One of the best if not the best area’s for surfing in Puerto Rico is Rincon, located on the west coast of the island. The beaches around Rincon are a magnet for experienced and not so experienced surfers, as well as pro surfers. So if you are planning on doing any serious surfing while on vacation in Puerto Rico; Rincon should be at the top of your list.
Rincon’s geography means that more than 50% of its coastline is ideal for surfers. Of all the beaches close to Rincon, the four most popular are: Domes, Maria’s, Tres Palmas and sandy Beach.
Domes is located close to the Rincon Lighthouse, and the beach gets its name from the domed shaped nuclear power plant that is close to the beach. Don’t worry; the plant was never introduced into service.
Domes beach is one of the most popular for surfers (and competitions), because even when conditions are not the best; Domes serves up consistent waves. The waves break mainly to the right and when conditions are quiet, it’s a great spot for beginners.
Best waves – when wind is from the east
Maximum waves – 10ft
Marias is located just south of Domes Beach and is another popular spot for surfers of all levels. With up to 5 breaks of various sizes and forms, Maria’s can become crowded, especially on a weekend.
Best Waves – when the wind is from the north east
Maximum waves – 15ft
Tres Palmas Beach
Tres Palmas is the place to go if you are searching for big waves. Waves of around 25ft draw the more experienced surfers to this beach. Don’t expect these large waves all the time; as they only occur 4 or 5 times during the year, when conditions are just right.
Sandy Beach is located on the northern coastline of Rincon Peninsula and is one of the few beaches in the area that has a left break. Here you will find fast powerful waves and is probably not the place to be if you are inexperienced.
Best waves – when the wind is from the south, southeast
Maximum waves – 10ft
Rincon is not the only place on the island for catching the surf. You should also consider the following areas (recommended experience level in brackets):
Aguadilla – Crash Boat (experienced) and Surfers Beach (average)
Isabella – Jobos (average) and Middles (experienced)
Arecibo – Hollows (average)
Manati – Los Tubos (novice)
San Juan – la Ocha (novice) and La Bomba (novice)
Carolina – Pine Grove (novice) and Caballos (average)
Loiza – Aviones (average) and Chatana (experienced)
Luquillo – La Pared (novice) and La Selva (average)
Fajardo – Race Track (average) and El Faro (average)
Humacao – Palmas Del Mar (novice)
Patillas – Inches (novice)
Note: you will experience the best surfing conditions between September and May around the northern parts of the island (including Rincon) and on the south side between May and October.