Boogie boarding is a good sport if you want to get into the waters off Puerto Rico but are not ready to jump on a surf board. You can enjoy the same adrenaline rush of riding a wave, all while lying on your stomach as opposed to standing. Since Puerto Rico is an island nation, you’ll find no shortage of places to hop into the water with a board.
Boogie boards are sometimes called body boards.
You can boogie board along the coast on all sides of Puerto Rico, including sites along the northern coast, which is commonly visited thanks to to San Juan. La Pared Beach, on the northeast side of the island, is a popular surfing spot that also accommodates beginner and advanced boogie boarders. You might also head to the small Puerto Rican island of Culebra, which has beautiful beaches and crystal waters. Beaches include Zoni Beach on the northeast side and Resaca Beach on the northwest side. Culebra is reachable by boat or plane.
Like surfing, the only thing you really need to boogie board is the board itself and a wet suit if you want to protect yourself from the sun or cold water temperatures. Fortunately for travelers to Puerto Rico, the sport is popular enough that there’s really no need to lug your own boogie board to the island because rental shops exist. Rates vary by shop; along the western coast of Puerto Rico, Desecheo Surf & Dive Shop (desecheosurfshop.com) rents boogie boards at $20 per day as of 2012. In San Juan, Ocean Sports (osdivers.com) has three locations renting boards at $35 per day in 2012.
Puerto Rico has a tropical climate year round with high humidity. It is important to note, however, that you are likely to encounter the most rain from May to October, which will make boogie boarding less appealing. The island’s hurricane season falls from November to April, during which time a rough storm will make it unsafe or flat out impossible to do any water sports.
Puerto Rico is easier to access than you might think. Even though it is often thought of by Americans as a foreign country, it is in fact an unincorporated territory of the United States. As a result, you don’t need a passport to get to and from Puerto Rico as long as you are a U.S. citizen. Likewise, no visa is required.
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