Continue another 20 minutes south from Aguada and you’ll reach Rincón, a town often called the surf capital of Puerto Rico. You’ll understand why once you arrive. You can start at María’s beach, home to many surfing competitions, and work your way to Indicators and Domes beach, then around the north corner to Pools beach and Sandy beach. If you are an experienced surfer lucky to be in the right place at the right time, Tres Palmas beach offers a world-class wave known as one of the best in the world.
There’s much more than a day’s worth of surfing here, and fortunately, there are great places to stay a mere walk away from any surf spot. Rincón has an array of intimate inns, hotels and beachfront properties, including Casa Verde Hotel, just down the street from Sandy Beach.
Plan dinners in the neighborhood at restaurants like Tamboo Bar and Seaside Grill, voted best beach bar by USA Today. There, you’ll experience live music and energetic vibe, as well as great burgers and local seafood. Or wind up the hill to The Pool Bar, where there is, of course, a pool and a bar, but also some of the most delicious sushi on the island. If you’re around on Thursday, you can enjoy the “Rincón Art Walk,” which is a showcase of artisans, art, and music.
Surf season on the west coast is typically at its peak from December to April, so plan your trip during those months to catch the best waves. However, if you’re new to surfing and want to get started in a low-key way, plan your trip a bit before or after the official season. You’ll find waves the perfect size for learning and a laid-back, friendly community year-round.