In general, Rincón has a chill, laid back vibe most of the time. Don’t come here in a rush or with a fixed mindset. You’ll have more fun if you just go with the flow and let this little town surprise you.
When to Visit
If you’re just looking to relax at the beach, go on a hike, and watch some beautiful sunsets, Rincón - and Puerto Rico in general - being a tropical island, is practically perfect to visit any time of the year. On the other hand, if you are looking to catch good waves, then the best time to visit would be November-December to April-May.
Where to Stay
There are superb stays all over town that range from AirBnB’s to boutique hotels, but Villa Playa María’s has got to be one of my favorite places to stay. Is a beautiful property owned by a great couple and is conveniently located (as its name says) right there at Maria’s beach, so you will be right in front of all the action during the surf season.
Where to Surf
Most of Rincon’s surf breaks are world class. For example, Tres Palmas can get as high as 30ft+, so it is pretty much considered a break for pros. On the other hand, Dogman’s, Maria’s, Dome’s are also heavy waves when it’s big, but they can also be really fun and inclusive on smaller days.
Best Breakfast Places
The English Rose is a classic. Is located at the top of a hill overlooking the ocean, and the space has a really beautiful energy to start your day. Another one that is on my top 10 is Casa Isleña; the breakfast board always hits the spot. And of course, at least one day of your stay you’ll need to have breakfast at Stoked. I promise you won't regret it ; )
Stoked's Egg Salad Tartine
Best places for lunch
If you’re looking for healthy or vegan options, there’s a few places you could check: Passiflora, Sana Farm to Table or Arepas 2 Go. But if in contrast you’re looking to misbehave a little by trying some Puerto Rican delicacies within a local flair, then you could head to El Ancla (a beach side ‘chinchorro’).
Best Food Trucks
Best Restaurants for Dinner
Hands down, one of the most memorable dining experiences you will have in the area is Reina Mora, an inconspicuous farm-to-table restaurant that makes wonders using a variety of locally sourced ingredients. It is located in Aguada, just a short 12-15 minutes drive from Rincón. *Reservation is required and they will be closed for the whole month of September.
For chic, yet chill beachfront dining in Rincón, I would recommend La Copa Llena and Casa Isleña. There’s also a really cool new place called El Despecho, where they serve Puerto Rican plates with a modern, chic flare. If you’re into Thai food, there is Ode to the Elephants; more of a pizza mood? Mi Familias Pizzeria won’t let you down. Up for some sushi? Check out La Sirena. Fresh fish tacos? Calypso. Craving some red meat? Parrillería Vacas Gauchas.
Surfer: Gaby Canals Photo: Darren Muschett
Our Favorite Rincón Beach
I can tell you each one of them has its own charm, but Maria’s is special. It’s a wonderful reef break with Desecheo Island popping in the background, that is not only ideal to surf different sizes when there's swell, but is also perfect for snorkelling and paddling when it is flat.
Go for a walk on the Tres Palmas community trail or go for a hike through Marías newly created hiking trails that will take you all the way to El Faro de Rincón and continue on to the Dome's Beach trail behind the nuclear plant. You can also plan a day trip to San Sebastian to visit the waterfalls. Another really fun hike you could plan is Survival Beach in Aguadilla. It ends at an almost secluded beach which is unbeatable.
Off the Beaten Path
Some of the most beautiful beaches on the West side you should definitely check are Playuela and Crash Boat in Aguadilla, Jobos and Shacks in Isabela, as well as Buyé, Playa Sucia and Las Salinas in Cabo Rojo.
Sunday Morning Recovery
Double espressos, tartines and breakfast empanadas at Stoked. You can also head to The English Rose or Casa Isleña for their bloody mary’s brunch. Then go for a dip and lay under a palm tree while sipping on some coconut water.
Art + Local Shops
Every Thursday evening at the Plaza, there is the Rincón Artwalk, where a lot of local artisans and artists come to display their pieces. Shops around the square stay open till late at night, so you’ll get a chance to visit those as well.
Some cool shops worth checking out: Playero, Javier Gil Gallery, The Trove, Isla Made, Uncharted Studio, The Bikini Bus, Saluna Apothecary, Bunker Fish.
Something to bring back as a souvenir?
Puerto Rican coffee, handmade jewelry, a small artwork; or something ephemeral such as a really nice tan.