I have been to Luquillo Beach many times and it has gotten overdeveloped with all of the food kiosks and vendors and and it gets very crowded at times, particularly during the weekends. I prefer beach areas in their natural state without all of the commercialization. The only thing I can say about it is that when you are in the water you have the El Yunque rainforest in the background and its a beautiful scene.
IMO Seven Seas Beach has better water quality and the water is crystal clear with varying hues of blue in the distance and its very calm due to the offshore coral reef. It does not have the development around its perimeter like Luquillo and the crowds are not as large, although in the wintertime PR's from the island tend to avoid the beaches.Edited: 16 December 2012, 16:03
I vote for Balneario Monsserate in Luquillo. It will be almost empty midweek February. It is always cleaned and has someone who rents chairs/umbrellas and cleans the bathrooms/shower/changing rooms ($1 for the day for use). It is maintained. Water can be a bit murky by shore due to the fine sand.
I have been to Seven Seas many times and have never seen the bathrooms or showers in good repair. Sometimes there is a stall or 2 that are usable, but not always. And the showers have been broken since they were put in (and then taken out). The restaurant was closed last time we went, so no food/drinks were available. I have not been there recently, so I don't know if these things have been upgraded. And it is not always raked of natural debris/trash in off season (Feb).
When I was there in June the beach was spotless. The fact is that depending on the day or the time of day or the month you visit, Luquillo Beach can also be trashy. I once took a friend there to see this "world famous" beach one weekend and it was litered with trash from one end to the other. What an embarrassment and disapointment that was! Both beaches are public beaches operated by the government and there is no doubt that Luquillo Beach is more popular, but the water quality at Seven Seas was much better than Luquillo Beach and there was hardly a person there. We brought an expensive styrofoam cooler with all of the food and drink we needed for the day and hand wipes, etc.
Both beaches are part of the international Blue Flag Beach program and the criteria for this program requires that the facilities be in good repair, the water quality level meet strict standards, have lifeguards on duty and the beach be cleaned regularly.Edited: 17 December 2012, 00:18
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