Surfing in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean that consists of the mainland of Puerto Rico and several smaller islands. Visitors can expect lots of natural beauty including a mountain range that separates the island into two distinct vegetation zones. The northern part of the island is rainy and covered in tropical rainforest while the southern part is very dry. Puerto Rico is home to many exotic animals and plant species as well as beautiful, long sandy beaches.
Besides the breathtaking natural wonders, you can find a number of leisure and sport activities to participate in during your holiday. When it comes to surfing, Puerto Rico is special because two very deep oceans surround the island.
In the north you can find the Puerto Rico trench and in the south the Caribbean Sea. The deep depths in front of the coasts cause the waves to break with great force over the coral reefs.
With year-long warm water and the best wave conditions in the Caribbean, it is no wonder why so many surfers visit Puerto Rico from all over the world.
Puerto Rico has a mild climate year-round with maximum temperatures reaching between 27-30 degrees. There is rainfall and high humidity during hurricane season from June until October.
The driest months are February and March and tourism is accordingly higher at this time. During these months, accommodation availability may be limited and prices high. Night time can get chilly so be sure to bring a sweater.
Puerto Rico is for Florida what Hawaii is for California. Good-quality waves, warm water and an exotic landscape make Puerto Rico the best surf destination in the Caribbean. The most idyllic spots are located on the northwest coast of the island.
The conditions on the south coast are not as good because the waves are small and the wind often blows onshore. A wetsuit is not necessary as the water is warm with temperatures around 25-28 degrees.
The best time for surfers to visit is from September to March when swells can reach up to five feet.
Best surfing season for beginners: March - August
Best surfing season for advanced surfer: September – March
Puerto Rico is the most accessible island in the Caribbean. Most flights from Europe, Central and South America to the capital of San Juan require a stopover in one of the following US cities: New York, Miami or Houston.
International flights fly into either Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan or Aguadillas Aeropuerto Rafael Hernandez (BQN) on the northwest of the island.
In addition to these two international airports, Puerto Rico has several small domestic airports that are a part of the country’s well-established air infrastructure. Another option is to travel by ferry from the Dominican Republic.