Crash Boat Beach

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The site of a former military port that was used as a jumping off point for rescuing air crews, Crash Boat Beach was aptly named for this history. Some of the pier infrastructure remains from this time, though those who aren't aware of the history call it an eyesore.

Set in the vicinity of Aguadilla, 1.9 miles north-northwest of downtown Aguadilla, Crash Boat Beach is on the West coast of Puerto Rico. You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. While Puerto Rico has beaches that are more secluded than Crash Boat Beach, it has the right combination of charm and personality to attract visitors who need a place to relax.

How to Access The Beach
Just a coupe miles from Highway 2, Crash Boat Beach is easy to spot and access. Follow the road signs on Route 107 and you'll get there without any trouble.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located on Puerto Rico's northwest coast, Crashboat Beach (or, Playa Crashboat) is a favorite amongst watersports enthusiasts. The surf is variable with a tendency to get nasty, making it a challenge to endure for less experienced swimmers, but fun for those on motorized equipment. Off shore, scuba diving is popular in the deeper water.

Crash Boat is great for surfing and swimming, thanks sections of the beach which experience different currents. Snorkeling is also great here, and to top it off, it may well be the most photographed beach in town.

Businesses selling watersports equipment, food kiosks, restrooms, and showers make up the facilities here, and there is even designated parking for the beach. It does get busy on weekends, but it is easy to see why.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Crashboat Beach mainly attracts water sports enthusiasts and there usually aren't any crowds.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Puerto Rico. It is near some interesting sites like Point Borinquen Lighthouse, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is among the area's attractions.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Crash Boat Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Point Borinquen Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.6 mi. N Puerto Rico
Las Cascadas Water Park Amusement/Theme Park 1.8 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Luis A. Canena Marquez Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.8 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 2.0 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Punta Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 2.6 mi. NNE Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Aguadilla, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Crash Boat Beach, Aguadilla isn't far off, roughly two miles (three kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

Though you'll find very few hotels nearby, the ones found closest to the shore are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Crash Boat Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Cielo Mar 1.0 mi. SE Hotel
El Pedregal 1.1 mi. SE Lodge


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is El Meson Sandwiches Cam El Mango. This restaurant serves American food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their sandwiches. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Crash Boat Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Meson Sandwiches Cam El Mango (787) 882-2702 American Very Casual 0.9 mi. NE
Rompeolas Bar & Grill (787) 891-6831 American Informal 1.7 mi. SSE
A L Rex Cream (787) 882-5185 -- -- -- --
Andrew Kline (787) 890-0115 -- -- -- --
Atlantic Restaurant & Pizza (787) 891-8787 Italian -- -- --
Benjie's Sports Bar & Delicatessen (787) 882-0707 -- -- -- --
Betsy Cafe (787) 882-8742 -- -- -- --
Borinquen Steak House & Sandwich (787) 882-1870 -- -- -- --
Cafe Michelle (787) 882-2015 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa Nieves (787) 882-2622 -- -- -- --
Cafeteria Los Pollos (787) 891-3428 -- -- -- --
Carvel (787) 891-1010 International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Crash Boat Beach.

Another option worth considering is Table Rock Beach, located three miles to the south.

While Puerto Rico has many alluring attractions, Crash Boat Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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