Historic Surfing Beach & Iconic Calypso Cafe in Rincón, PR
Located in Rincon, Puerto Rico, Calypso Cafe is a world-renowned beach bar that has been serving guests for over 45 years. The cafe's prime location offers stunning views of the famous Marias beach, which hosted the 1968 world surf championship. The vibrant sunsets, coupled with the sound of waves, create the perfect ambiance for guests to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Calypso Cafe is known for its great food, live music, and fun-filled evenings. Their world-famous coconut shrimp is a must-try, alongside their signature steak entree and fresh fish dishes. The lunch menu features a variety of options, including salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and fresh fish, along with a range of appetizers and sides. The dinner menu expands to include delicious taco's, chicken entrees, and, of course, their famous coconut shrimp.
In addition to great food, Calypso Cafe is known for hosting live music performances, adding to the lively atmosphere of the place. The cafe has received hundreds of 5-star ratings, making it a must-visit spot for anyone visiting Rincon. The ample parking space makes it easy for guests to access the cafe without any hassle.
Overall, Calypso Cafe offers a fantastic location, delicious food, and vibrant ambiance that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, the cafe caters to all kinds of guests. So come and enjoy the stunning views, delicious food, and lively atmosphere of Calypso Cafe.
Calypso Cafe also features a beautiful sunset deck that offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the horizon. The sunset deck is a perfect spot to unwind after a long day, sip on your favorite cocktail, and watch the sun dip into the ocean. It is also available to rent for parties, making it an ideal location to celebrate a special occasion with friends and family.
History of Maria’s Beach
Rincon became famous by hosting the 1968 World Surfing Championship. Most of the competitions were held at Domes and Maria’s Beaches. ABC’s Wide World of Sports coverage of the ’68 Rincon Championship was the first time ever that network TV sports covered a surfing event (You can visit the Aviones Boys Facebook page for photos and newspaper clippings documenting the competition). In addition they have old pictures of Rincon and of what surfing life was like in the 60’s to the present. Surfer’s Beach in Aguadilla had a sign stating that surfing was “only allowed under the auspices of the Surfer’s Club Association by order of the Base Commander”. The 1968 World Surfing Championship was celebrated on November 1st at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum in California.
At the time Maria’s Beach was known as Rincon Point. As the surfers got to know and like Maria they referred to the beach as Maria’s and the name has endured. She had a Coke machine adjacent to her house and Maria sold sodas during the tournament. There was a picture of her with the Coke machine published in one of the surfing magazines at the time. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it again.
Surfing continues to be strong in Puerto Rico. The 1988 and the 2007 World Surfing Championships along with many qualifying heats have also been held in Rincon.
Maria’s original house was a standard wood house on stilts with the livestock living underneath. The goats would bang their heads on the floor usually just as I was falling asleep. Her house was converted to cement in a piecemeal fashion while she was living in it. She was diminutive in size so the kitchen and bathroom were barely over 6 feet in height.