Puerto Rico is to Florida and the East Coast what Hawaii is to California and the West Coast of the United States. PR has crystal clear water, perfect trade winds, and world class surf in an easily accessible, convenient destination. Puerto Rico is a US Territory with an international feel, a blend of Spanish, Indian, and African cultures. A passport isn’t required for US citizens, but highly recommended in case you happen to have the opportunity to travel within the Caribbean when you are there.
Surfing became popular in Puerto Rico in the 1950’s. Today there is a bustling scene of local surfers and the surf tourism draws tons of travelers to the island each year. The south side of the island is partially blocked by the Virgin Islands so most of the action happens in the north. The north side of the island is at the edge of the second deepest offshore trench in the world. And northern swells generated on the east coast of the US sweep down the coast making the northwest corner of the island prime for some of the best spots like Little Malibu, Dunes, or Gas Chambers. The breaks are mostly reef and beachbreaks. Crowds really depend on the location. There are plenty of barrels to go around and lots of quiet line ups if you are adventurous. Peak times are in October to March, which is also the dry season.