Reno’s Guidebook for Puerto Rico

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Reno’s Guidebook for Puerto Rico

Our favorite Restaurants

Rincon and the surrounding towns have a ton of great food and amazing restaurants, here's a list of some of the best ones!
The Tamboo has been voted one of the best beach bars in America not once but twice by Esquire Magazine. They have a deck right on the beach so you can enjoy the waves and the salt air while you have one of their delicious tropical cocktails (their Mojito has won best Mojito in Puerto Rico several times) and they have tons of great food options like whole Red Snapper. It's also a great place for nightlife with some form of live music Thursday - Monday every week, nightly happy hour from 7-9pm and special happy hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10pm-1am.
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Tamboo Beside the Pointe Hotel
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The Tamboo has been voted one of the best beach bars in America not once but twice by Esquire Magazine. They have a deck right on the beach so you can enjoy the waves and the salt air while you have one of their delicious tropical cocktails (their Mojito has won best Mojito in Puerto Rico several times) and they have tons of great food options like whole Red Snapper. It's also a great place for nightlife with some form of live music Thursday - Monday every week, nightly happy hour from 7-9pm and special happy hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10pm-1am.
If you're looking for typical Puerto Rican classics, the Red Flamboyan is by far one of the best. It's very close to the house, only a few minutes away. The Mofongo and the KanKan Pork Chops are out of this world good. If you're walking I recommend going when the sun is still out, the road up to the restaurant is narrow and dark.
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Red Flamboyán
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If you're looking for typical Puerto Rican classics, the Red Flamboyan is by far one of the best. It's very close to the house, only a few minutes away. The Mofongo and the KanKan Pork Chops are out of this world good. If you're walking I recommend going when the sun is still out, the road up to the restaurant is narrow and dark.
One of the best breakfasts you'll ever have. Period. The English Rose is owned by Ruth and Jethro, an English couple that has been a part of our community in Rincon for years. They have traditional English breakfast items on their menu in addition to American classics. The view is spectacular. Everything is fresh and homemade. Don't pass this place up.
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English Rose Restaurant & Inn
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One of the best breakfasts you'll ever have. Period. The English Rose is owned by Ruth and Jethro, an English couple that has been a part of our community in Rincon for years. They have traditional English breakfast items on their menu in addition to American classics. The view is spectacular. Everything is fresh and homemade. Don't pass this place up.
La Copa Llena has a very eclectic menu with some wonderful tapas options. They're right on the beach and have one of the best places to catch the sunset in all of Rincon.
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La copa llena
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La Copa Llena has a very eclectic menu with some wonderful tapas options. They're right on the beach and have one of the best places to catch the sunset in all of Rincon.
La Cambija has been around for decades. It started as a small pit stop for locals in the carport of a home where typical fried foods and cold beer could be purchased for next to nothing. Now they feature a full menu, great drinks and friendly servers.
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La Cambija
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La Cambija has been around for decades. It started as a small pit stop for locals in the carport of a home where typical fried foods and cold beer could be purchased for next to nothing. Now they feature a full menu, great drinks and friendly servers.
The absolute BEST rotisserie chicken, sausages, ribs and kankan pork chops. They use a charcoal smoker and usually by 2pm everything is sold out so go early! You can smell the smoker a mile away, sizes are generous and the prices are super cheap. Make sure you give them a nice tip, they definitely deserve it!
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Rancho Carbon Express
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The absolute BEST rotisserie chicken, sausages, ribs and kankan pork chops. They use a charcoal smoker and usually by 2pm everything is sold out so go early! You can smell the smoker a mile away, sizes are generous and the prices are super cheap. Make sure you give them a nice tip, they definitely deserve it!

Best Beaches

These are our favorite beaches.
You won't have to go far! Sandy Beach is right in front of our house, it's one of the only (almost) entirely sand bottom beaches in all of Rincon. This is by far one of the best beaches Rincon has to offer. You can grab a Piña Colada or a cold Medalla at the Tamboo and walk down on to the beach. Remember, always take your trash with you and please recycle!
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Sandy Beach
Km4 Hm 7 Carretera 413 Ramal
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You won't have to go far! Sandy Beach is right in front of our house, it's one of the only (almost) entirely sand bottom beaches in all of Rincon. This is by far one of the best beaches Rincon has to offer. You can grab a Piña Colada or a cold Medalla at the Tamboo and walk down on to the beach. Remember, always take your trash with you and please recycle!
The Black Eagle Marina is a great place for everyone, there are several great restaurants like El Ancla, La Copa Llena, Shipwreck Bar and Grill, and the Club Nautico. all of them have awesome food options and varying price points from casual low cost to casual fine dining. There's also tons to do! You can check out Rincon Paddleboards to get some rental gear, Taino Divers for snorkel and dive charters, Katarina for sailing charters or Sail Rincon for smaller more personalized sailing experiences.
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Black Eagle (marina)
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The Black Eagle Marina is a great place for everyone, there are several great restaurants like El Ancla, La Copa Llena, Shipwreck Bar and Grill, and the Club Nautico. all of them have awesome food options and varying price points from casual low cost to casual fine dining. There's also tons to do! You can check out Rincon Paddleboards to get some rental gear, Taino Divers for snorkel and dive charters, Katarina for sailing charters or Sail Rincon for smaller more personalized sailing experiences.
An iconic spot that's been host to some of the most famous surf competitions in the Caribbean including the world masters, corona pro surf circuit and many others. It's right next to the Rincon Lighthouse and a decommissioned nuclear energy plant (hence the green dome) One of the best places to surf, but a word of caution, not recommended if you're inexperienced unless you're with an instructor.
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Playa Domes
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An iconic spot that's been host to some of the most famous surf competitions in the Caribbean including the world masters, corona pro surf circuit and many others. It's right next to the Rincon Lighthouse and a decommissioned nuclear energy plant (hence the green dome) One of the best places to surf, but a word of caution, not recommended if you're inexperienced unless you're with an instructor.
Steps Beach is famous for having some of the best snorkeling in Rincon. It's known for the stoop that has survived dozens of hurricanes and still sits in the same location. Steps is part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, a hard-fought initiative by the Surfrider Foundation and the residents of Rincon that turned several miles of the coast into a protected marine reserve. The Elkhorn coral, fan coral and, the reef around steps are absolutely magnificent. Please help us keep Steps beach clean and the reserve intact by looking at ways to help our local Surfrider Chapter.
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Steps Beach - Reserva Marina Tres Palmas
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Steps Beach is famous for having some of the best snorkeling in Rincon. It's known for the stoop that has survived dozens of hurricanes and still sits in the same location. Steps is part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, a hard-fought initiative by the Surfrider Foundation and the residents of Rincon that turned several miles of the coast into a protected marine reserve. The Elkhorn coral, fan coral and, the reef around steps are absolutely magnificent. Please help us keep Steps beach clean and the reserve intact by looking at ways to help our local Surfrider Chapter.
Marias beach is just before the Rincon Lighthouse and Domes Beach, home to the Calypso Cafe, a famous local watering hole and bar with great sunset views of Desecheo Island.
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Maria's Beach
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Marias beach is just before the Rincon Lighthouse and Domes Beach, home to the Calypso Cafe, a famous local watering hole and bar with great sunset views of Desecheo Island.

Destinations to check out

Some of our favorite spots, adventures, waterfalls and hikes!
Punta Higüra lighthouse has some great vantage points to do some whale watching, checking the surf and taking sunset pictures.
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Faro Punta Higüeras
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Punta Higüra lighthouse has some great vantage points to do some whale watching, checking the surf and taking sunset pictures.
One of our absolute favorite places to spend the day. The Gozalandia waterfall is easy to get to, about 45 minutes from the Puntas Tree House and has some beginner hiking trails with multiple waterfalls and a rope swing.
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Gozalandia Falls, Official name Robles Waterfalls.
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One of our absolute favorite places to spend the day. The Gozalandia waterfall is easy to get to, about 45 minutes from the Puntas Tree House and has some beginner hiking trails with multiple waterfalls and a rope swing.
This is probably the most amazing day trip you can take while visiting Puerto Rico. Take a drive and plan to spend the day in La Parguera, on the way you can stop in Boqueron and Cabo Rojo (see our other recommendations). Once you arrive in Lajas, La Parguera is a small fishing town that is home to a ton of watersport attractions. Among those options, you can rend a small boat along with a guide for very reasonable prices and spend the day. The La Parguera Nature Reserve is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Puerto Rico; characterized by one of the most extensive and well developed coral reefs on the island. Here you can observe mangrove forests, red and white mangroves are most prevalent species here. Explore the salt marshes, cays, islets and seagrass beds where schools of tiny tropical fish love to play. The reserve was created to protect all these natural treasures and it’s currently managed by DRNA. Dolphins, manatees and turtles love these waters, so count on having an interesting underwater experience.
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La Parguera
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This is probably the most amazing day trip you can take while visiting Puerto Rico. Take a drive and plan to spend the day in La Parguera, on the way you can stop in Boqueron and Cabo Rojo (see our other recommendations). Once you arrive in Lajas, La Parguera is a small fishing town that is home to a ton of watersport attractions. Among those options, you can rend a small boat along with a guide for very reasonable prices and spend the day. The La Parguera Nature Reserve is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Puerto Rico; characterized by one of the most extensive and well developed coral reefs on the island. Here you can observe mangrove forests, red and white mangroves are most prevalent species here. Explore the salt marshes, cays, islets and seagrass beds where schools of tiny tropical fish love to play. The reserve was created to protect all these natural treasures and it’s currently managed by DRNA. Dolphins, manatees and turtles love these waters, so count on having an interesting underwater experience.
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse and Playa Sucia. Along the southwesternmost tip of the island, you can find the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, a several-hundred-year-old Spanish built lighthouse that sits atop a cliff that overlooks one of the nicest beaches on the south side of Puerto Rico, Playa Sucia (which ironically translates to Dirty Beach) is absolutely beautiful.
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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
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Cabo Rojo Lighthouse and Playa Sucia. Along the southwesternmost tip of the island, you can find the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, a several-hundred-year-old Spanish built lighthouse that sits atop a cliff that overlooks one of the nicest beaches on the south side of Puerto Rico, Playa Sucia (which ironically translates to Dirty Beach) is absolutely beautiful.

Best Rental Locations

If you're looking to rent a paddleboard, surfboard, snorkel gear or anything else you'll need for the beach, this list has you covered.
Mar Azul, owned by Bobby and Raquel two super friendly Rincon natives, is just up the street from the Puntas Tree House. They have great rates and great gear.
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Mar Azul Surf Shop - Surfboard & Paddleboard Rentals - Vacation Rental
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Mar Azul, owned by Bobby and Raquel two super friendly Rincon natives, is just up the street from the Puntas Tree House. They have great rates and great gear.
Pay Chikako and Damiano a visit for a paddleboard the next time you visit the Black Eagle Marina, they're super nice and provide amazing service.
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Rincon Paddleboards
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Pay Chikako and Damiano a visit for a paddleboard the next time you visit the Black Eagle Marina, they're super nice and provide amazing service.
If you're at Steps Beach and you need some snorkel gear you can grab some right here at Steps Quick Lunch. They also have great snacks and drinks.
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Steps Quick Lunch
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If you're at Steps Beach and you need some snorkel gear you can grab some right here at Steps Quick Lunch. They also have great snacks and drinks.
The best dive company on the west coast of Puerto Rico. They've been around for decades and have a ton of experience. These are the guys to see if you want to book a charter to Desecheo Island for some of the best diving in the world.
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Taino Divers
564 Calle Black Eagle
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The best dive company on the west coast of Puerto Rico. They've been around for decades and have a ton of experience. These are the guys to see if you want to book a charter to Desecheo Island for some of the best diving in the world.

Vegan Friendly

If you're looking for some vegan and vegetarian-friendly options the Sana Farm Stand is awesome!
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Sana Farm Stand
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If you're looking for some vegan and vegetarian-friendly options the Sana Farm Stand is awesome!
De La Tierra
Mimosa Brunch is another complete farm to table restaurant with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available.
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Mimosa Brunch Farm To Table
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Mimosa Brunch is another complete farm to table restaurant with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available.
A little further away but if you're in Mayaguez this is a great place!
bo.ka.do scratch kitchen
A little further away but if you're in Mayaguez this is a great place!

Professional Services

For laundry services we highly recommend Rincon Express Laundry.
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Rincon Express Laundry Center
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For laundry services we highly recommend Rincon Express Laundry.

Things To Do

This is a great place to go snorkeling when the waves are flat.
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Steps Beach - Reserva Marina Tres Palmas
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This is a great place to go snorkeling when the waves are flat.
Great for snorkel and scuba rentals, they also do charters to Desecheo Island and sunset whale watching tours.
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Taino Divers
564 Calle Black Eagle
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Great for snorkel and scuba rentals, they also do charters to Desecheo Island and sunset whale watching tours.
Pintos R Us offers awesome trail and beach rides. Good for all ages.
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Pintos "R" Us in Rincon
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Pintos R Us offers awesome trail and beach rides. Good for all ages.
A must-try for happy hour, get the Pirata, it comes in a coconut but beware they pack a punch.
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Villa Cofresí Hotel & Restaurant (Rincon de la Villa .Inc)
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A must-try for happy hour, get the Pirata, it comes in a coconut but beware they pack a punch.
The Rincon Art Walk is a must. Every Thursday night in the town square.
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Rincón Art Walk
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The Rincon Art Walk is a must. Every Thursday night in the town square.
Also in the town square, every sunday. Come early and enjoy the local veggies, fruit and pastries!
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Rincon Farmer’s Market
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Also in the town square, every sunday. Come early and enjoy the local veggies, fruit and pastries!
If you want to have a really cool experience, try parasailing. You get an incredible birds-eye view and its good for all ages.
Flying Fish Parasail
If you want to have a really cool experience, try parasailing. You get an incredible birds-eye view and its good for all ages.