What to do:
Surfing! I know nothing about surfing, but the boys were particularly drawn to Maria’s break. I know the locals can be a bit territorial throughout Rincon, and the waves fill up during the summer, so be sure to mind your manners.
Snorkeling & Scuba – If the swell isn’t up, Steps Beach is an amazing snorkel site. Enter to the left of the iron shore then head right. You’ll be greeted by schools of blue tang, elkhorn coral and perhaps even a friendly Hawksbill sea turtle. Entering and exiting this beach can be a bit tricky in wave action so be sure to have a buddy.
Diving Desecheo with Taino Divers was my favorite dive trip in all of Puerto Rico. Being a retired military target practice island has made Desecheo off limits to the public, ensuring that the local coral cover is well protected. We were lucky enough to see a nurse shark eat an invasive lionfish right off of our Divemasters spear gun watch the video here.
In fact, I can’t recommend Taino Divers enough. After one particularly quick dive in a strong current and rough conditions the team was headed back a bit dejected, suddenly a pod of dolphins surrounded the boat. Our captain was nice enough to allow the divers to jump in & we were able to swim with the wild dolphins. Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience.
A trip to Rincon wouldn’t be complete without a Pirata at Villa Cofresi. These delicious coconuts are filled with a concoction of rum & coconut and come with a refill! Ideal for watching the sunset over the Caribbean Sea fter an action packed day. Make sure to ask the bartender to cut out your coconut if you’re in need of a light snack, but in general I suggest skipping the food here.
What to Eat:
The English Rose- The hill up to this restaurant doesn’t do a good enough job of detouring hungry brunchers so be sure to make a reservation. I suggest coming absolutely starving because you won’t be able to pick just one breakfast to order, definitely get the Dead Elvis for something sweet =) Check their website for hours of operation as they are often closed during the off season and make a reservation early in your trip.
Tamboo- Though the food here is by no means bad, it’s not mind blowing. Rather, the beach front views, drinks, and sun deck are what get’s it spot on this list. I’d visit this spot during the day to watch surfers & skip the sloppy drunk nightlife here. Perfect for beachy American food and local favorites.
Green Thumb Grill- The owner Clay is an absolute legend when it comes to mixing cocktails & designing dishes. I suggest ordering appetizers, mains and deserts. You won’t want to miss a single one of these healthy, asian inspired eats.
Honorable Mentions – Lucky 13 (barbecue food and drinking), The Pool Bar (Sushi) & Acai Food Trucks throughout town.
Where to Stay:
Typically on my weekend visits we would camp at Domes Beach or crash on a friends couch, but staying at the Tropical Treehouse was always at the top of my list. With killer sunset views, the sweet melody of coquis, at a decent price tag of $150 a night. These gorgeous tree houses are perfect for kindling your inner Tarzan & Jane.