Driving from San Juan to Rincón generally takes 2.5 to 3 hours, and you can follow the south shoreline, passing through Poncé, or as I usually did cross to the West end of the island along the North shore. Driving into the town of Rincón and passing under the iconic sign is always calming.
You've crossed over into a town full of great vibes, beautiful lush vegetation and insanely gorgeous beaches. Even deeper, this town feeds a passion for surfing. With one of the best breaks in the Caribbean, Rincon has been in many surfers hearts since the 1968 World Championship of Surfing:
Traveling with my friends, we arrived to Serenity Hotel. The rooms were beautiful, the decks spaces and pool were inviting, and we were greeted by the friendliest Hotel Manager Sara.
We loved the ocean views from the bedrooms and making use of the ample deck space and small pool with shower overlooking the ocean vista.
We loved the easy 5 minute walk to Sandy Beach, our home beach for the long weekend. It was the perfect tropical beach framed by lush palms. Activities included: swimming in the water, walking the beach, and watching the surfers. I highly recommend coco fríos! Coco fries are cold coconuts open with a machete that you drink with a straw. They are usually $2, so bring some singles to the beach.
We had drinks at the closest watering hole, Pools Bar. The bar had non-stop footage of surfing greats shredding waves projected about of the pool, in which a few swimmers relaxed with flamingo floats. We then walked to Tamboo Tavern and Seaside Grill and had a fantastic time dancing to a local DJ. We also checked out The Beach House, a great bar and restaurant that also rents surf boards and offers surf lessons.
We met great people, ate delicious food, and enjoyed practicing the sport of surfing. It's easy to see why so many people from all over the world have chosen Rincón for their special place to live or vacation.
Finishing out our stay with some yoga on the deck of Serenity Hotel. We loved Serenity and cannot wait to return to this cozy hotel and beautiful beach vibes.
In January 2016, I moved to Isla Verde, an eastern section of the capital city of San Juan on the island of Puerto Rico. I work in the touristy area of Condado in a shared office. From my apartment and office I enjoy beach and ocean views.