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Best beaches for surfing in Rincon

Optimal breaks for surfers of all levels

Since hosting the acclaimed International Surfing Championships in 1968, the town of Rincon has been a mecca for surfers from all corners of the world. Nestled at the corner of western Puerto Rico where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean meet, its position is ideal for catching monumental waves and viewing breathtaking sunsets.

Rincon surfing

Rincon surf breaks

Numerous beaches provide surfers of all skill levels with plenty of wave-riding opportunities:

  • Rincon Point: Located on the south edge of Carpinteria, this beach is internationally acclaimed as one of the best surfing spots in Puerto Rico, hosting several competitions each year. With three distinct surfing locations (The Cove, Rivermouth, and Indicator), Rincon offers consistent waves throughout the prime season.
  • Dogman's Beach: A hotspot for locals, high waves make this coast suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers. The aptly named "Toilet Bowl" is notorious for pulling surfers underwater into its swirling current.
  • Tres Palmas: Also known as "Steps Beach," this stretch is recommended for more seasoned surfers. It features some of the most challenging breakers in Puerto Rico, with swells reaching up to 25 feet when the conditions are favorable.
  • Sandy Beach: Nestled along the northern coastline of Rincon, this beach features a sandy bottom (hence its name). Mild waves make it a great spot for beginners.
  • Indicators: Located near the historic Rincon Lighthouse Park, this beach is one of the rockier stretches, making it more appropriate for intermediate to advanced surfers.
  • Playa Domes: With a long record of consistent, high-quality waves topping out at 10 feet high, Playa Domes Beach is a popular choice for those new to the sport of surfing. During peak winter season, the stretch can become quite crowded with tourists. Beginners should be watchful of dangerous undercurrents. Numerous surfing competitions are held at Domes Beach, which is located near the scenic Rincon Lighthouse.
  • Maria's Beach: A popular destination for more experienced surfers, this spot can become somewhat congested during the peak season of December through September. A rocky shoreline, close-breaking waves, and varying wave sizes combine to make Maria's Beach a stimulating challenge.
  • Spanish Wall Beach: This intimate, secluded beach can only be reached on foot via coastal trails from Domes Beach. With some of the best waves in Rincon, Spanish Wall is a popular destination for surfers of all levels.

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Rincon Surf House
The Rincon Surf House is a surfers vacation home. Located only a 1 minute walk to Rincons' beautiful marina beach. A one minute drive to world class surf at Marias, Dogmans, Indicators and Domes. Walking distance to coffee shops, juice and smoothie bar, restaurants, grocery store and to the center of town. The marina is a short walk with stand up paddle board rentals, snorkeling and scuba trips at Taino divers and great restaurants.

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