Rincon, a small town on Puerto Rico's unspoiled West Coast, is known for its several MILES of sandy Caribbean beaches, the best big wave surfing anywhere in the Atlantic, terrific fishing, boating, swimming, snorkeling, off-shore scuba diving, whale watching and much more. The area hosts many fine restaurants. El Faro, Rincon's lighthouse offers stunning views of the ocean and is one of two passivewhale watching parks in the world. The surrounding area offers interesting side trips like coffee plantations, spectacular mountain driving, mini rain forests, the Rio Camuy Cave Park, Cabo Rojo's salt flats, Arecibo Observatory's massive radio telescope and the biologically wondrous Phosphorescent Bay. Golfing is available 25 minutes north in Aguadilla and casino gambling is 25 minutes south in Mayaguez.

Puerto Rico is about half the size of New Jersey with 171 miles of Atlantic and Caribbean coastline. People often "visit" Puerto Rico flying in or out of San Juan to other Caribbean destinations. Increasingly, Puerto Rico is becoming a year round destination. The "Peak Season" is from December 1 to April 30 and the "Mid Season" is from May 1 to November 30 with August being the hottest and wettest month averaging 81 degrees and 7 inches of rain. Trade winds assure comfortable days and nights.

Dollar for dollar, you will spend less money by renting a summer house in Puerto Rico then you would renting in Cape Cod, Laguna Beach, the coast of Maine or even the Jersey Shore.

Airports: San Juan PR Airport - 2.5 hours NE by car
Aguadilla PR Airport - 35 minutes by car
Mayaguez PR Airport - 25 minutes by car
Airlines: Most domestic airlines to San Juan
American - Mayaguez: 1-800-433-7300
Continental - Aguadilla: 1-800-231-0856
Car Rentals: Dollar, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Avis
Entry: American citizens do not need a passport
Money: The US dollar is the coin of the realm. MAC machines abound and most major credit cards are accepted.
Time Zone: Atlantic Time (Eastern Daylight Time all year)
Temperatures: Average Peak Season 73 degrees, Mid Season 85 degrees
Holidays: New Year's Day, Three Kings Day (1/6), Washington's Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Constitution Day (7/25), and Discovery Day (11/19)
Shopping: Wal-Mart, JC Penneys, Sears - Mayaguez Mall
K-Mart, Sam's Club near Mayaguez Airport
Food Markets - Rincon
Miscellaneous: Deep Sea Fishing, Whale Watching, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Rooster Fights, Craft Shops, Art Galleries all within 1/2 hour drive. Many professional baseball players play off season in the local leagues.

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