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Free

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Beaches, Natural Wonders, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.8

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  • 5.0Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Despite its name, you won't need to worry about sinking ships at this beach in Aguadilla. Snorkelers regularly trek to Crash Boat for its clear waters and multitude of fish. The beach and its pier are also beloved by sunbathers, fishermen, volleyball players, scuba divers and daredevils who love to jump into the water from the pier. After a day in the sun, stop by one of the area's many kiosks to refuel or take a short drive to one of Aguadilla's restaurants. It's no wonder this western beach is often one of Aguadilla's most popular spots for travelers of all ages.

Repeat travelers said the beach is smaller after Hurricane Maria, but noted that Crash Boat is well worth a visit. Tourists loved the beach's turquoise waters and ample activities. The near-constant crowds don't seem to bother many travelers, but if you're looking for a quiet environment this may not be the beach for you.

Crash Boat is located in Aguadilla, about 4 miles southwest of the Rafael Hernández International Airport. It is open daily year-round. While free to visit, you will need to pay a small fee for parking.

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This south Vieques beach might not sound like much, but it's one of travelers' favorite experiences in Puerto Rico. During the day, Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is your stereotypical Caribbean hideout but at night, the waters emit a blue glow from the organisms, called dinoflagellates, that live there. More than 600,000 bioluminescent dinoflagellates live in each gallon of bay water, and recent travelers have been amazed by just how much visibility these tiny creatures provide.

Avoid visiting the bay during a full moon; the microorganisms aren't as visible then. Also aim for a quiet approach. Recent travelers recommended going out in a kayak to get the full effect of the glow and to prevent disturbing the dinoflagellates.

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