Aguadilla

  (ah-gwah-DEE-yah)

Aguadilla is known as La Villa del Ojo de Agua (village of the eye of water). Aguadilla is also known as El Pueblo de los Tiburones (town of the sharks), and recently El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico (the new garden of the Atlantic). Aguadilla was founded in 1775 by Luis de Córdova. Aguadilla derives its name from a name given by the Indians Guadilla or Guadiya which means garden.

Points of Interest

Aguadilla is best known to visitors for its beaches. Aguadilla's most popular surfing beaches include Crash Boat, famous for it's crystal clear waters, Gas Chambers, and Wilderness.

Among Aguadilla's main attractions you will find the popular Parque Acuático Las Cascadas, a modern aquatic theme park, the biggest in the Caribbean and the Merendero, with a beautiful view of the town's bay and the nearby Desecheo islet. Located on Highway #2 in front of the city stadium. Adults $15.95, children $13.95; (787) 819-1030.

The town center is known as Plaza de Recreo, located in front of the old catholic church and the Alcaldía (Major's House). Another of Aguadilla's attractions is the Ojo de Agua (water eye), this is an underground fresh water source that anciently was used by the Aguadilla Harbor in times of Spanish Occupation. As you stroll through the plaza you will find the monument to the memory of composer Rafael Hernandez, considered one of the most important figures in 20th-century popular Puerto Rican music.

The city is also home of the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena, the only ice skating facility in the Caribbean region. Located in Plaza Plácido Acevedo, Carr. 442 km. 4.2. Open daily. Admissions $10-13; 787-819-5555.

Aguadilla was home of the Ramey Air Force Base and its former base airport was converted into Rafael Hernandez Airport, considered one of the most active commercial airports on the island. The paved runway extends for 11,701 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 238 feet at a distance of about 3 miles from Aguadilla, owned by Puerto Rico Ports Authority.

The Christopher Columbus Park is located in a small forest at the southernmost beach of Aguadilla. The park harbors a romantic boardwalk along the beach.

The Punta Borinquen Lighthouse was built in 1889, has been designated a historic site worthy of preservation by the National Register of Historic Places. (787) 891-1005.

As a great surf town, one of most popular surfing beaches is Crash Boat Beach, located just north of Aguadilla on Route 458 end, off Route 107.

The Punta Borinquen Golf Course was built in 1940 for the US Air Force golf aficionados stationed at the former Ramey Base, this course was played by such well-known generals as Dwight D. Eisenhower. Course designed by Pete Dye around 1940. Punta Borinquen is now a public golf course. Green Fees: $31 weekdays, $33 on weekends. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am - 6:00pm; (787) 890-2987; Fax (787) 890-1196.

Aguadilla territory is mostly flat because the city it is located on the Western Costal Valley, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Aguada and Moca; and west of Isabela. Aguadilla highest peak is Jimenez Peak (222mt, 728 ft) and the largest river is Culebrinas.

The town is a processing and trading center for agricultural products such as: sugar, coffee, fruits, tobacco, and cotton.

There are many well-known "aguadillanos", among them:

Aguadilla is divided into 16 barrios, including the downtown area:
  • Aguacate
  • Aguadilla Pueblo
  • Arenales
  • Borinquén
  • Caimital Alto
  • Caimital Bajo
  • Camaceye
  • Ceiba Alta
  • Ceiba Baja
  • Corrales
  • Guerrero
  • Maleza Alta
  • Maleza Baja
  • Montaña
  • Palmar
  • Victoria

Symbols

Flag
Aguadilla Flag The flag was designed on 1972 following the recommendations of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture for the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the city foundation. It consists of two horizontal bands of equal size, blue the upper one and gold (yellow) the lower one, the predominant colors of the Coat of Arms, being this placed at the center of the flag.
Coat of Arms
Aguadilla Coat of Arms The coat of arms refer to the history of Aguadilla. The first quarter presents the famous "Ojo de Agua" (Spring of Water) and behind the Jaicoa Mountains. The second quarter shows the image of a "nao" or vessel that stands for the many ships that made seaport in past centuries and with reference to the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus. (Another contested site of landing). The third quarter illustrates a tower raised from the waters due to the battles at Fuerte de la Concepción (Fort of the Conception), where English and Colombian pirate's attacks were repelled in the XVII and XIX Centuries. The fourth quarter has a five-point star in reference to the many Aguadillan intellectuals that has given prestige to the arts, sciences, writings, military, and legislation; is an expression of light and clarity. The inscription thereof seen is due to the granting of the title of "Loyal Villa", in 1860, by Queen Elizabeth II and that responded to the cooperation that Aguadilla gave to the war that Spain was having in Africa. The green boughs refer to the palms that the Holy Virgin of Victory carries. The mural crown has four towers signifying its Villa status. The colors: red stands for courage, fearlessness, intrepidity (boldness), and honor. Blue, the classic sea color, is for serenity and sweetness. Green's for hope, abundance and liberty. Purple's for the citizen's dignity. Gold's for wealth, faith and constancy (steadfastness). White background stands for temperance and kindliness. (Source: "Banderas y escudos municipales" (Flags and Municipal Shields) by Anisa Productions Inc. )

Anthem:
The anthem of Aguadilla was written by Rafael Hernández Marín. The title is Playita Aguadillana.


Land Area: 36.59 sq mi (92.3 sq km)
Water Area: 38.97 sq mi (100.9 sq km )
Population: 64,685 (2000)
Density: 1,826.9 per sq mi (700.8 per sq km) (2000)
Housing Units: 24,882 (2000)
Housing Density: 680.0 (2000)
Per Capita Income: $6,996 (2000)
Coordinates: 18°25'48"N 67°9'16"W
ZIP Codes: 00603, 00604, 00605, 00690
Driving Distance: 86.8 miles (from San Juan)
Driving Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes · Get Directions (from San Juan)

Climate

Aguadilla annual precipitation is 54 inches, and its average temperature is 78°F. September is the warmest, January is the coldest, October is the wettest and March is the driest month.

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What to Do and See?

  • Aguadilla Bowling Center
    Located on Rt. 2 Km 129; (787) 891-3495
  • Aguadilla Shopping Mall
    Aguadilla Shopping Mall features anchor stores like Kmart, Capri, and Amigo, plus more than 70 stores. Rt. 2, Km. 126.5; Open Mon-Thu 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 11am-5pm; (787) 882-0014
  • La Ponderosa Beach
  • La Poza Beach
  • Cathedral San Carlos
  • Paseo Miguel Garcia Mendez
  • Tropical Trail Rides
    Guided tours of secluded beaches, tropical forests, cliff caves and more. Paso fino horses for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Offering a variety of possibilities for your horseback riding adventure. 703 Belt Road Suite 117; (787) 782-9256; Fax (787) 872-9256.
  • Alicia Sotomayor Art Home Studio
    Original watercolors and prints. Carr. 107 Interior Km 3.5; (787) 997-4877.

Where to Stay?

  • Cielo Mar Hotel
  • La Cima Hotel
  • Hacienda El Pedregal
  • Parador El Faro
  • Puerto Rico Getaway
  • Villa Forin

Festivals and Events

  • Velorio de Reyes - January
  • Fiestas de San Antonio - April
  • Verbena de Corrales - May
  • Festival Playero - June
  • Festival de Atun - July
  • Festival de Música - July
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Carlos Borremeo - October
    Every year, Aguadilla celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 891-1005

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The zip code 00601 is the lowest assigned to any geographic place in the United States or its territories and belongs to Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.