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For other places with the same name, see Rincon (disambiguation).

Rincón, the Town of Beautiful Sunsets, is in the Porta del Sol region of Puerto Rico, southwest of Aguadilla. Rincón, well known for its world-class surfing beaches, was the host of the World Surfing Championship in 1968.

The community is composed of local Puerto Ricans, international surfers, Americans and other nationalities who come to surf the legendary waves. Locals are friendly to tourists, but it can be helpful to be able to exchange some words in Spanish.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Most visitors fly into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU IATA) in San Juan. Rincón is about 2½ hours via PR-22 to PR-2 to PR-115.

From Aguadilla (BQN IATA), Rincón is about 30 minutes via PR-115. Direct service from JFK, Newark & Orlando.

From Mayaguez (MAZ IATA), Rincón is about 20 minutes via PR-115.

From Ponce (PSE IATA), Rincón is about 70 minutes via PR-2.

By car[edit]

Coming to Rincón is possible by State-Road 115. PR-115 to the north, connects Rincón to Aguadilla via Aguada and to the south to Añasco.

Get around[edit]

Roads in Rincón can be uncomfortable due to their narrowness, but they sure lead you to a natural paradise. In Rincón you can use famous Rincón-413.

See[edit]

View of Desecheo Island from El Faro Lighthouse
  • Desecheo Island National Wildlife Refuge. Desecheo Island, 14 miles from the coast, is not open to visitors; however, diving, snorkeling and fishing around the island is allowed.
  • 1 Rincón Lighthouse Park / El Faro Lighthouse, Route 4413, just off Route 413, +1 787 823-2244, fax: +1 787 823-3240. Erratic hours; sign on door says 'usually open at 10:30'. Recreation site with a beautiful view of the Desecheo Island National Wildlife Refuge on Mona Passage. The park has a gift shop and a snack bar. Punta Higuero Light (Q7260540) on Wikidata Punta Higuero Light on Wikipedia
  • Rincón Nuclear Plant. Unusual dome-shaped building that is being converted into a museum.
  • Rincón Town Square.
  • Whale watching. Usually December–March, February being the peak season. While impossible to predict what time whales will show up, usually before 10AM and evenings are the best time. The Rincón Lighthouse is a great place to whale watch.
  • Santa Rosa de Lima Church, physical location: in the town square, +1 787 823-2650, fax: +1 787 823-2650. The church opens and closes at different times throughout the year. Please call for hours.. Santa Rosa de Lima is a Catholic Church which is over 100 years old. Mass is held in the Church daily. The artwork in the Church is beautiful. A notable piece to see is the statue of Jesus lying in state. free..

Do[edit]

Beaches[edit]

Steps Beach
  • Almirante Beach
  • Córcega Beach
  • Los Almendros Beach
  • Punta Higüero Beach
  • Rincón Public Beach
  • Sandy Beach

Surfing[edit]

  • Dogman's Beach
  • Domes Beach
  • Indicator Beach
  • Maria's Beach
  • Spanish Wall Beach
  • Steps Beach - Show up mid-morning to early afternoon for the best place to surf or watch surfers. Named "Steps" for the set of concrete stairs a few feet in the water.
  • Tres Palmas

Buy[edit]

There are shops along the street of the town center and state-road 413. Rincón is also near Aguadilla which is home to various shopping malls. There are also several surf shops in Rincón.

  • [dead link] Mango Beach Shop, 413 Puntas, Rincon (Next to the Tamboo), +1 787-823-2100. 9AM-6PM. Sea glass jewelry, t-shirts, bathings suits and much tropical crafts.
  • Parrotphernalia & More Gift Shop, Carr. 413 Km 4.1 (Lazy Parrot Inn), +1 787-823-5654, . Gift shop with typical souvenirs, along with work by local artisans, including sea glass jewelry, photographs, and other unusual pieces.

Eat[edit]

  • Antojo's, Road 115 Km 11.2, Pueblo, Rincon, +1 787-823-4377. 10:30AM-10PM, closed Tuesday. Delicious & affordable local food.
  • Brasas Grill & Pelican Grill, Road 115 km 5.8 (Rincón Beach Resort), +1 787-589-9000, . Brasas Grill offers steaks and seafood, and Pelican Grill serves lighter food.
  • Das Alpen Cafe (German-Italian Restaurant), Rincon Plaza South (close to central square), +1 787-233-8009. 5PM-10PM. German and Italian restaurant. Authentic Southern German and Northern Italian cuisine and beers. Try their Sauerbraten or Rouladen. $15-20.
  • EL Bambino Italian Restaurant, +1 787-823-3744. Italian and Puerto Rican dishes.
  • El Fogon De La Curva Restaurant (Oceanview), Hwy 115 (The curve going into Rincon), +1 787 826-0096. 10AM-11PM. Offers traditional Puerto Rican dishes, lechon, fresh daily fish specials, beers and homemade infused rum. Sushi & Martini Den, with fresh sushi and selection of martinis. Attached fresh fish market.
  • El Pequeno Guavate Restaurant, Carr. 414, Km 4.5. Traditional Puerto Rican fare including mofongo, lechon, arroz gandules, yucca and appetizers.
  • Harbor Restaurant, +1 787-823-0547. On the beach at Sunset Village. Fresh local fish and lobster mixed with Caribbean Creole cuisine.
  • Horned Dorset Primavera, +1 787-823-4030.
  • KaPlash. For empanadillas.
  • La Ana de Cofresi Restaurant, +1 787-823-2450.
  • Rincón Nativo, Carr. 115 Km 10.4 (Behind the Sports Complex), +1 787-823-4922, . Su-Th 5PM-1AM; F Sa 5PM-3AM.
  • Rincón Tropical Restaurant, +1 787-823-2017. Closed Tuesday. Creole dishes.
  • Rock Bottom Grill, +1 787-823-3756. Daily: 10AM-?.
  • Royal Palm Cafe.
  • Lucky 13 BBQ, Road 155 (Corner of 115 and Calle 14. Great food and inexpensive. Southern Style food. Lunches $5-6.
  • [formerly dead link] Tamboo Seaside Grill, Road 413, Km. 4, Sandy Beach Rd, +1 787-823-8550, . Beautiful location on the beach. Late evening dance scene.
  • The English Rose, Bo. Ensenada,(Pineapple Hill), +1 787-589-9000. Highly regarded as the best breakfast in Rincon. A must-do while in Rincon.
  • The Lazy Parrot Restaurant, Carr. 413 Km 4.1, +1 787-823-5654, fax: +1 787-823-0224, . Some of Rincon's favorite restaurants are right here at The Lazy Parrot - whether you're looking for a romantic dinner at our tropical dining pavilion or a quick snack or tropical drink at our Rum Shack Poolside. Visit www.LazyParrot.com see website menu.
  • The Paradise Restaurant. Comida criolla breakfast and lunch.
  • Tropical Gourmet, Hwy 115 (next to Bonet Liquors). Authentic Puerto Rican fare in a casual atmosphere. Try the mofongo!
  • Shipwreck Bar and Grill, Carr. 413 (Black Eagle Marina), +1 787-823-6429. Nightly seafood special fresh of the boat, large salads, burgers, pastas, steaks. Try the tuna tamari salad or Nana’s 7-Hour meat sauce.

Drink[edit]

In addition to these, several hotels also have bars.

  • Banana Dang Coffee (Banana Dang Coffee Bar), Carr. 413 Km 4.1 Puntas, Rincon (2 doors next to the Lazy Parrot Inn on Rt. 413 Km 4.1), +1 787-823-0963. 7AM-4PM (closed Tuesday). Banana Dang Coffee is a neighborhood coffeebar serving specialty coffee from Puerto Rico and healthy banana smoothies. Wi-Fi and computers too. $2 - 5.
  • [dead link] Calypso, Road 4413 Bo. Puntas Maria's Beach, +1 787-823-3762, . Daily: 11AM-?.
  • Sandy Beach Inn, Road 413, Km 4.3. Great ocean views and friendly atmosphere.

Or, if you prefer, you can have alcohol delivered to you:

Sleep[edit]

There are only four actual hotels in town, and remaining lodging options are made up of vacation rentals, guest houses and villas.

Hotels[edit]

Rentals[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Go next[edit]

Since Puerto Rico is roughly 160 km by 56 km (100 miles by 35 miles), just about any town is within a half day's drive.

Nearby towns include:


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