About Rincon Puerto Rico
The small west coast town of Rincon is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Puerto Rico and in all of the Caribbean, due mostly to its white sand beaches, big waves, beautiful sunsets, and ease of travel. Rincon Puerto Rico is located in the Western Coastal Valley of the Caribbean island, and is known as both “Pueblo del Surfing,” or the surfing town, and “El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres,” or the town of beautiful sunsets. In addition to the legendary swells and stunning sunsets that frequent Rincon Puerto Rico, another thing that draws visitors to the small western town is the tendency for endangered humpback whales to visit Rincon during the winter season.
Among the many reasons that Rincon PR has become a vacation hot spot are: you don’t need a U.S. passport to travel here from the States, most American cell phones work here, you don’t need to change money over since Rincon Puerto Rico uses the U.S. dollar, many people in Rincon Puerto Rico speak both English and Spanish, and finally, several prominent airlines offer direct flights from the United States to nearby Aguadilla. Although Rincon Puerto Rico is definitely easy to get to, in order to truly appreciate the unique coastal town, it is important to understand the cultural and historical background of the Caribbean surfer’s haven and how it came to be such a popular tourist destination.
Rincon Puerto Rico History
Rincon Puerto Rico was initially inhabited by the Taino Indians, a peaceful people who came from South America and inhabited a major portion of the island when the Spaniards arrived. On November 19, 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico during his second voyage to the New World and found that the island was occupied by as many as 50,000 Taino or Arawak Indians. The city of San Juan, which was originally called Puerto Rico before the two names were switched later on, quickly became Spain’s most important military outpost in the Caribbean. For most of its history, Rincon Puerto Rico survived on cattle raising and cane farming. Then, after four hundred years of Spanish rule, Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory at the end of the Spanish-American War, and has remained so since.
One of the most well-known landmarks in Rincon Puerto Rico is the Punta Higuero Lighthouse, also known as the El Faro lighthouse, which was originally inaugurated in 1893 by the Spanish colonial government and was then renovated in 1922, to be the lighthouse we see in Rincon Puerto Rico today. The historic lighthouse is located between Maria’s and Domes Beach and is still fully operational, using an unmanned 26,000-candlepower rotating beacon. The lighthouse rises 100 feet above the Caribbean and offers a stunning view of the ocean from its observation deck, which is a popular spot for whale watching in Rincon Puerto Rico.
Rincon Puerto Rico Surfing Community
Rincon Puerto Rico is home to some of the best surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, including Maria’s, Domes, Tres Palmas, Sandy Beach and Pools Beach. Rincon Puerto Rico first entered the scene as a surfer’s oasis back in 1968, when the World Surfing Championship was held at Domes Beach. Since then, surfers from across the globe have visited Rincon Puerto Rico in hopes of scoring the perfect wave. Dubbed the “Caribbean’s Hawaii,” winter waves in Rincon Puerto Rico can reach a staggering 25-30 feet, sometimes equivalent to the force of the surf on Oahu’s north shore. Rincon Puerto Rico sees most of its surf from December to April, although some unexpected swells have been known to surface in the typically flat summer months.
Once surfing was introduced in Rincon Puerto Rico in the late 1960s, the word was out and Rincon Puerto Rico has been an extremely popular surfing and vacation destination since. As the baby boomer surfers got older and traveled to Rincon Puerto Rico with their own families, they sought out better accommodations, nicer restaurants and a wider range of activities, which led to Rincon Puerto Rico becoming the town we know and love today. Rincon Puerto Rico’s multifaceted cultural background, pulling from Taino, Spanish and Caribbean influences, sets it apart from other Caribbean islands. This diverse history and culture is reflected today throughout the town and even the entire island, in its traditional music, culture and food.