A Special Note about Hurricane Maria: As everyone knows, the island of Puerto Rico and the town of Rincon suffered through a devastating hurricane, September 20, 2017. Electricity and running water were unavailable in most of the town until the end of October. As of today, Nov 7th, the downtown of Rincon as well as many areas along the main route, Carr. 115 have electricity as well as neighborhoods in Stella and Calvache. Also, there is running water in many neighborhoods as well.
Rincon and its residents and businesses have been cleaning up and preparing for a well deserved tourist season. We have a long list of businesses that are up and running on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/rincontourismassociation and we will continue to update on Facebook as more areas get electricity and more businesses open.
We hope you will support Rincon in the best possible way; by coming to stay with us and enjoy our strong, vibrant community!
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. Rincon has many fly by night and unlicensed operators. Our members are only established, 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, the Legend Surf Classic and the Rincon Trialo.
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.
The 1968 World Championships of Surfing were held in Rincón
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.
If you are planning a trip to Rincon, Puerto Rico in March or April or are thinking of coming, there are plenty of things to do and see! Of course March is prime time for good surf, waves have been great and very consistent all season, we are looking forward to more great Rincon surfing in March.
The whales are here! If you enjoy seeing these amazing animals offshore, breaching and flipping their tails, Rincon has a few great spots to see them: The El Faro (lighthouse) Park is an ideal location to relax and see the whales, offering beautiful views and comfortable benches. Tamboo Bar and Grill has a large beachfront deck where whales can be seen while enjoying lunch or a cocktail, and of course most beaches have great views of the whales, but best to be a bit higher.
The Corona Pro at Domes beach is an annual surf contest held in Rincon at Domes or Marias Beach, held this year March 3-4, with some of the best surfers from the Caribbean and Florida competing. Bring your beach chairs and find a spot early as it is a very popular event!
There are also a number of festivals and events coming to Rincon in March and April. The Ramas Music Festival is a second annual event with alternative rock and roll and reggae music over two days, March 16-17, more info and tickets on their website, ramasfestival.com. That same weekend is the Primavera Long Board Surf Contest and Spring Equinox Festival held at marias or Domes beach, more info at www.fspr.wildapricot.org/event-2456859
There is a great fundraiser on March 4th, the Rincon for SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba) Fundraiser, held at the Shipwreck restaurant in Rincon. This is the third annual event that helps fund scuba dives for disabled veterans. There is live music, great food and a silent auctions, more info at their website, sudsdiving.org or contact Isela for tickets, 787-431-5513.
Also coming April 8th is the Rincon Beachboy Standup Paddleboard Race, a yearly event that is one of our favorite family events in Rincon! Categories from kids to pro with prize money, live music and after event party, it is a great day to spend at the Hotel Villa Cofresi!. More info on their website, rinconbeachboy.com. Enjoy your Rincon vacation!
The Rincon International Film Festival is being held March 27-April 2nd. This is the 10th Annual and promises to bring some amazing films with afternoon viewings and special comedy, documentary and horror night viewings all week long, more info and tickets at their website, rinconfilm.com.
The Tourism Association of Rincon is proud to announce our two newest member, Caribbean Trading Company and Icon Digital Plans! Our members help us support some of Rincon Best Events, including the Rincon Trialo, The Legend Surf Classic and the Rincon International Film Festival as well as making this website possible.
The English Rose Bed & Breakfast Inn is nestled in the hills of Ensenada with breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea.
Offering luxury fully equipped rental apartments with a pool and stunning ocean and sunset views. One of the best regarding restaurants in Rincon for breakfast, be sure to make a reservation, they no longer accept walk ins on most days during the High Season. Ph - 787-823-4032
On August 11, the US Dept of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico signaling that the current spread of Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health in the Commonwealth relating to pregnant women and children born to pregnant women with Zika.
It is improtant to note that this public health emergency is directed towards pregnant women and children born to women with Zika. To read the full statement from the HHS Click here.
The Center for Disease Control has more information about Zika and how it relates to travelers to Puerto Rico on its website. Also of note is this study of mosquito populations and the anticipated drop in Zika cases as the mosquito season ends in early December, click here. And this article from Science News which seems to indicate that Zika will be much less of a problem in Puerto Rico in the dry months of December to April, "the Zika virus -- like other mosquito-borne illnesses -- is likely sensitive to the breeding cycle of its primary carrier, the yellow fever mosquito, according to a perspective published July 28 in the journal PLOS Biology. In the tropics, mosquito populations and reproduction decline during the dry season when low rainfall and evaporation deny the insects the ample standing water they require to breed." Also see the Puerto Rico Tourism Company's website regarding information on the Zika virus and Caribbean 360 article, Keeping Zika in Perspective.
While various media outlets insist on jaw dropping headlines, we advise travelers to Puerto Rico to research the facts regarding the Zika virus as they plan their Puerto Rico vacation.
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.
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