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Pinones State Forest
Vacation Travel Guide

Puerto Rico showing a 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 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.     

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 Hotels Close to 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 $147 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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! (1,160 reviews)
"Airport location"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 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
Loiza, Loíza
Located in Campamento Piñones, this vacation home is within 1 mi (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 May 8, 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 $424 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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! (963 reviews)
"beautiful place"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 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
LMM International Airport, Terminal D Airport Hotel (SJU), Carolina
The price is $147 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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
Loiza, Loíza
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Royal Sonesta San Juan
Royal Sonesta San Juan
4 out of 5
5961 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina
The price is $424 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Royal Sonesta San Juan
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
4 out of 5
7012 Boca De Cangrejos Avenue, Carolina
The price is $334 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
Tarpon's Nest Lodge
Tarpon's Nest Lodge
2 out of 5
Route 187 KM 5.6,Torrecilla Baja, Loiza
Tarpon's Nest Lodge
The Beach Club Guest House
The Beach Club Guest House
3 out of 5
Carr. PR-187 Km 5.2 Piñones, Bo. Torrecilla Baja, Loiza
The Beach Club Guest House
Nautical Dream
Nautical Dream
3 out of 5
Carr. PR-187 Km 5.2 Piñones, Bo. Torrecilla Baja, Loiza
Nautical Dream
Waterfront Luxury Villa With an Amazing Pool and Dock
Waterfront Luxury Villa With an Amazing Pool and Dock
Carolina, Carolina
Waterfront Luxury Villa With an Amazing Pool and Dock
Spacious Carolina Retreat 10 Minutes to Beach and Airport
Spacious Carolina Retreat 10 Minutes to Beach and Airport
Carolina
The price is $150 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Spacious Carolina Retreat 10 Minutes to Beach and Airport
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.