Located in the northwestern corner of Puerto Rico “where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea” and named after landowner Don Gonzalo Rincón is the town of Rincón, the island’s famous vacation destination. Rincón literally means “corner” or “niche” and this town has certainly developed its niche for some of the best surfing, whale watching, snorkeling, and scuba diving in Puerto Rico.
While water-based activities are what Rincón is famous for, its burgeoning arts and dining scene should not be missed. Every Thursday evening you can mix and mingle with locals during the Rincón Art Walk, a small festival complete with food trucks, music and artwork by local artists. The Rincón International Film Festival is entering its thirteenth year as a world class film festival and this “town of beautiful sunsets” has many other cultural events and activities to enjoy.
To help you plan your next trip around some of these exciting events, we included a small sample. Keep reading and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.
For surf enthusiasts and the naturally curious, check out the Galeria del Surf (Rincón Surfing Museum) and a visit to the famous landmark, Punta Higuero Lighthouse, is a must do. Divers can enjoy some of the best diving spots off Isla Desecheo where the crystal-clear waters of the dive site is said to have over 100 foot visibility.
Rincón Beach Resort
Facing the serenity and calming waters of Puerto Rico’s Almirante Beach is Rincón Beach Resort. Each of the spacious 112 guestrooms and 24 condo villas feature contemporary design and stunning views of the ocean, garden or pool. Resort amenities include an Infinity freeform swimming pool, bar, tennis court, fitness facilities, and restaurants that aim to please your palette with Caribbean fusion or Mediterranean cuisine.
Upcoming events in Rincón
Legend Surf Classic Puerto Rico | January 24-26, 2020
Held annually during the last week of January, Legend Surf Classic Puerto Rico is a contest hosted to recognize the older, original surfers who developed surfing culture in Puerto Rico to what it is today, recognize the second generation of surfers, and honor the achievements of those who had great success representing Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico – Surf, Climb & Yoga Retreat | January 30 – February 3, 2020
Puerto Rico ~ Surf, Climb & Yoga Retreat is described as five days of climbing, yoga, Thai massage and surfing. The retreat will be hosted at a deluxe villa in Rincón and each day will bring its own adventure. Designed to accommodate any skill level, there will be two days of rock climbing instruction and lessons and surf lessons.
Kaia Yoga Puerto Rico Retreat | February 14-18, 2020
Hosted in a villa just 200 yards from the beach, Kaia Yoga Puerto Rico Retreat will include yoga, surfing, tasty meals, and the added bonus of enjoying magnificent sunsets from the beautifully lush town of Rincón. The retreat includes the Kaia method of yoga, surf lessons, daily brunch and dinner, accommodations and daily meditation offerings.
Rincón International Film Festival | April 15-19, 2020
The Rincón International Film Festival is held annually in Rincón and features amazing outdoor, beachside screenings of a variety of films. The festival was created to showcase culture and the arts in Puerto Rico through film, to inspire current and future filmmakers, and use unique events to enhance the movie viewing experience.
Rincón Beachboy SUP Race | May 2, 2020
The famous Rincón Beachboy Stand Up Paddleboard Race is an annual event designed to promote SUP as a sport. Enjoyed and supported by the local community and the many SUP enthusiasts from around the world that attend, the race is also a fundraiser to support a charitable cause that benefits the community.
The Horned Dorset Primavera
Enjoy Moroccan-inspired opulence and four-star accommodations at The Horned Dorset Primavera. Each two-floor suite has a master bedroom, full-size marble bathroom with walk-in jet shower and separate soaking tub, a private plunge pool, living space, and other amenities to help its guests relax and unwind in luxurious comfort.
While at the hotel, you can enjoy one of two freshwater pools, a yoga pavilion, bar, lounge, secluded beach access, classical game room, and library. Its award-winning restaurant, The Chateau Rose, serves fine French Caribbean cuisine and can accommodate all dietary needs.
Aqua Marina Beach Club (formerly Blue Boy Inn)
Blue Boy Inn was named one of the top B&Bs and inns in the Caribbean. Inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s artwork, The Blue Boy, this tropical garden retreat effuses a sense of tranquility and respite from life’s hustle and bustle.
Now renamed the Aqua Marina Beach Club, the eight-room inn has an intimate yet playful aura with its flirty fountains, ivy-covered walls, inviting pool with a waterfall, and whimsical underwater bar stools. The warm palette is consistent within its walls and exterior and enhances one’s sense of relaxation. The cooked-to-order breakfast is always a hit with selections like the Coconut & Nutella Crepe and Lemon Curd Crepe. Another bonus is its close proximity to several beaches and Black Eagle Marina as a starting point for many water-based activities including snorkeling, sailing and deep sea fishing.
Case Verde Hotel
Casa Verde Hotel has a laid back, no fuss vibe and is located near some of the best snorkeling, surfing and fishing spots in Puerto Rico. The family- and wallet-friendly hotel has 19 comfortably designed rooms and suites, streamlined outdoor sitting areas that spark inspiration and relaxion, a pool and an onsite restaurant and bar.
The charming and pet-friendly Serenity Rincón is nestled among trees and also just steps away from the famed Sandy Beach. The guesthouse has 23 beautifully furnished rooms and suites with separate living areas and some with balconies that are perfectly situated to watch the sun set and rise right from the comfort of your room.
Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel
With 112 rooms, suites, studios, and casitas to choose from, Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel offers beachfront, casually elegant accommodations with all the amenities needed to relax and enjoy the “land of beautiful sunsets.” Onsite dining options, a freeform swimming pool, beautiful tropical garden setting and attentive staff round out the offerings at this hotel. Come explore the unspoiled west coast of Puerto Rico with Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel as your launch pad.
Rincón has been described as having “unspoiled, natural beauty” and is treasured by surf, scuba and nature enthusiasts the world over. When you go, explore this beautiful corner of Puerto Rico with a sense of awe, help preserve its natural beauty by leaving nothing but footprints, immerse yourself in its culture by engaging with the local people, and return home to spread the news about this beautiful town.
We gave you a head start by compiling a smattering of hotels and events to try. Did we leave out your favorite hotel or inn? Let us know–we would love to hear from you.