No matter your definition of beachy bliss, Puerto Rico’s got you covered. More than 300 sandy oases rim the island, from long, sun-splashed stretches to cozy, palm-shaded coves. Some draw surfers from all over the world; others are more popular with sea turtles, who lay their fragile eggs in the sun-warmed sand each summer. Ready for your day in the sun? These five beaches are among the best on the island.
One of Lonely Planet’s Top 12 Beaches in Puerto Rico, Isla Verde brings together the best of the city and the shoreline in a beautiful, turquoise-edged package. Start with the beach, a three-mile-long drift of golden sand located adjacent to Fairmont El San Juan, edged by the ocean on one side and a thicket of palms on the other. You’ll find everything you need for a full day in the sun as well, including rental boats, jet skis, kayaks, lounge chairs and umbrellas and easy access to fun activities like banana boat rides and surf schools. And don’t worry about packing a picnic — Isla Verde is loaded with options for food and drinks.