Rincon Surf School (RSS) is the best place to learn to surf in the Caribbean. There, I said it. If you are already an experienced surfer and want to know where to find the best breaks in Rincon on any given day, you’ve come to the right place. Owners and instructors of Rincon Surf School, including Travis Moore, Whit Arnold, Brett Scaccia, Lucas Moore, Ben Montes, Brian Morse, and crew drop knowledge on all thrill seekers that come to this surf mecca. These guys have logged so many hours in the water, if you wrung them out you could fill Dallas Stadium. First opening its doors in 1999, Rincon Surf School is the oldest surf school in Rincon. Since then, they’ve expanded the number of instructors, boards, and vans, and added advanced guiding tours to the mix. Their photography offering is also on point, evidenced below.
In terms of reliable conditions, the geography of Rincon has a lot going for it. Since the area is a small peninsula jutting outward from the western coast of Puerto Rico, there are ample surfing spots on both the north and south side of the land mass. You may already be familiar with names like Domes, Indicators, Maria’s and Tres Palmas. Other surf breaks within walking distance include Pools, Parking Lots, Dogman Point and Sandy Beach. If the south or southeast winds are wafting, then the north side spots can be surfed. If the north, northeast, or east winds are prominent, then the south side spots can be surfed. Unless the wind direction is west, which is rare, there is almost always a solid wave to be had. The variety and consistency of waves in Rincon is virtually unmatched in the Caribbean, with no land masses in sight to block weather systems coming in from the North Atlantic. Despite the fact that surfers have been coming to this region since the World Surfing Championship was held here in 1968, the breaks never seem to get too crowded. There are simply a lot of places to surf, which spreads things out.
What else is good about visiting Rincon? Well, the place fosters major relaxation. You can fly into Aguadilla airport on JetBlue, bypassing any semblance of a major city. No passport is needed for U.S. citizens. 35 minutes on decent roads and you will be on the beach with surfboard in-hand. The cost of hotels and food is reasonable compared to other islands in the vicinity with most hotels in the $100-250 range. You won’t see Kardashians canoodling here, which is a good thing. What you will find is a great surf culture and camaraderie. If you’re a foodie, ask a local to point you to Ode to the Elephants secret Thai spot. There are plenty of fun bars and pools to try (Tamboo Tavern, Kahuna Burger Bar, Rum Shack Poolside Bar at Lazy Parrot, Pool Bar Sushi, Calypso Bar and Grill, etc.) Even if you’re too tired from surfing all day, these places should get your dander up, among other things. Needless to say, the nightlife is pretty solid.
Getting back to subject, Rincon Surf School is definitely worth calling if you’re planning a trip to the island. Even if you just need a board rental and some good directions on what’s going off any given day, it is worth going to the experts. If you’re going for instruction, perhaps the best part is that Travis and crew work hard to create the experience that you want. After getting a read on your ability and what you want to accomplish, they’ll help choose the best days to take lessons factoring in the ocean’s swell at the time. Once you get to the beach, if the waves aren’t right they pack up the vans and take you to a better spot. Again, these guys pride themselves on helping you have the best time possible and work hard at it. They are also good at keeping people safe, in case you are thinking about bringing someone to try surfing for the first time. If you are coming to Puerto Rico to experience double overhead waves, they are helpful to have around and will get your back in case of the unexpected. Ultimately, it comes down to having fun on any surf trip and the Rincon Surf School definitely makes it happen. Give them a shot, you’ll be stoked, and mention our site to receive free high-fives from any member of RSS staff.
Rincon Surf School is located in a house up the hill from Casa Islena, at 4.4 Barrio Puntas in Rincon, PR. Visit them at their website http://www.rinconsurfschool.com or call 1-877-793-SURF, which is toll free from the U.S. Check out Casa Verde Hotel for lodging. They often run package deals together.