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Pinones State Forest
Holiday Travel Guide

Puerto Rico showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes
Kayak through mangroves, cycle the coastal boardwalk, and hike through a dense tropical forest — all just a short drive from San Juan.

Dense mangrove forest flank the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in Piñones, an area just a 20-minute drive to the east of San Juan. You can spend a few hours here to explore the forested trails and beaches on foot, bike or kayak, or the entire day. Bring a picnic, or enjoy a local beer and authentic local snacks to refuel.  After a day of exercise, you’ll be ready to relax in one of the many oceanfront bars and restaurants that light up in the evening in this neighbourhood frequented by locals and tourists alike.

A great family activity is strolling or biking along the seven-mile long (11 kilometres) boardwalk that runs between the forest and the coast. The path is flat and scenic, with lots of places to stop and take photos along the way. Rent a bike from one of the shops along Route 187, or a kayak if you want some sun on the water. Either way, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to wade through the tide pools and watch local fishermen. The further you travel along the boardwalk the more secluded the beaches become. There are also some of the best surf breaks in the area.

If you want to learn while you explore, join a guided kayak tour of Piñones’ rivers and lagoons. Or, just keep your eyes peeled to discover the wildlife that lives within the forest. Piñones is home to many species of reptiles, mammals and marine life. The forest is teeming with local birds, including the trochiladae and the bananaquit. 
There are a number of beachfront bars, clubs and restaurants in Piñones, and dining at one of these is a great chance to sample the local cuisine. Try an alcapurrias, or a pasteles, two typical Puerto Rican finger foods, from a local vendor.

Piñones is located on Route187, approximately 15-minutes drive east of San Juan. There is parking in the area, however visitors are advised not to leave their valuables behind. There is no public transportation that services Piñones, however a taxi can be taken from San Juan. Piñones is open daily and there is no admission fee to enter.     

Kayak through mangroves, cycle the coastal boardwalk, and hike through a dense tropical forest — all just a short drive from San Juan.

Dense mangrove forest flank the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in Piñones, an area just a 20-minute drive to the east of San Juan. You can spend a few hours here to explore the forested trails and beaches on foot, bike or kayak, or the entire day. Bring a picnic, or enjoy a local beer and authentic local snacks to refuel. After a day of exercise, you’ll be ready to relax in one of the many oceanfront bars and restaurants that light up in the evening in this neighborhood frequented by locals and tourists alike.

A great family activity is strolling or biking along the seven-mile long (11 kilometers) boardwalk that runs between the forest and the coast. The path is flat and scenic, with lots of places to stop and take photos along the way. Rent a bike from one of the shops along Route 187, or a kayak if you want some sun on the water. Either way, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to wade through the tide pools and watch local fishermen. The further you travel along the boardwalk the more secluded the beaches become. There are also some of the best surf breaks in the area.

If you want to learn while you explore, join a guided kayak tour of Piñones’ rivers and lagoons. Or, just keep your eyes peeled to discover the wildlife that lives within the forest. Piñones is home to many species of reptiles, mammals and marine life. The forest is teeming with local birds, including the trochiladae and the bananaquit.

There are a number of beachfront bars, clubs and restaurants in Piñones, and dining at one of these is a great chance to sample the local cuisine. Try an alcapurrias, or a pasteles, two typical Puerto Rican finger foods, from a local vendor.

Piñones is located on Route187, approximately 15-minutes drive east of San Juan. There is parking in the area, however visitors are advised not to leave their valuables behind. There is no public transportation that services Piñones, however a taxi can be taken from San Juan. Piñones is open daily and there is no admission fee to enter.

Top Trending Hotels Near Pinones State Forest

San Juan Airport Hotel
San Juan Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
LMM International Airport, Terminal D Airport Hotel (SJU), Carolina
Free cancellation
The price is £134 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
Located near the beach, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Condado Beach, Puerto Rico Convention Center and Pier 1. Castillo de San Cristobal ...
3.7/5Good! (1,172 reviews)
"It was ok It met our needs for the night"

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

San Juan Airport Hotel
Hippie Chalet Piñones is a Cozy, Comfortable, Rustic, and Unique Chalet
Hippie Chalet Piñones is a Cozy, Comfortable, Rustic, and Unique Chalet
Calle 4, Loiza, Loíza
Located in Campamento Piñones, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pinones State Forest and Pocita de Piñones. Balneario de Carolina and Carolina Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Amazing
"This property could not have been better! It was super clean and had all the utensils kitchen necessary to cook whatever meal we wanted. The backyard was beautiful and was the perfect place to hang out at after a long day at the beach. The location was perfect, the beach was only a half mile walk ..."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Hippie Chalet Piñones is a Cozy, Comfortable, Rustic, and Unique Chalet
Royal Sonesta San Juan
Royal Sonesta San Juan
4 out of 5
5961 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina
The price is £400 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Isla Verde hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Isla Verde Beach and Carolina Beach. Balneario de Carolina is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Nice place to stay. Only criticism is the food and drinks are way too expensive. Much cheaper to just go right out the hotel."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Royal Sonesta San Juan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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San Juan Airport Hotel
San Juan Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
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