Aguadilla

In-the-know water sports enthusiasts have been making their way to Aguadilla for decades.

The municipality is known to have some of the best surf breaks on the island, but it offers much more than just great waves. Aguadilla’s many attractions draw all types of travelers looking to enjoy the splendor of the Caribbean.

This picture-perfect oceanfront retreat is set on Puerto Rico’s northwest shore, with Aguada to the south and Isabela and Moca to the east. Rafael Hernandez International Airport (BQN), the second-largest airport in Puerto Rico, is located here, making Aguadilla an incredibly convenient destination if you want to bypass the hustle and bustle of San Juan.

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At Aguadilla’s Crash Boat Beach, one of the most iconic beaches in Puerto Rico, the fierce waves of the Atlantic Ocean delight surfers of all experience levels. This hot spot is easily recognizable by its distinctive pier, which was formerly used by the US Air Force; today, the algae-covered pylons and crystal-clear water also serve up fantastic conditions for snorkeling and SCUBA diving.

Wilderness Beach, Wishing Well, and Surfer’s Beach, are among the many other local spots that are well known in the surfing community. Each offers its own distinct appeal, and the levels of difficulty vary depending on the day’s swells.

Travelers who are just getting their feet wet with water sports can sign up for surfing, stand up paddle boarding, and SCUBA lessons at Aquatica Dive & Surf. The shop also rents equipment if you prefer to go out on your own.

Ruinas Faro Punta Borinquen

Beyond the Surf

With a variety of engaging attractions, Aguadilla’s appeal extends way beyond the water.

The Museo de Arte de Aguadilla y del Caribe (MAAC) features work from prominent Puerto Rican artists including Hernández Cruz, Tufiño, Antonio Maldonado, and Cervoni. The museum also offers a slate of interactive workshops for children, so check the schedule while you’re in town if you’re traveling with youngsters.

Built into and around a huge banyan tree, Casa del Arbol in the waterfront Parque de Colon brings out the kid in anyone who’s ever dreamed of having the best tree house in town.

Duffers head to Punta Borinquen Golf Club, an 18-hole public course with breathtaking coastal views; you might even spot whales playing in the Atlantic Ocean below as you putt through the grass greens.

The eye-catching Ruinas Faro Punta Borinquen are also worth a visit. The Spanish-style lighthouse was destroyed in a tsunami caused by an earthquake in 1918, but you can walk around and explore amidst the broken brick walls that remain.

Don’t leave Aguadilla without spending time in the waterfront downtown area, which boasts delicious restaurants, unique shopping and beautiful views. At night, the action heats up with partiers drinking and dancing into the wee hours.

Staying in Aguadilla

With a wide range of accommodations, Aguadilla is a perfect headquarters for exploring northwest Puerto Rico. Try the 69-room Parador El Faro, a traditional Puerto Rican guesthouse with two pools and a lively restaurant and bar. For a comfortable stay with on-site amenities, check into Courtyard by Marriott Aguadilla Hotel & Casino, which features 150 guest rooms and suites, a pool with water features for kids, an adults-only pool, a gym, and a 24-hour casino. Or book a room at Punta Borinquen Resort, a modern and inviting 53-room property within walking distance of restaurants and beaches.

 

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