Puerto Rico Travel Guide ⎮ Tourism Guide to East Coast

Home to El Yunque National Rainforest, the magical bioluminescent bays, and offshore treasures

Best Things to Do & Top Places to Visit - East Region of Puerto Rico

Popular El Yunque / Luquillo Beach Tour

The east coast of Puerto Rico is a popular tourist region where visitors can choose from some of the best beachfront resorts on the island.  We invite visitors to step out of the resort properties and explore the natural wonders and fun places in the east region and beyond.  The east region of Puerto Rico offers extraordinary natural attractions both inland and on the turquoise-colored sea.  The east coast topography is very diverse with a magical tropical rainforest, beach coves, mangrove forests, wetlands, and offshore cays.  

Puerto Rico Beaches - Best Beaches on the East Coast

Two of the best and most popular beaches in Puerto Rico are on the east coast.  Rent a car and explore more beautiful beaches, see the best beaches list below.  If you dream of escaping to a secluded island for the day, the east is the best area to stay, you can go sailing, go island hopping to the islands of Cordillera Nature Reserve islands, or go to Culebra and Vieques for unforgettable day trips.

Best Places to Visit - East Coast

Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Rainforest

El Yunque Rainforest - Best Places to Visit on the East Coast of Puerto Rico

Top Rated Tours to El Yunque National Rainforest

Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay

Bioluminescent Bay - Puerto Rico - Photo Copyright Frank Llosa -

Top Rated Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay Tours

Cayo Icacos (Cay)

Icacos Cay (Island) - Places to Visit in Puerto Rico's East Region

Top Rated Tours to Cayo Icacos

Top Rated Tours to Palomino Island

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Cabezas de San Juan - Top Places to Visit - East Puerto Rico

Best Beaches on the East Coast

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Luquillo Beach

Luquillo Beach - One of the best beaches in the East Coast of Puerto Rico

+ Balneario La Monserrate

Luquillo Beach formally named Balneario La Monserrate is a gorgeous mile-long crescent bay in the municipality of Luquillo.  Balneario Monserrate has been for years a rival to Balneario of Boqueron in Cabo Rojo, locals love to argue about which is best, we invite you to visit both and decide. Luquillo Beach is loved by families for its facilities but be prepared to face crowds in the summers, weekends, and holidays.  Hundreds of palm trees and the mountains of El Yunque serve as a background.  The beach is a crescent shape with calm waters perfect for swimming. This beach is managed and maintained by Parques Nacionales offering lifeguards, picnic tables and gazebos, restrooms, parking, and wheelchair access. Some of the best tours offer a combination of El Yunque National Rainforest all morning and Luquillo Beach in the afternoon.

Seven Seas Beach

Seven Seas Beach - Fajardo Puerto Rico

+ Seven Seas

Balneario Seven Seas is the best and most popular swimming beach in Fajardo, but bring everything you will need, drinks, food, etc.  Nearby there are kiosks along the road selling traditional Puerto Rican fritters where you can take a break to eat or take it with you to the beach.  This beach is managed by the Parques Nacionales offering lifeguards, gazebos, camping, wheelchair access, and parking, however, management has been very poor and it is not in the best conditions, the beach however is beautiful and quiet during the week, weekends it gets busier with a local crowd.

Playa Colora

Playa Colora - Beaches on the east coast of Puerto Rico

+ Playa Colora

Playa Colora Beach will be loved by those that crave to be serenaded by the loud sounds of the ocean and feel enveloped by nature alone.  Playa Colora is not safe for swimming or bathing, but the scenery and one-of-a-kind vivid colors of this beach certainly make up for it.

Playa Escondida

Playa Escondida - Fajardo, Puerto Rico - East Coast Beaches

+ Playa Escondida

Playa Escondida is a local favorite for those that love to take nature walks for a reward at a quiet beach.  Playa Escondida is located in the town of Fajardo

Playa Posita de Piñones

Best beaches on the east coast of Puerto Rico

+ La Posita de Piñones

For those staying in the San Juan / Isla Verde tourist area, Las Positas aka La Posita Beach is one of the best beaches near the city for those wishing to have a more secluded beach experience, just minutes away.  Also known as Playa Rocosa (rocky beach), for its natural rock wall running along the length of the beach creating a long wide natural pool.  The waters are clear and shallow, perfect for swimming, and small children.  We prefer to enjoy this beach on weekdays from September – mid-March when it’s practically empty.  Las Positas gets pretty full during summer days, this beach is loved by locals with small children.  Parking is free and convenient across the street.  You can also get here by bike, and keep riding along the wood boardwalk along the coast, along the way.  Be sure to stop at food kiosks for inexpensive traditional Puerto Rican food.

Punta Tuna Beach

Punta Tuna Beach - Maunabo - Best Places to Visit in East Region of Puerto Rico

+ Punta Tuna Beach

A dreamy place, one of the quietest beaches on the island.  Playa Punta Tuna is a great beach for long walks on holding hands with your loved one.  Punta Tuna Beach is a protected nature reserve where you won’t see any buildings along the shore.  You can feel the embrace of nature’s beauty as you walk along a lush line of tall palm trees and listen to the Caribbean Sea waves…

Resorts on the East Coast

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St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

St Regis Bahia Beach - Best places to stay in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico


Margaritaville Vacation Club By Wyndham - Best places to stay on the beach in Puerto Rico


Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort

Best places to stay on the beach - Rio Grande Puerto Rico


Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Places to Stay at Beach in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico


El Conquistador Resort

El Conquistador Resort - Fajardo, Puerto Rico


Travel to the East Coast Region of Puerto Rico

Flying Here – The best and most convenient option is flying to the San Juan Airport, offering the most daily flight and choice of airlines (about 45 minutes away).

Driving from San Juan – Driving to the east coast hotels and attractions is easy. There are major highways from San Juan to the east. Google Maps App on your phone has pretty good directions. During traffic, we suggest you give yourself at least 30 minutes extra to get to places.

Map - Best Resorts, Beaches & Places to Visit

East Region of Puerto Rico