Tuck into Rincón’s bustling food truck scene
Food trucks are everywhere in Rincón, fueling the surfer community and tourists hungry from hours spent in the surf and sand. Dabble in the local fare by hitting up Gastropark@115, where a number of rotating vendors with different specialities -- think platanos, cocktail, and epic hot dogs -- feed ravenous hoards of beach bums. One food truck, CHRISin Limites (roughly translated to Chris without Limits), is worthy of a visit for its story alone, as chef Christopher González -- who is born with Down Syndrome -- challenges stereotypes with delicious fried “bowls” stuffed to the gills with chicken, pork or vegetable, topped with more vegetables and dressings. Depending on the season, you’ll also find housemade pastries. For a taste of the mainland, there’s always the Slider Shop, but for a unique experience, don’t sleep on Chef’s Garden. Founded in 2017, this mobile truck is parked next to a charming, well-maintained organic garden, which supplies the pescaterian kitchen with farm-fresh veggies.
Experience the quiet majesty of humpback whales up close
Humpback whales are magnificent creatures that can grow up to 50 feet in length, and from December to mid-April, these gentle giants migrate to the Caribbean’s warm waters to mate and calve before heading back to the cold North Atlantic during the summer. Luckily for travelers, their preferred route cuts through Mona Passage, just off the coast of Rincón. To set expectations, humpback whales are known to be elusive creatures, but you can view them from many different vantage points on an almost daily basis. With luck, you could spot them from Domes and Sandy Beach, or any other beach facing the Mona Passage. The best time to see them is either early in the morning or during sunset. Some companies like Taino Divers, Katarina Sail, and Adventures Tourmarine offer sunset sailing tours year round, but during the height of whale watching season, they offer chances to see them up close.
Go horseback riding by the beach
In Rincón you can surf, relax, and pursue a number of watersports, but don’t count out horseback riding by the beach. Pintos “R” Us offers guided horseback riding tours along the area’s spectacular beaches, past the lighthouse and whale-watching park, and through several lush tropical trails that descend onto cliffs overlooking the historic Spanish Wall and beautiful beach behind it.