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A Comfortable Place to Stay in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

The oceanfront breakfast balcony in this lovely Luquillo hotel.

This inviting Luquillo hotel has an awesome breakfast patio!

There’s a major downside to staying at a place with “Sunrise” in the name: You’re kind of peer pressured into waking up at the crack of dawn to see what all the hype is about!

This breakfast patio is one of my favorite breakfast spots ever.

Isn’t this a fantastic place to eat the first meal of the day?

When we checked in to Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn (click for availability and rates) during the last leg of our Puerto Rico trip, I grudgingly looked up the sunrise time and set my alarm for 5:52am. (Ooof!) The name of the inn didn’t lie, though. The early wake-up time yielded this beautiful view as the sun crested the eastern horizon of Puerto Rico:

The "Sunrise Inn" in action!

The “Sunrise Beach Inn” in action!

Then we went back to sleep. (What — do you think I’m a weirdo who would voluntarily remain awake that early?) The inn had been recommended to us by several folks, and my chums were right. It was comfortable in a homey, non-flashy way. Having this giant King Sized bed was appreciated, too!

Devi demonstrating the luxurious size of the bed.

Devi demonstrating the luxurious size of the bed with his mini body.

Besides its oceanfront location, the other highlight of the inn for us was breakfast. Each morning, there was a fresh fruit and bread buffet, plus a homemade hot entree of the day. We enjoyed eggs and potatoes the first day, and breakfast pizza (!) the second.

The homemade breakfast was delicious.

The homemade breakfast was delicious.

Breakfast at the inn is served in a patio that now ranks among my favorite places I’ve ever dined. It’s a breezy, open-air porch overlooking Luquillo’s surfing beach, and its wooden roof keeps everything shady and cool. Palm trees waved hello as we ate our eggs, and the sky winked bright blue at us each morning.

The tranquil swimming beach in Luquillo.

The tranquil swimming beach in Luquillo, a short drive from the inn.

Both the Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn and the town of Luquillo are particularly child-friendly. The inn provided us with a booster seat so Devi could stuff his face with food, and the staff cooed and waved at our baby (always appreciated).

The breakfast pizza... with egg on top! Delicious.

The breakfast pizza… with egg on top! Delicious.

Several other children of various ages were staying in the inn during our visit, too, emphasizing the feeling of family embrace.

Colin and Devi greatly enjoyed our seaside balcony.

Colin and Devi greatly enjoyed our private seaside balcony.

Meanwhile, I remembered that the main reason friends had recommended the town of Luquillo as being child-friendly is because its swimming beach (a short drive from the inn) is sheltered, meaning it is flat and calm as a swimming pool — but even shallower. Check it out here:

Another view of serene Luquillo swimming beach.

Another view of serene Luquillo swimming beach.

The town of Luquillo is far less bustling and built up than San Juan, but it’s certainly more urban than the almost rural west coast of Puerto Rico. What is nice about that busyness balance is it means Luquillo is relatively calm, but also has a variety of places to eat. Our favorite was the long stretch of beachside food kiosks near the swimming beach. The inn provided a handy paper with culinary recommendations for all tastes and budgets, and we ate our way through the town.

A long table in the breakfast patio.

A long table in the breakfast patio.

A major reason Luquillo is so popular with visitors is that it is an extremely convenient base for numerous Puerto Rico attractions. Most notably, the famed El Yunque rainforest is an easy half hour drive from the inn via well-maintained roads. (Yes, it is very worth it to rent a car in Puerto Rico.)

A view of the inn with the bright blue sky behind it!

A view of the inn with the bright blue sky behind it!

Another nice feature of the inn is the green lawn in the back yard, replete with a hammock! My husband was an admirable exerciser during our vacation, and used that lawn to do some very manly calisthenics. Colin also took full advantage of the surfing beach across the street and rented a boogie board from the inn to ride the waves under the palm trees while I cuddled the baby and watched lazily from the patio.

The lush back yard of the inn.

The lush back yard of the inn.

The inn even ended up inspiring me to better environmentalism, thanks to their informational displays and readings in the room just off the breakfast patio. Topics ranged from protecting the giant sea turtles to recognizing the impact of the plastic from bottled water. It was nice to see that do-gooder spirit in action.

A closer view of the surfing beach across the street from the inn.

A closer view of the surfing beach across the street from the inn.

The Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn was comfortable, convenient, and homey. Now sitting back in Boston, I miss that beachfront breakfast patio, and the egg-topped pizza that went with it!

Trip planning? Use this easy link to find good deals on the Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn. Click here to see rankings of the best Puerto Rico hotels, and bop here for beautiful Puerto Rico vacation rentals. Happy travels!

Colin admiring the sunrise from our balcony.

Colin admiring the sunrise from our balcony.

We were guests of the Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn, but all opinions and unmade beds are my own. Affiliates above support this site at no cost to you. Enjoy Puerto Rico!

 

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Megan | Traveling Nine to Fiver

Tuesday 7th of April 2015

All your photos made me miss Puerto Rico! I went last fall and absolutely loved it. We stopped in Luquillo to enjoy the beach and of course, the kiosks! Will have to take a look at staying there next time I make it to the island. This place looks like a perfect combination of simple and nice.

Lillie

Tuesday 7th of April 2015

Puerto Rico so vastly exceeded my expectations. We loved it! So glad you do, too. Ooo, I wish there was a coconut kiosk right here, right now!

Aaron M.

Thursday 26th of February 2015

I thought the article was really good, I liked how you provided a opinion about the food.

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Sunday 28th of September 2014

aww lovely. you must be feeling so fresh now aren't you? :) this place looks so refreshing and relaxing. wonderful. :) Hugs-Gabi

Micki

Saturday 27th of September 2014

You know, somehow I haven't made it to Puerto Rico, but I think I should remedy that soon! The Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn looks like the perfect place to hang out with the family.

Dan @ A Cruising Couple

Friday 26th of September 2014

What a beautiful location. The sunrise definitely looks like it was worth the early wakeup call!

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