Piñones Beach -- Carolina/San Juan
Why it’s on our list: There’s no better beach to experience the real flavor of Puerto Rico than Piñones. On Sundays in particular, scores of kiosks sitting between the beach and the road serve the most amazing array of local dishes imaginable. The music is loud, the cervezas ice-cold, the food portions generous; Puerto Rico at its finest.
Bonus: You can work off the pounds you’re bound to put on (after you try these tasty specialties) by trekking along the Boardwalk, a seven-mile nature trail that runs along the coast and through the Piñones Mangrove Forest. While communing with nature, take a moment to reflect on the staggering beauty of this island, and how hilarious the word “mangrove” is.