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Where to Surf in Puerto Rico

A surfer cruising a wave in Rincón.

Whether you’re an aspiring surfer or a pro, Puerto Rico has some of the best surfing in the Caribbean

Puerto Rico is the ideal surfing destination: warm waters year-round, fun local surfing culture, and conditions ranging from easy, two-foot waves over a sandy bottom to tall, fast-moving barrels with reef breaks. Surf shops abound, many offering board rentals and lessons, or guided experiences.

The best surfing on the Island is around the northwest coast, from Isabela to Rincón, but if you only have time to explore San Juan you’ll still find spots with exciting waves. From October to February, swells are at the peak, and during the summer things tend to be calmer.

Waiting for the perfect wave at Domes Beach in Rincón


The quintessential surfer destination, Rincón has a statue of a surfer in the middle of town. Located on the westernmost point of the Island, Rincón has beaches on the north and west coasts offering a variety of conditions suitable for experienced surfers. The most popular surfing beaches are Domes, María’s, Tres Palmas, and Sandy Beach. There are several surf shops offering rentals, including Mar Azul Surf Shop, Surf Town Rincón, and Desecheo Surf Shop. For beginners that don’t want to miss out, Rincón Surf School offers surf lessons and guided adventures.

Looking out toward the break at Surfer’s Beach in Aguadilla.


Punta Borinquen, the nearly 5-mile coastline stretching from Crash Boat to Surfer’s Beach in the northwestern town of Aguadilla, was designated the Caribbean’s first World Surfing Reserve by the organization Save the Waves in 2018. Thanks to this designation over a dozen world-class surfing points, including Surfer’s Beach, Table Tops, Survival Beach, Wilderness, Wishing Well, Manglito, Gas Chambers, and Crash Boat, are now protected. Well worth the visit by surfers of every level, Aguadilla offers over 300 days of rideable waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico. Aguadilla also has many surf shops offering board rentals such as Surf Zone, Aquatic Dive and Surf, and Verde Azul Surf and SUP Shop, as well as a surf tour company, PR Surf Adventures.

Jobos Beach in Isabela is known for its lively surf scene. 


Another popular surfing destination on the west coast is Isabela, with surfing conditions for all levels of experience. Middles Beach, a stretch of sandy beach with powerful currents and rocky sections offshore where the waves break, is the site of the annual Corona Pro Surf Circuit.

Jobos Beach tends to be livelier since this beach also has sections that are good for swimming. There are also a few restaurants and bars nearby. Hang Loose Surf Shop offers rentals and lessons, and is right on Jobos.

A surfer catches a wave in Puerto Rico.

Other Beaches:

La Ocho

Located in San Juan and accessible from Escambrón beach, this area is ideal for experienced surfers. Nearby is La 8 Surf Shop (ocho means eight in Spanish), which offers board rentals; you can also coordinate surf lessons. Also located in San Juan is Spectrum Surf School which offers group and private lessons and board rentals.

La Pared

La Pared in the northeastern town of Luquillo is a good beach for beginners, with 3 to 5-foot waves with different size breaks over a sandy bottom. Surfing Puerto Rico Adventures offers surf lessons and board rentals.

Los Tubos

For an off-the-beaten-path experience visit Los Tubos in the town of Manatí on the northern coast. The beach faces northwest, creating similar surfing conditions as Aguadilla, and is one of the few beaches that can hold big swells. There are no surf shops nearby, so best to rent a board for the day in San Juan or bring your own.

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Surfing Puerto Rico / Everything You Need to Know

photo by Rincon Surf Report

Surfing Puerto Rico offers up a variety of incredible waves in a stunning tropical island paradise. Commonly known as the ‘North Shore of the Caribbean,’ some surf spots in Puerto Rico pull off a good imitation of certain hollow Hawaiian barrels that grace many a surf mag.

A hop, skip, and a jump from the East Coast of the US, surfing Puerto Rico is a right of passage for many east coasters. Who wouldn’t want to escape the cold harsh winters with a trip to a tropical paradise with warm water and an abundance of good waves? Exactly.

Besides the lure of the pumping surf, Puerto Rico delivers some serious laidback friendly vibes that are downright infectious (in a good way). You can’t help but unwind, relax, and tap into the chill island way of life.

In this Guide to Surfing Puerto Rico, we cover everything you need to know to plan an awesome trip in this slice of surf paradise. The guide details surf seasons, surf break info, trip costs, where to stay, things to do (besides surfing), transportation, and more, with a focus on the island’s northwest beach communities (AKA surf mecca) of Rincon, Aguada, and Aguadilla.

These surf-lined beach towns are some of the main reasons why surfers from around the globe make their way to Puerto Rico—perhaps also because of the crystal clear 80-degree water, beautiful beaches, and laidback beach life.

Table of Contents

Surfing Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Surf Spots

Surf Lessons & Surfboard Rentals

Puerto Rico Travel Basics

Where to Stay

Eat & Drink

Things to Do


Travel Insurance

Surfing Puerto Rico

Surf Seasons

Summer in Puerto Rico is hot and fickle, not ideal if you’re looking to score some tasty waves and only have a week to work with. The best time to surf in Puerto Rico would be late fall, winter, and early spring. In September the Atlantic Ocean begins to come to life delivering fun-sized surf to the shorelines of northwest Puerto Rico.

Winter swells are where Puerto Rico earned its name as the North Shore of the Atlantic. This is when the surf can get big and gnarly. Treacherous barrels over shallow reefs and seriously strong currents and rip tides are more common. However, there is always the possibility of getting skunked as there can be times when the surf is nominal or flat for more than several days in a row. However, not to worry, as there is usually something to surf somewhere.

photo by Rincon Surf Report

Level of Difficulty

Since Puerto Rico is mostly known for big, hollow, powerful surf and reef breaks, it is definitely more suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers. Puerto Rico is also known for having strong currents and riptides, as well as a healthy supply of sea urchins.

All factors considered, having surf experience is recommended and Puerto Rico is not a great place to learn to surf. That being said, there are usually always options for beginners with proper guidance.

As with most surf destinations, when it’s big there are typically places where a less experienced surfer can have fun and get their feet wet too. Big swells come and go leaving the days before and after the peak of the swell fun-sized and manageable for the novice surfer. So know your limits and ask around if you’re not an expert.


Puerto Rico’s good surf is no secret and since it’s a very easy and desirable surf destination to travel to in the winter, it gets busy during the peak season. The crowds start to die off in March and the off-shore winds start to blow more consistently. Head-high plus surf can stick around through May and you can find yourself surfing amongst a small crowd at a break that would otherwise potentially have dozens of surfers on it.

Puerto Rico Surf Spots

Pools / photo by Rincon Surf Report

Surfing Rincón


Reef break that caters to the intermediate and experienced surfer. Spread out rights and lefts. Best in the morning as afternoon onshores can ruin it. N/NW/NE swells and southerly winds are ideal. A rippable performance wave. The rights can be long and really good when it’s working.

Sandy Beach 

Caters to all levels of surfing. Sand bottom beach break with some rocky reefs in the mix. Mostly lefts with occasional sandbar rights coming through in front of Tamboo Tavern. When it’s working, the lefts can get very long and rippable. Ideal swells are from the N/NW/NE with southerly winds.

Pools / photo by Rincon Surf Report


Suited for intermediate to advanced surfers. Pools is a pretty shallow reef break with a few scattered right and left peaks. A juicy wave that packs a punch when it’s overhead. Fun and rippable when in the shoulder to head high range. Works best on N, NW, and NE swells and has some wind protection from the NE trades.


Caters to all levels of experience and all kinds of wave craft riders when it’s smaller.  Domes breaks over a fairly shallow rock reef.  Works best on N, NW, and NE swells with SE winds.  Mostly rights with some lefts. When bigger and doing its thing, the rights are the main attraction as they tend to be long and hollow.



Fun for the whole family, and then some. Maria’s tends to be a very crowded spot. A long, fast, spread out right, that can connect from the main point clear on through the inside on a good swell. Best on a NW swell, with NE trades, and a lower tide.

Piston’s and Dogman’s

For the adventurous and more experienced surfer, park at Maria’s and take a walk south past the river mouth to explore these breaks which offer some fun hollow lefts and rights over shallow reef.

Tres Palmas / photo by Rincon Surf Report

Tres Palmas

One of Puerto Rico’s famous big wave spots, this wave is only suitable for experienced big wave chargers. Doesn’t start working until it’s double overhead. Know your limits.

Surfing Aguadilla

photo by Rincon Surf Report


Caters to all levels. Located in Aguadilla central, Bridges is known for its playful glassy waves and inevitable crowds. It’s also known to be a bit polluted as a result of runoff from town. But even the filthiest lineup can’t keep a frothing surfer from a rippable sand/reef bottom right-hand point break. And that’s what you’ll find here when the swell direction is right (WNW).

Crash Boat

Intermediate to advanced surfers. A punchy sand bottom right with hollow sections that attracts quite the bodyboarding crew.


Intermediate to advanced surfers. A fun rolling right-hand reef-bottom point that can handle large swells. Cruisy wave, good for longboarding on your average day. There’s a shorter more punchy left-hander over shallow reef to pick off here and there too.

Surfers Beach

Beginner to advanced depending on the day. Reef break. Consistent break that could be fun and easy-going when shoulder high or smaller. Gets punchier and more hollow once head high and bigger. Watch out for the urchins and the rips.

Surf Lessons & Surfboard Rentals

While the surf in Puerto Rico is best suited to more intermediate and advanced surfers, it’s possible to take surf lessons, and a good surf instructor will help find a safe spot that is good for beginners. Here are a couple of resources for surfboard rentals and surf lessons.

  • Mar Azul Surf Shop Rincón has a good selection of surfboards for rent.
    • $25 per day, $150 per week
  • Rincón Surf School & Resort
  • Surfing Lessons Puerto Rico
  • Surf 787

Puerto Rico Travel Basics

WEATHER: Puerto Rico is a tropical climate, so the temperature stays around a balmy 80°F – 85°F the whole year (26°C – 29 °C). The rainy season in Puerto Rico is from April to November, but as with many tropical climates, rain showers are typically scattered in the afternoons and don’t last very long. So even if there’s rain in the forecast, there’s a good chance you can have a nice sunny morning and just a few showers later in the day.

TOURISM SEASONS: December through April is considered the high season in Puerto Rico. Many east coasters are looking to escape the frigid winter and Puerto Rico is only a cheap and short flight away.

June to September is considered the low season which coincides with their rainy hurricane season. You might be able to score a discounted rate at a hotel, but you’re not so likely to be scoring any surf in the area this time of year unless you get lucky with an out-of-season swell.

From the months of September to November and April to May are when you can really score in Puerto Rico. Sure, the surf is likely to be bigger during the peak swell season of winter, but during the shoulder season months, you can still potentially score some really fun waves with not as many people out. The downside is that you run the risk of getting skunked.

The shoulder seasons of the fall and spring in Puerto Rico are where it’s at, in my opinion. You’ll likely find fewer crowds, more human-sized surf, and a quieter small-town vibe as opposed to the bustling peak season months.

MONEY: Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and they use the United States Dollar (USD) as their local currency.

TIPPING: Yes, being a United States territory and using the USD also comes along with other American customs, such as tipping. Which usually means leaving about an extra 15-20% of the total bill on sit down meals, $1 extra per drink at a bar directly to the bartender when they hand you your beverage, or a couple of extra dollars cash for taxi drivers, bellboys, people who provide room services, etc.

Where to Stay

Beachfront 2-Bedroom Apartment on Sandy Beach / from $310 per night

There are a handful of small hotels and B&Bs near great surf in Rincón, and if you’re traveling with a group, one of the best options is renting a villa or vacation rental. The Rincón area has some wonderful places to stay tucked away on tropical hillsides and right on the sand with a surf break out front. Below are a few of our top picks for where to stay in Rincón Puerto Rico based on amenities, design, reviews, and proximity to surf breaks.

Under $250 per night

Casa Isleña Inn – Beachfront at Sandy Beach /from $154 per nightBeachfront Apartment at Pools Beach / from $200 per night1-Bedroom Apartment in Rincón / from $136 per nightTamboo Beside the Pointe Hotel – Beachfront at Sandy Beach / from $165 per nightSerenity Rincon Guesthouse / from $110 per nightVilla Montana Beach Resort in Aguadilla / from $159 per night

$250+ per night

Modern 3-Bedroom Villa with Ocean Views / from $295 per night3-Bedroom Vacation Rental – Close Walk to the Surf / from $400 per nightModern 4-Bedroom Villa with Private Pool / from $500 per nightSpacious 4-bedroom Villa with Ocean Views and Private Pool / from $500 per nightBeachfront 5-Bedroom Villa at Dogman’s Break / from $700 per night Beachfront 6-Bedroom House on Sandy Beach (sleeps 15) / from $900 per night


Eat & Drink

photo via La Copa Llena

LA COPA LLENA serves up beautifully-crafted brunch and dinner in a lovely open-air patio right on the beach.

CARTA BUENA is a rad little food truck with delicious healthy farm-fresh snacks, smoothies, juices, coffee, sandos, and other tasty treats made with ingredients from their own organic garden (which you can walk around in while you wait for your food).

RINCÓN BEER COMPANY slings craft beer and simple but good eats at this cool micro-brewery located in the heart of Rincón.

POOL BAR SUSHI is a delicious indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar with tasty sushi on offer. There’s also a good chance there will be a good surf film playing on a big screen above their pool.

TULUUM – if you’re surfing up in the Aguadilla area you might want to stop by Tuluum in Isabela for some tasty margaritas and Mexican food.

Things to Do in Puerto Rico

(besides surfing)

Sailing and Snorkeling Day Charter in Puerto Rico

With an abundance of natural beauty and ocean sports, there are tons of fun things to do in Puerto Rico. Whether you prefer an adrenaline-fueled adventure or leisurely cruise, you’ll find activities to suit every taste. Here are a handful of top activities and excursions in Puerto Rico (besides surfing and beach hopping!):

Explore the Arenales Caves

Active Explorations

  • Arenales Caves and River Adventure
  • Campo Rico Ziplining Adventure
  • ATV Adventure Hacienda Campo Rico
  • Bio Bay & El Yunque Rainforest Combo Tour

Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail

On the Water

  • Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail from Fajardo
  • Sailing and Snorkeling Day Charter
  • 6-Hour Culebra Snorkeling Tour
  • Bio Bay Kayak Tour

Walking & Food Tour in Old San Juan

Leisurely Pursuits

  • Puerto Rico’s Original Cocktail Tour
  • Old San Juan Walk and Taste Tour
  • Cold and Hot Spring Escape to Nurture Body and Soul



photo by Rincon Surf Report


It’s best to fly direct into Aguadilla where you’re only about 45 minutes from Rincon. If you fly into San Juan, it’s a solid 2 – 3 hour drive across the island depending on traffic and road conditions.

All flight prices are round-trip and shown in US dollars and note that around the Christmas holiday season, flights can be double or triple the cost.

Surfboard fees: Unless you fly on one of the few airlines that don’t charge surfboard bag fees, tack on an additional $75- $200 each way if you want to take a couple of boards. Check out our Guide to Surfboard Bag Fees to see which airline might be your best bet.

LAX > BQN (Aguadilla):

  • good deal: $350
  • average: $450


  • good deal: $202
  • average: $250

Fort Lauderdale >BQN:

  • good deal: $100
  • average: $200

London >BQN:

  • good deal: $750
  • average: $900

Sydney >BQN:

  • good deal: $1200
  • average: $1,400

Getting Around

There aren’t a lot of options for transportation in Puerto Rico and especially not with a surfboard in tow, so renting a car is essential. It’s ideal to rent a 4-wheel drive with some clearance if you want to explore more off-the-beaten path spots like Wilderness in the Aguadilla area (which requires some off-roading through pretty deep puddles at certain times of year).

If you like the challenge of off-roading a 2-wheel drive sedan, it can be done, but not without potential consequences. We made it through some rough areas in such a car rental, but we nearly got stuck in some deep mud and might have damaged the front bumper a tad. Just a tad. Aaaanyhow, if you plan on driving down dirt things that barely resemble roads, we highly recommend going with a 4×4.

The cost of renting a car is roughly the following:

  • $15-25 per day for an economy 2-wheel drive car (for the budget-conscious adventurous type seeking the thrill of potentially getting stuck somewhere. There are some places where a 2-wheel drive car simply won’t cut it).
  • $40-65 per day for a 4-wheel drive vehicle (for the not-so-budget-concerned traveler who likes to be fully equipped and ready for any adventure that presents itself).

We suggest going the 4-wheel route if you plan to explore and like to get off the beaten path, and going with a smaller car if you know you’ll just be sticking with the more easily accessible breaks.

Of course, the last thing you want to think about is a major injury, but it would be much, much worse if you need serious medical attention and you’re without insurance. Unfortunately, there are just too many cases of people who didn’t think about insurance and ended up getting nailed with a huge medical bill.

You know the deal—better safe than sorry. We use and recommend World Nomads Insurance. They offer very comprehensive travel insurance and cover all sorts of activities, including surfing and ocean sports. You can easily check it out and get a fast quote here. Safe travels!

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Ericeira — the treasury of Portugal | Surfway Moscow

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There is such a secret place on Earth, beautifully called the World Surfing Reserve (World surfing reserve, abbreviated as WSR). In 2011, the Save the Waves Global Coalition awarded this name to the Ericeira region in Portugal. It was also officially recognized as a reserve by the President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva. Now Ericeira is the only one in Europe and the second in the whole world among surf reserves. It is truly the heart of Portugal for wave lovers, and its protected status has placed Ericeira on the maps and anchored its position in surfing and tourism.

In total, there are about 9 reserves in the world — among them Nusa Beach in Puerto Rico, in Brazil, 2 in Australia: on the Gold Coast and on Manly Beach, Punta de Lobos in Chile, Bahia in Mexico (or «All Saints Beach»), two in California: Malibu and Santa Cruz. These are places on a planetary scale. And the status of a beach reserve is not just a formality. Firstly, these are historically important areas that have made a great contribution to the development of the world’s surf culture. Secondly, the beaches dedicated to the reserve are strictly protected, buildings and any interventions are prohibited on them in order to prevent wave and coastal landscape deformation and preserve the fauna. The pristine nature, beauty and wildness of the beaches are preserved here.

Ericeira is a home for everyone.

Portugal’s world reserve spots have raised many world champions and accept any surf hero from young to old as a student, the youngest and most courageous summit conquerors will find a wave to their size. Powerful reef breaks combined with gentle surf for learning can be found here: Sant de Lisau, Reef, Cave, Pedra Branca, Ribeira d’Ilhas, home to the very first Portugal Surfing Championship and the Quiksilver Pro Portugal Cup for men, as well as the legendary Coxos is a paradise for professionals. From October to May catch the best swells on the planet here! 🙂

Rocky cliffs alternate with cozy sandy coves, where fishermen and brave surfers live side by side like brothers. After all, since ancient times this area has been a village of fishermen. In the ocean on the coast of Ericeira, many species of fish have found a home, among them sardines, tuna, Atlantic mackerel, rich in nutrients that the Jagos, the ancient settlers of the area, also fed on. Unlike other regions, they lived only on what the ocean would give them. The nature of Ericeira is really worth protecting.

In addition to surfing, Ericeira has a mind-boggling amount of family activities. You can endlessly walk along the narrow streets of the ancient city and fall in love with it. Breathe the healing air that the empresses hunted for, catch the salty wind on the skin and in the hair. Visit the monastery of Mafra. And the ancient stone forts immerse us in the Middle Ages, pirates and kings. Quiksilver has built a huge skate park here. Local kids got used to all kinds of boards from infancy! And also, if you come to Ericeira, you will inevitably catch a local virus — an absolute thrill from life.

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Puerto Rico’s four best beaches —

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year to be where it is warm. With almost 300 beaches and 270 miles of Caribbean coastline, Puerto Rico is the perfect winter destination.

Here are four of the best beaches in this country.

Award winning beach: Flamenco Beach, Culebra.

Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach was recently named one of the top 10 Caribbean beaches for 2021 by Tripadvisor.

Located on the island of Culebra, off the coast of Puerto Rico, the almost 2 km long beach is surrounded by majestic hills and tropical palm trees.

Flamenco Beach, known for its crystal clear and calm turquoise waters, is a snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing paradise.

Best Black Sand Beach: Black Sand Beach, Vieques

Black Sand Beach is one of Puerto Rico’s rarest and most spectacular beaches, perfect for travelers looking to find the gem of the Caribbean.

Black Sand Beach is located on a rugged coastline on the south side of Vieques Island, off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico. It’s home to the world’s brightest bioluminescent cove, a pristine wildlife sanctuary, and plenty of secret seaside hideouts.

Walking a short coastal path, travelers will be rewarded with stunning scenery in this secluded area.

Surfers beach: Domes Beach, Rincon.

Domez Beach, on the northwest tip of Puerto Rico, is a year-round surfer’s paradise. The beach is one of the best places to relax on the island. Various surfing competitions are held here, including Corona Pro Surf.

Surrounded by lush vegetation, this beach is best known for whale watching in winter. Migratory humpback whales pass by Rincon from January to March and can be seen from the historic Punta Higuero lighthouse or from the surf, as the locals do.

During the winter months you can also catch the biggest waves and this is the best place to watch the spectacular sunrise surf.

Instagram Beach: Mar Chiquita, Manati

Mar Chiquita is one of the most popular natural pools on the north coast of Puerto Rico.

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