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Luquillo Beach is located on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, approximately 45 minutes from San Juan. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations because of its proximity to El Yunque National Park. The beaches of Luquillo are well-maintained and have even won special designation for their clean water and excellent parks. Sailors will enjoy seeing the mountains in the background when sailing in this location.

Windsurfing in Luquillo is possible in Playa Azul. Most of the beaches in Luquillo (Balneario Monserrate, La Pared, El Corredor Noreste, La Selva) are located within bays. The wind doesn’t enter well. Parts of Playa Azul also have very shallow reefs, making it difficult for windsurfing. However, one location has a nice sandy beach and a few coral cays that are fun to sail around. This location may not be best for beginners, but it will be lots of fun for intermediate sailors who have control navigating around the reef.

GPS Link: Playa Azul (windsurf spot)

There are no windsurf equipment rentals available, so you will have to bring your own. It’s recommended to stay away from the two surfing locations to avoid disturbing the surfers or entering dangerous areas. Powerful rip currents close to La Pared surfing spot can be dangerous. The waves here are small, but they pack a lot of punch.

There are many other attractions to see when planning a day in Luquillo. The kiosks of Luquillo are a lively place to eat, drink, and buy souvenirs. You can enter local delicacies such as steamed lobster or Pork Chop Can-Can. I also recommend Revolution Pizza for a satisfying pie with delicious toppings.

The best time to visit Luquillo is during the “Festival del Tinglar”. The festival is celebrated each April in the Plaza of Luquillo. The festival includes exhibits, artisans, and live music. There is a festive vibe, and the town really comes alive.

Favored Conditions: East Wind

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there parking at Playa Azul, and how much does it cost?

There is free parking on the road in front of Playa Azul Beach, but it’s first come, first serve. It can get very busy on the weekends. If you’re planning on sailing at Playa Azul either get there early, or plan to visit during the week.

Is there dangerous rocks and coral?

Yes, the reef in Luquillo is very shallow and impossible to sail over. It’s recommended to look at satellite images of the beach to understand where the coral reef is so you can navigate appropriately. Certain parts of the beach are simply inaccessible. You can, however, launch from an opening in the reef and sail along the outside of it. Avoid the surfing locations, where there are powerful rip currents and swimmers.

What type of facilities are at Playa Azul?

You won’t find public facilities at Playa Azul. There is a plaza close by with a corner store. Here you can buy refreshments. There are also several restaurants and coffee shops around the plaza. There are no public bathrooms on this beach.

What types of animals can be found at Playa Azul?

It’s not uncommon to see sting rays jumping. They sometimes do this to breathe air. During certain times of the year, you can spot a large sea turtle called the “Tinglar”. There are also tropical fish and green turtles. The reef in Luquillo is very much alive but not something to fear. There have been sightings of octopuses and small nurse sharks.

Are there any special points of interest?

The boardwalk is a great place to pass the afternoon. There is a beach bar called “Board Riders” where you can get a satisfying drink, or a delicious plate of food. Salty people are welcomed.

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