Secret spot! Well… it’s not really a secret, but getting to this beach isn’t that easy. In Aguadilla (North West), inside the former Ramey Base, there is a one-lane sandy road that leads to this rather private and very nice beach: Playa Martinica (NOTE: You should have an off-road vehicle for this!) There are cave formations, “pozitas” (natural sea water pools), interesting rocks that lead to more secret spots, and apparently fishing too! So if you ever travel to the North West side of the Island, go for it. This place is obviously Yarari! For directions, ask around, or ask me. I will provide directions via private message.
Had some fun taking pics at Wildo’s Shore Break (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) this weekend. The wind was killer. I’m talking free acupuncture from the sand, but we toughed it out. The beach was beautiful, clean, and not too full, so it was (aside from the piercing sandy wind) perfect. The spot is sheltered by a cliff on the right side and has a vast sandy area where you can play sports, run around and build plenty of sand castles. The swimming area is clear of rocks and the waves are relatively calm. To get here you need to go inside the Ramey Base and through the golf course. Ask around! It’s not really a secret beach.
Aviones is one of my favorite near San Juan beaches. A 2… or perhaps 3-in-1 combo of food, surf, and pozita. A pozita is a natural sea water pool. Rocks near the shore close off the area, leaving shallow, wave-free (unless the tide is high) pools that tend to stay warm and are perfect for the kids.
At Aviones you get the kiddie pozita and a surfing wave behind the rocks. The surf spot tends to crowd, but if you’re into bodyboarding or surfing you can do that while the kids play in the pozita. Off the beach is El Boricua, a famous chinchorro where, even on a Monday, there seems to be an eternal line. The alcapurrias and bacalaítos are worth it, though. The houses right in front of the beach allow you to park there for a small fee.
To get to Aviones, take the route to Piñones (road #). You will pass the bridge, several restaurants, a basketball court, then the kiosks and pozitas (this one crowds more and sometimes looks muddy after heavy rain), Chatarra (awesome surf spot, but only breaks occasionally)… soon after you will see a parking in front of houses and El Boricua. That’s Aviones (Km ). There is a wooden ladder leading to the beach. The channel is right in front of the ladder, but the good posita spot is to the left, where it’s shallower.
CAUTION: There is a current, and if the tide is high, it can be strong. Looking from the sand towards the water, it pushes you from left to right. If you are unfamiliar with beaches, please read the Beach Fun & Safety Tips before going.