Welcome to Luquillo Puerto Rico
– Luquillo, Puerto Rico – The Sun Capital –
Luquillo pronounced (loo-KEE-yo).
Luquillo is Puerto Rico’s best kept secret. Among the locals, it is known as “La Capital del Sol” (The Sun Capital) of the island and is a small, seaside town in the northeastern part of Puerto Rico.
Luquillo was founded in 1797 by Cristóbal Guzmán. The town was named after the Indian cacique Loquillo, who died a few years after the last Indian rebellion in 1513. Luquillo is located in the northeast coats, northwest of Fajardo; and east of Río Grande.
Luquillo sits on 12 miles of Atlantic coast and it has five main beaches. They are unique in that they form a long stretch of sand flanked by Palm trees that goes on for miles along the sunny Atlantic shore. One can literally walk with feet in the ocean for hours without obstruction.
There are many well-known “luquillenses”, among them: sculptor Tomás Batista. If you return to or stay on the coastal highway, you’ll soon reach Luquillo Beach. This huge plantation of majestic coconut palms shades more than a mile of fine and shimmering sand. It is one of the most popular and nicest public beaches in the San Juan area. It offers cafeterias, public bathrooms with showers, access for disabled people, and an ample parking lot. Monserrate Beach is one of the public beaches most frequented by the locals.
Another unique thing about the Luquillo beaches is that each is different – you can find whatever you like here, large waves for surfing, medium ones for boogie boarding, or gentle ones for swimming or snorkeling. The Monserrate beach has the high distinction of a Blue Flag Beach, one of only eight in all of Puerto Rico.
Luquillo is made up of 6 barrios (wards/districts):
- Juan Martín
- Mameyes I
- Mata de Plátano