At the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico, in the heart of the bustling Porta del Sol tourist area, is Aguadilla, a destination ideal for surfers, beach bums, and active families alike. A vacation in Aguadilla promises endless fun in the sun, from water sports to exploring historic landmarks.
With 19 beaches nearby, hotels in Aguadilla are your base for days on end of sunbathing and swimming. A number of beaches are renowned surf spots, so rent a board or consider a lesson. Crash Boat Beach, a former military port, is particularly popular. Fish or swim off the pier, or go snorkeling or diving in the exceptionally clear and calm waters teeming with fish. Paddle board, kayak, and jet ski rentals are available, as are banana boat rides and fishing charters. For a different beach scene, head to the forested Christopher Columbus Park, where a boardwalk along the beach invites a romantic stroll. Aguadilla hotels also put you within easy reach of Las Cascadas Water Park, the biggest in the Caribbean and a top destination for families. An interesting landmark is the Punta Borinquen Lighthouse. See the crumbling, earthquake-damaged remains of a structure built in 1889, a striking subject for photographs.
As a popular tourist town, Aguadilla has plenty of dining options. The highest concentration of restaurants is along the waterfront, taking advantage of the coastal views that go so nicely with freshly caught seafood and a cool cocktail. Enjoy a pina colada, the national drink of Puerto Rico, or any cocktail showcasing the island's famous rum. Prefer a beer? Medalla is Puerto Rico's most popular cerveza. Fresh seafood is naturally plentiful on restaurant menus. Enjoy it in classic local preparations, grilled and simply seasoned with garlic and lime juice, or splurge on Caribbean lobster. Authentic sides include locally grown plantains, chayote squash, and breadfruit. Finish your meal with an aromatic island coffee.
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