We usually find MI OLA ambassador Jessica (@jessicabellofatto) practicing yoga in her studio or on the water near her home on the Long Island coast. But when she’s not in NY, she leads yoga retreats in beautiful places like Rincon, Puerto Rico, and Greece. Jessica has been visiting Rincon for years and it’s on our bucket list of tropical places to visit, so we asked her to give us her best tips on visiting Rincon.
Check out her #GetOutThere Guide to Rincon, Puerto Rico below!
I started visiting this little slice of heaven in the Northwest corner of Puerto Rico about 10 years ago when I started taking clients and students here to practice Yoga, learn to surf, and enjoy the crystal clear clean waters on a stand up paddleboard. Rincon is a surfer’s paradise for sure, and churns out some of the most incredible surfers in the world. However it is also an amazing place to learn to surf – with smaller, beginner friendly waves on many days. And if surfing is not your thing, just around the bend from the main surfing beach – Maria’s, there is a quiet marina with flat water, perfect for stand up paddleboarding.
I love Rincon mostly because it is where I really learned to surf on an long trip 10 years ago. I spent countless hours in the water with a local instructor, overcoming my fears of bigger waves, perfecting (sort of!) my timing, and starting to feel as if I was DOING something on the wave. I still have a long way to go, which is why I love this sport so much. It reminds me of Yoga in that way- it is a truly endless practice.
Learn to Surf or Become Even Better
Hands down the best place to learn to surf is Albert Lash’s surf school RD2Happiness. The surf school’s name “road to happiness” is borrowed from the road, Rt 113, with the same nickname. Albert offers surf lessons at both Maria’s and Sandy Beach for all levels and abilities. He and his instructors are amazing surfers in their own right and will keep you safe and having a blast in the water.
Check out our Surf Guide to Rincon, Puerto Rico for more surf info!
Rincon is home to some world-class diving and snorkeling spots, like Steps Beach at Tres Palmas or Desecheo Island, as well Humpback Whale sightings during their migration between the months of January and March. There are plenty of things to do outside in addition to surfing, from hiking, exploring waterfalls, taking a yoga class, SUPing, to just relaxing on the beautiful beaches.
Several airports are within very close proximity to the two surfing towns of Aguadilla and Rincon. JetBlue flies direct from JFK, New York to Aguadilla. There is an awesome break literally RIGHT off the plane, a block from the airport and down a dirt road through a golf course! You can also fly into Mayaguez, or for more convenience in terms of travel times, fly to San Juan, and rent or hire a car to take the 2.5 hr drive to this area.
Where to Eat:
There is an awesome Farmers market every Saturday in Rincon in the main square, La Plaza, as well as a CSA and farm stand open almost every day for local goods. I am pretty picky about food and only eat organic and local at home. Generally when I host a retreat here in Rincon, I rent a house and my boyfriend – an amazing professional chef – prepares all of the meals for the retreats.
(MI OLA influencer Caitlyn (@sunburntandsalty), who lives in Rincon, also recommends checking out Happy Bowls at the Puntas Bakery for awesome acai and pitaya bowls, fruit, granola, coffee, and other delicious breakfast and lunch treats. For lunch, she recommends sticking to local food trucks like Jack’s Shack Food Truck, overlooking Maria’s Point, for fresh, local, organic meals, or try Kabanas Food Truck (across from Sandy Beach) that serves a variety of food from burgers to falafel to fish tacos. The locals’ spot for after-surf Happy Hour is El Bohio, a cute little bar located near Maria’s Beach. El Bohio has the best Happy Hour in town offering $1 Medallitas and $2 Rum Punches. Grab a drink and watch the sunset.)
Where to Stay:
With me!!! I host an annual Yoga/ SUP and Surf retreat here every January. The dates for this year are January 19-23. We stay at an AMAZING beachfront compound: 4 acres, two pools, two villas and smaller cottages, located right on the beach. Say hello to gorgeous sunsets! The retreat includes twice daily yoga, daily paddleboarding and sup yoga, optional daily surf lessons, organic delicious food, and great company! My clients return year after year to this retreat because they love it so much! Details are on my site: JBYoga Yoga/ SUP/ Surf Retreat to Rincon, PR
Other great options for accommodations in Puerto Rico are:
Casa Islena Inn: right on the beach in front of a fun sandy bottom surf break (aptly named Sandy’s)
Casa Verde Hotel: great rooms, comfortable, and decent price!
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