Last week I had at the ultimate pleasure of traveling to Rincón Puerto Rico, a surfer’s paradise, for a yoga, SUP (stand-up paddle) surfing retreat with JB Yoga. Rincon is a place like no other, an authentic surfing town. Case in point, I asked an aging hippie on the beach in Rincón, what makes this place different from any other surfing town? She told me that a local craftsman makes custom-made surfboards, and no, there is no website, no phone number. You have to just go there. “This is not Montauk,” she bellowed as if she knew I knew it all too well. Even our interaction was natural, uncanned. After spending just a few days there the mellow vibe felt distinctively superior to any surfer’s paradise I have ever been to. No frills and very au natural. You’ll know you’ve arrived in Rincón – ‘the corner’ – when you pass the group of sun-grizzled gringos cruising west in their rusty 1972 Volkswagen Beetle with surfboards piled on the roof. This is the surfing capital of the island, and one of the premiere places to catch a wave in the northern hemisphere. Rincón, A Surfer’s Paradise is one of the best places on earth to visit, surf, and so much more. Here’s why.
Rincón is special in so many other ways: the food, the natural beauty, the ocean breezes, and the special people. I even took a horseback riding lesson where I was able to walk, trot, and cantor on the beach.
Though Rincón is crawling with American expats, the tourist/local divide is more seamless and less exclusive than in the resorts out east. However, with a new, more affluent surfing generation demanding a higher quality of living than their hippie parents, Rincón has developed a clutch of boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants aimed at surfing Gen X yuppies.
Our daily schedule!
What was once just a surfer’s hideaway is a secret no longer. Rincon is a place with a special kind of spirit that I can get behind. For surfing or just adventure, I suggest you try this place. It is really something special.