Spring break is already upon us and Puerto Rico is expecting its fair share of visitors during the season. A popular destination year after year for those looking to escape the winter weather, the island is the perfect beach vacation escape for spring breakers, offering a strong selection of tropical locales, including some of the best beaches in the world. Condado’s Ocean Park beach is perhaps the most frequented by the island’s metropolitan crowd. Located between the Isla Verde and Condado tourist hubs – it’s the perfect spot to both mingle with the locals and meet up with fellow travelers. It is also a good place to grab a bite, go out dancing, and even stay for the night. Crash Boat located in Puerto Rico’s west coast is one of the island’s most photographed locals – a beautiful and large beach that is perfect for both water sport activities and romantic escapes. The nearly two-hour drive from San Juan is well worth the effort (and full of beautiful sights along the way as well).
Playa Flamenco is located in the island-municipality of Culebra, which means you need to either fly there or take a ferry, but it is undoubtedly one of the best beaches that Puerto Rico has to offer with its crystal-clear waters and smooth sand bottom (for this writer, it is the definition of ‘paradise’). If you make it there during the week, expect few visitors as it is possible to have some of the beach entirely to yourself – but weekends draw the big crowds, so we recommend traveling by plane and during the week. Gilligan’s Island in the southern municipality of Guánica offers an unique take on the beach-going experience: a ferry leads you into a series of mangrove-filled cays where Puerto Ricans enjoy picnics and dips in the water (we also recommend going during the week if you want a more relaxed ambience). Finally, and nearer to the metropolitan area of San Juan, there’s Piñones, the picturesque and often contradictory visual explosion of cultures, beaches and nature reserves, restaurants and kiosks, city nightlife and daytime activities such as biking.
EyeTour.com invites you to visit some of Puerto Rico’s premier beaches through our collection of video tours – continue reading below to get better acquainted with your next Spring Break vacation destination (and don’t forget to click on the pictures to view videos for each site).
Ocean Park – San Juan, PR
The inviting, turquoise waters of the San Juan strip of beach known as Ocean Park are located between the tourist hubs of Condado and Isla Verde. Its appeal is immediately evident: Ocean Park is a semi-secluded area in the otherwise busy capital, where beachgoers can enjoy both
the active scene and the calmer waves while scanning the beautiful Atlantic horizon. The area offers lodging accommodations, including small boutique hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns, and private rentals. Many of these conveniently feature exquisite restaurants right on the beach. More casual establishments can be found along and near Calle McLeary. VIEW VIDEO
Crash Boat – Aguadilla, PR
One of the best areas for surfing in Puerto Rico is the coast of the municipality of Aguadilla, where professional surfers from all over the world flock to ride waves in beaches like Wilderness and Gas Chambers. Then there’s the star of this northwestern edge of the island, the beach curiously known as Crash Boat. The name is said to originate from the beach’s former use by the United States Air Force. It used to be a small port with a pier where rescue boats for downed airplanes would dock. The old pier still stretches out into the ocean, enjoyed by beachgoers as part of the scenery. Kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing are popular activities here and several businesses conveniently located right on the beach rent out the proper equipment for these and other water activities. VIEW VIDEO
Playa Flamenco – Culebra, PR
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world is located in the island-municipality of Culebra, about nine miles east off the coast of Fajardo. The idyllic Flamenco Beach is trully a wondrous site to behold. It’s horse-shoe shape composed of silky smooth, powdery white sand envelops perfectly azure water and is framed by pristine green hills. Once you dive in, the water is impossibly clean and crystal clear because of the lack of rivers flowing into the sea. Snorkeling is a favorite activity because of the abundant coral reefs and slew of marine animals including large schools of fish. A popular landmark is a World War II-era tank that lies just short of the shore, a relic of the time the U.S. Navy controlled the area. VIEW VIDEO
Gilligan’s Island – Guánica, PR
The municipality of Guánica is full of natural wonders ready to be discovered by visitors to Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast. Among these is Gilligan’s Island, a perfect place to feel like a castaway. Although these small cays are uninhabited, the crowds can get large on weekends and holidays, so it’s best not to expect the isolation its “TV show”-referencing name suggests. Gilligan’s does represent quite a different experience for beachgoers. Stretches of sand are scarce, so visitors mainly leave their scant supplies on the shore or hanging from a mangrove, then proceed to wade on the gentle, clear, shallow waters. The hours seem to melt away in this relaxing setting, so do make sure to bring appropriate protection for the sun. VIEW VIDEO
Piñones – Loíza, PR
Draped in natural beauty and teeming with culture and a myriad of leisure activities, Piñones – located in the municipality of Loíza – has something to please everybody. You can hike or ride a bike through the Boardwalk Trail which guides you through 11 kilometers of beaches and sections of the Piñones Natural Reserve, the largest mangrove forest in Puerto Rico. There is also a wide selection of beaches, from the relaxing La Pocita with its clear and shallow pool, to the scenic more secluded Vacia Talega, and the surfing hot-spot of Aviones. Roadside huts and kiosks feature traditional items such as cod fritters and rice with crab meat. There are also plenty of sit-down restaurants and bars. VIEW VIDEO