The municipality of Rincón might be to some just a small fishing village, but it is also the Caribbean’s surfing capital, synonymous with world-class beachesthat have been host to international championships. For this reason many of these beaches are known primarily by their English names: Spanish Wall, Indicator, and Steps.
Visitors can enjoy watching surfers ride the waves from the nearby Rincón Lighthouse and Park, with its ecologically-themed gift shop and snack bar. As with many of Puerto Rico’s coastal towns, there’s no shortage of fried finger food vendors along the boardwalk and beaches. Those lucky to visit Rincón during the “winter” might catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales, which sometimes sidle up close to the lighthouse. The town hosts an annual festival in honor of the whales.
Due to its location on Puerto Rico’s western coast, Rincón also offers some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island. This is one of the reasons travelers might choose to stay on hotels such as the new Rincón of the Seas, with several rooms featuring oceanfront balconies. The hotel is actually located on the more family-friendly Rincón Beach.
There are accommodations for any type of travel experience, including a romantic getaway, as can be found at the secluded Spanish-style estate of the Horned Dorset Primavera. If one is looking for more casual accommodations, there are inns galore like Casa Isleña, Coconut Palms, or Beside the Pointe. This last one features the oceanside Tamboo Tavern & Grill, perfect for watching the sun dip “between the waves” in the evening. There are more inns a few minutes from the coast, up the hills but still facing the ocean, including the Lazy Parrot and Casa Vista del Mar. Within these hills lie forest areas with opportunities for hiking, camping, and horseback riding.
Rincón’s beauty also extends below the ocean. Divers who venture out to Desecheo Island will get a treat out of the 20 dive sites (some with 100 feet of visibility) with assorted coral. The isolated island lies 21 km off the coast of Playa Higüero. It is uninhabited, at least by humans… visitors risk running into Rhesus monkeys or large lizards, among other species. Desecheo has been designated a National Wildlife Refuge since 1983.