerto Rico.

Is Rincón Safe For Tourists In 2024? – All You Need To Know
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Jenny Diaz

Writer at Growing up in New York and spending my summers in Puerto Rico, I have always loved writing, travel, and animals. I began my career as a travel writer, and after many different jobs in media, I have settled back into what I love most. I enjoy the beach, exploring the island with my family, and coffee!

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