Escalera “Steps” Beach

Rincón, Puerto Rico

Playa Escalera
Playa Escalera

Escalera “Steps” Beach is one of the best surfing beaches located in the west of the island of Puerto Rico in the town of Rincon. The beach belongs to the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. During the surfing season it is not recommended for swimming, but after the season it is a quiet beach and excellent for snorkeling and other water sports. The name of the beach refers to a small concrete staircase that is located on the shore. Parking is limited to its surroundings and does not have sanitary services.

The beach is very beautiful and excellent for honeymooners with romantic places, and a great starting point for a long walk along the beach with the whole family. It is a great place to rest, enjoy a good show of surfers and admire the sunsets at the end of a beautiful day at the beach. The beach has restaurants, kiosks, bars and parking places.

The beach itself is thin, maybe 10 to 15 feet wide, and there are some natural debris in the sand (such as shade tree almonds along the edge).  When conditions are adequate, swimming and snorkeling are ideal.

This beach is too dangerous to swim during the surf season, but it becomes very quiet during the low season and is a favorite place to dive, since it is the beach is protected by the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. The beach is known as the beach climbs up the concrete steps that sit on the sand which children love and is a great place to take pictures with the whole family.

The Beach known as one of the best surfing beaches in the Caribbean has waves of up to 25 feet during the winter months, the beach is for experienced surfers. If you are not a surfer, you can take your chair to see a great show during the winter months.

The beach is easily accessible from the main road. At the end of the narrow dirt road, you will see a beautiful beach that awaits you with few buildings.

To get to Steps Beach, you must carefully look for the whale-shaped sign that is only visible while driving along Route 413 from downtown Rincon to the Lighthouse.

Attractions and Services:

  • Beach
  • Diving area
  • Boat ride
  • Walk / Hike
  • Green areas
  • Recreational fishing
  • Camping area
  • Kayaking
  • Watersports
  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Jet ski
  • Paddle surfing
  • Kite boarding
  • Bike ride
  • Food kiosks

Address and Map:

Physical address:
Escalera Beach (Steps Beach)
Reserva Marina Tres Palmas
Rincón, Puerto Rico 00602

High Season (May to August)
Low Season (September to April)


  • The entrance to the beach is free
  • The beach has parking available.

Nearby Places:

  • Domes Beach
  • Corcega Beach
  • María Beach
  • Deadman’s Beach
  • Pools Beach
  • Almirante Beach
  • Pistons Beach
  • Punta Higuero
  • Rivermouth Beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • Steps Beach
  • Playa Tres Palmas
  • Barrero Beach
  • Dogman’s Beach
  • Indicators Beach
  • Spanish Wall
  • Terminador Beach
  • Rincón Beach
  • Black Eagle
  • Antonio Beach
  • Little Malibu
  • Parcking Lot
  • Los Almendros Beach
  • Trampa Beach
  • The Point


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