Puerto Rico: a surfing treasure in Caribbean | Photo: LaShawn Pagan

Since the dawn of time, or maybe since surf spot hunting time, there have been countless of lists published on the best places to surf in Puerto Rico.

While most of those lists are fine, they generally, if not exclusively, mention beaches in the west of the island. Although beaches like Crash Boat in Aguadilla, to the most popular beaches in Rincón like Pools, Sandy Beach, Antonio's, Tres Palmas, Maria's and Domes, to Isabela's Jobos and Middles are amazing and should be recognized for their powerful waves and beauty - Puerto Rico has a lot more to offer.

To ensure we get this list right, we did the wisest thing. We consulted the local surfing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), and bodyboarding veterans and newbie's alike, to see where they love to ride waves. Here are the results (in no particular order):

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Toro de Oro: alone in the break

Nowadays, the notion of secret spots for waves does not carry much substance. Surfers take pictures of themselves riding these great waves, and they post them with a caption that they will not reveal the name of the spot because this is a secret spot in this particular country... like they are doing this great favor to humanity.

If they wanted to keep the spot secret in a honest way, they would not post any pictures of themselves at all. When you post a picture on the internet, anyone with a little bit of gray matter, Google Earth and GPS technology, will find the exact location of the place in a few hours, if not minutes.

El Salvador is a relatively small country similar in size to Israel. It only has a little bit more than 300 kilometers of coastline. Nevertheless, when it comes to surfable waves per square kilometer, it comes at the top of the pyramid, in the same league as Hawaii and Puerto Rico, if you consider these two places separate regions from mainland United States.

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