Travel Information

Land Environment
Country Currency Safety
Mexico Pesos Organized crime,
Banditos, Driving at Night
U. S. U.S. Dollars Violent crime, theft.
Costa Rica Colones Theft, use caution at
night, driving hazards.
Barbados Barbadian
Safe, but getting more
Caution at night.
Driving hazards.
Puerto Rico U.S. Dollars Violent crime, theft.

Surf Information

Ocean Environment
Place Wetsuit Wave Size
Baja Full, Booties, Trunks waist high to
California Spring, Full,
waist high to
Florida Trunks, Spring,
waist high to
Costa Rica Trunks waist high to
double overhead
Barbados Trunks, Top waist high to
double overhead
Trunks, Top waist high to
triple overhead
Puerto Rico Trunks waist high to


Northwest Puerto Rico

The Northwestern coast of Puerto Rico is rife with high-quality surf spots. Visiting surfers should bring their high-performance shortboard, a step-up, semi-gun, and possibly a big-wave gun for Tres Palmas. The water is warm so trunks, a rash guard, sunscreen, and perhaps a wetsuit top will be good to have along.

This part of the island can have waves from the fall until the spring, but most of the spots require the surfer to have some skill and be in good shape. Dunes and Jobos are good spots in the Isabella area. Further west is Table Top and Surfers Beach which is on the Ramey Base. Wilderness has many peaks and is accessible by going through a golf course. To the south is Aguadilla and the breaks Gas Chambers and Crash Boat.

When the swell is significant then Rincon has some waves worth surfing. Domes is a right that gets heavy with a strong current going south towards a rocky place called Dead Man's. Past Dead Man’s is Indicators which is a fun right. Next is Marias a very crowded wave and then further south is Puerto Rico’s big-wave spot, Tres Palmas. Last and unfortunately least is Little Malibu.

Fun waves can be had in Puerto Rico, but most of the waves are crowded and some are very punishing. If you’re not an experienced surfer you may want to spend your vacation time elsewhere as the locals, tourists, waves, and sea floor can beat the good times out of even the most experienced surfer’s trip.