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Desecheo Island

Rincon's best-kept diving and snorkeling secret

Best known as a mecca for local and visiting surfers, Rincon is also a hotspot for all varieties of water sports. In addition to more than a dozen local beaches, divers and snorkelers can also explore the waters surrounding several neighboring islands, one of the most popular of which is Desecheo Island.

A small, remote island near the western coast of Puerto Rico, Desecheo Island was originally discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the New World. Unoccupied except for a herd of wild goats, it serves as a scenic destination for Rincon tourists looking to get off the beaten path and experience the remoteness of an isolated tropical islet. Although not a part of the banks of Puerto Rico today, historic geologists believe the island may have been connected to the U.S. territory at one time.

With crystal-clear waters, beautiful coral reefs, and visibility of up to 150 feet, Desecheo Island is a prime destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The waters around the island's banks are open for diving, but Federal law prohibits unauthorized access to the island itself due to undetonated military artillery. Desecheo provides diving opportunities for experienced divers and beginners alike. A diverse, colorful array of marine life can be spotted in the easily navigable waters around the island. In addition to fish, sponges, and caverns, divers may also spot the occasional unexploded artillery that has sunk to the ocean floor. On the island's southwest corner, a protected cove provides divers and snorkelers with a prime spot for indulging in their preferred water sport. More than 20 dive sites can be accessed in the waters surrounding Desecheo.

Located approximately 12 miles from the surfer town of Rincon, Desecheo Island can be accessed using one of the local touring companies. One of the most popular diving companies is Taino Divers, who was voted the island's finest scuba charter service in 2007. Conveniently located at the Rincon Marina, Taino also sells high-quality diving and snorkeling gear and accessories. They retain a team of certified diving instructors who undergo extensive training to ensure safe dives. Daily expeditions depart the shop at 8:00 AM each day during the tourist season. The ride out to the island takes approximately 35 minutes. For more information, call 787-823-6429 to reserve your spot.

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Rincon Surf House
The Rincon Surf House is a surfers vacation home. Located only a 1 minute walk to Rincons' beautiful marina beach. A one minute drive to world class surf at Marias, Dogmans, Indicators and Domes. Walking distance to coffee shops, juice and smoothie bar, restaurants, grocery store and to the center of town. The marina is a short walk with stand up paddle board rentals, snorkeling and scuba trips at Taino divers and great restaurants.

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