My first tip of advice for any trip is to check your travel reservations! While booking this flight, I somehow booked my flight home on a different day than everyone else in my group. Flight change fees are frustrating, but unavoidable if you make a mistake like this, but it’s better to know ahead of time if you need to make changes!
Coming from New Jersey, we arrived at the Aguadilla airport at around 1am. The airport was still completely open and actually quite busy at that time! All car rental counters were open, so don’t worry about not being able to pick up your car if you arrive in the middle of the night.
We stayed at Fisheye View in Rincon. It is on the West side of the island, and sits on a (very steep!) hill above Maria’s surf break. Travel time from the airport was about 35 minutes. Fisheye is absolutely beautiful, and is owned by a sweet couple of surfers. It is comparable to staying in an AirBnb villa; there are multiple apartments that share a pool + a main house that is larger and has a private infinity pool and swim up bar. We stayed in a 2-bedroom apartment with a pull-out couch in the living room, which was perfect for 4-6 people! The guests that were staying in the main house invited us up to use the infinity pool at sunset, which provided for one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!
We were warned to not drink the tap water, so unfortunately you’re going to need to either bring a water purifier or buy bottled water. If you choose to buy water there, the best thing to do is buy large, multi-liter jugs from the supermarket! They cost us 89 cents from Econo! Bring your reusable water bottles from home so you can refill them from your water jugs there.
PRO TIP: If you’re eating out and want to save a few extra bucks and avoid single-use plastic, fill your reusable water bottles before you leave the house/hotel. Restaurants serve water in small plastic water bottles and charge $2-$6 per bottle. If you bring your reusable bottle, already filled from your supermarket jugs to get the most bang for your buck!
We decided to cook at home for a few meals to save some money. The restaurants in the area are very Americanized; most of the menus are in English and pricing is comparable to typical restaurants in vacation areas on the mainland. Food prices can definitely add up, so I highly recommend picking up food from the supermarket and cooking at home for at least a few meals while you’re there. Veggie tacos and fresh fruit are my favorite choices!
If you are going to eat out, here are a few suggestions! (Just a few because we didn’t eat out much!)
El Bohio – great smoothies, Acai Bowls, coffee (I don’t drink coffee but I heard it’s great!) & they even have drinks!
Beach House – a little pricy but really good breakfast & happy hour
Calypso Cafe & Tropical Bar – good dinner food & happy hour. It was calm when we were there but I heard it is very crowded in season!
Maria’s Surf Break/Beach
There is a parking lot at Maria’s if you’re not staying close. I heard to not leave any valuables in your car as theft is pretty common. The beach is relatively small, so if you’re looking to hang on the beach all day, it might be better to go down the road a bit to a larger beach (we checked out the beautiful Steps Beach)! There’s a lot of trees lining the beach that made for a lot shade, which I love! Especially because of how hot it is in the sun. The surf here depends on the day and the wind. It could be pumping with huge waves and it could be small and perfect for beginners. When we were there in November, it was in the middle. There are rocks and reef all along the water and the “inside” of the break is pretty rough, so it’s not ideal for swimming.
Just down the road from Maria’s is Steps Beach. It was so beautiful and actually reminded me of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii! The beach was much bigger, so it would be perfect for a family beach day! The water was rough on the shoreline, so be careful swimming here!
Domes Surf Break/Beach
Also right down the road from Maria’s. We walked there, but I’d suggest driving if you’re going early in the morning or if you have a lot of stuff to carry! Similar to Maria’s, the size of the surf depends on the wind. There’s a cute little open-air restaurant/bar on the hill next to the lighthouse near domes, which is a great place to watch the sunset!
I hope these little tips help you plan your trip to Rincón! Feel free to reach out if you have any travel questions!
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