Lunch with a Beach View in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico 2018

Food tastes better with an ocean view, and one of the best stretches of beach in Puerto Rico is in Luquillo. Located on the north side of the island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Luquillo is approximately 30 minutes from the airport in San Juan.  The soft, golden sand beaches stretch over 12 miles of coastline, offering sections that are clear and calm, while others are perfect for surfing and kiteboarding. The six sections of beach are broken down as Mameyes Beach, Playa Fortuna, Luquillo beach, Balneario Monserrate, Playa Azul, La Pared Beach, and La Selva Beach (from West to East). Whatever your beach preference, make sure to enjoy lunch at least once in Luquillo.

Famous Luquillo Kioskos

What is commonly referred to as Luquillo beach is the crescent-shaped section directly behind the popular Kioskos.  A long strip of beachfront mini-restaurants run parallel to the beach along PR-3 highway.

Luquillo Kioskos Puerto Rico
Luquillo Kioskos

The kiosks are filled with a variety of cuisines including traditional Puerto Rican street food, New York style pizza, Peruvian cuisine, and all sorts of bar and grills.  There are a few requisite souvenir shops and even a jet ski rental. Guests can sit and enjoy a full meal in the covered dining areas, or buy food to go for the short walk down to the beach.

Luquillo’s only Blue Flag Beach

Farther East is the Blue Flag beach of Balneario Monserrate. Due to the one-way street (Westbound), this beach is usually accessed along Route 3 by entering the gates to the paid parking areas.

Balneario Monserrate Lifeguard stand January 2018
Balneario Monserrate Lifeguard stand January 2018

Thanks to the natural wave break the water is clear and calm, there are more trees and lifeguard towers.  The facilities, including the bathrooms and camping areas, are closed (as of January 2018) due to Hurricane Maria.  After significant clean-up effort at the end of 2017, the beach is open and better than ever!

Balneario Monserrate Blue Flag Beach January 2018
Balneario Monserrate Blue Flag Beach January 2018

The beach can be accessed by parking behind the east end of the kioskos and walking to that portion of beach. Pick up lunch from the kiosks or bring your own picnic (BYOP) for a quiet lunch in the shade.

Luquillo Balneario Monserrate May 2018
Luquillo Balneario Monserrate parking entrance May 2018

Update May 2018 – The paid parking area of Balneario Monserrate is back open! Parking is $5.50 per car entry (cash only).

Luquillo City Center Beaches

At the heart of Luquillo are Playa Azul and La Pared beaches.  Located behind the maze of narrow roads, high rise buildings and small city center. There are more free parking spots and beachside restaurants. Off to the left (West) is the crescent shaded Playa Azul and more picnic-worthy spots for lunch on the beach.  The calm waters are frequently packed with families for beachfront cookouts. Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) and snorkeling are popular ways to build up an appetite.

Surf’s up at La Pared beach, on the right side of “downtown” Luquillo (East side).  A colorful mosaic tile wall lines the beach. The mild ocean waves are a perfect spot for beginners and experienced surfers alike.  Strong winds attract the kiteborders from all over the island and beyond.  There are several surf schools in town, and almost any given weekend student can be seen out on the water.

Boardriders beachfront restaurant is my favorite spot to watch the surfers and enjoy a delicious lunch from the ever-changing menu of burgers, sandwiches, and more.

Boardriders restaurant in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Luquillo Farmer’s Market

The 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month is the Luquillo Farmer’s Market.  Recently relocated to the Plaza Pública de Luquillo (an outdoor public square off of PR-193), there is music, fresh baked goods, fruits and vegetables, and handcrafted items.  This market feels like a cross between a festival and a swap meet.  Get there early to grab fresh baked goods for a beachfront picnic.

Luquillo Farmers Market January 2018
Luquillo Farmers Market January 2018

Parking is limited and can be difficult to find, it is easier to park near La Pared beach and walk the block to the plaza.  Some parking lots will charge $3 for parking.

Other Beaches in Luquillo

Other beaches on the west end of Luquillo are Mameyes Beach and Playa Fortuna. Mameyes Beach sits on the border of Rio Mar and Luquillo and is the farthest west beach in Luquillo.  Playa Fortuna is a narrow stretch of beach along a wide grassy area. These are predominately locals only beaches due to lack of parking and facilities. The far east edge of Luquillo is La Selva beach, which can only be accessed via 40-minute hike, bicycle, ATV, or surfboard.Lunch in Luquillo Puerto Rico

Sleep it off

While many of the hotels near Luquillo are closed due to Hurricane damage, now is the time to check out some of the private Guesthouses and Bed & Breakfast options.  There are accommodations steps from the beach, like Love. Soul. Beautiful B&B overlooking La Pared beach, and a slew of other Luquillo beach front properties to choose from.

21 thoughts on “Lunch with a Beach View in Luquillo, Puerto Rico”

    1. There is plenty of parking throughout Luquillo. Each beach has areas for parking. The only “offical” parking that is closed is for Balneario Monserrate, and you can park nearby at the kioskos and it is a short walk. Playa Azul has limited parking, so you might need to walk from La Pared or Luquillo town roads. La Pared has ample parking, and sometimes there is an attendant charging $3 (usually only on the weekends).

  1. Thanks for good update . We are coming next week and could not figure out if we could go to the bagneario in luquillo as all the websites say they are closed. Can you confirm we can just park by the kioskos and walk over ? Thank you !

  2. Love this write up Luquillo Beach. We were in Puerto Rico when the hurricane happened and it was so devastating. But it’s nice to hear things are picking up. We didn’t visit Luquillo Beach, but will be putting it on my list for next time we go and will have to reference back to your post for the awsome tips,

  3. I was in Puerto Rico when the hurricane happened and I was devastated as PR is sooooo beautiful with amazing beaches and so much to do.
    We didnt make it to Luquillo beach so it’s nice to reqd about it for next time.
    Also thanks for giving guest house options. I much prefer them anyways!!

  4. Puerto Rico’s Luquillo beach has lot of things to do with yummy food having ocean view to farmer’s market. Luquillo Kioskos have many choices like foid, souveniers, etc. Even this place lits if accomodatikn options for night stays.

  5. Luquillo seems like a great place to do some water activities. The water is so clear too. I bet you can see a lot of marine life under the water!

  6. What a great guide for delcious food by the beach in Luguillo! I have never been there but will problably be there one day soon enough and this post will come in handy! The farmer’s market sound very interesting and something I hope not to miss!

  7. Luquillo sounds like a perfect beach getaway. And lunch with an ocean view sounds amazing too. Watching surfers surely is fun and Boardriders beachfront restaurant sounds like a perfect spot for that. Thanks for this detailed information.

  8. What beautiful beaches. It’s good to know things are back up and running since the hurricanes. And we LOVE farmer’s markets and that one at Luquillo sounds like loads of fun to experience.

  9. Ah what a gorgeous spot. Glad to hear that blue flag beach is back up and running after the hurricane. I could happily spend a weekend surfing at La Pared beach and shopping at the farmer’s market 🙂

  10. Wow! The beach looks so beautiful with its clear turquoise waters and a line of palm trees. Great to know there are so many food options. Beachfront restaurants offer a pleasant experience of watching the sea activities while grabbing some delicious bites.

  11. I agree that food often tastes best with an ocean view. I would love to visit the area, particularly because of its Blue Flag beach. It’s also nice that there’s a lot of variety when it comes to food choices, even Peruvian!

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