About San Juan

Sitting to the east of La Santa, San Juan is a quality lefthander that breaks over a large, urchin-infested reef. For safety reasons it's best tackled at mid to high tide. When the tide drops out, the shallow inside section can suck dry, however, the outside section is still surfable with care. On a big swell, getting caught inside can be a particularly unpleasant experience. All this adds up to a spot that can produce some classic waves, but is best left to those who have reef experience.

Source: San Juan Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can be localized.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Crowded at peak times.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Wave breaks far outside and typically best in the mornings before the trade winds increase.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on the size of the surf.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Some concerns with runoff.

Additional Information


Car rip-offs.



Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



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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