Cheap Flights to Aguadilla
The west coast of Puerto Rico is well-known for its sun and amazing surf, giving it the nickname the Porta del Sol, or the "Doorway to the Sun." You can travel here by flying into Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) which is to the north of Aguadilla. Arriving travelers can get an expansive view of the island and the Atlantic Ocean during their flights to Aguadilla.
Fly to Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN)
Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) is the main airport on the western coast of the island. Cheap flights to Aguadilla arrive from New York, Orlando, Newark, and Fort Lauderdale on either JetBlue Airways, United Airlines or Spirit Airlines. While the actual airport is relatively large because it used to serve as a runway for the US Air Force, it now just has two gates in a small but comfortable terminal.
The terminal is only 3 miles away from downtown Aguadilla. There is no set rate for a fare to and from the airport, but you can plan on paying less than $10 if your hotel is nearby.
Attractions in Aguadilla
Visitors to Aguadilla are drawn to its warm waters, which range from being in the high 70s in the winter to the high 80s in late summer. You can explore the shore at Crash Boat Beach, where you can swim, lounge in the sun, or simply enjoy a sunset. The more adventurous can paddle board, scuba dive, snorkel, Jet Ski, or surf.
In fact, the shores around Aguadilla are somewhat of a surfing mecca, and the area has hosted several surfing competitions. Other places to surf include Surfer's Beach, the Gas Chambers, and Wilderness Beach.
A little north of Wilderness Beach along a dirt road are the Ruinas Faro Punta Borinquen. You can see what remains of the old lighthouse, which sits right on the beach.
If you're traveling with kids or are a kid at heart, you can check out the Las Cascadas Water Park and the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena. Both are great places to cool off while having fun with a nice mix of visitors and locals.
There are several hotels in downtown Aguadilla, and they put you close to restaurants, bars, and the shore. Other hotels are located just north of the city center. They're a bit quieter but just as convenient since most things are within a few miles of each other.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Aguadilla
Each fall, the city hosts the annual Fiestas Patronales in honor of Saint Charles Borromeo. The locals come out to the streets to take part in parades, street fairs and concerts. If you're visiting in the spring, you might get a chance to enjoy the annual kite festival.
No matter what time of year you visit, you'll be greeted by highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s. Be prepared for some rain, especially if you travel in the late summer or fall.
Be sure to try some of the fresh seafood while you're sampling the local restaurant scene. Couples can have a casual meal for less than $20 or can go upscale for $50 and up.