Despite being what one might consider a quiet fishing village, Aguadilla is not a protected area, and can tend to experience rough currents, especially during the winter months. It is recommended that only experienced sailors make the trip to this destination. If you aren't confident in your sailing skills but still want to spend some time at sea, there are a few ways to make it happen.
Puerto Rico is famed for hosting a few companies that offer party sails like booze cruises alongside companies that will get tourists out on the water for a romantic sunset sail or a snorkeling trip. There are plenty of options to choose from, all you have to do is decide which one works for you.
If you merely want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. See the table that follows for information on area excursion providers.
|Capital Water Sports Sailing Charters||(787) 823-2789||Rincón|
|Katarina Sail Charters||(787) 823-7245||Black Eagle Marina - Rincón|
Although there are no charter companies with home bases directly in Aguadilla, if you're willing to head over to Rincon you'll find a few. If you've got sailing credentials, you'll be able to charter a boat for a day sail or longer.
If you're evaluating the option of chartering a vessel, you can call one of these area companies:
|Rincon Sailing||(787) 421-4700||Rincón||Puerto Rico|
Although there is an official port of entry in Aguadilla, it is located at the Rafael Hernandez Airport, which means sailors will not be able to sail directly to this town. Instead, they will have to go to San Juan, Ponce, Mayagüez, or Guánica. The port nearest Aguadilla is at the . Customs is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and should be contacted at least 24 hours in advance at 787-729-6850 or 787-729-6802. When you arrive, you will need to purchase a 12 month cruising permit for $25 if you are from the U.S. and $37(USD) for visitors from elsewhere. Those who are not from the U.S. will also need a visa. After completing a trip through customs, sailors may sail on to their marina of choice.
Thinking about traveling to Aguadilla in your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? This chart provides a quick summary of potential docking spots.
|2.0 mi. (3.2 km) North-Northwest of Aguadilla|
There are numerous ways to enjoy the waters that surround Puerto Rico, from participating in a tour to sailing yourself from international waters. How you make it happen is up to you, but most would agree that it is definitely something you should experience during your time in Aguadilla.
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