Steps Beach Rincon PR

Beach: Great for snorkeling | Break: Intermediate to Advanced only, Swell NW, Wind E
Tres Palmas
is most well-known for two things: it’s protected marine reserve and the legendary gargantuan waves that sometimes reach up to 30 feet during the peak surf season. Because Steps Beach is often referred to as the “inside surf break” and Tres Palmas as the “outside surf break,” you’ll often hear these two beaches used interchangeably. Steps Beach is one of the most serene beaches to visit, particularly in the summertime, and with Tres Palmas’ epic waves during the winter season, the Steps Beach/Tres Palmas area is one of the best beaches in Rincon PR. Plus, with the truck parked at Steps Beach selling savory food and cold beverages, you may never have to leave!

Rincon PR Tres Palmas and Steps Beach

Steps Beach is one of the trickiest beaches to get to in Rincon PR, since the parking area for the beach is located on a quick turn-off that is easily missed when traveling on the 413. If you’re looking for Steps Beach/Tres Palmas, keep your eye out for a paved side road on the left once you pass the signs for Shipwreck Bar & Grill and the Black Eagle Restaurant in Rincon. Fortunately, the snack shack at Steps Beach just put up a new painted sign that says “Steps Quick Lunch,” which makes the beach a little easier to find!

Steps Beach and Tres Palmas Rincon PR Attractions

The most interesting thing about Steps Beach is its namesake, a small cement staircase that sits at the water’s edge. Because of this quirky landmark, Steps Beach is a popular location for Rincon PR wedding pictures and photo shoots of all kinds. Another great thing about Steps Beach and Tres Palmas is the crystal blue, calm waters and the protected Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, which is one of the best spots for snorkeling in Rincon Puerto Rico. Although the water is typically too rough in the winter to snorkel (and sometimes even to swim), the summer is the best time to check out Steps Beach and Tres Palmas, when you can explore the beautiful elk horn reef and literally swim with the fishes. Don’t forget your sunscreen though, because you could spend hours investigating Rincon’s underwater world and you don’t want to end up with a burn!

Video of Steps Beach Rincon


  1. avatar
    Posted by julie provident| May 29, 2012 |

    Just to make sure I have this right. . .Step beach and Tes Palmas are the same? Is this where your 10am day tour takes passengers to on the catamaran? – hope I spelled that right 😉 Does this trip instruct one on how to snorkel and provide eqipment? Last question- safe for kids? We have a 7 and 8 year old. Thanks!!

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      Posted by RinconVacations| May 30, 2012 |

      Hi Julie,
      Yes, it’s a bit confusion, but the beach in this area is usually referred to as Steps Beach – the surf break off the shore here is referred to as Tres Palmas. The area from Steps to Maria’s is called the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve and that is where you snorkel on the catamaran tour. They do give you some instruction, the first mate on the boat can help the kids if it is their first time snorkeling, just be sure to tell them in advance so they’ll know they need a little extra attention.

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    Posted by Mary| January 30, 2014 |

    I am coming to Rincon in March 2014, am I correct that it would be too rough to snorkel in Rincon at that time?