Crash Boat Beach
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|Crash Boat Beach|
Playa Crash Boat
|Ideal Areas for||Swimming Scuba Diving Diving/Snorkeling|
|Safety||For All Ages|
|Playa Crash Boat|
|Location||Aguadilla, Puerto Rico|
|Part of a series on|
|Tourism in Puerto Rico|
|Cays and islets|
Crash Boat Beach or Playa Crash Boat is a beach located in the northwestern Puerto Rican municipality of Aguadilla. It occupies the site of a former military port used to rescue downed air crews from Ramey Air Force Base and still retains some remains of its pier infrastructure. The beach is primarily accessed by taking PR-107 to a spur signed, PR-458.
These pier remains are used as a fishing spot and for jumping into the waters. Crash Boat also has two large sand beach areas for general bathing.
The closest passenger airport to Crash Boat is Rafael Hernández Airport(BQN), located 4 miles(6 km) away. From Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport(SJU) in Carolina, it takes about 1 hour & 30 minutes (85 miles) to get to this beach. The easiest way is using the Highway PR-22/Expreso Jose de Diego towards the west for about 52 miles. Then stay straight to go onto PR-2 Highway for about 26 miles until you reach PR-107 which will be on your right. Once in PR-107 drive for about 1.2 miles when you will reach PR-458 on your left. PR-458 will take you directly towards Crash Boat Parking as it is a dead end road. There is a public parking and the beach is easy to find.
There are two parking lots; the first one seen requires a fee and the other lot is a smaller one which is free but usually crowded. There are snack stands that sell Pinchos, Piña Colada, Bacalaítos, among other snacking options which are part of the Puerto Rican cuisine. The pier is an iconic view of this beach which allow swimmers, acuatic sports , scuba diving, snorkeling, among others.
What can be done
- Swimming areas designated with buoys. Also some swimmers jumps of the pier which is safe. Still, beware of low tides that may change water depth in order to prevent injuries.
- Sun Bathing: Excellent conditions year round but beware of the tropical sun as exposure without proper sunblock may create uncomfortable situations such as sunburns and moderate to extreme itching when healing.
- Surfing: Good for all surfing levels. This Beach is known for being a surfing and body-boarding spot even though it is not an extremely consistent surf spot compared to the surrounding area. It requires a large swell to wrap around into the Aguadilla Bay area. On good surf days the crowds may be huge. Breaks best on west or northwest swell, with any wind.
- Scuba and Snorkeling: There are lots of fish around the pier pillars with average depths of 30 feet. It has low currents (1 knot) and has good visibility (10–30 meters) which make it ideal for all divers.
- Paddle boarding: this activity which has grown in recent years can be practiced here. There are rental stands where the proper equipment can be leased.
- Jet skiing and other motor boats: May be rented for use.
- Sand: Lots of palm trees for shade while playing with the sand.
- Sunset: as Aguadilla is i the west side of Puerto Rico, sunsets can be seen from the beach.
- Walking: the beach is surrounded by mountains that offer a view of the shoreline and vegetation which can be explored using available walking trails.
- Shells: The beach has Mediterranean-style seashells which are sometimes collected by visitors.
How the beach became to be known as "Crash boat" is not clear. There are some hypothesis about this. One is that the beach got its name from a large boat that crashed into the cement pier before turning south and sink on the beach. The other hypothesis relates to the use of the beach by the US military during World War II, with the dock being built to accommodate the Crash Rescue Boats Squadron, with the beach referred to as Crash boat. This "Crash Rescue Boats Squadron" from the United States Air Force used to keep rescue boats here to pick up crews from the Air Force flying boats and other aircraft that were disabled at sea and couldn't make the runway at nearby Ramey Air Force Base." The Crash Boat Beach pier / dock was originally built with fuel pipe that pumped aircraft grade fuel for Ramey Air Force Base. As time passed, local currents dropped tons of sand into the beach and pier area, making it unusable to dock a boat at the pier.
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