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Areas in Puerto Rico

Caliche (Ciales) 0 / 28 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Cerro Las Tetas (Cayey, Puerto Rico) 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Cueva Del Indio (Arecibo) 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puerto Rico) 0 / 86 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 86
Playa Puerto Hermina (Quebradillas) 0 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Puerto Rico, Vieques Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
River Wall (Ciales) 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Roca Norte (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Rosario Penon 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Surfer's Beach bouldering - Aquadilla 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
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Description

Puerto Rico is the smallest island in the Greater Antilles, located in the Caribbean Sea. The island is 110 miles long by 35 miles wide and an unincorporated territory of the United States, which means American citizens don't need a passport to visit. The primary language there is Spanish but English is widely spoken around most of the island. The U.S. dollar is the main currency there and prices for food, lodging, transportation, etc. tend to be similar to the U.S. but cheaper options can be found.

Puerto Rico has a year round tropical climate which means it never really gets cold but it can get very warm during the summer months (90's). Late September through December or early January is the rainy season and mid January through March is the best time to climb with temps in the 80's during the day and 70's at night.

Accommodations for climbers can be tricky in Puerto Rico since there are no camping areas near the climbing areas. All the camping on the island is administered by three government agencies, the National Parks of Puerto Rico, Departamento de Recursos Naturales (DRNA) and the U.S. Forest Service. Reservations are required at some of these campgrounds and campsites are not suppose to be left unattended so staying at them can be complicated. The best option is to stay at guesthouses or inexpensive hotels. Guesthouses typically average about $20 a night but you may be able to find cheaper rates in some of the smaller towns. In San Juan it is easy to book accommodations online but this might not be possible in many of the smaller towns around the island so you'll probably just have to show up and start asking around.

For rest days there are all the activities that you would expect on a tropical island from hiking to surfing. Most of the parks have good hiking trails with El Yunque National Forest being one of the more popular ones. Great beaches can be found all around the island and they vary from flat calm water to 10'+ surf. The beaches around Rincon are the surfing hotspot in the winter with everything from beginner to expert depending on conditions. Snorkeling and diving can also be found around the island but to access the best reefs you'll need to rent or hire a boat to take you out to some of the smaller islands around Puerto Rico.

Overall the atmosphere in Puerto Rico is pretty laid-back and no one is in much of a hurry. The locals are friendly and the Pina Coladas are the best you'll ever have! The climbing is fun and there is a lot of opportunity for new crags but this place isn't Kalymnos, so if your on a mission you might be a little disappointed. If on the other hand you want to get away from winter and just have a good time then I would highly recommend a trip to Puerto Rico. A typical sport rack of 18 draws and a 70m rope should get you up anything on the island and helmets are recommended.

Getting There

If you're going to Puerto Rico then you'll be flying into Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan. Plane tickets can be found for as little as $300 in the winter but the average price is closer to $400 round trip (as of 2014). The climbing areas are scattered all around the island and there is no real public transportation outside of San Juan so renting a car is pretty much mandatory.

There are several things you should know though about driving in Puerto Rico. For one the roads are in poor condition around most of the island and pot holes should be expected on any road, large or small. The highways are generally in a little better condition but still keep an eye out. In residential areas speed bumps are a popular way of slowing people down but they are not always marked and can be very hard to see. The rule of left lane is the passing lane doesn't apply in Puerto Rico so expect slow vehicles in any lane and just go around because they're not going to move over for you. Some of the highways are toll roads but an "Auto Expreso" pass is available at all the car rental places so you can just drive right through the toll stations. These passes cost a little more but the convenience and time savings is worth it in my opinion.

One final note is that although the island is small it takes a long time to get most places. Road conditions, traffic, construction, getting lost, etc. will all slow you down so give yourself plenty of time and relax, you'll get there eventually.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Puerto Rico

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 25
Blanca Nieves
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Si, pero No
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Controversy
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
El Arete Libre
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
Triboro Direct
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Mr. Long
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Me Cramer les Couilles
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Neurosis
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Tiempo Libre
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
Horizontal Limit
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
My Right Foot
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 3
Marejada Feliz (Happy Surge)
TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Head to Toe
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
Shanghai Bombay
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 7
Margarita
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blanca Nieves Caliche (Ciales)
 25
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Si, pero No Nuevo Bayamón (… > Pasillo
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Controversy Nuevo Bayamón (… > Ground Zero
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
El Arete Libre Cueva Del Indio (Arec…
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Triboro Direct Caliche (Ciales)
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Mr. Long Nuevo Bayamón (… > Ground Zero
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Me Cramer les Couilles Nuevo Bayamón (… > Ground Zero
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Neurosis Nuevo Bayamón (… > Pasillo
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Tiempo Libre Rosario Penon > Vertical Jamming Wall
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Horizontal Limit Nuevo Bayamón (… > Pasillo
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
My Right Foot Caliche (Ciales)
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Marejada Feliz (Happy Surge) Cueva Del Indio (Arec…
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 TR
Head to Toe Cerro Las Tetas (Caye…
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Shanghai Bombay Nuevo Bayamón (… > La Pared de las Nueve…
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Margarita Rosario Penon > Firulay Wall (The Gym)
 7
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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nate post
Silverthorne
nate post   Silverthorne
We had a great time in Puerto Rico. For two weeks we visited beaches and all the climbing spots. We were able to climb everywhere except for Cuevo del Indio, the sea was to rough while we were there but it was an amazing spot and worth visiting even if you can't climb. Thanks for all the effort and work on maintaining these climbing areas. The mini guides at aventuraspr.com are very well done. We never made it by the physical location but I bought them all on the online store and found them extremely useful. Without them we would have spent a lot more time lost in the rental car. Nov 28, 2015
Alex Chase
Saint Paul
Alex Chase   Saint Paul
Looking for a climbing partner in PR over my Spring Break March 6th-14th, 2016. I'm a safe and confident climber that has been to a huge amount of international destination. I'll be getting in on the 6th and leaving the 14th. I'm visiting my grandma in Fajardo and would be willing to drive a for a couple days of climbing while I'm there. I'm a bit out of shape but I should be fine on 5.11 Sport or maybe even low 5.12s. Let me know if you want to meet up. Feb 20, 2016
Christopher Hudspeth
Aspen CO & Bahamas
Christopher Hudspeth   Aspen CO & Bahamas
I'm looking for climbing buddies for the last two weeks of May. I'll be around from the 15-30th and would love to explore these walls I've heard great things about. I'll be looking for 5.10s/6s but happy to belay and learn if you climb harder. I'll be traveling with gear. May 9, 2016
Matt Campbell 1
Marietta, GA
Matt Campbell 1   Marietta, GA
Looking for a climbing Partner in PR DEC 16-24 2016. I am going down with my Girlfriend (also a climber) and we're basically just looking for someone that knows the area to go out and get psyched on the rock for a day. I've been climbing for 7 years now and have lots of experience with all but trad leading. We're down to go anywhere on the island as long as its a good spot. We'll have all our gear with us. Let me know if you'll be around during that time. Would love to meet up. Nov 6, 2016
Hi Matt! I'm from PR and am now living in NYC, but will be back for a good chunk of time arriving Dec 16. I know PR well and would love to know what/where you guys are thinking of climbing, etc. Reach out @ marieellevivaldi@gmail.com. Nov 10, 2016
Will Bergman
Helsinki
Will Bergman   Helsinki
Anyone up for climbing in Puerto Rico? I'm coming there tomorrow! I'm alone but I have climbing shoes and harness with me. I can lead 5.11c comfortably Jan 7, 2017
Hello! My friend and I will be in San Juan looking to climb January 31st or February 1st. She is relatively new and can only top rope. I have experience with sport climbing and belaying a trad lead. We will have shoes and harnesses. My email is cburton440@gmail.com Jan 16, 2017
Jose Soto
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Jose Soto   Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Up for climbing on Monday, trying to get back at it. I have gear! Jan 21, 2017
Traveling to Puerto Rico for vacation February 9-11 and looking for a group to climb with. I am an experienced LB and bilayer but can not lead myself and am able to do a 5.10 sometimes. I will have my gear as well but no ropes.

Please email me at Nate33P@Gmail.com

Thank you,

Nate Feb 8, 2017
Hello, my name is Marianela and as a climber I also know the limited places to stay near climbing spots, however I offer a green area of my property for camping purposes and very accessible. You can find it the following link:

abnb.me/EVmg/oOPDBPfrUC

This is close to "Las Tetas de Cayey" climbing spot.

Additionally, if you want to camp in Ciales we offer also an option. For rock climbing, caves, boat rides and hiking tours you can contact "21 Climb and Tour" phone: 7872420863 or 9392187887. Email: 21climbandtour.pr@gmail.com

We are also the owners of Roca Norte in Vega Baja, PR. Go to Roca Norte tab for additional info or contact us May 5, 2017
Anyone do any climbing on the West Coast of Puerto Rico? I'm considering studying in San Germán for a semester and I'm trying to learn of any climbing in the area. Jan 11, 2018
Some friends and I are going to be coming to Puerto Rico for the week of March 25 and were looking for some climbing recommendations! We are sport climbers who can comfortably climb 5.10 and and are just looking for a good time. We will be staying in San Juan. Any sort of recommendation is encouraged! Thanks! Mar 21, 2018
Eli Helmuth
Ciales, PR
Eli Helmuth   Ciales, PR
We have high quality and affordable Airbnb lodging available at our home in Ciales, with two great sport crags in town and a short drive to beautiful beaches including Mar Chiquita (snorkel), Tubos (surfing), and Playas Esperanza (surf and snorkel).
airbnb.com/users/28477224/l…
Ciales is central to all of the climbing and ocean activities on the north coast which is where the majority of rock climbing on the island is located. The largest crag of Bayamon is just 40 minutes away, the DWS in Arecibo an equal distance to the northwest, and as a family of climbers we can assist with your planning to maximize the time on the rock. Ciales is the gateway into the Toro Negro Mountain Range with the highest peaks on the island at over 4,000' high. Swimming holes, cliff jumping, world class caving, and many more adventures are close by and there's no better place in Puerto Rico to be central to outdoor adventures. May 3, 2018
looking partner for 23 24 of august 2018 1 day ago

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