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  1. #11
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    Google map told me it was approx. 2-3hrs to Rincon, depening on what part you are trying to get to and from where in San Juan. We are currently considering the Wyndam or the Marriot Casino / Resort

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    Good to know, thanks Carlita. I plan on renting a board while i'm there, it just seems much easier. Do you know if there is a place nearby that rents SUP's? A few people have mentioned hiring a guy that guides you around the island and provides the transportation and board rental, not sure how expensive this is or if they provide SUP's, but that would be nice if so.

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    Guajataca???

    Anybody know anything about this break?

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Carlita View Post
    there is a beach break in san juan next to a jetty its a left from what i can remember. I never surfed it it was a little small when i saw it and i was worn out.
    Hey man you are talking about Condido resort area. And yes, that jetty is gnarley. Not a wave to be taken lightly. I body surfed it a few mornings and I cannot imagine having a surfboard in the mix. Every wave ends in a violent shallow water double up wipeout. haha you are better off on a reef. Really though, rent a log and go surf ocho.

    If you can make it to rincon or isabella, GO. Especially Rincon, I'm still trying to figure out how to spend my winters there. There is so much variety in that area. For example, maria's could be knee high and log heaven while around the point it's head high and draining at pools and sandy's. That like a 5 minute drive!

    Surfing reefs is good for you. It makes you surf smart. After getting comfortable with reefs you will feel invincible at a beachie.

  5. #15

    La Ocho is your best bet

    Hello, thought I would chime in here...mostly because I plan on getting married in PR and have been there so many times.

    Basically, to enjoy the island you will need a car. There are many spots to surf in PR (I think over 80 on wannasurf) in all directions.

    Stop 8 is your best best for multiple reasons:
    • It's close to where you are staying
    • Its longboard friendly
    • It's an easy paddle
    • There is a good vibe in the water
    • There will be other non-locals
    • It's easy to get food
    • It doesn't have a lot of sea urchins
    • There is an area where your wife can get in the water
    • It has a cool backdrop


    Surfing Stop 8 is easy, I just recommend going in the morning before the trade winds kick up (10am or so) and the water gets shallow over the reef at some points during your paddle out, so watch the fins. It's easy to navigate and it adds to the adventure.

    If you go east (Aviones) you will find faster breaking tighter waves as well as most spots on the North coast going west until you reach certain spots in Isabella. This is kind of why there are so many spongers. I would recommend going west vs east. I have surfed most known spots and aviones is usually crowded. There is Luquillo, but it's not the nicest of areas. Route 187 is a nice drive to Aviones though.

    If you go west, there are spots all over, but there are not many beach breaks that I know of, so you will have to get used to it. If you go all the way to Rincon, you will find world class waves, but more crowds, and it is 3hrs I would say. Not all the road signage is that great even looking at maps for some of the spots.

    If you wanted to take a day trip west, I would recommend this:
    Take a look at Stop 8 in the morning and if its 4' or more then go west. I personally like Los Tubos in Manati and think you should do that for a day. The beach there is a local hang out, but it's a nicer beach and there isn't a lot of riff-raff. Keep belongings and valuables to a minimum though. You can park on the side of the road and drag your board down the concrete boach launch. Get ready for a long easy paddle, but if it's breaking, it's a lot of fun. Lefts and rights and the wave has a good drive without getting dumpy or breaking up. Its usually a crumbling wave when it breaks which makes it easy to ride and when it's a little bigger, it's kinda rampy which is fun. I have only seen it tube a couple times in 20 years, but I haven't always been there on the big days. When you are done travel west on 686 and and follow a small sign up the hill and go visit Mar Chiquita. It's a unique beach and its all locals, but it's pretty.

    Buy sunscreen, that sun feels hotter than in the states. Mosquito repellent to0 for at night. Puerto Rico is probably one of the most dynamic and amazing lovely islands in the Carribean. I plan on retiring there. There are zip lines, a rain forest, horse back riding on beaches, caves to explore, great food, super hospitable people, great nightlife, romanticism, beautiful breezy weather at night, great hand rolled cigars, and the best pina coladas I've ever had.

    I like to eat at Barrachina in Old San Juan. You can catch cultural events downtown while you shop too.

    Check out Old San Juan and Casino in Isla Verde. One of the most classy and amazing hotels I have ever been to. I just got back from Thailand and went to the famous Oriental and I think ESJ is nicer. Dress up and have an amazing time there. See and been seen.

    DO NOT MISS OUT ON A BIOLUMINESCENCE TOUR. Will cost about $50-$75 a person for snorkeling and tour, but it's magical.

    Damn, that's some info for you. ENJOY!

  6. #16
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    my good friend just came back from a week in PR with his fiance and he was stoked beyond belief. watch out though, his girl's beautiful and he was sayin that there were times where he was a little sketched because of 5 or 6 PRs lookin at his girl like tasty piece of meat. so if the wife is legit......keep you double guard up. and i'm just curious but how have you been surfing for 15 years....and still be a novice on a SuP??

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    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    Surfing reefs is good for you. It makes you surf smart. After getting comfortable with reefs you will feel invincible at a beachie.
    Good advice man, you are right, i need to just man up and get my stripes with reef surfing, been at it for a while now and just never experienced it, so i've gotten use to the beach breaks here in the Florida. New Smyrna / Ponce Inlet is my main spot and i've had some days over head high out there and did just fine, but it's just sand at the bottom, so I don't worry about it a whole lot. Getting some experience on a reef would most definitely take my game to the next level and surfing back home will seem like a walk in the park afterwards i'm sure. I'm working on the soon-to-be wife on where we are going to stay at. Don't want to make it my own little surf trip when we are on our honeymoon, since she doesn't really surf. Rincon seems like the place most people talk about, so if need be we could rent a van or something and make the trek and just make a day out of it, then head back to San Juan. How common is it to do SUP surfing around those parts? I'm definitely more advanced with the SUP these days due to my shoulder problems, i'm able to hang in the lineups on a 3-6ft day on the SUP no problem as long as the wind stays under 15-20mph
    Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Mar 8, 2012 at 05:02 PM.

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    might want to get those shoulders fixed before you bother spending all that money on a vacation wear it

  9. #19
    I live and surf in texas, i have never even surfed over rock bottom. first time out was pretty sketchy , i wasnt to sure where to go out so i hung out and watched some people go out before i did. As i was paddling out went to duck dive and didnt even get my shoulders wet and punched the reef cut both hands up lol. Also the first wave is a little crazy as you drop the water is so clear it seems like the reef is a foot under the water. Just man up and go for it!! That place is just amazing, waves,food,people,atmosphere.

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlita View Post
    I live and surf in texas, i have never even surfed over rock bottom. first time out was pretty sketchy , i wasnt to sure where to go out so i hung out and watched some people go out before i did. As i was paddling out went to duck dive and didnt even get my shoulders wet and punched the reef cut both hands up.
    Yeah, that's what i'm trying to avoid, don't want to end up in the ER because i'm not familiar with the area. I've surfed over rock and cement like bottoms before and it definitely made me more aware and surfed with a bit more caution, but the waves were too good to not go for it. I love that everybody has such great things to say about this place, can't wait!
    Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Mar 8, 2012 at 05:01 PM.