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Overview of Rincon, Puerto Rico

Get to know the "town of beautiful sunsets"

Founded in 1771 by Luis D. Añasco, the scenic town of Rincon is nestled in the Western Coastal Valley of Puerto Rico. The town is named for Don Gonzalo Rincon, who originally owned the land and allowed impoverished families to live there during the 16th century. Coincidentally, "Rincon" translates to "corner" in Spanish, a nod to the town's location at the corner of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Rincon is famous for its picturesque sunsets and miles of beaches, and is a haven for surfers of all ages and skill levels.

Home to 17,000 permanent residents, Rincon is also a popular destination for travelers, with the tourist season beginning just before Christmas and lasting until early September. Just a thirty-minute drive from the Aguadilla Borinquen Airport, Rincon is accessed by a single road with no traffic lights. The downtown area, dubbed Rincon Pueblo, serves as the administrative hub of the city.

Top Attractions in Rincon

Brimming with nautical charm, the town of Rincon offers an abundance of amenities and activities for visitors and residents alike:

  • Surfing: Surrounded by miles of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico, Rincon is a haven for local and visiting surfers. Some popular North Beach hot-spots for wave-riding include Tres Palmas (renowned for its high-breaking swells), Pools Beach, Sandy Beach, Domes, Rincon Town Beach Plaza, and Marias. The city has hosted several high-profile surfing competitions, including the 1st World Championship in 1968 and the ISA World Masters in 2007. The best times to surf in Rincon are between September and May, when the tropical waters are warmest and the winds are conducive to catching the perfect wave.
  • Diving & Snorkeling: The calm waters of Rincon's south beaches are ideal for snorkeling excursions. Impressive visibility, brilliant colors, and active sea life create a scenic environment for aquatic explorations. The shallow pools of nearby Desecheo Island are a popular spot for snorkeling adventures.
  • Sightseeing: Rincon provides tourists and residents with an array of scenic and historic attractions, including the Punta Higueras Lighthouse. Originally constructed in the 1890s, this sentry of the sea is still in operation today with a 26,000-candlepower rotating beacon.
  • Hiking: Looking for an alternate activity during surf breaks? A charming network of coastal trails invites adventurous beach-lovers to explore miles of scenic shoreline on foot.
  • Shopping & Dining: Charming surfing shops and specialty gift retailers allow tourists to shop for unique souvenirs and keepsakes to commemorate their trip. After a day of beachcombing, you can satisfy your ravenous appetite by visiting one of the many waterfront restaurants, festive bars, and cozy cafes that dot the coastline, including the Rincon Beach Resort, Horned Dorset Primavera, and the Black Eagle Restaurant.
  • Festivals & Events: The relaxed coastal town hosts an array of annual festivals and events, including the Whale Festival held each March, the annual Coconut Festival in May, the Feast of the Patron Saint in August, and numerous surfing competitions.

Although a small and intimate town by nature, Rincon boasts a medley of divergent atmospheres and venues, from the charm of secluded beaches to the fast-paced activity of The Fun Coast. With dozens of cozy hotels, surfer hostels, guest villas, and deluxe resorts, you're sure to find budget-friendly accommodations for your surf-themed Caribbean getaway.

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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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