Aguadilla was founded in 1775 by Luis de Córdova, and is a city and municipality located in the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, north of Aguada, and Moca and west of Isabela. Aguadilla is spread over 15 wards and Aguadilla Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It's a principal city of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastiá
Occupying a small sliver of land wedged between Hwy 2 and the sea, this small coastal city is a patchwork development of surprising contradictions. It’s contemporary appeal – including a world-class surf scene and bright marine life – stands in vibrant contrast to Eisenhower-era tract housing and the graying campus of a retired US air-force base. Given its history, it’s no surprise that it is a confusing place to navigate, and like many Puerto Rican towns the historic quarter has been largely abandoned in favor of generic out-of-town shopping malls along Hwy 2.
The early colonizers of Aguadilla (founded in 1780) were Spanish loyalists fleeing from the Haitian invasion of Spanish Hispaniola in 1822. By the late 19th century the settlement had become an important port, but in 1918 its fortunes changed for the worse when it was ravaged by the destructive San Fermin earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Attractions in town are few, though a recent renovation has spruced up the central Plaza Colón. Surfers head north to the unblemished beauty of Crash Boat, Shacks and Jobos beaches, while committed golfers wheel their clubs to the windy Punta Borinquen course built for President Dwight Eisenhower. If neither activity is appealing, bypass Aguadilla for Rincón.