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  1. #1
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    Intermediate waves in Puerto Rico

    So, I'm heading down to PR in 2 weeks. Staying in a condo a little bit north of Rincon, and I think its walking distance to Sandy Beach. Anyway, I know there is a fair amount of info out there, but I wanted to see what suggestions anyone has for a beginner/intermediate surfer. I want to surf more than beach breaks, but nothing dangerous either. Can anyone suggest certain spots? Domes Beach looks like a nice right.

    Also, any suggestions on things to do when the surf is not pumping?

  2. #2
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    stay within your limits, i.e., head high or less if you're beginner/intermediate. Nothing here I would really call beach breaks but there are similar waves at times.
    Domes can be fun but crowded, as well as most of the breaks here.
    As to your last line, drinking is quite popular.

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    Same as vtsurfer. Im going next May to Playa Grande. Im a super awesome beginner at this point in time. Anyone been there in May that knows about crowds and how the breaks are please let me know. Thanks.

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    the crowd at domes can get pretty hostile so i wouldn't surf there unless you're confident with your etiquette. sandy beach is probably the closest thing to a beachbreak you'll get but it gets choppy after 10 am most days because it's not facing towards the trade winds. just 5 minutes away is marias (right next to domes) which i would recommend because it's much more spaced out. just make sure you find out where to paddle out because you can't just jump in and go you have to find the key hole in the reef. you'll be fine surfing the reefs just don't put your feet down when you fall and try to fall flat.

  5. #5
    I never had trouble at Domes.. But I definitely got the stink eye... I find that they talk a lot in PR, but don't get overly aggressive. Domes is super fun and so is Sandy.
    I would would drive the half hour to Aguadilla and surf Surfers too... It's a super easy, rippable mellow wave. And it picks up more swell. Theres a ton of waves up there.
    Like ND081 said, you'll be fine on the reefs. Just remeber there's a reef on the bottom.
    And watch dudes out before you do. You need to be in the right spot or you'll end up in 2" of water standing on urchins!

  6. #6
    hey man,
    a large group of friends and I will be down starting 11/16. all different levels, some never surfed before.
    PM me your number if you'd like...I get full cell service there
    other stuff to do: drinks, senoritas, waterfalls, fishing, SUP, and we're thinking of skydiving.

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    Hey dude, just got back from where you are headed. Sandy Beach had light offshore (S/ SW) winds almost all day for a week straight. Couple days it got semi-choppy but stayed rather clean for the most part, although when the swell started pumping or the wind shifted it was closing out, and all you have to do is look to the right or left and there are a couple spots you can hit within walking distance. Sandy's will be your best bet if you are looking for intermediate. Pools and Antonio's to the left and right of Sandy's has a decent looking wave as well. Sandy's is the safest, the other two will have some rocks but not too bad if you are smart about it. If you want a nice little point break left go just out front of a restaurant called Tamboo and go toward the big rock cliff, plus it blocks the wind pretty well too. Less crowded and less hostile than Domes, at least from what I gathered in my 8 days there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skimdog View Post
    Same as vtsurfer. Im going next May to Playa Grande. Im a super awesome beginner at this point in time. Anyone been there in May that knows about crowds and how the breaks are please let me know. Thanks.
    My advice would be to go see Bobby at Mar Azul Surfshop, rent a LB (if you are in fact a beginner), but he has all types of boards for all skill levels, and head to Sandy Beach and hang out for the day. It's super chill and Bobby is the man, he'll hook you right up. If you aren't 100% committed to Playa Grande, then i'd give Mar Azul's villa a look, it was super clean, quiet, private, SAFE,and right up the road from the water. After you are done surfing you can walk over to a bar / restaurant called Tamboo, food is great, drinks are tasty, and you can't beat the view. Good luck, PM me if you want some more suggestions.

  9. #9
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    Hey DP_SUP!
    Nice to see(read?) you're back. Bet the PR was absolutely banging. That was your honeymoon, right? If so, congrats man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    Hey DP_SUP!
    Nice to see(read?) you're back. Bet the PR was absolutely banging. That was your honeymoon, right? If so, congrats man.
    Thanks man, yep it was my honeymoon, and what a beautiful place to visit. It's got a little bit of everything so we stayed busy with all sorts of stuff, but after 8 days it was definitely good to be back home in the comforts of the good ole U S of A. Surfing was fun most days, with a couple inconsistent / semi choppy days, but i caught some fun ones for sure. Sandy Beach, Pools, and Antonio's looked like the best spots most of the time from where we were staying at.