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Surfing :: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving :: Deep Sea Fishing :: Parasailing ::
Sailing and Boat Charters


Rincon is known as the “Surfing Capital of the Caribbean.” The surfing season only runs from November to March, so you’ll want to make sure and visit when the surf’s up. Surfing breaks are located off the beaches of Puntas (the “Fun Coast”), the point where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, and on the Sunset Coast. This is the time of year when you’ll watch world-class surfers challenge some of the most amazing waves you’ll ever see. In the summer months, the surf calms down but you’ll still find some smaller surfing waves depending on weather and ocean conditions. Even if you don’t want to “hang ten” with the experienced surfers, you’ll enjoy the action from the beach or the Lighthouse Park.

If you want to learn how to surf, there are lots of places where the waves are just right for beginners and intermediate surfers, and there are a number of surf schools available. If you already know how to ride the waves, you can rent surfboards and body board from the surf shops listed below.

Boarding House Surf School. Route 413, Km. 4, Bo. Puntas, Rincón, Puerto Rico 00677. Tel: 787-823-4191. Classes for everyone from the most basic to advanced skill levels. Beginners will learn basic techniques and have a great foundation and knowledge to continue and practice their skills anywhere they travel. Intermediate to advanced level clients will be able to work on technique, improving form and developing their own personal style while accompanied by experienced Instructors. Instructors are registered lifeguards and CPR-trained.

Mar Azul Surfboard Rentals. Route 413, Km 4.4, Bo. Puntas, Rincón, PR 00677. Tel: 787-214-7224, 787-823-5692. Rincon’s best selection of high-performance boards. Rent by the day or by the week: longboards, shortboards, big wave guns, stand-up paddleboards.

Puntas Surf School. Contact Melissa for more information: 787-823-3618, 787-366-1689 (cel), Private and group lessons taught by female or male instructors who are personable, experienced with surfing, with teaching, and with the surf breaks. They teach all ages and people from all different walks of life. They also rent boards.

Rincón Surf School. Tel: 787-823-0610. E-mail: Professional instructors provide you with skills you need and a great day out. They have a range of course or can custom-design courses for individuals, couples, families or groups. Surf yoga retreats.

West Coast Surf Shop and School. Tel: 787-823-3935. Offers a program for all levels, tailored to the students’ needs and goals, taking you step by step through the learning process and working as a team on the details. They also sell and rent long boards, short boards, body boards and snorkeling sets.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

During the summer months, the surf along our the Rincón coast calms down and becomes a great place for snorkeling just offshore. The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve at Steps Beach is especially good — but you’ll find great snorkeling all along the Rincon beaches. The reefs at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve have extensive beds of Elkhorn Coral, which is a threatened species. Like any Marine Reserve, make sure you don’t touch the coral (it can be very sharp) or break coral formations with your flippers. Taking souvenirs of the coral is prohibited by Puerto Rico and Federal Law.

During surfing season from November to March, it is better to check with the dive shops and arrange a snorkel trip to some of the calmer offshore reefs or on Desecheo Island, which is 12 miles offshore.

Scuba diving in Rincon is the best in Puerto Rico due to our location close to great dive sites and Desecheo Island, a National Reserve Park 12 miles offshore that offers pristine diving conditions in a protected marine environment, with visibility up to 100 feet or more. Desecheo is known for its coral formations, reef fish, angels, jacks and even sharks.

Rincon is also near the dive sites of La Parguera, an easy 45-minute drive south of Rincon in Lajas. La Parguera is famous for its wall diving, which drops more than 120 feet. You’ll find large deep sea fish, dolphins, mahi-mahi, tuna, blue marlin and rare black coral.

Coconut Watersports at Hotel Villa Cofresi. Route 115, Km 12.0, Rincón, PR 00677. Tel: 787-823-2450. Go Snorkeling and scuba diving. Jet skis, kayaks and banana boat rides on site, plus swimming and more.

Katarina Sail Charters. Call 787-823-SAIL (7245) for reservations. Offers daily snorkeling trips to the reefs you can’t get to from the shore. After snorkeling, enjoy a fresh, homemade lunch, unlimited tropical drinks, and a relaxing sail. Also offers private charters for any occasion.

Taino Divers. Black Eagle Road, off Route 413, Km 0.3. Tel: 787-823-6429. E-mail: Offers daily trips to Desecheo Island (weather permitting), for snorkeling, scuba diving and discover scuba diving. All trips are led by experienced captains and divemasters. Included in the price are gourmet sandwiches, water/soft drinks, as well as snorkeling gear.

Deep Sea Fishing

Makaira Fishing Charters. Tel: 787-823-4391, 787-299-7374. E-mail: Offers full-day and 1/2-day charters, as well as tournaments. For varied interests, they offer trolling, bottom fishing, live-bait fishing and kite fishing — everything from light tackle fishing up to 50-lb stand-up tackle.

Moon Dog Fishing Charters. Tel: 787-823-3059. E-mail: Operates a deep sea charter excursion boat for sport fishing, diving, and whale watching. Fish for billfish such as marlin, sailfish, and swordfish as well as mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, and shark in the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. Their 1994 Albemarle Express Sport Fisherman is 32′ 2″ long, with an 11′ beam, cruises at 25 knots and runs at 30 knots. She is fully rigged for fishing with Lee out riggers, two down riggers, a Release fighting chair and Penn International reels.


Flying Fish Parasail. Call to make reservations: 787-823-2FLY (2359). E-mail: Rincon’s most exciting ride! Single and tandem flights are available. Operating 7 days a week, their first trip starts at 9 a.m. and their last at 5 p.m. Flight time is 12-15 minutes, and the entire trip, including time on the boat is about one hour.

Sailing and Boat Charters

Katarina Sail Charters. Call 787-823-SAIL (7245) for reservations. Offers daily sailing charters aboard their 32′ sailing catamaran. Choose from a snorkel sail that includes a fresh lunch, or a sunset sail with unlimited drinks! Also offers private charters for any occasion.

Rincón Sailing School. Call 787-421-4700 for reservations. E-mail: Educational and recreational sailing programs for people of all ages. With small class sizes and individual attention, the Rincon Sailing curriculum emphasizes water safety, wind awareness, boat handling, and seamanship. Decision making, leadership, and respect for the local marine environment are also highlighted. Offers graduated educational formats beginning with learn to sail, intermediate and advanced racing.