Watch the Waves
Welcome to Puerto Rico! We hope you enjoy your visit to any one of our spectacular beaches. To make sure you and your loved ones have a safe, fun day on the water, we encourage you to keep in mind the following information.
A rip current is a dangerous tidal change that happens at beaches everywhere—even here in our Puerto Rican paradise—causing 80% of beach rescues worldwide.
Here’s what you should know if you plan on swimming in the ocean:
Feel the grip? That's a Rip
Rip currents are channeled currents of water flowing away from the shore. If you're caught in one, you will feel like the ocean is pulling you out to sea.
Stay Calm and Save Your Strength
Though your first instinct may be to swim harder against the current and toward the shore, this may wear you out—in a hurry.
Go Wide to Escape the Tide
Rip currents can be strong, but they're narrow—most are less than 80 feet wide. Swim parallel to the shore until you no longer feel the rip current's pull.
Steer Clear of Structures
Even on a calm day, rip currents can develop around piers, jetties, and groins. It's best to avoid swimming near these if possible.
Puerto Rico has some of the best beaches in the world—but there’s no controlling Mother Nature. On days when rip currents are strong, it’s best to avoid the surf.
Beach day, safely!
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