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Balneario de Boqueron also known as Boqueron Beach & Playa Boqueron, is Cabo Rojo’s most popular and beloved beach for locals and Puerto Ricans. This mile-long bay is gorgeous from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Ask any Puerto Rican family about their favorite beach and special summer memories, the majority will say “Boqueron!!” Boqueron Beach encapsulates the definition of fun summer days with family and friends in Puerto Rico. On this beach, everything is simple, laid back, fun, and rich with the pleasures of island life.
Before we give you a photo tour of the beach and what makes it special, let’s go back to discussing which beach has the #1 spot for the best public beach on the main island of Puerto Rico because locals love to argue this… and we know that if you’re a visitor you want to see the best during your stay. The only rival for the best Balneario spot (managed public beach on calm bay) is Balneario de Monserrate aka Luquillo Beach on the east coast of the island. So… If you’re staying in the San Juan / Metro area we encourage you to visit Luquillo Beach as well, then you decide, come back here and share your comments at the end of this page. Be sure to read “Best Times to Visit” lower on the page.
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Why Everyone Loves Balneario de Boqueron – Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
One of the unique qualities of Boqueron Beach is the landscape. The beach is framed by hundreds of coconut palm trees, and other native trees that flower during spring.
From Spring until early Fall the flaming Flamboyan trees add a romantic touch to the landscape with their flowers tinted in passion red and deep orange colors offering plenty of shade and creating that postcard-perfect scene.
Balneario de Boqueron often wins a Blue Flag, a coveted award given to beaches around the world that meet very strict standards, particularly water safety and quality.
The colors of the water are mesmerizing tones of blue that change with the sunlight of the day. After the pink tones of the sunrise reflecting in the water disappear, baby blue tones begin to form… at times the horizon seems to disappear, with one shade of blue uniting the Caribbean Sea and sky. When there are no clouds, it is hard for the eye to see where the skyline begins. Below is a photo taken with a phone without filters.
The water is especially calm in the morning and the clearest you’ll see all day.
As the day progresses the blues in the water and sky get deeper and the water warmer.
Along the beach, you’ll find shallow spots with clear water, perfect for children to enjoy safely. Oftentimes there are schools of clear tiny fish swimming near the shore.
From your beach chair or hammock, enjoy views of rolling hills, bright white sailboats, kayakers, and colorful boats of fishermen coming and going from the seaside village of Boqueron. By late afternoon, the scene at Boqueron Beach gets more mellow with sunbathers waiting to watch the spectacle of the famous west coast sunsets over Cabo Rojo. After a great day at the beach, head over to the Poblado of Boqueron, the one-way street along the coast closes down to allow locals and visitors to walk around the colorful village for food, drinks, artisan crafts, and nightlife on weekends.
Boqueron beach is the best beach in Cabo Rojo for taking a long relaxing walk.
If you enjoy beachcombing, you’ll love Playa Boqueron, about the midway point of the crescent-shaped bay you’ll find mounds of baby seashells.
If you visit early you’ll see a local scene of nature lovers getting some exercise by walking the beach. The sand along the water is compacted and light, making it easy to walk on.
If you walk all the way to the end of the beach, the beach gets narrower and lined by mangrove and native trees. The water is shallow and clear, a very quiet spot.
When the beach ends, you can continue on the sandy trail. Sadly, the villas where so many families hold so many wonderful memories were not maintained and suffered even more damage after Hurricane Maria, since then have not been repaired.
Further down is the entry to Caño Boquernon, a great place to kayak, fish and where the marine police boats dock.
Crowds at Balneario de Boqueron – Cabo Rojo
During weekdays, the atmosphere is quiet and relaxed with adults enjoying a morning walk on the beach. During the winter months, you’ll find a large group of retirees from the states walking and enjoying an active lifestyle under the sun. The tourist scene is low here, the west coast is still considered an “unbeaten path”. On the weekends, families from all over the island head to Boqueron for a fun-filled day. It’s a great place for tourists and travelers to observe real island life at the beach. You’ll see locals enjoying themselves with friends and family, listening to music, dancing on the sand, picnicking, and enjoying a variety of water sports.
Best Time to Visit
Easter Week: As a local which is the favorite beach to spend Easter week and most likely they’ll say Boqueron. Easter week is super full, and the scene is more of a party on the beach since drinking is allowed on the beaches of Puerto Rico. The beach is full and you’ll see boats lined up at the edge of the rope that defines the swimming area.
Mid August – Late May – If you prefer a more peaceful setting without crowds, Boqueron is wonderful during the week and even weekends are not too busy. While tourism in Puerto Rico is in high season from December to April, Boqueron stays nice and relaxed.
Summer months from June to mid-August – This is the high season for Boqueron Beach when you’ll find the most crowds, especially on weekends since many residents from around the island head to Boqueron for a summer vacation. The water quality gets tested regularly and summer is the time when many times it doesn’t pass the test. There is a lot of rain during the summer months, the water from Caño Boquernon flows into the bay, making the south end of the beach not recommended or safe for bathing.
Facilities at Balneario de Boqueron, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Note: Due to damage from Hurricane Maria, the cabañas / rentals are closed.
Facilities at this beach make it one of the best family-friendly beaches in Puerto Rico. Locals are primarily the ones that get to enjoy the pleasures of Boqueron Beach. As the word spreads, more savvy travelers and tourists are heading to this small village in order to enjoy a great family beach vacation at a fraction of an average Caribbean vacation.
Facilities & Services include:
- lifeguards (not at this time)
- picnic tables (a few are still available)
- convenient parking
In the past, this Balneario was famous for its facilities, but sadly it has not been maintained and after the hurricane, the accommodations area has pretty much been left unattended and abandoned. We long to see the day when we have them back.
Hours / Fees – Boqueron Beach, Cabo Rojo, PR
Boqueron Bay is now managed by the municipality of Cabo Rojo, it was previously managed by the Compañia of Parques Nacionales.
- Entrance Fee / Parking:: $ 4.00
- Hours: Open Daily from Tuesday to Sunday 7:30 am – 7:00 pm – If you wish to enjoy the beach earlier, you may walk into the beach park on foot, there’s free off-street parking.
We hope you’ll love Boqueron Beach as much as we do.