Loíza, Puerto Rico
Aviones Beach is just one minute from San Juan and close to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.
The beach is located in the town of Loíza. Although it is not a regular stop for tourists, it does offer local festivals, music and typical local food.
The beach is considered one of the most consistent surfing beaches near the Puerto Rico metropolitan area.
Due to its shallow water, reefs, and wave strength, it is not recommended for beginner surfers, so it is best to have fun watching the pros and swim in the water. It is recommended to bring sunscreen and insect repellent since there are mangroves in its surroundings. It has no bathrooms and you can park in front of the beach.
If you love to fish and surf until sunset, Aviones Beach is the place for you. But you must be careful as this is not a beach for beginners. Although the waves may not seem too threatening at 3 or 4 feet high, there is a stone slab that can be quite dangerous.
One of the sad stories of this beach, is that very near there, on December 31, 1972, crashed a DC-7, which the baseball player Roberto Clemente traveled. He traveled to Nicaragua to bring humanitarian aid following an earthquake in the neighboring country. Roberto Clemente was never found.