Aguadilla is a coastal municipality right at the northwest point of the island attracting tourists in the winter for its surfing beaches, scenic sunsets, and nearby points of interest on the west coast. Many locals and surfers in the know will argue that Aguadilla rivals the more known surfing town of Rincon. Aguadilla hosted the ISA World Championship in 1988. Aguadilla’s gorgeous coastline can be easily missed by the distractions of congested Route 2. In order to find the enchantment of Aguadilla, one must wander through the narrow residential roads leading up to the coastline where beach lovers will find miles of beaches, with some secret spots worth being featured on a Pirates of the Caribbean scene.
Aguadilla is home to the Rafael Hernandez Airport, an international airport welcoming visitors seeking a beach vacation on the laid-back towns of Porta del Sol (west coast), offering cheap daily flights to and from Orlando and NYC area airports. The airport is on the site of what used to be the U.S. military’s Ramey Air Force Base. Aguadilla is the most commercialized municipality in the northwest region with many local businesses, factories, a shopping mall, and one of the only two ice skating rings in the Caribbean. Aguadilla feels like many of the traditional towns across the island, at the center is a small square where government offices and many local shops are located.
+ Beaches in Aguadilla
The beaches are certainly the main attraction in Aguadilla. Some beaches are known for their calm clear water, some known worldwide for their world-class surfing rivaling neighboring towns of Rincon and Isabela. You won’t find resorts and hotels dotted along the shoreline. Decades ago the US government decided to build their Army base along Aguadilla’s gorgeous coastline, ironically keeping the coastline natural and uncrowded.
To enjoy the beaches of Aguadilla, a car rental is a must, once off the busy highway, visitors will be immersed in an authentic non-touristy town with gems to explore at the end of residential streets and bumpy dirt roads. Those that seek a more adventurous beach experience will enjoy the most scenic and most breathtaking spots by taking a 20-minute hike to Survival. For those that prefer a more cultural scene, there are various beaches popular among locals offering the best conditions for swimming where you’ll find great local food, live music at beachfront locations.
Punta Borinquen Golf & Country Club
+ Punta Borinquen Golf & Country Club
With 18 holes with beautiful ocean views in each one, you’ll want to take your time in this challenging course, often referred to as the best value in Puerto Rico. The best time to play is in the morning, but if you’re a sunset lover, the afternoon is a magnificent time to play. The course is very open, no view is blocked, but the wind gusts make the course very challenging. Punta Borinquen Golf Course offers a driving range and practice green with reasonable fees. The best time to play is during the morning, it rarely gets crowded, the atmosphere is very relaxed. The airport is next door, you’ll have planes flying over making it even more interesting during the game. Interesting facts: The course opened in 1940, built for the military of the Fort Ramey Base. President Dwight D. Eisenhower played at this course. The course was designed by Fred Garbin.
- Address: Golf Rd, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603
- Phone: +1 787-890-2987
- For Hours, events, and more info: Visit their Facebook Page
Plaza de Recreo
+ Plaza de Recreo
Just like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, the town has the traditional square (plaza), where locals gather to chat with friends, attend cultural events, and simply relax and take a break from shopping on the small shops surrounding the plaza. Across the plaza is the Catholic church and Alcaldia (Mayor’s Office). Puerto Rican history buffs visit Plaza de Recreo to see the statue of Rafael Hernandez (1892-1965), born in Aguadilla, famous composer of “La Isla Preciosa“.