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Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

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SD
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reviews: 11
Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

Is this walkable? It sure looks like it would be from google maps. Is it a worthwhile walk if we do decide to go?

Group of four 30's age that will have a car but thought it might be more relaxing to make the walk. Are the kiosks open at night and is it safe to walk the beach at night?

King of Prussia...
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for San Juan, Ponce
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1. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

The beach is close to the resort, but it's not a safe walk because it's a major road, plus I don't remember seeing any sidewalks. Driving is the way to go.

It's certainly not safe to walk the beach at night.

Edited: 10:43 am, November 09, 2012
San Juan
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2. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

The kiosks areopen but as mentioned don’t walk.

SD
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reviews: 11
3. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

Thanks for the replies!

As far as the quality of the beach, is the beach at our hotel going to be good or is somewhere nearby such as Luquillo Beach going to be worth the hassle to drive over?

Destination Expert
for Puerto Rico
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4. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

The beach at the Rio Mar Resort and the beach at Luquillo behind the kiosks is very similar. The beach that is spectcular and nicer is the Balneario La Monserrate in Luquillo. This beach is made of various acres of a natural preserve area where there is no developments. It is a blue flag beach with ample parking (at a fee), restrooms and there is an area where food is sold.

Armonk, New York
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5. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

Balneario Monserrate is also commonly known and marked as Luquillo Beach and is a few hundred yards east of the Kioscos. The area behind the Kioscos is NOT Luquillo Beach and is usually a bit trashy and unfortunately gets confused with Luquillo Beach. This is why you sometimes see mixed reviews.

Balneario Monserrate is much calmer that the beach at Rio Mar, a beautiful setting but a bit boring if you like playing in a little surf. It is a very easy drive and the parking is only about $4.25 for the day.

It would be a hefty walk from Rio Mar via the highways which don't have sidewalks. I don't want to malign PR drivers, but let's just say you don't want to join the plentiful road kill. There is a very steep hill both up and down which would be a killer on the way home.

If you are prepared to do just a little wading, you can make the trip along the beach which is considerably shorter, probably 1/5 the distance. You will have to ford a small river, about 1-3' deep depending on the tide and wade around a small rocky outcropping on the beach. Because you will have to judge these water hazards, I would only do it during the day.

Kiosks are open mostly at night but usually not terribly late. Most not much past 10 but there are a few open later. Monday / Tuesday the bulk close after a busy weekend.

ORD
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reviews: 42
6. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

As others have said, don't walk.

I'd add not to go on weekends or holidays to Luqullo as it will be packed with locals, we much prefer the more tranquil weekdays on this beach.

We very much enjoy the food kiosks/stalls at Luquillo but admit that some won't be taken in by the scene/vibe, not everyone's cup of tea, but we love it.

SD
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reviews: 11
7. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

Thanks all! Leaving Sunday and excited to get there!

I see there are kiosks that aren't open Mondays or Tuesdays. Is there a good place for happy hour with good cheap drinks in the kiosk area? Is another area good for happy hour and some food?

Armonk, New York
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8. Re: Rio Mar to Luquillo Beach

Try the Brass Cactus which is in Luquillo just up the road from the beach. Exit the Beach and take the ramp east. Left at first light into Luquillo and shortly left again. It is in the base of one of the high rises. Also Boardrunners, a more local place. Go to the Town Square and go find the road nearest the beach. Work back toward the beach on the left and you will find it.

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