ya, puerto rico is good trip for January. Rincon on the west coast is the most popular and US friendly town. But, if you go there, I would highly recommend to get a rental car to drive around the Northwest coast. There are plenty of bars and restaurants around the area.
Been there twice. I stayed in Isabela which is north of rincon, on shacks beach. we went to a few spots, jobos being most relevant. its fun but if youd dont get swell its a bummer, just ride up and down the coast and look for a spot. try wannasurf.com,
by the way, if you like basketball then bring one, they have courts everywhere, the one in isabela is fun a lot of people play there.
Theres almost always something at Domes too if you stay in the Rincon area. Last year i went right after Christmas for a few weeks and the week after i left they got that huge swell with everyone towing at Tres. So bummed i missed that. Would have loved to see huge Tres.
if your looking for long point break style rights, go to rincon. If your looking for a little more punch and some barrels, stay in Isabella. Either way get a car, I recommend getting a car, so you can explore between these areas.
awesome thanks for the help. im going to check on those places for sure. we found flights for 350 from DC to Aguadilla so we are pretty stoked on that. we found a hostel in rincon for 25 a night so we were thinkin about that for the first few nights and checkin around for a better place after that? anyone experience a hostel before?