Luquillo beach has guarded, pay parking, food kiosks, showers, bathrooms and changing rooms. Parking is $3 or less.
Located just off of PR 3 in Luquillo, follow the signs for Balneario Luquillo.
Luquillo beach firmly marked its spot as our favorite beach in Puerto Rico! It is very easily accessed off of PR3, right in Luquillo (and right next to the famous food kiosks). The parking area is spacious and clean, as is the beautiful beach. The sand was kept clean and the swimming area was wide and had mellow waves. We spent two full days at this beach, as our kids asked to return on our last day of the trip.
There are bathrooms and showers (for a small fee), as well as a small food court right near the beach. If you walk down to the west end, however, you will hit the long string of food kiosks that have plenty to offer. If you arrive on a day the parking lot is closed, you can park behind the kiosks and walk to the section of beach you like best. On our last trip there, we found a section of ocean floor, just to the east of the kiosks, just covered with sand dollars. We spent most of our day diving for them. How memorable and fun!
This is our #1 choice for beaches on the east end of Puerto Rico--easily accessible, safe, clean and family-friendly. There are plenty of spots to seek shade under the trees and easy access to food, if you need it. Definitely a winner!