Rincón, Puerto Rico - Caribbean Surfing, Diving, Whale Watching and So Much More!
Tourist Info and Listings for Rincon Vacation Rentals, Hotels, Activites, Services, Weddings, Shopping, Dining and Events
The Tourism Association of Rincón would like to welcome you to our "town of beautiful sunsets". This association was formed by concerned citizens, vacation rental owners and business people in 1994 who were committed to promoting the unique ambiance of Rincon while preserving and protecting the environment. Our members are only trusted local business owners.
The continued support of Our Members has made it possible to provide this website as well as help to fund many of Rincon's best events such as the Rincon International Film Festival, the Rincon Beachboy Standup Paddleboarding Contest, Rincon Oktoberfest and the Rincon Trialo. Visit and "Like" our Facebook Page for events, specials and updates from our Members.
The 1968 World Championships of Surfing were held in Rincón
Although the word Rincon means 'Corner' or 'Niche' in Spanish and is a perfect description of our location in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea - the name originates from Don Gonzalo Rincon, a 16th century landowner who allowed various poor families to reside on his land. This 'corner of Puerto Rico' has been Puerto Rico's favorite vacation destination for years! Its unique location is where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean.
The North Coast of Rincon has some of the best surfing waves in the world when the currents collide from October till April. The South Coast of Rincon has some of the best swimming beaches, with calmer, clear blue water. In between are the beautiful seascapes of the Sunset Coast and the activity of the Downtown and Marina.
Surfing made Rincon famous - but it has become a major resort destination year-round. Winter is high season for surfers, whale-watching and escaping the cold northern winters. Don't surf? Rincon has some of the most beautiful calm water beaches on its south Caribbean side, perfect for swimming or standup paddleboarding (SUP), one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants and beaches are full of activity and there is always lots to do: SCUBA Diving off nearby Desecheo Island, snorkeling, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, sailing, mountain biking, swimming, yoga and massage, long walks on the beach and of course those unforgettable sunsets every night as the sun sets over the Caribbean.
In the summer, Rincon relaxes and turns into a sleepy Caribbean village that shows a different personality. The wild surf calms down to create intimate, secluded beaches where snorkeling takes the place of surfing. This is one of the favorite times for Caribbean residents to visit Rincon. July is actually our busiest month, since all of Puerto Rico goes on vacation - and bookings are required far in advance! Rincon boasts world-class resorts, intimate hotels, villa-style apartments, vacation rentals and guest houses that make it a great choice for your next vacation! However, we haven't lost our 'old time' Caribbean charm. There is no 'resort strip' in Rincon - our guests are just another part of life in paradise. Rincon has also become one of the Caribbean's best wedding destinations, with all the services and a wide variety of wedding venues to choose from.
Although a small town, Rincon boasts several different personalities depending on the area of town you explore. You'll enjoy the surf and activity of The North Coast, the intimate beaches and spectacular show every evening on The Sunset Coast, Downtown Rincon's traditional plaza and emerging dining and arts scene, and the long swimming beaches of Rincon's South Caribbean Coast. You'll meet local residents, visitors who bought second homes here after the 'fell in love' with Rincon and tourists from all over Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the world.
Once you discover the natural Caribbean charm of our special corner of Puerto Rico - we're sure you'll fall in love with Rincon and come back again and again. And if you fall in love like many of
our past guests, we have several Rincon real estate agents listed on our website to help you
purchase your home, villa, condo or land in Rincon, Puerto Rico. To plan your trip Purchase a Rincon map on our Directories Page. For more travel information, see our Rincon Visitors Information Page.
Every April, the town of Rincon, Puerto Rico winds down it's high tourist season with a flurry of events and festivals and this year is no exception!
First up on April 9th is the 8th Annual Rincon Beachboy Standup Paddlebaord Race, one of Rincon truly memorable events for the whole family. Each year hundreds of SUP racers gather at the Hotel Villa Cofresi for Standup Paddleboard races in a number of different categories, including, kids, amateur and pro distances. Whether you are competing for the $10,000 in cash prizes or watching the race from the shore, the Rincon Beachboy is an afternoon full of excitement, fun and a great day for the whole family. www.rinconbeachboy.com for more info.
This will be the 9th Annual Rincon International Film Festival, April 11-17. This festival has grown each year with select films in Documentary, Drama, Horror and Comedy genres, as well as short and animated films. Evening screenings are held throughout the week at various locations in Rincon, with daytime screenings all week at the Hotel Villa Cofresi. The final night at the Rincon Beach Resort is a Special Screening and the awards. Many nights sell out early so to make sure you get your seat, buy advance tickets online, www.rinconfilm.com.
And we cannot forget about the Rincon Festival de la Ballena, (Whale Festival) held each year at the El Faro Lighthouse park. It is a two day event with local art, food kiosks and live music, held this year April 16-17. Each year this is a very popular event for locals and tourists with great live music.
Island West Properties has been in business in Rincon since 1993. Their office on Rt. 413 has been the starting point for so many property owners, residents and those curious about making the move to our beautiful town.
Island West has been a member of the Tourism Association of Rincon since it's founding and continues to support the community, while offering professional and friendly real estate and property management services. If you are interested in purchasing Rincon real estate or finding a Rincon vacation rental, Island West is always a good place to start! www.island-west.com
Taino Divers has become a Rincon institution, offering snorkel, dive, Whale watching and charter tours all over the Western Coast of Puerto Rico including Desecheo Island.
For inexperienced divers, they offer snorkeling or discovery dives and gear rental. For the more experienced divers, "We offer PADI and SDI certification courses. From Open Water thru Dive Master. CPR, Medic First Aid and Emergency First Responder courses are also offered year round"
Located at the Rincon marina next to Shipwreck restaurant, stop in or visit their website: www.tainodivers.com or call 787-823-6429
Wellness vacations seem to be very popular right now and why not? It seems we know more about how to be healthy than ever before. Rincon, Puerto Rico offers a great destination for a Wellness Vacation. Of course the town is know for being surrounded by beautiful beaches that offer great surfing, SUP, snorkeling and diving. But Rincon also has a great mix of yoga studios, classes and workshops, local gyms and fitness centers, a spin studio, a yearly triathlon that draws hundreds of competitors from all over the world, mountain biking, a skate park, kayak tours, Zumba and Aerobics classes and a natural landscape that promotes being outdoors.
There are local caterers who cook using local or organic ingredients and the weekly farmers market in the Rincon downtown plaza offers Organic local foods from farm crops to artisenal products such as locally made honey and chocolate.
Book your Rincon Wellness Vacation today!
This is the 8th Annual Rincon International Film Festival, "the largest and most celebrated film festival in Puerto Rico!"
There are daytime and evening screening throughout Rincon venues, indoors and outdoors with special "themed" nights such as Comedy or Documentary, culminating in the "Best of the Festival" night April 19th.
The mission as described on their website: "To support and promote culture and the arts in Puerto Rico through the medium of film. The festival seeks to inspire
student, future and current filmmakers in the art of filmmaking, and to enhance the movie viewing experience in Puerto Rico through creative, unique and entertaining events. With special award
categories for Puerto Rican filmmakers and Spanish Language films as well as International and American Films. Rincón Puerto Rico is also a Surfer's paradise, so the festival also screens great
surfing films.. "
Click here to see this years program of screenings. To purchase tickets, daytime passes and full access passes, click here. The Tourism Association of Rincon is a proud sponsor of the Rincon International Film Festival and is able to support this and other activities in Rincon through our membership fees. Your support of Tourism Association members will help keep this and other unique Rincon Events going each year!
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