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    San Juan, PR

    Hi all,

    I am heading to San Juan PR next week for work, and wondered if any could recommend a surf rental shop, or a nice break in San Juan. I will be staying at the Marriott Courtyard in Isla Verde.

    Thanks in advance!
    SM

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    I almost went there but instead went to Rincon in the end. But what I heard from others is that La Ocho is the spot to check out there, surf shop right there and everything.

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    la ocho. only other place to surf in san jaun is sketchy and fun.. la perla. kind of hidden, have to walk through projects and cemetary. then jump off urchin covered reef...and get beack by climbing the same reef as waves pound it. lots of cudas and sharks from what ive heard. i was only gringo with one local out. worth it as la ocho is fun but the 1/4 mile pddle gets old after a few days.

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    La Pared is pretty nice also. It's a little east of San Juan. It's a sand break w tubes. A bunch of kiosk bars next to the road where it is. Cheap beer n food with a few breaks. Rent a car it will make surfing better breaks easier to get to. There is a bunch of breaks around San Juan not listed on maps as well. Have fun it's a great place to hang. If ya got the time go west. Options get better. Jobos, middles, surfers etc. everyone we ran into was kind and helpful. Don't leave anything in vehicle at the beach. We never had an issue but I leave windows down n empty.
    I ll be in rincon end of oct. Enjoy!

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    La Ocho didn't look like much, but once I finally got out it was head high with some sneaker head high+ sets. The crowd was mellow though, and hard to pick the waves out between everone else, there was really only one little take off spot near the big rock

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    man up and surf the coves below the fortress

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    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    man up and surf the coves below the fortress
    Thats called la perla.. see my post above for the dangers...

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    splains that, lucy. I looked everywhere for la perla, no luck. Looking down from the fortress walls though I could see some seriously pitting waves that may or may not have been make-able. Like, it's not makeable until someone survives it in a photo and then it's a surf spot type place.

    I had good fun at the break wall in condado, though I heard it is a rare occasion for it to barrel and run as it was the time I surfed it. Super fast, sketchy, hollow, and nobody out but a couple body boarders and tourists trying to drown themselves. Tons of water moving around and a bad backwash between tides.

    Disclaimer: I have never been this time of year and aside from "wait until thanksgiving" I have no real advice to offer, sorry.

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    You didn't say what kind of waves you are looking for and your comfort level (e.g., reefs vs. sand bars, o/h+ vs. under 5-foot). There are some easy options from where you will be in Isla Verde. Sorry, can't help you on surf shops. La Ocho can be fun if you get an early start in the morning (La Ocho surf shop is nearby).

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    Just go to pine grove off of the ritz - it will not be clasic be will be fun - locals were really cool just dont drop in and give them sets - lota of local food around as well that give real pr flavor QUOTE=rodndtube;188026]You didn't say what kind of waves you are looking for and your comfort level (e.g., reefs vs. sand bars, o/h+ vs. under 5-foot). There are some easy options from where you will be in Isla Verde. Sorry, can't help you on surf shops. La Ocho can be fun if you get an early start in the morning (La Ocho surf shop is nearby).[/QUOTE]