Indicators is located in Rincon, along the most popular strip of beach in all of Puerto Rico. The most noticeable landmark letting you know you are at Indicators is the Rincon Lighthouse, which we have pictured below. The surf break is located at the bottom of the lighthouse’s southern cliff. There is a small gazebo type of structure within the Rincon Lighthouse Park, which will give you a great overhead view of the break. This elevated position should also help you decide if the conditions are good enough to paddle out. Read more
El Ultimo Brinco Waterfall, also known as the Last Jump Waterfall is a great waterfall and swimming hole to visit if you are in the Rincon area. It may not have all the fun features like Gozalandia in San Sebastian, but it’s location makes for an easier and faster trip if you are in Rincon and pressed for time.
Aside from location, the best part of El Ultimo Brinco is how it transports you from the middle of a residential area into what feels like a secluded oasis. The sensation of an Oasis is based mainly on the crystal clear water you can swim in and the steep rock walls that surround the swimming hole and waterfall. Admittedly and sadly there is a fair amount of refuse that has been left behind by previous visitors.
El Ultimo Brinco has one other characteristic that was left behind by previous visitors, but this one is a cool one, stone carvings! Even though they are not ancient Indian carvings, they still are quite interesting to see. They are located right around the waterfall and you can get a good view of these in our pictures below.
Enjoy your time at El Ultimo Brinco and please keep it beautiful for the next person.
Finding El Ultimo Brinco: (Please feel free to use our map below, which you can also save to google maps on your smartphone) Once you find your way to PR 411 you are almost there, but this is where it gets a bit difficult. We marked the location on the map where you turn off of PR 411, which is a narrow dirt road that has a moderately steep decent in and then accent on the way out. We have seen small rental cars down there, but you might want to park on the side of the road and hike down if you are concerned. The hike would be less than half a mile from the road down to the waterfall. We also have pictures below of the dirt road junction with 411 so you have an idea of what to look for. You can also pass this dirt road and take the next right, but this will put you at the top side of the waterfall, which doesn’t have the swimming hole or the view that you will find down below.
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Dome’s is without a doubt one of the more interesting spots. I have seen days where the entire North West side of Puerto Rico was chopped up or completely blown out, except for Domes. Actually the picture with the Toyota Yaris in it was taken on a day where Maria’s was chopped up so bad it wasn’t ridable. As you can see Dome’s was fairly glassy.
What makes it even better is that not many people check it, so I have rode it on days like that picture with only two other people out. You will find most people check Maria’s first and if it sucks they head out. Maybe I shouldn’t be giving up one of my secret treasures, but what the heck.
Now, there is one issue with Domes…. The paddle out. There are three spots people paddle out at. You can jump in right off the beach in front of the parking area, but some days see current coming through so quick it turns that paddle out into an iron man competition. The best spot is right next to the furthest jetty, but it also has extra rocks hiding underwater with no boils to give there location, so watch your fins. The other spot is the south side of the next small jetty down. This spot is super shallow. If you have reef booties take this spot for sure. If you do not have booties, watch out for the urchins!
Have fun and hopefully you catch it glassy on a day that everyone else sits inside pissed that Maria’s is blown out. There is a certain level of satisfaction in realizing that you only went a half mile down the road and surfed glassy conditions.
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We need to offer Full disclosure on Maria’s, “I will be biased in my review.”
I love surfing Maria’s. I have been there on some amazing days and it’s hard not to be biased. The water is so clear that you can sit out there in the lineup and see your shadow on the reef below.
The wave there can get really good and line up for some long rides. Really big days help to make that wave stand up quite a bit. I have had my fair share of late take-offs that are straight down the face shifting my weight back as hard as I can while praying I can keep the nose up. I have seen some wild wipe outs there and also a fight in the line up.
Overall, Maria’s is not going to be as consistent as the northwest coast of Aguadilla, but when it’s good, ITS GREAT! Unfortunately I do not have pictures from any of the big days. I will keep the camera on me from now on.
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The Lighthouse Park in Rincon, Puerto Rico is extremely easy to find and set up perfectly for visitors. The parking lot has plenty of spots available as well as a few vendors depending on the day. The park has a few points of access, but the main entrance is a set of stairs directly in front of the lighthouse. Ironically, the best feature of the park may not even be the lighthouse, but instead the cliff top views.
The grounds set atop these cliffs make up the Lighthouse Park. It offers up some spectacular views of the ocean and on clear afternoons, a great sunset. Along the perimeter of the park area runs a walkway where you will find a few small gazebo-like structures. These gazebos are right on the edge of the cliffs and on sunny days make for a great place to cool off and watch the waves.
Rincon’s Lighthouse actually offers a chance to see many of the most popular surf spots in all of Puerto Rico. Directly to the north of the Lighthouse Park you will see Domes and Spanish Wall. From the southern view you will be able to see Indicators, Maria’s, Dogmans, and Pistons. Out of all those spots, Indicators looks the best from the elevated position of the park because the wave there actually breaks up against the lighthouse cliff.
Because this area is surrounded by so many famous and popular surf breaks you will not have to worry about being out there by yourself. It is a very safe and heavily traveled area.
A bit of interesting information on this lighthouse is that the original lighthouse was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1918. This earthquake was also responsible for the total destruction of the original Aguadilla Lighthouse. As for the Rincon Lighthouse, they built this one bigger and stronger to hopefully avoid issues with future earthquakes. Once the construction was completed they destroyed the old Rincon Lighthouse.
Do not forget a bathing suit, sunscreen, water, and a camera. If you have those four things then you are bound to really enjoy the Lighthouse Park in Rincon.
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