Rincón, Puerto Rico

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Rincón, Puerto Rico

Rincón vacation rentals

Riding the wave of Rincon

Gnarly waves and rock-ribbed beaches herald the rugged western coast of Puerto Rico. Rincon is its jewel, where free-spirited visitors shake the salt from their hair, ripped surfer bodies rip the waves, and 1960s psychedelia is still the backing track in the salt-washed Tiki shacks. Don't be put off if you like a splash of luxury, Rincon vacation rentals top out at swish villas with glimmering pools. Others will look the part for the swell-seeking dude or dudette, offering sunset views over the barrel rollers of Domes Beach and the turtle-spotted inlets of Tres Palmas.

Wax up the board in Rincon

January to March sees surfing comps and wave riding tournaments erupt between the shacks of Rincon. Some of the world's best pros come to conquer the swells that roll in off the sea. You can grab your tickets, crack a beer and just watch the masters at work. Fancy a go? Wax at the ready and surf instructor hired, be sure to hit the wealth of spots where beginners can find their water feet. They say the frothy beers in the local microbreweries or beach shacks taste far better after you've caught that first wave.

Enjoy the rollers of Rincon

It's no secret that rip-roaring surf is Rincon's trump card. Beaches where the rollers are the prime attraction are everywhere. You could start by standing on the whitewash of Domes Beach, or crank up the challenge factor with a trip to the spraying barrels of Dogman's. There's another medley of easy and hard reef sections to ride at Playa Tres Palmas, which spills into the gorgeous Tres Palmas Marine Reserve and its underwater coral reefs and turtle-spotted shell gardens _ it's also a scuba mecca. You might just need a Rincon vacation rental with room to stash the surfboard, you know.

Rincon's never really empty

With such world-famous waves on the doorstep of those Rincon vacation rentals, you're never going to find this salt-washed corner of Puerto Rico totally empty. You can reduce the number of people in the line-up by hitting the swells in the months of November and April, which sit between the proper peak times. The best weather for splashing in the sea and sunbathing comes with the winter, from December to March. That's when snowbirds flock down to ride the water without a wetsuit in sight.

Rincon is where Puerto Rico meets the sea

Rincon commands such a revered place in the minds of surfers and beach lovers because of its location on the western end of Puerto Rico. It's a unique spot, where the power of the Atlantic Ocean mixes with the warm currents of the Caribbean Sea, churning up the water to create those legendary swells for riding. The beaches have a rugged edge to them, spotted with boulders, ringed by reefs, inhabited by sea turtles and flaunting some of the most photogenic sunsets this side of California.