La Parguera (Elevator, Cayo Caracoles)

Continent
Caribbean
Country
Puerto Rico
Next Big City
San Juan
Next Town
La Parguera
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
School, Rental, Rescue

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships, Buoys, Reefs, Rocks
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Kiting in mangroves, so very flat water with shallow areas. The mangrove islands are connected by fringing reefs that are exposed and run perpendicular to the wind direction. The reefs block all chop, creating super flat butter on the leeward side no matter how windy it gets.

Beach

Type:
No information
Size:
None
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
June, July

No real beach. You need a boat to get to the spots and need to start from the water.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, December
Wind Type:
Trade
Best Direction:
E, ESE
Main Direction:
ENE, E, ESE

About 17-20 knots in average. All directions will work, but mainly East winds. The 20 foot tall mangroves create a rotor that increases with the wind direction, giving you an extra boost when you jump.



How to get there

Transport
Boat
Access
No walk

From San Juan take the 52 to the South coast and drive further west to Ponce. Then take the 2 and later 116. Stay on 116, follow signs onto 304 to La Parguera. From La Parguera you need a boat to get into the mangroves.

Extra information

Rules
None

Nightlife

Parguera, originally a small fishing town, is now a lively tourist town with bars, restaurants and live music on the weekends.