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by Jose Kevo
January 10, 2006
Anyone that has ever been to Puerto Rico, and taken a random spin through a rack of postcards, has undoubtedly been captivated by the picture-perfect shots of Luquillo Beach with its crescent-shaped arc lined with an endless grove of coconut palms reigning over golden sands that trail off into vivid-colored waters. Trouble is, those aerial shots always from the brightest of days, set an expectation that could never be matched from ground-level experiences, or Mother Nature's cooperation. Yet bypassing a lazy afternoon at Luquillo would be missing out on one of the consistantly ranked Top 10 Beaches in all the Caribbean.
Luquillo's inland positioning, where the irregular northern coast starts breaking to the east, shields this immense bay from rough Atlantic waters making for placid, soothing conditions like soaking in a warm bath. Portions of the beach are sectioned-off with designated swimming areas watched over by lifeguards, but splashing around beyond the crowds is just as advantageous thanks to the gentle underwater slope. A person could walk forever in waist-high waters along the sandy bottoms; snorkeling not worth the extra effort with limited marine life, though visibilities are unhindered. At Luquillo, what happens on-land is the prime attraction.
Rains had subsided into overcaste skies during this last visit on a Sunday, and sure enough, the local contingency began turning out in full-force hauling coolers, grills and enough beach accessories to look like they were moving in for the day. Luquillo is a perfect family outing, and what travelers can't bring from home is readily available at a small store.
There's an official bathhouse, where entry with locker fee is $1, but a series of new restrooms and outdoor shower stations, make even that expendable. Everything has been redesigned as handicap accessible, and there were even some rather large flotation devices available as rentals for those with special needs. Other new additions included beach-side picnic shelters, recreational areas, and snack shack though Restaurant Row is at the far end of the beach within easy walking distance.
From journal Luquillo's Surf and Turf Sedations
Cary, North Carolina
January 22, 2004
From journal Puerto Rico - There's a Shrimp In My Pants!
December 26, 2002
Families were here having a good time together. Children were everywhere, but none were obnoxious.
On a summer weekday, the beach was not crowded. I was told that it is very crowded on weekends. Judging from the large parking lot, I assume this is a popular weekend spot for people from San Juan. It does cost a few dollars to park.
We situated ourselves under some palm trees for shade. As the sun moved, we had to resituate ourselves. There were some shelters, but they were all taken.
There was a stand selling food, but we had purchased lunch from a Subway we passed in Luquillo since we didn't know what would be available.
The restrooms/showers weren't quite to the same standard as those on our Texas beaches, but they were available.
I recommend this beach especially to families with younger children. Teenagers are looking for a little more action.
From journal Stop Over in San Juan
Humacao, Humacao, Puerto Rico
October 28, 2010