Surfing in Cueva del Indio, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Skill Level:
Experienced Surfers
Best Wind Directions:
South, Southwest
Ideal Swell Direction:
North, Northwest
Puerto Rico is situated in the northeastern Caribbean and consists of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands. The climate here is classified as tropical marine climate, with an average temperature of 82.4°F/ 28°C, throughout the year. Although it is a small island, the smallest island of the Greater Antilles, Puerto Rico provides superb natural surroundings, countless adventure experiences and many places of historical interest.

Cueva del Indio is a popular surf site that is situated close to Los Tubos surf break, on the north coast of Puerto Rico. Cueva del Indio provides regional classic waves and accommodates experienced surfers.

The swell sizes usually start from less than 1 – 1.5 m/3 – 5 ft and hold up to 4 m/12 ft. The best tide position is low and mid tide and the ideal tide movement is falling tide. In addition, the wind blows from the south, southwest and the best swell direction is from the north, northwest. The reef break provides both left and right hand waves, though lefts are probably the best choice. Keep in mind that the spot is usually crowded during weekends.

There are many surf schools and shops available in the area, where you can book lessons or rent gear. Last but not least, if you find yourself here, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Cueva del Indio, which is located close to the beach. Cueva del Indio is a cave inside a huge rock, where you can see a significant collection of Taino Indians petroglyphs on the walls. Note: be careful of sea urchins, rocks and rips.