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Photo: Crash Boat Beach, Aguadilla

The Best of the West

Porta del Sol is made up of 17 small towns that stretch from Quebradillas 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.

Surfer’s Paradise

The most famous address in Puerto Rico for surfers, Rincón has more than earned its reputation with beaches like Spanish Wall, Indicator and Steps, to name just a few. This area is also known for its breathtaking beachfront sunsets.

Airports

  1. Rafael Hernández International Airport

    Porta del Sol has its largest airport in the town of Aguadilla, which direct flights to many cities in the United States. If you’d like to travel directly to the west coast, look for the BQN airport code.

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 891-2226
  1. Aguadilla Beaches

    Known as the “Garden of the Atlantic” for its spectacular marine life and sponges, Aguadilla features some of the best surfing beaches on the island. Crash Boat, Gas Chambers, Wilderness and Surfer’s Beach rank among the top surf destinations in Puerto Rico, and the city has hosted numerous international surf competitions. Beneath the waves, an underwater kingdom awaits divers and snorkelers.

    Aguadilla

  2. Aguadilla Entertainment Complex

    Made up of 4 separate facilities - an ice skating arena, a bowling alley, a skate park, and a water park – it provides fun for the entire family, indoors or outdoors, wet or dry.

    Aguadilla

  3. Bahía Sucia

    Bahía Sucia, or “Dirty Bay,” is anything but filthy. It’s actually one of the most picturesque half-moon shaped beaches in Puerto Rico, a secluded treasure on the southeastern tip of the island. Overlooking the beach is the Cabo Rojo lighthouse, which was built in 1882.

    Cabo Rojo

  4. Balneario de Boquerón

    Boquerón Beach is very family friendly with picnic tables, convenient parking, gazebos, handicap facilities, accommodations, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, and lots of palm trees perfect for a shaded nap on the beach.

    Cabo Rojo

  5. Basílica Menor La Monserrate

    Built in the small town of Hormigueros in the west coast, this basilica dates back to the late 16th century as a dedication to the Virgin of Montserrat. Its architecture combines Romantic elements and features a bell tower with Arabic elements.

    Hormigueros

  6. Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge and Salt Flats

    The salt flats of Cabo Rojo and the Combate Beach coastline trails are a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge and an absolute paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. This arid landscape, almost an alien world amid Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation and azure beaches, is home to 25 species of migrating shorebirds. In fact, this is the most important point of convergence for migrating shorebirds in the eastern Caribbean. The salt flats are also frequented by over 90 resident and migratory birds, and are part of the designated critical habitat of the yellow-shouldered blackbird, an endangered species. Trails available from the salt flats, Combate Beach, visitor centers, and Laguna Cartagena Refuge.

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2999
  7. Cabo Rojo Salt Flats

    A stark contrast to the beaches and forests of Puerto Rico, the salt flats of Cabo Rojo present a bleached, barren landscape. It’s a popular destination for birds and birders alike, and a walk along the flats leads to a lovely stretch of white-sand beach. It is estimated that 40,000 birds visit this area yearly. It has an interpretative trail with panels, gazebos as well as birds and butterfly watching trails and mountain bike route.

    Cabo Rojo

  8. El Palacete Los Moreau, Labadié Castle

    Historically known as the Labadié Mansion in the town of Moca, this house inspired writer Enrique Laguerre to write La Llamarada. The property was recently restored as a museum and renamed the "Palacete Los Moreau" in honor of Laguerre’s novel. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Hacienda Iruena Manor House.

    Moca

  9. Eugenio María de Hostos Museum

    Located in Mayagüez, this museum commemorates the life of Hostos one of greatest thinkers in Puerto Rico and Latin America. Entrance is free of charge.

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 834-4263
  10. Guánica Dry Forest

    This subtropical dry forest is very different from the lush rainforest of El Yunque. Designated as a United Nations Biosphere, the Guánica forest is home to more than 600 types of flora and fauna and 48 endangered species, 16 of which are endemic to the island. A visit here includes a trip to the idyllic and unspoiled Gilligan’s Island.

    Guánica

  11. La Parguera

    One of three bioluminescent bays, or bio bays, in Puerto Rico, is located at La Parguera, off Lajas. In addition, the visibility in these waters makes for excellent diving and snorkeling.

    Lajas

  12. Mayagüez Zoo

    The only zoo in Puerto Rico hosts 17 species hailing from South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and our own island. Among them there are lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, snakes, rhinoceros, giraffes, monkeys, and exotic birds.

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 834-8110
  13. Mona Island

    Mona Island has inarguably our most secluded beaches. A natural reserve maintained by the Department of Natural Resources, Mona Island is the definition of remote. It’s approximately a 4 to 5-hour boat ride away from Puerto Rico’s west coast, and access to the island is strictly monitored. In other words, you’re guaranteed not to find crowds when you step onto one of its unspoiled beaches. It is known as the “Galapagos of the Caribbean” for its wildlife, which includes a colony of giant iguanas and over 100 bird species. Getting to Mona can be a challenge. It requires a Natural & Environmental Resource Department permit in advance and coordinating with a tour operator.

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 255-2525
  14. Porta Coeli

    As Puerto Rico’s second oldest city, San Germán has maintained much of its historic architecture, which includes the Porta Coeli Church, one of the oldest in the western hemisphere. Also worth a visit is the Santo Domingo de Porta Coeli Museum of Religious Art.

    San Germán

  15. Rincón Lighthouse & Park

    Built in 1922, this lighthouse is situated in a park with great views to Domes Beach and nearby Desecheo island. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset and, if in season, whales swimming by.

    Rincón

  1. Aquamarina (Parador Villa Parguera)

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-7777
  2. Olas y Arenas (Villas Del Mar Hau)

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-2045
  3. Perichi's Steak and Sea

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-3131
  4. Restaurante Flamboyán Parador Vistamar

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Quebradillas

    Website (787) 895-2065
  5. Restaurante Hacienda Latina

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 833-2041
  6. Restaurante La Cascada

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2158
  7. Restaurante Tino's

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2976
  8. Tres Amigos (El Faro)

    Mesón Gastronómico

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8000
  1. Beside the Pointe on the Beach

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-8550
  2. Casa Isleña Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1525
  3. Casa Verde Guest House

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-3756
  4. Casa Vista del Mar

    Rincón

    (787) 823-6437
  5. Coconut Palms Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-0147
  6. Cofresí Beach Hotel

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 254-3000
  7. Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0505
  8. Copamarina Resort & Spa

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0505
  9. Costa Dorada Beach Hotel

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-7255
  10. Courtyard by Marriott Aguadilla

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 658-8000
  11. Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1378
  12. Estancia La Jamaca

    Lajas

    (787) 899-6162
  13. Faro Inn & Suites

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 890-9000
  14. Hacienda El Jibarito

    San Sebastián

    Website (787) 280-4040
  15. Hotel Cielo Mar

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-5959
  16. Hotel Colonial

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 833-2150
  17. Hotel El Guajataca

    Quebradillas

    (787) 895-3070
  18. Hotel Hacienda El Pedregal

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 891-6068
  19. Hotel Ocean Front

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-0444
  20. Hotel Villa Forín

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8341
  21. Howard Johnson Downtown Mayagüez

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 832-9191
  22. Mayagüez Holiday Inn Tropical Casino

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 833-1100
  23. Mayagüez Resort & Casino

    Mayagüez

    Website (787) 832-3030
  24. Paradise Guest House

    Hormigueros

    Website (787) 849-2679
  25. Parador Boquemar

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-2158
  26. Parador Combate Beach

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 254-2358
  27. Parador El Faro

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 882-8000
  28. Parador Guánica 1929

    Guánica

    Website (787) 821-0099
  29. Parador Perichi's

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-0590
  30. Parador Villa Antonio

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-2645
  31. Parador Villa Parguera

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-7777
  32. Parador Villas Del Mar Hau

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-2045
  33. Parador Vistamar

    Quebradillas

    (787) 895-2065
  34. Rincón Beach Hotel

    Añasco

    Website (787) 589-9000
  35. Rincón Beach Resort

    Aňasco

    Website (866) 589-0009
  36. Rincón of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-7500
  37. Rincón of the Seas, Grand Caribbean Hotel

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-7500
  38. Royal Isabela

    Isabela

    Website (787) 609-5888
  39. The Lazy Parrot Inn & Restaurant

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-5654
  40. The Pineapple Inn

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-1430
  41. Turtle Bay Inn

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-6633
  42. Villa Cofresí Hotel & Restaurant

    Rincón

    Website (787) 823-2450
  43. Villa Montaña Beach Resort

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-9554
  44. Villa Montaña Beach Resort

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-9554
  45. Villas de Costa Dorada

    Isabela

    Website (787) 872-7255
  46. Western Bay Boquerón Beach Hotel

    Cabo Rojo

    Website (787) 851-7110
  47. Parador Turtle Bay Inn

    Lajas

    Website (787) 899-6633
  1. Tropical Trail Rides, Isabela

    Activities: Horseback Riding

  2. Amigos Tours, Lajas

    Attractions: La Parguera

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming, Sightseeing

  3. Mahi-Mahi Fishing Charters La Parguera, Lajas

    Attractions: La Parguera

    Activities: Sailing, Cruising, Sightseeing, Night Tours

  4. Amigos Tours, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, Los Morrillos Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, Boqueron Village

    Activities: Sightseeing, Swimming, Shopping

  5. Mona Aquatics, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Desecheo Island

    Activities: Scuba Diving

  6. Taíno Divers, Rincón

    Attractions: Desecheo Island

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Boat Diving

  7. Adventures Tourmarine, Rincón

    Attractions: Desecheo Island

    Activities: Diving, Snorkeling, Whale watching

  8. Island Scuba, Lajas

    Attractions: La Parguera

    Activities: Scuba Diving

  9. Mona Aquatics, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Desecheo Island

    Activities: Scuba Diving

  10. Katarina Sail Charters, Rincón

    Activities: Swimming, Sailing

  11. Aventuras Puerto Rico, Guánica

    Attractions: Guilligan Island

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming

  12. Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón

    Activities: Sightseeing, Sailing

  13. Aventuras Puerto Rico, Guánica

    Attractions: Bosque Seco de Guánica, Guanica Dry Forest

    Activities: Hiking

  14. Puerto Rico Technical Diving Center, Aguadilla

    Attractions: Crash Boat Beach

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Shore Diving, Technical Diving, Snorkeling

  15. Paradise Puerto Rico Water Sports, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: La Parguera, Caracoles, Mata La Gata

    Activities: Jet Ski, Snorkeling

  16. Paradise Puerto Rico Water Sports, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Boquerón Bay, Combate Beach, Los Morrillos Lighthouse, Playa Sucia

    Activities: Jet Ski

  17. Parguera Fishing Charters, Lajas

    Attractions: La Parguera, Caracoles, Mata La Gata

    Activities: Deep Sea Fishing

  18. Light Tackle Adventures, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Boqueron Bay

    Activities: Inshore fishing, Fly-fishing, Light Tackle, Fishing, Tarpon fishing

  19. Mahi-Mahi Fishing Charters La Parguera, Lajas

    Attractions: La Parguera

    Activities: Fishing

  20. Adventures Tourmarine, Cabo Rojo

    Attractions: Mona Island

    Activities: Camping, Diving, Snorkeling, Hiking, Birdwatching

  21. Mona Aquatics, Cabo Rojo

    Activities: Scuba Diving

  22. Coastal Marine at West, Lajas

    Attractions: Playa Santa, La Parguera

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming, Sightseeing

  23. Katarina Sail Charters, Rincón

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming, Sailing

  24. Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling

  25. Katarina Sail Charters, Rincón

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming, Sailing, cruising

  26. Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón

    Activities: Snorkeling

  27. Adventures Tourmarine, Cabo Rojo

    Activities: Snorkeling

  28. Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla

    Activities: Stand Up Paddle, SUP

  29. Verde Azul, Aguadilla

    Activities: SUP, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

  30. Taíno Divers, Rincón

    Activities: Cruising

  31. Coastal Marine at West, Lajas

    Attractions: La Parguera, La Parguera Biobay

    Activities: Cruising

  32. Flying Fish Parasail, Rincón

    Activities: Sightseeing, Sailing, cruising

  33. Aquatica Dive & Surf, Aguadilla

    Activities: Surfing

  34. Surf Lessons PR, Rincón

    Attractions: Rincon Beach

    Activities: Surfing

  35. Puerto Rico Technical Diving Center, Aguadilla

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Technical Diving

  36. Coconut Watersports, Rincón

    Attractions: Villa Cofresi Hotel

    Activities: Kayaking, SUP, Paddle board reantals, Jet Ski rentals, Bannana Boat Riding, Boat Trips

  37. Mud Splash Adventures, Yauco

    Attractions: La Hacienda Restaurant, Yauco

    Activities: UTV

  38. Pino's Boat & Water Fun, Inc., Guánica

    Attractions: Playa Santa

    Activities: Jet Ski Rentals, Paddle Boats Rental, Kayaking, Bannana Boat Riding

  39. AdvenTours, Mayagüez

    Activities: Birding

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