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Rincon Makes the Smithsonian List - The 20 Best Small Towns

Smithsonian Presented Photo
Smithsonian Presented Photo

Rincon Makes the Smithsonian List of "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017"


The photos in the article are much more impressive than the article itself ... but that is OK.     We all know Rincon is one of the Best Small Towns to Visit *Every Year*.  We didn't need the Smithsonian to tell us that but we are proud they noticed!    



Enjoy these Smithsonian presented photos & your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Rincon Tres Palmas Marina Reserve Festival

Rincon is very fortunate and proud to have The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve.   Come celebrate and learn more about the Reserve at the 13th Anniversary of the Reserva Marina Tres Palmas Festival.


The festival will be held in the Rincon Downtown Plaza on Friday May 26th starting at 6pm.


Bring the whole family to enjoy : - live music - handicrafts - children's crafts - educational displays - and much more!


Find more information on their facebook page and enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Mangia Mi Italian Restaurant Summer Series!

Mangia Mi | Rincon's Italian Restaurant Summer Series!


Self described .... sounds fun and delicious!


"The first of four "summer series' at Mangia MI!


Join Chef Rebecca in a hands on Pasta Making dinner.


Included is a five course meal, each paired perfectly with a fine wine.  


Seats are limited, so make your reservations ASAP. Ticket price is $75


An evening we promise will not disappoint!!


Cheers! 787-823-4812"

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Rincon Sunset Festival





If you are staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental this June 4th 2017 you will be able to enjoy one of our favorite yearly events, The Rincon Sunset Festival.


Sunday June 4th starting at 1pm and going into the evening Plaza Amistad will become a large and welcoming celebration for the whole family to enjoy.   Entry is free and you might want to bring some chairs to sit and enjoy live music and performances.  Food and drink vendors will be available for your enjoyment too.


Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!


Rincon Sana Farm Stand Has Moved

Rincon's Sana Farm Stand has moved and grown!


Now located adjacent to the Rincon Post Office instead of across from the Rincon Post Office :) Sana Farm Stand offers a full lunch menu as well as lots of fresh Farm items.


Self described ... "The company name “SANA” represents our commitment to alleviate, heal, and improve the well-being of our clients. Our company is focused on offering its customers relief and healing using natural and organic products. The raw materials we use are grown on our family farm, SANA, which is located in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The farm operates under the standards of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP)."


Reach them at 787-557-0819 and Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Open Mic Night in Rincon Puerto Rico

If you are looking for an Open Mic Night while staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental we have the place for you!  Cafe 413 in the Rincon Downtown Plaza!  Bring your instrument, poetry and/or jokes! Every Monday starting at 7pm!  FREE entry and a welcoming environment at Cafe 413 - Reach them at (939) 697-8188.   Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Rincon Sushi Night at Pa'l Monte

If you are looking for Sushi in Rincon Puerto Rico you may want to check out Pa'l Monte on a Wednesday night!


They also offer delicious Tapas and fresh favorable dishes  with a twist to some local favorites.   


Live music, a friendly staff and karaoke can be found at this unique Rincon Restaurant.


You can reach them at  (787) 823-1479 - At the time of this blog, they are open Thursday thru Sunday in the evenings and Sushi is only offered on Wednesday nights.

Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!


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Kentucky Derby Party in Rincon Puerto Rico

Rincon is having a Kentucky Derby Party!!!


This is a first time event as far as we know so there are no photos to show you.  But we know your hosts, the International Friendship Club and Shipwreck, know how to put on a very fun & successful party!


Saturday May 6th starting at 5pm at the Shipwreck Bar & Grill in the Rincon Marina.

  • $15 for entry fee and finger foods with cash bar available
  • $2 games of chance for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place horse
  • Hat contest and 50/50

All proceeds go to the 13 charities sponsored by the International Friendship Club.  Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!


Live Music in the Rincon Downtown Plaza | Rincon Continentals Band

Enjoy some live music tomorrow night in the Rincon Downtown Plaza with the Rincon Continentals.    A local eclectic band that loves to get you off your seat and dancing in Rincon!   

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Live Music in the Rincon Downtown Plaza | Rincon Continentals Band

Enjoy some live music tomorrow night in the Rincon Downtown Plaza with the Rincon Continentals.    A local eclectic band that loves to get you off your seat and dancing in Rincon!   

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2nd Annual Dia de Defensa at The Wok | Rincon Animal Rescue Celebration

If you are staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental today, Sunday April 23rd 2017, make sure you stop by The Wok on the 413 to enjoy the 2nd Annual Dia de Defensa!   There will be music, drinks, food, games and horses!  All close to the beautiful Tres Palmas Marina Reserve.  Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Reggae Night Cafe 413 Rincon Puerto Rico

If you are fortunate enough to be staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental today you may want to head down to the Rincon Downtown Plaza to Enjoy Thursday Night Art Walk and Reggae Night at Cafe 413.   Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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The Slider Shop PR | Delicious Little Hamburgers in Rincon

The Slider Shop PR 'sliders'
The Slider Shop PR 'sliders'

Another tasty food truck is now open in Rincon .... 


The Slider Shop PR offers ... "Selection of creative sliders made with local & seasonal ingredients".  But what is 'a slider' one might ask :)


Defined by Wikipedia ..

"A slider is an American term for a small sandwich, typically around 2 in (5.1 cm) across, served in a bun. The term primarily refers to small hamburgers, but can also cover any small sandwich served on a slider roll.[1][2] The term, when used in reference to a small hamburger, refers to a small hamburger patty served on a small bun. The origin of the term is unknown although their similarity to slider turtles resting on floating logs is noted.[citation needed] White Castle trademarked the spelling variant "Slyder" and used it between 1985 and 2009."   


For more information you can reach them at (787) 528-2262 and enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Enjoy a Beautiful Rincon Sunset and Stay for Some Live Rock n' Roll

A Rincon Sunset from The Beach House
A Rincon Sunset from The Beach House

This Saturday April 15th  enjoy (what should be)  a beautiful Rincon Sunset from The Beach House and stay to hear some live Rock n' Roll music by "Joe Quintana & Friends".


The Beach House is located right on the 413, overlooking Maria's Beach with a spectacular view of Desecheo Island and classic Rincon Sunsets.


There is plenty to eat and drink while either sitting inside open air at The Beach House Bar & Restaurant or crossing the 413 and enjoying one of their many 'chairs on the cliff'!   Definitely a Uniquely Rincon Vacation experience!

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Live Reggae | Rincon Calypso Cafe

Enjoy some live Reggae Music tonight at Rincon's Calypso Cafe.  Verayco will be playing tonight starting at 9pm.   Original Reggae Folk Music.

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Sunsets and 9th Annual Rincon Beachboy This Weekend


This weekend is the 9th Annual Rincon Beachboy SUP Race.


There will be lots to enjoy for everyone staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental, even if you don't enter to race.    The event will include live music, raffles and lots to eat and drink ..... beachfront in beautiful Rincon.   The event is free to those who are not entered in the race.


Chances are there will also be more beautiful Rincon sunsets to enjoy this weekend - similar to these photos taken this week by Maria!   Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Live Music in Rincon | The Doors Rock Tribute Performance

This about says it all .... head down to the Rincon Plaza's Cafe 413 and enjoy live music starting at 9pm on April 8th.

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Rincón International Film Festival 2017 | Happening Now

If you are staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental now - March 28th through April 2nd 2017 - you will want to check out this years Rincón International Film Festival schedule.


In it's 10th year this Rincon Film Festival continues to be one of the many beautiful yearly events in Rincon.


From RIFF - The mission of the Rincón International Film Festival is to support and promote culture and the arts in Puerto Rico through the medium of film. The festival seeks to inspire student, future and current filmmakers in the art of film-making, and to enhance the movie viewing experience in Puerto Rico through creative, unique and entertaining events. With special award categories for Puerto Rican filmmakers and Spanish Language films as well as International and American Films. Rincón Puerto Rico is also a Surfer's paradise, so the festival is also looking to screen great surfing films.  

View the showing schedule online here and enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

Capriccio Trattoria | Italian Restaurant in the Rincon Downtown Plaza

If you are looking for delicious Italian food while staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental you now have two options in the Rincon Downtown Plaza.


Mangia Mi (we blogged about previously) & Capriccio Trattoria!   Both equally delicious yet very different.


We won't be so bold as to tell you which you might like better or even compare the two because tastes and preferences are subjective.  We will be so bold as to tell you, if you like Italian food, you should enjoy both of these Rincon Italian Restaurants.  We feel very fortunate to have them both to enjoy!


Compare the two blogs and photos and you might decide to just pop into both restaurants for a drink and eat at their friendly bars before going all in for a delicious dinner!   Reach Capriccio at 787-589-3939 and enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Reggae Night at Café 413 Tonight in Rincon

Tonight during Rincon Art Walk get your Reggae on at Cafe 413!!!   Roots Natty, Miosotis & Anbessa Crew will be performing on the Cafe 413 stage in the Rincon Downtown Plaza!!!    

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Photos of the 1st Annual La Primavera Pro Longboard Surf Competition in Rincon Puerto Rico

Enjoy these beautiful photos by Ted Albritton of Saturday's Men's Heats - La Primavera Pro Longboard Surf Competition

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Edward's Food Market | The Supermarket of Rincon Puerto Rico

If you are looking for the best supermarket in Rincon Puerto Rico we say you are looking for Edward's Food Market.  Why do we say that?

  • Friendly bilingual staff
  • Organic foods
  • Gluten Free foods
  • Locally sourced foods
  • Open most holidays (for the morning hours)
  • Huge Wine Selection
  • Full Liquor Selection
  • Smokes & Cigars 

And conveniently located close to your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental!  Reach Edward's Food Mart at (787) 823-7700 and enjoy your Rincon Vacation!

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La Primavera Single Fin Pro Rincon Longboard Surf Competition


This weekend will be the first annual La Primavera Pro Longboard Surf Competition.  


Self described ....  “La Primavera” will be a professionally run, unprecedented, competitive surfing event on the island of Puerto Rico, focusing on the timeless tradition of classic, single fin longboarding, awarding finalists a combined total prize purse of $5,000.00 USD ($2,500.00 to men and women equally, with a first prize of $1,500.00).  In addition to the surf series, we will be inviting attendees to learn about conscious preservation of our precious natural resources, while bringing communities together with good food, healthy beverages and family friendly activities, including an indigo tie dye station for event tees, pony rides, hula hoop demos, live music and more!"


There might be a crowd so prepare for a little walking if you feel like venturing out of your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental and heading towards Maria's and Domes Beach to enjoy this Longboard Surf Competition!  If you'd like to register to compete visit FSPR online.    

Corona Pro Surf Circuit 2017 - Event Photos Rincon Surf Contest

The Corona Pro Surf Circuit is held each March in Rincon Puerto Rico.    This Rincon Surf Contest brings people from all over the Island and the World to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Rincon.


Some years the surf is overhead and some years, like this 2017 Season, the surf is almost flat.  But no matter what the waves bring the contest is held and the professional surfers put on an impressive show of skillful surfing!


The event is normally held at Maria's or Domes beach.  Both located several miles from your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental so you might not notice the crowds unless you venture out of your Villa.   Should you decide to tackle the traffic to drive to the event, just be patient and park somewhere clearly marked as legal before walking the remaining distance to the contest.    There will be lots to eat, drink and see!  The crowds get a bit crazy as the below photos from 2017 show.


The Surf Contest is put on by VIP Tours Inc. should you want to plan your Rincon Vacation around the event please contact them.

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Workout in Rincon Puerto Rico | Gyms Zumba Yoga Spin and More

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Photo Credit : Rincon Ride

Looking for workout options while staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental?.   Here are a few options besides the beautiful beach and street walking/running/biking workout options .....


- The Movement Academy -  (787) 325-0502 in the Rincon Downtown Plaza


- Rincon Fitness Center - rinconfitnesscenter@gmail.com - Beach Workouts and a Fitness Center called 'The Box' - no phone

- Rincon Ride - Spinning Beachfront - (939) 286-9365 - Located on the North end of the Balneario

- Complejo Deportivo De Rincón (aka Rincon Sports Center) - A public and free outdoor complex - Located on the 115 on the South end of Rincon.   Track, tennis courts, aerobics, martial arts, outdoor and indoor gym, etc - no phone

- Zumba - by donation regularly at the Balneario - days and times vary but stop by and ask at the outdoor cafe/bar located on the South end of the Balneario - no phone


- Ocean Swimming - The Balneario is the best spot for swimming.  There are buoys to spot off and this is also where the yearly Triathalon is held.


- Yoga and more yoga - there is so much Yoga offered in Rincon all you need to do is Google it :) .. That said ... 2 established and contrasting Yoga Studios in Rincon are

. La Paz Yoga Studio - Indoors, air condictioned offering Pilates Wellness Workshops and Massage Therapy 787.823.2885

. Barefoot Yoga - Outdoors, beachfront under the trees with the Ocean breeze  (787) 234-8124


Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!

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Ventana Al Mar | Rincon Outdoor Shopping Mall


'Ventana Al Mar' is an outdoor shopping mall in Rincon Puerto Rico.  Recently opened around September 2016 it is fortunately  like most of Rincon and very unique.  Ventana al Mar and it's shops are probably not like any outdoor shopping you might find everywhere in the World.   


There are 2 outdoor bars located on each front corner of the mall, visible from the street.  They are 'La Barca' and 'Aloha Surf'.   They both offer food and a full bar with great staffs and a welcoming atmosphere.   Inside the 'mall' you will find the following unique shops and businesses:


 - Sushi Plaza & Ice Cream
- The El Coqui of Rincon
- Yanni's Boutique
- Oscar Art Jewlery
- Bubble Tea Spot
- Difference Hair Salon
- El Rincon Natural
- Eco Cafe  (in the back outside)
- The City's Tourism Office 
- Galeria de Surfing - Rincon Surfing History Museum


We hope you will visit Ventana Al Mar and it's shops a few times while staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental.  It can be a fun stop for the whole family and you will be supporting local business and people!  Don't forget to walk across the parking lot and check out another cool Rincon Beach - 'Playa Doña Lala'.    Enjoy your Uniquely Rincon Vacation!



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The Beauty & Uniqueness That is Your Rincon Vacation

Some fun photos taken this last week by Ellen!    Remember when staying at your Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental to consider leaving the beauty of your beach to see all that Rincon has to offer!   We think it is of course a beautiful town but also a very unique town!!!   Enjoy!

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Possibly The Best Hamburgers in Rincon | High Time Grill Delivers


If those of you staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental are meat eaters you might want to make sure to stop by Rincon's High Time Grill.


Located right here on the 115 this 'Food Truck / Food Stand' offers what some are calling the Best Hamburgers in Rincon.


They offer chicken, burgers, hot dogs and deserts most every day from noon to 6pm.   Unfortunately they do not have a phone number you can reach them at.   But they are centrally located so they should be an easy stop while enjoying your Rincon Vacation!



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Feeling the need to do some dancing in Rincon | DJ Wanda at Roots Rincon




If you and your friends staying at your Rincon Beachfront Vacation Villa Rental are looking for somewhere to dance the night away ...... check out Rincon Roots in the Downtown Plaza. 


DJ Wanda performs from 9pm to midnight with tunes to dance to!


Rincon Roots is a bar and bistro offering fresh fruit drinks from a full bar!  Their menu expands daily and offers lots of local and fresh dishes.


Reach Rincon Roots at (787) 551-3061 and find them here in the Rincon Downtown Plaza! 


Enjoy your Rincon Vacation!



Rincon Reggae Festival 2017 | RAMAS Festival Marias Beach













The 2017 RAMAS Festival will be held at Maria's Beach in Rincon Puerto Rico on the weekend of March 17th 2017.  The event is self described as a .....


"Reggae Ska Jam music festival on one of the world's top ten surf beaches!  Art expo- 4 full service bars - international food court"  & being "2 days of music, food, beach and sun with 20 international and local bands: Skapulario, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Calma Carmona, John Brown's Body, among many others."


If you want an idea of the artist and music that will appear at this event you can checkout the 'R.A.M.A.S 2017 Hypster Playlist by Joseph'.   Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketpop.  You can purchase a one or two day pass.   The lineup at this time is the following:


FRIDAY | March 17









SATURDAY | March 18th