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The Best of the West

Porta del Sol is made up of 17 small towns that stretch from Quebradillas in the north to Guánica in the south. This area was the first part of Puerto Rico to be explored by Ponce de León. He founded the town of San Germán in 1508, the second city to be established on the island, before he ever knew of San Juan. Today, the largest city in the region is Mayagüez, the third largest city in Puerto Rico and home to the island’s only zoo. Rincón hugs the west coast and features some of the most famous surfing beaches in the Caribbean. Farther south, Cabo Rojo boasts roughly 2,000 acres of wildlife refuge, dramatic salt flats and some of the island’s most picturesque beaches.

Surfer’s Paradise

The most famous address in Puerto Rico for surfers, Rincón has more than earned its reputation with beaches like Spanish Wall, Indicator and Steps, to name just a few. This area is also known for its breathtaking beachfront sunsets.

Airports

  1. Rafael Hernández International Airport

    Porta del Sol has its largest airport in the town of Aguadilla, which direct flights to many cities in the United States. If you’d like to travel directly to the west coast, look for the BQN airport code.

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 891-2226
  1. Aguadilla Beaches

    Known as the “Garden of the Atlantic” for its spectacular marine life and sponges, Aguadilla features some of the best surfing beaches on the island. Crash Boat, Gas Chambers, Wilderness and Surfer’s Beach rank among the top surf destinations in Puerto Rico, and the city has hosted numerous international surf competitions. Beneath the waves, an underwater kingdom awaits divers and snorkelers.

    Aguadilla

  2. Aguadilla Entertainment Complex

    Made up of four separate facilities - an ice skating arena, a bowling alley, a skate park, and a water park – it provides fun for the entire family, indoors or outdoors, wet or dry.

    Aguadilla

  3. Playuela

    Playuela is one of the most picturesque half-moon shaped beaches in Puerto Rico, a secluded treasure on the southwestern tip of the island. Overlooking the beach is the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, which was built in 1882.

    Cabo Rojo

  4. Balneario de Boquerón

    Boquerón Beach is very family-friendly with picnic tables, convenient parking, gazebos, handicap facilities, accommodations, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, and lots of palm trees perfect for a shaded nap on the beach.

    Cabo Rojo

  5. Basílica Menor La Monserrate

    Built in the small town of Hormigueros in the west coast, this basilica dates to the late 16th century as a dedication to the Virgin of Montserrat. Its architecture combines Romantic elements and features a bell tower with Arabic elements.

    Hormigueros

  6. Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge and Salt Flats

    The salt flats of Cabo Rojo and the Combate Beach coastline trails are a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge and an absolute paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. This arid landscape, almost an alien world amid Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation and azure beaches, is home to 25 species of migrating shorebirds. In fact, this is the most important point of convergence for migrating shorebirds in the eastern Caribbean. The salt flats are also frequented by over 90 resident and migratory birds and are part of the designated critical habitat of the yellow-shouldered blackbird, an endangered species. Trails available from the salt flats, Combate Beach, visitor centers, and Laguna Cartagena Refuge.

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2999
  7. El Palacete Los Moreau, Labadié Castle

    Historically known as the Labadié Mansion in the town of Moca, this house inspired writer Enrique Laguerre to write La Llamarada. The property was recently restored as a museum and renamed the "Palacete Los Moreau" in honor of Laguerre’s novel.

    Moca

  8. Guánica Dry Forest

    This subtropical dry forest is very different from the lush rainforest of El Yunque. Designated as a United Nations Biosphere, the Guánica forest is home to more than 600 types of flora and fauna and 48 endangered species, 16 of which are endemic to the island. A visit here includes a trip to the idyllic and unspoiled Gilligan’s Island.

    Guánica

  9. La Parguera

    La Parguera is a seafront fishermen’s village where you will find a wide variety of restaurants, souvenir stores, small inns and boat trips to several cays. La Parguera is also home of one of the three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.

    Lajas

  10. Porta Coeli

    Originally a convent, the Porta Coeli Church is the most famous attraction in San German and is one of the oldest churches in the Americas and the oldest church under the United States jurisdiction.

    San Germán

  11. Rincón Lighthouse & Park

    Built in 1922, this lighthouse is situated in a park with great views to Domes Beach and nearby Desecheo island. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset and, if in season, whales swimming by.

    Rincón

  1. Aquamarina, Parador Villa Parguera

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-7777
  2. Restaurante Hacienda Latina

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 833-2041
  3. Restaurante Tino's

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2976
  4. Tres Amigos, Parador El Faro

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8000
  1. Beside the Pointe on the Beach

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-8550
  2. Casa Isleña Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1525
  3. Casa Verde Hotel

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-5600
  4. Coconut Palms Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 431-4313
  5. Cofresí Beach Hotel

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 254-3000
  6. Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0505
  7. Courtyard Aguadilla by Marriott

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 658-8000
  8. Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1378
  9. Faro Inn & Suites

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 890-9000
  10. Hacienda El Jibarito

    San Sebastián

    Website (787) 896-7754
  11. Hotel Cielo Mar

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-5959
  12. Hotel Colonial

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 833-2150
  13. Hotel El Guajataca

    Quebradillas

    Website (787) 895-3070
  14. Hotel Ocean Front

    Isabela

    (787) 872-0444
  15. Hotel Villa Forín

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8341
  16. Howard Johnson Downtown Mayagüez

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 832-9191
  17. Mayagüez Holiday Inn Tropical Casino

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 833-1100
  18. Mayagüez Resort & Casino

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 832-3030
  19. Paradise Guest House

    Hormigueros

    (787) 849-2679
  20. Parador Boquemar

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2158
  21. Combate Beach Resort

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 254-2358
  22. Parador El Faro

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8000
  23. Parador Guánica 1929

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0099
  24. Parador Turtle Bay Inn

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-6633
  25. Rincón Beach Hotel

    Añasco

    Website (787) 589-9000
  26. Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-7500
  27. Royal Isabela

    Isabela

    Website (787) 609-5888
  28. Parador Villas del Mar Hau

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-2045
  29. Parador Villa Parguera

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-7777
  30. La Jamaca Guesthouse & Snack Bar

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-6162
  31. Lazy Parrot Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-5654
  32. Villa Cofresí Hotel & Restaurant

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-2450
  33. Villa Montaña Beach Resort

    Isabela

    Website (787) 609-3047
  34. Costa Dorada Beach Resort

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-7255
  35. Boquerón Beach Resort

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 999-6330
  36. San Sebastián Bed & Breakfast

    San Sebastián

    (787) 942-2867
  37. Posada Qué Chevere

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-6452
  1. Beach Horseback Ride

    Tropical Trail Rides, Isabela

    Activities: Horseback Riding

  2. Desecheo Island Scuba & Snorkel

    Taíno Divers, Rincón

    Attractions: Desecheo Island

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Boat Diving

  3. Glass Bottom Boat Tours at Rincón

    Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón

    Activities: Sightseeing, Sailing

  4. Scuba and Snorkeling at West Coast

    Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling

  5. Shine Time Sunset Sail in Rincón

    Katarina Sail Charters, Rincón

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming, Sailing, cruising

  6. Snorkel Express at Rincón

    Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón

    Activities: Snorkeling

  7. Snorkeling Charter Trip

    Adventures Tourmarine, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Joyuda Beach

    Activities: Snorkeling

  8. Stand-Up Paddleboard at Aguadilla

    Verde Azul, Aguadilla

    Activities: SUP,Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

  9. Surf and diving Lessons

    Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla

    Activities: Surfing, rentals, stand up paddleboarding, Scuba diving lessons

  10. Surfing Lessons at Rincón

    Surf Lessons PR, Rincón

    Attractions: Rincon Beach

    Activities: Surfing

  11. Birding Puerto Rico

    AdvenTours, Mayagüez

    Activities: Birding

  12. Snorkeling and Diving in Rincón

    Rincón Diving, Rincón

    Attractions: Rincon Beaches

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Shore Diving, Technical Diving, Snorkeling

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