Luquillo Beach (Balneario La Monserrate)

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Luquillo is probably the most beautiful beach on the main Island of Puerto Rico. It has been designated a Blue Flag Beach, which means that it’s only one of nine beaches in Puerto Rico to hold this prestigious designation.

The Blue Flag eco-label has been awarded to 3850 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.  It’s a testament to quality, cleanliness and ecological preservation.

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Luquillo Beach is located on the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico, about 25 miles to the east of the San Juan Metroplex.  It is a public beach.  That means you can walk straight in without paying a single penny.  Parking, however, is $4.00 for the entire day and the parking area is a short walk from water.

There’s a concession stand close to the first parking area where you can buy food, refreshments, beach necessities and souvenirs.  There is an ample amount of palm trees that supply cool shade and add to the tropical ambiance.

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Looking to the east there’s a small sand dune that’s submerged under about a foot of water and separated from the mainland by a canal.  To the west the El Yunque Tropical Rainforest serves as a picture perfect backdrop.

Here’s a tip!  Luquillo Beach is closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. That means that if you really want to enjoy the beach in all its pristine glory Tuesday’s are the day to visit. You’ll be blown away by its awesome beauty!

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