About Inches

Just outside Patillas on Route 1 is one of PR's best summer spots. It's also good on hurricane swells and is one of the best left points around: 100 yards long; very rippable and even barreling at times; perfect channel; surrounded by fire coral. On the downside, it's called Inches 'cause that's usually how big it is -- plus, when it breaks, it does so in inches of water the closer you get to shore. A nearby mountain swings the trades around to offshore, which is one bonus factor; also, it tends to shift around a bit, which spreads the crowds out some.

Source: Inches Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced depending on surf.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Not too bad.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Pretty spread out.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Decent lefts but needs swell to really work.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not too bad.

Additional Information


Fire coral.


Park right there.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Shallow coral

Best Season

Summer through fall, best when tropical cyclone passes south of the island.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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