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Home > Destinations > Aguadilla & Porta Del Sol
Welcome to the surfing capital of Puerto Rico. Porta del Sol, on the tranquil west coast of the island, is known for its spectacular beaches, gnarly waves, dramatic sunsets and laid-back vibe. It’s the perfect destination for those who crave sun, sea and sand.
This region is made up of 17 small towns that stretch from Isabela in the north to Guánica in the south. This area was the first part of Puerto Rico to be explored by Ponce de León. He founded the town of San Germán in 1508, the second city to be established on the island, before he ever knew of San Juan. Today, the largest city in the region is Mayagüez, the third largest city in Puerto Rico and home to the island’s only zoo. Rincón hugs the west coast and features some of the most famous surfing beaches in the Caribbean. Farther south, Cabo Rojo boasts roughly 2,000 acres of wildlife refuge, dramatic salt flats and some of the island’s most picturesque beaches.
Porta del Sol has produced some of the most influential people in Puerto Rico’s history, and one of its most notorious pirates. Today’s explorers come in search of beachfront escapes and a quiet vacation far from the hectic pace of city life.