Domes Beach is in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico in the municipality of Rincón, about 78 miles west, southwest going in a straight line from San Juan. And if you’ve ever been in surfer circles you know that Rincón is one of the greatest surfing areas in Puerto Rico. So this is not the beach for you if you’re looking for that tranquil, one-inch surf.
But Rincón isn’t known only for its surfing. This is actually one of the most beautiful places in Puerto Rico. Period!!! The Island of Desecheo, almost straight to the west, is home to a Wildlife Refuge that is closed to the public. But about twelve miles away from Desecheo is one of the greatest diving spots in the Puerto Rico.
Domes Beach has fluffy light tan sand, crystal clear turquoise water and a perfect climate all year ’round. It’s also a natural beach. That means no parking, showers, restrooms, lifeguards, safety buoys, concession stands, gazebos, recycling bins, signage or written material.
And guess where it got its name? It sits right next to a nuclear power station covered by a blue dome that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority tried to build during the sixties. Public outcry was so intense that the Island’s government abandoned the project. But don’t worry. You won’t see any two-headed fish in the water because there’s no evidence of radiation here.
What you could see is the occasional humpback whale in the distance. Why? Because Rincón is also famous among whale watchers that come here every year, from January to March, to witness migrating whales as they pass by the Rincón coastline, mate and give birth on the way back to New England, Iceland and Newfoundland. It’s a nature lover’s paradise.
You can watch the show from the nearby lighthouse area or you can rent a boat that will take you right next to the whales. Apparently they don’t mind.
And what can I tell you about the sunsets? Well, let’s just say that they’re among the most spectacular in the world.
So there you have it: swimming, surfing, scuba diving, whale watching and spectacular sunsets. What more can you ask? Rincón has it all!!!
Enjoy Puerto Rico!!!