About Chatarra

Chatarra is considered by many to be one of the most incredible lefts in the Caribbean -- and when it's really good, it's the best wave on the whole island. Muscular swells hit the flat-ledged reef and create the meanest, most perfect left shack in PR. Chatarra breaks best with W in the swell direction and needs clean morning conditions, unless it's one of those rare offshore days. It turns into more of an A-frame when the swell is N, but can also be dangerously shallow at these times if it's big. It also needs a pretty big swell to start showing its teeth. Once again, getting out is a thrill, since there's only one entry/exit spot that's not laced with urchins (high tide is a little easier).

Source: Chatarra Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Advanced to psycho depending on the swell.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty heavy. Drop in and you'll likely have a problem.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

When it is working, yes.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

On the right day this kegging left offers some of the best surf Puerto Rico has to offer.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

A good amount of work when there is good surf.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not bad.

Additional Information


Shallow lava reef.


Park right there.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard


Shallow reef

Best Season

Late summer and fall for tropical cyclone swells but late fall through early spring for consistency.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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