The Mediterranean style town of Aguadilla is situated on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, where the nearby mountains afford good vantage points for viewing the majestic shoreline below or watching the sun disappear into the sea.
The waters closest to the town are usually too rough for safe swimming, but Crashboat Beach is on every dedicated beach enthusiast’s must-see list. It is certainly worth navigating the narrow, winding, tree-lined access road to be able to walk along the beach’s shell-covered sands and gaze at the roaring sea.
Unless you are a strong swimmer or an avid bodysurfer, you may prefer to enjoy the calmer waters a few miles away. Waves at Crashboat can be unpredictably large and break quite near the shore. An abandoned cement pier is said to give the beach its name, since the heavy surf damaged many of the fishing boats that were tied to it.
Plenty of palm trees and other coastal vegetation line the dramatic beach and provide shelter from the sun’s rays – and a place to take in the wonder of nature at its challenging best.
How to Get to Crashboat Beach
From San Juan take Highway 22, connect to Road 2 and continue to the exit to Road 107.