Puerto Rico Surf Spots & Information

Puerto Rico surfing first started in the 1950’s. Since then, it has grown in local popularity, and even gained international recognition after hosting the 1968 World Surfing Championships. Today, Puerto Rico remains a top Caribbean surf trip destination.

To most surfers’ amazement, Puerto Rico gets good-quality surf on all coasts during all seasons, even summer. However, the sole focal point of Puerto Rico surfing remains on the north and northwest coasts during winter swells. Aguadilla and Rincon are the two main surfing destinations on Puerto Rico’s northwest coast. Aguadilla sits at the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico and picks up the majority of north and northwest swell activity. Sitting on the western coast, Rincon surf spots are a little more tucked in and not as exposed as Aguadilla. It takes a bigger swell with a more westerly angle for Rincon to break; but when it does, it produces some of the biggest, best waves in the Caribbean.

The surf season in Puerto Rico stretches from late summer to early spring. Puerto Rico receives the majority of its swells during hurricane season as large storms move off the west coast of Africa, and during winter months as cold fronts and low-pressure systems move off the eastern seaboard of the United States, sending in long-period groundswell to the north- and northwest-facing beaches.

Paradise always has a price. In Puerto Rico, it’s the crowds. Maddening at times. During winter months, Puerto Rico surf spots are packed with locals and travelers alike, riding every form of watercraft you can think of: surfboards, boogie boards, body surfing, stand-pp paddle boards…i'ts just like Hawaii minus the Asian influence in the culture.

Perhaps the coolest thing about a Puerto Rico surf trip is its accessibility for US residents: no passport requirements, no currency exchange, and it’s just a short flight from the international airports along the eastern seaboard. Add in the crystal clear water, consistent year-round surf, and a relatively safe vacationing environment for families, and you can see why Puerto Rico is such a popular surf destination.

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Below is a list of SOME of the top surf spots in Puerto Rico, broken down by region. We did not catalog every surf break, just the main surf spots in each region.

North Coast Puerto Rico Surf Breaks


Chatarra - San Juan Area

Surf Location North
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide High tide is safer, low tide is more hollow
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Winter, November-April
Wave Quality Super hollow left-hand reef break. Considered one of the best lefts in the Caribbean. Draws comparisons to Pipeline in Oahu.
The Surfers Crowded, the takeoff here is narrow and the locals have it wired
Boards Shortboard, bodyboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Urchin-covered reef
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

La Ocho - San Juan Area

Surf Location Go to Parque Del Escambron
Best Swell Direction North or North-Northwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Winter, November-March
Wave Quality Mushy reef breaks spread out across the entire beach. Mostly right-hand peelers best surfed on a longboard.
The Surfers Mellow vibe in the water
Boards Fish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Aviones - Isla Verde

Surf Location North coast
Best Swell Direction North, Northeast
Best Tide High tide is safer, low tide is more hollow
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Winter, November-April
Wave Quality One of the most consistent surf spots in Puerto Rico. Right and left breaking reef break that can produce some very long tube rides. Beware, the wave is steep and breaks in very shallow water over an urchin-covered reef.
The Surfers Narrow takeoff zone gets very competitive with locals
Boards Shortboard, bodyboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Urchin-covered reef
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Northwest Coast Puerto Rico Surf Breaks


Wishing Well - Aguadilla

Surf Location Northwest: Aguadilla, next cove south of Wilderness.
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East-Northeast is offshore
Best Surf Season September - March
Wave Quality Wishing Well is a fun, hollow wave that is perfect for speedy, high-performance surfing. It’s tucked into the cove, so it needs a bigger swell to start breaking.
The Surfers Competitive with good local and visiting surfers.
Boards Shortboard, Bodyboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Shallow reef & lots of sea urchins
Water Condition Clean and clear

Wishing Well, Puerto Rico - Surf Video

 

Gas Chambers - Aguadilla

Surf Location Northwest: Aguadilla
Best Swell Direction Big northwest or west swell
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East-Northeast
Best Surf Season September - March
Wave Quality Gas Chambers is a legendary, yet tricky right-hand reef break. When it’s breaking, Gas Chambers produces Puerto Rico’s finest tubes. The takeoff is super critical, but the barrel’s are totally worth it.
The Surfers You will find Puerto Rico’s finest tube ridders at Gas Chambers when its breaking.
Boards Shortboard, Bodyboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Shallow reef, big cliff at the takeoff zone, sea urchins.
Water Condition Clean and clear

Gas Chambers, Puerto Rico - Surf Video

 

Antonio's - Rincon

Surf Location Located next to Sandy Beach near Casa Islena in Rincon
Best Swell Direction West, Northwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Southeast
Best Surf Season Winter, November-March
Wave Quality Right-hand reef break that can produce long, rippable walls. When the conditions are right, this is a super fun wave.
The Surfers Not too crowded. There are better waves in the area and it’s rarely glassy. Plus, multiple takeoff spots keep the crowds spread out.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand and reef
Watch Out For… Sea urchins, reef, undertow
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Sandy Beach - Rincon

Surf Location On Puntas Beach just north of Antonio’s
Best Swell Direction West, Northwest, Northeast
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction South, Southest
Best Surf Season Winter, November-March
Wave Quality Left-hand reef break
The Surfers It’s crowded here with locals that have the spot wired. The takeoff spot is narrow, and gets pretty competitive.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand and reef
Watch Out For… The takeoff spot is in front of a rock and the inside reef section
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Domes - Rincon

Surf Location Park near the old nuclear power plant and walk in
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Southeast
Best Surf Season Winter, November-March
Wave Quality Very consistent right-hand reef break that is known for producing some carvable walls. It also produces a lackluster left. This is not a great big wave spot. The wave is located in a small cove, which creates a lot of currents when the swell is larger and causes the wave to break in sections.
The Surfers Get crowded with locals and travelers. Everyone surfs here from beginners to pros. One of the only spots that breaks during summer.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard
Paddle Out Can be difficult
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Reef and rocks
Watch Out For… Sea urchins, jellyfish, undertow
Water Condition Moderately clean
 

Maria's - Rincon

Surf Location Northwest, by Sandy Beach
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Northeast
Best Surf Season Winter, November-March
Wave Quality Awesome right-hand reef/point break that can produce very long, speedy rides
The Surfers Very crowded
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board, bodyboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Sea urchins on the reef, crowds...stay alert
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Tres Palmas - Rincon

Surf Location
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Winter, November-March
Wave Quality This is THE big wave break of Puerto Rico. A perfect right-hand reef break that produces some beautiful open face walls perfect for high-performance carving.
The Surfers Very crowded: locals have this place wired, and there is a large number of traveling surfers that wait for Tres Palmas to come alive
Boards Big wave gun
Paddle Out Easy paddle through the channel
Skill Level Advanced or Pro only
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Freak sneaker sets
Water Condition Clean and clear

Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico - Surf Video

 

Southeast Coast Puerto Rico Surf Spots


Inches

Surf Location Just outside of Patillas
Best Swell Direction South, Southeast
Best Tide High tide is safest
Best Wind Direction Northeast
Best Surf Season Summer and Fall
Wave Quality Long left-hand reef/point break. Can peel for up to 100 yards.
The Surfers Very crowded, locals have this place wired
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, stand-up paddle board
Paddle Out Easy paddle through the channel
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Very shallow reef
Water Condition Clean and clear

 

 

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