Boating and Sailing Near Aguadilla

Sailing to Aguadilla is only said to be suitable for experienced yachters

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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.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

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 are just wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Check out the chart that follows for names and phone numbers for excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Capital Water Sports Sailing Charters (787) 823-2789 Rincón
Katarina Sail Charters (787) 823-7245 Black Eagle Marina - Rincón

Boat Rentals and Charters

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 starting to research a charter boat, you can reserve one from these firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Location
Rincon Sailing Black Eagle Marina - Rincón
Rincon Sailing Rincón

Docking

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 Bahia de Mayaguez. 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.

Considering the option of visiting Aguadilla in your own vessel, or one you charter? The following table lists marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Location
Aguadilla Town Docks 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) North-Northwest of Aguadilla
Black Eagle Marina Rincón

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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