Puerto Rico is a little state in the Caribbean and consists of six islands. The main island Puerto Rico also gives the name to the country. Visitors of Puerto Rico can expect lots of intact nature and a central mountain range that separates the island in two different vegetation zones.
Whereas the northern part of the island is rather rainy and covered in tropical rainforest, the southern part is rather dry. Puerto Rico gives a home to many exotic animals and plant species but also the beautiful long sandy beaches invite the travel to discover them.
When it comes to surfing Puerto Rico is special, as two very deep oceans surround the island. In the north you can find the Puerto Rico trench and on the south of the island the Caribbean sea. The big depth of the water in front of the coast causes that the waves break with great power over the coral riffs.
Beside the breathtaking nature you can find a large number of leisure and sport activities that make every holiday an exciting trip. It is no wonder that the all year long warm water and the best wave conditions in the Caribbean attract bath and surf tourist from all over the world.
In Puerto Rico you will find a mild climate all year long, the maximum temperatures vary between 27-30 degrees. Also the monthly rainfall is constant only during the hurricane season from June till October it can become a bit more humid.
The driest months are February and March, therefore accordingly the tourist volume is highest in this time. Unfortunately in this time there are not much hotel rooms available and the prices sometimes unreasonable high.
A small hint: You should bring a pullover as the nighttime can become quiet chilly sometimes.
Puerto Rico is for Florida what Hawaii is for California. There are large qualitative good waves, warm water and an exotic landscape. This makes Puerto Rico the best surf destination in the Caribbean; the best spots are located on the northwest coast of the island.
The conditions on the south coast are not too good, the waves are small and the wind often blows onshore. Most waves on the island break over the riff.
The water is with 25-28 degrees nice warm; a wetsuit is therefore not necessary. With swells of up to five feet the month from September till March are the best.
Best season for beginners: March - August
Best season for advanced surfer: September – March
Puerto Rico is the island of the Caribbean that is easiest accessible as it is approached by almost all major airlines. Most scheduled flights from Europe, Central and South America to San Juan have stopover in New York, Miami or Houston.
There are daily flights from Europe to Miami, which brings Puerto Rico a step closer. As the connections between Puerto Rico and Miami are very good there are hardly longer stays in between necessary.
Most international flights approach the airport of San Juan, but also a few major islands serve the “Aguadillas Aeropuerto Rafael Hernandez” on the northwest top of the island.
Beside two international airports Puerto Rico has several small domestic airports that are a part of the well-established national air infrastructure. Another possibility to travel is by ferry.