Puerto Rico


On Ocean Park Beach in San Juan, Punta Las Marias (or simply Puntas) on the corner of Park Boulevard Street is the metro area’s most popular launch, with beachfront parking, a grassy rigging area and a safe sandy beach. The protected waters inside offer great freeride year-round, especially good in summer for slalom and freestyle, and half a mile offshore the 4-mile long reef creates various world-class yet uncrowded breaks. The westernmost, Sunset, is rarely sailed as it’s so far downwind but this deep-water peeling right easily handles the biggest swells. Directly in front of the launch, Dominoes is very shallow so only for the best sailors. When it goes off it’s hollow, fast and breaks both ways. There are softer breaks further east before the best big wave break in PR: About a mile upwind, beside San Juan Airport, Caballos peels up to double-mast high and ends in a huge bowl. A deep-water channel leads out back in all but the biggest waves, but it’s a long swim if disaster strikes. Continuing east, winds are generally lighter (12-18 knots) and the water much flatter at the protected slalom spot of Playas del Yunque, north of El Yunque rainforest. But if you want flat water, try the south coast’s mellow venues. The first is at Punta Aguilarte near Arroyo where summer SE winds blow offshore at 15-20 knots. The wind’s slightly stronger further west at the next four spots: the huge natural harbour at Pozuelo; the popular onshore horseshoe bay at Jauca; the shallow, offshore waters off El Tuque; and the picturesque waters inside Gilligan's Island near the pretty little pueblo of Guánica. While you’re there, don’t miss the stunning cactus 'Dry Forest’. Quarter of an hour west on PR’s south-western tip, La Parguera comprises dozens of mangrove islands and sand cays across 5 miles of shallow, clear water, constantly fanned by a decent breeze. This area can enjoy good waves when a rare hurricane swell arrives, but it really lights up at night due to the bio-luminescent waters – amazing once the moon has waned. The west coast’s crowded line-ups are sheltered from the wind, but there are equally good breaks with much better wind up north. Beyond the military base in Aguadilla, Surfer’s Beach is a reliable spot, ideal in NE winds. A flat, rocky seabed is more forgiving than Shacks, but the leeward shore is jagged rock – get caught on the inside and expect a painful walk of shame. True to its name, this beach is popular with surfers so respect their territory. Shacks is the most famous – and windiest – break on the island, some say the best in the whole Caribbean. Shallow reefs make for awesome wavesailing, definitely experts-only when it’s firing on a solid NE swell. Hollow waves pitch over sharp coral that offers incredible snorkelling when calm but is dangerously close to the surface when it’s not. Just up the road at the town of Isabela, an easy launch and gentle reef suit Jobos to less experienced wavesailors. The bathing area to the east is protected by a rock outcrop with sketchy offshore rips and a fluky wind shadow on the inside – if you get caught, swim around past the break and in further downwind. An hour east towards San Juan, the popular tourist beach at Dorado has some good waves but access via the Beach Resort can be tricky. Finally, back in the metro area Punta Salinas is a choppy wave venue where E winds blow cross-onshore at the launch into a large bay.
Kite and Windsurfing Guide
Eine Stunde Fahrt Richtung San Juan liegt der bei Touristen beliebte Strand Dorado mit guten Wellen, aber der Zugang über das Beach Resort ist manchmal tricky.
An hour east towards San Juan, the popular tourist beach at Dorado has some good waves but access via the Beach Resort can be tricky.