Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla: Best Beaches in Puerto Rico
Crash Boat Beach is located on Bahia de Aguadilla in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It's one of the more widely photographed beaches in Puerto Rico because of the brightly painted dinghies parked on the sand. Crash Boat Beach is a best beach for singles, couples, families, retirees, and dog lovers.
Beach Personality: A Family Friendly Oasis
Crash Boat Beach
Most people think Crash Boat Beach got its name from the brightly colored boats on the beach, but in fact Crash Boat Beach used to be part of the Ramey Air Force Base. It’s named for the downed air force crews that used to be rescued off the beach by the “crash boats.” The piers that remain were also constructed for the Air Force base.
Crash Boat Beach is a very popular beach in northwest Puerto Rico because the water here is calmer than other beaches in the area such as Sandy Beach and Jobos Beach. Plus, it has numerous free amenities, which many other Puerto Rican beaches lack. As a result the beach is often crowded on weekends and holidays, but if you don’t like crowds and want to enjoy Crash Boat Beach’s warm, light tan sand and crystal clear water, go during the week when it’s rarely crowded.
- Paddleboarding (SUP)
- Surfing (to the left of the pier – when facing the ocean)
- Boogie Boarding (to the left of the pier)
- Fishing (off the pier)
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes.
- Food – Yes, from vendors on the beach.
- Lifeguard – No.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – Yes.
Additional amenities – picnic tables, shaded pavilions, pier.
Aquatica Dive and Surf (787-890-6071) in the town of Aguadilla rents surfboards, stand up paddleboards, snorkel gear, scuba gear, and bicycles. They also offer SUP tours and lessons, and surfing lessons.
If you’re driving to Crash Boat Beach from San Juan, take PR 22 west, Expreso Jose De Diego, to PR 2 West. Continue on PR 2 West for approximately 43 km. At the intersection of PR 2 and PR 107, Cil San Rafael, take a right onto PR 107. Continue on PR 107 to PR 458. Turn left onto PR 458 and continue to Crash Boat Beach.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
Photos courtesy of Alan Dworkin. More Crash Boat Beach photos on Flickr.