Going north from Mayaguez, you come to Rincon, on the westernmost point of the island. Here the mountains run down to the sea, and the scenery is spectacular. For a great view visit the Punta Higuera Lighthouse, built on a cliff overlooking the surf where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet. It was refurbished in 1993 and offers a wonderful panoramic view of surfers.
The town itself is unremarkable, but the nearby beaches are beautiful and the surfing is a major attraction. The beaches are called Steps, Domes (named after the nearby nuclear storage dome) and the Public Beach, with lifeguard. Pools, Sandy Beach and Antonio’s are north of Punta Higuera and popular with winter surfers. Domes and María’s are further south and offer good, clean waves. West Coast Surf Shop (and tours) in Rincón, T8233935. Humpback whales visit in winter and can be seen playing in the surf. Divers also sometimes see them. Contact the PADI dive school, Tanks-a-lot, T8236301, who also arrange excursions to the island of Desecheo, 19 kilometres off the coast of Rincón. Desecheo is near Mona Island, but smaller, deserted, and has terrific diving offshore.