Domes Beach (Playa Domes) is a legendary surf spot celebrated among boarders around the world for its big, clean waves. Experience the leisurely atmosphere of Rincón’s surfer crowd while relaxing on the beach’s golden sands and appreciating its picturesque Caribbean landscape. The beach became famous after hosting the World Surfing Championship in 1968. It takes its name from the blue dome of a decommissioned nuclear power plant set above its northern tip.
With a curving sweep of soft sand backed by swaying palms and lapping waves of the Caribbean Sea, the beach is a symbol of nature’s beauty. You won’t find any amenities or buildings, just beachgoers and surfers with their boards, towels and picnic baskets. Strong currents are common so be careful when swimming here. At the northern end of the bay, follow a short trail to a secluded beach called Spanish Wall Beach.
During the winter and into early spring, almost every grain of sand is occupied, with surfers coming from all parts of the world. Marvel as experienced riders perform tricks in the waves. Get equipment and try surfing yourself or sign up for lessons with a knowledgeable instructor. Rent boards and arrange classes at nearby Maria’s Beach and in Rincón.
Above a small bluff at the southern end of the bay is Punta Higuero Light House, first erected in 1892 and rebuilt in 1922. Surrounding the lighthouse is El Faro Park, a great vantage point for watching the surfers and looking out to Desecheo Island. It’s also a superb location for spotting humpback whales, which arrive from January to March. Walk 5 minutes on the main road to see the former nuclear plant.
Domes Beach is just 10 minutes by car from downtown Rincón. Public transportation is limited so the easiest way to get here is by rented car. Use the free parking available at the lighthouse and close to the power plant. The winter months are the beach’s busiest period. If you visit in summer you might get the chance to enjoy the beach alone. Hurricanes are possible from June through November.