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Puerto Rico Rock Climbing 


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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.1 miles from here

147 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Puerto Rico

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Puerto Rico:
Paz   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : La Escalera
Blanca Nieves   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Caliche (Ciales, PR)
No Refund   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Pasillo
El Mamon   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : La Pared del Mamon (origina...
Jadihel   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : La Escalera
Triboro Bridge   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 110'   Caliche (Ciales, PR)
Controversy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Ground Zero
El Arete Libre   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 40'   Cueva Del Indio (Arecibo)
Si, pero No   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Pasillo
Mr. Long   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Ground Zero
Triboro Direct   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 110'   Caliche (Ciales, PR)
Me Cramer les Couilles   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Ground Zero
Horizontal Limit   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Pasillo
Tiempo Libre   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Rosario Penon : Vertical Jamming Wall
Neurosis   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 70'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : Pasillo
My Right Foot   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Caliche (Ciales, PR)
Head to Toe   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Cerro Las Tetas (Cayey, Pue...
Shanghai Bombay   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Nuevo Bayamón (US » Puert... : La Pared de las Nueve (El P...
El Pelotero Malo   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Caliche (Ciales, PR)
Margarita   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rosario Penon : Firulay Wall (The Gym)
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Featured Route For Puerto Rico
Rock Climbing Photo: Eli at the beginning of El Pelotero Malo, soon to ...

El Pelotero Malo 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  North America : Puerto Rico : Caliche (Ciales, PR)
This is a fun route with a distinct crux at the second bolt followed by some awkward balance moves out right. The difficulty eases up for the final two bolts to the anchor. You can also link this into the top half of "Pas de Bras, Pas de Nutella" for a longer pitch....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: PR local Luis Benet topping out on the classic 5.1...
PR local Luis Benet topping out on the classic 5.1...
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Finley Helmuth (age 6) enjoying the limestone huec...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fayah Dragon on the Trufa boulder near Aguadilla.
Fayah Dragon on the Trufa boulder near Aguadilla.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fayah Dragon on "My Right Foot" in Ciale...
Fayah Dragon on "My Right Foot" in Ciale...

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By nate post
From: Silverthorne
Nov 28, 2015
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.
By Alex Chase
From: Saint Paul
Feb 20, 2016
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.
By Christopher Hudspeth
From: Aspen CO & Bahamas
May 9, 2016
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.
By Matt Campbell 1
From: Marietta, GA
Nov 6, 2016
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.
By Marie-Elle Vivaldi
Nov 10, 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.
By Will Bergman
Jan 7, 2017
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
By Christopher Burton
Jan 16, 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
By Jose Soto
From: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Jan 21, 2017
Up for climbing on Monday, trying to get back at it. I have gear!
By Kim Pierson
Feb 8, 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
By Marianela Mercado Burgos
May 5, 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 for climbing tours you can contact "21 Climb and Tour" phone: 7872420863. Email: 21climbandtour.pr@gmail.com
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in Puerto Rico
Climbing in Puerto Rico
By Ben Miller
Jun 6, 2017
Hello! I am working near Luquillo this summer and am looking for a climbing partner on the weekends. I am an experienced lead climber and belayer. I lead up to the mid 5.11's. I'm experienced with trad and multipitch climbing as well. I would love to get on the rock here! Let me know if you want a partner on the weekends or don't mind an extra person tagging along!

Email: benjamindmiller42@gmail.com
By Eli Helmuth
From: Ciales, PR
Jul 5, 2017
Heads up folks^^ These peeps at "21 Climb and Tours" are the only non-AMGA climbing instructors on the island and after watching them at work with a group this weekend, all I can say is "buyer beware". There are four other rock climbing services on the island and all have AMGA certified SPI staff. And for the moment, I'm the only AMGA certified rock and mountain guide living in the Caribbean. Not worth risking your life to save a few $$?

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