If you want your vacation in Puerto Rico to be all about exploring beaches, sunbathing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, then Aguadilla is your go-to destination.
This city located on the west of Puerto Rico is a popular destination for nature and beach lovers, but it also sports other attractions worth visiting.
I stay in Aguadilla around three times a year, and here I’ve summed up for you the 15 best things to do in Aguadilla.
Table of Contents
- 15 Best Things to Do in Aguadilla
- Hike in Survival Beach
- Surf in Punta Borinquen Beach
- Jump off the Crash Boat Pier
- Visit El Parterre
- Enjoy Street Art in Casitas de Colores
- Explore Punta Borinquen Lighthouse Ruins
- Snorkel with Turtles at Playa Peña Blanca
- Go Scuba Diving in Playa India El Natural
- Go Bowling
- Find the Abandoned Plane
- Go Horseback Riding
- Pose with the Flag at Fuerte de la Concepción
- See the Sunset from the Mirador
- Admire the Art in a Local Museum
- Take A Sunset Boat Tour
- FAQ’s About Aguadilla
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15 Best Things to Do in Aguadilla
Hike in Survival Beach
If you’re always looking for challenging trails with beautiful scenery, then you can’t miss a visit to Survival Beach. Besides being a great surfing destination, Survival Beach is ideal to spend a day hiking and admiring the great outdoor surroundings.
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Surf in Punta Borinquen Beach
📍 Map It: Borínquen Ave, Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603 | Entrance: free
If you can’t make it to the best beaches for surfing in Rincon, you’ll be glad to know Aguadilla sports a few of Puerto Rico’s best beaches for surfing. In particular, Punta Borinquen Beach is a beach that sports strong waves, especially during the winter months. Although you have to hike to get there, you’ll get to see the great outdoors and spend a carefree afternoon catching waves.
Jump off the Crash Boat Pier
📍 Map It: Borinquen, Aguadilla | Entrance: $5
Crash Boat is one of the most iconic beaches on the west coast. This beach sports turquoise waters, nearby beach kiosks, and a famous pier from where locals like to jump. A visit to Aguadilla isn’t complete without the thrilling experience. Always ask the locals about the best way to do it and beware of currents during the winter.
👉 Local Tip: If you only have a few days check out this 12-hour tour around Puerto Rico’s hidden gems, including a stop in Crash Boat Beach.
Visit El Parterre
El Parterre was once the town center of Aguadilla. What makes this plaza different from all the others, is the fact that it’s built around a natural water spring. It’s believed that this natural spring flows underground for more than 25 miles and it emerges in Aguadilla and that it was a main source of water to the Spaniards.
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Enjoy Street Art in Casitas de Colores
📍 Map It: CRJW+XH2, Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603 | Entrance: free
A visit to Aguadilla isn’t complete without visiting the macro mural called Pintalto. This mural extends over the houses of a complete neighborhood named Cerro Cabrera, making it the picture-perfect spot. Explore between the houses to find beautiful street art, and bring your kids to this family-friendly area.
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Explore Punta Borinquen Lighthouse Ruins
📍 Map It: FRQQ+F9C, Borinquen, Aguadilla 00603 | Entrance: free
Next to Punta Borinquen Golf Course, you’ll find the ruins of the original Punta Borinquen Lighthouse, which dates back to the Spanish colonial era. Even if there are few remains, you can see the washed-out red in front of the structure and the place where the tower was. Located in the Ramey Air Force Base, besides the ruins, you’ll also find Borinquen Beach, a mural, a Spanish Well, and a hiking route.
👉 Local Tip: To explore the cities of the west is best to stay a night or two in the area. Check out my guide of the top places to stay on the island to find the best neighborhood for you.
Snorkel with Turtles at Playa Peña Blanca
📍 Map It: Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603 | Entrance: free
Playa Peña Blanca in Aguadilla used to be a secret urban beach, but now it’s a popular snorkeling and surfing destination. In the winter months, the tide is stronger and great for surfing while the summer tide is calmer for people to snorkel and see sea turtles. Crash Boat Beach is another great alternative for snorkeling in Aguadilla.
👉Local Tip: If you aren’t planning to stay in Aguadilla, but you still want to snorkel in one of its beaches, check out this tour through the northwest of the island going out from San Juan.
Go Scuba Diving in Playa India El Natural
📍 Map It: Borinquen, Aguadilla Pueblo | Entrance: free
Scuba diving is also one of the things to do in Aguadilla. Scuba diving enthusiasts can’t miss the chance to explore Playa India El Natural, right above Crashboat Beach. Its waters are home to beautiful coral reefs with diverse marine life, including sea turtles and squids. If you’ve never dived before, you can take a beginner scuba diving tour with Aquatica Dive & Surf.
📍 Map It: PR-2 KM 130.0, Aguadilla Pueblo, 00603 | Phone: (787) 891-3495 | Hours: 4 – 10 pm Mon-Thurs, 4-11 pm Fri, 10-11 pm Sat | Price: $13 per lane per hour, $8 shoes
If you’re looking for a family night out with your kids, then don’t miss a visit to Aguadilla’s Bowling Center. Although small, this bowling center sports other attractions like laser tag, bump carts, and an arcade you can use for small added fees. They also have the equipment to help smaller kids play.
Find the Abandoned Plane
Map It: PR-107, Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603 | Entrance: free
If you’re walking around the city, make a quick stop at the abandoned airplane of Aguadilla. This airplane is a canvas for urban street art and you can get inside it to take pictures. Nobody is sure how it got there, although some rumors say it was going to be a dining place.
Go Horseback Riding
📍 Map It: Aguadilla
One of the best ways to enjoy Aguadilla’s coast is on the back of a horse. Playuelas Horse Rides is one of the companies that offer horseback riding tours through the beach area of Playuela and Punta Borinquen, for a unique experience full of cliffs, sand, and beautiful beaches.
Pose with the Flag at Fuerte de la Concepción
If you’ve traveled before to Puerto Rico, then you know you can find Puerto Rico’s flag painted almost everywhere, from buildings to bus stops. At Fuerte de la Concepción in Aguadilla, you can find a huge mural of Puerto Rico’s flag, where you can take the perfect picture for your vacation album.
See the Sunset from the Mirador
📍 Map It: # km. 128.4, Cll 2, Aguadilla Pueblo, 00603 | Entrance: free
If you happen to pass through this viewpoint close to the sunset time, make a quick stop to appreciate it from this spot. From this viewpoint you can get incredible views of the west coast, Aguadilla Pueblo, and part of Aguada, so make sure to snap a picture before moving on with your trip.
Admire the Art in a Local Museum
📍 Map It: C. Ramón E. Betances, Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603 | Phone: (787) 649-0000 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 3 pm Thurs-Sat, Closed Sunday- Wednesdays | Entrance: free
Aguadilla’s Art Museum is a must-stop in the city for art lovers. Although small, this museum sports an impressive collection of local art from renowned Puerto Rican artists and it also offers free art workshops on Saturdays. Since the hours change constantly, make sure to call before visiting and use the chance to explore the rest of the downtown area.
Take A Sunset Boat Tour
📍 Map It: Aguadilla
If there is something special about the west coast in Puerto Rico is its colorful breathtaking sunsets. One of the ways to make those sunsets even better is by experiencing them in the sea. Crashboat Experiences offers sunset tours during which you’ll visit different Aguadilla spots, admire the wildlife, and of course, you’ll see the sun disappear behind the horizon.
FAQ’s About Aguadilla
Is Aguadilla worth visiting?
Aguadilla is a city travelers should visit during their trip to Puerto Rico. The city sports fun outdoor activities, beautiful sunsets, top notch restaurants, and great beaches like Crashboat Beach, one of the top attractions of Aguadilla and Puerto Rico.
What is in Aguadilla?
Aguadilla is a coastal city on the west that sports one of Puerto Rico’s most famous public beaches, Crashboat Beach. Aguadilla is also home to perfect waters for surfing and snorkeling.
You’ve reached the end of the best things to do in Aguadilla! Will you be visiting this city during your vacation in Puerto Rico? Let me know in the comments!
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