This town on Puerto Rico’s west coast drew surfers in the 1960s to its cool vibe and consistent swells. Now, a mix of surfer dudes, expats, and Puerto Rican families makes it and its north-facing neighbors welcoming places for learners and pros. Boards rent for as little as $15 a day, and surfing schools abound. The Boarding House overlooking Antonio’s Beach offers an eight-day, all-inclusive package for two including lessons with owner Carlos Martinez, a Rincón native, starting at $1,259.30 (rooms without lessons start at $75 a night). Just want to work on your tan? Rincón’s calm beaches are on the south side.
Puerto Rico’s attractions go well beyond its beaches. For under $200 a week you can rent a car and follow the Ruta Panorámica into the Cordillera Central, visit a coffee farm, and hike a cloud forest in El Yunque National Forest Reserve. City lovers: Spend your first or last day soaking up the colonial sights and all-night salsa sounds of Old San Juan, a two-hour drive from Rincón. Da House Hotel offers old world-style digs at the center of it all (doubles from $80 a night, www.dahousehotelpr.com).