Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

The Water Hole Villa

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Ruinas Faro Punta Borinquen
Destruido por un sunami en 1918

Foundation: Don Luis de Córdova founded Aguadilla (ah-gwah-DEE-yah) in 1775 when it was separated from Aguada. At the beginning it had three main streets and a small population. Aguadilla is also known as the “La Villa del Ojo del Agua” (The Water Hole Villa), “El Pueblo de los Tiburones” (Town of the Sharks), and recently “El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico” (The New Garden of the Atlantic). The name of Aguadilla is derived from the indian word “Guadilla or Guadiya”, which means garden. In 1861 it received the denomination of Villa, years later Aguadilla became to be the head of the third Senatorial District, made up of Aguada, Isabela, Lares, Moca, Rincón and San Sebastián.

mapa aguadillaLocation: The municipality of Aguadilla is located at the northwest corner of Puerto Rico. Bordering it are: the Atlantic Ocean and Isabela to the north, Moca and Aguada to the south, Isabela and Moca to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

Area: 92.3 sq km / 35.5 sq mi
Population: 64,685 (census 2000)
Population Density: 700.8 per sq km / 1,826.9 per sq mi
People are known as: Aguadillanos
Aguadilla is also known as:
La Villa del Ojo de Agua (The Water Hole Villa)
El Pueblo de los Tiburones (Shark Town)
El Nuevo Jardín del Atlántico (The New Atlantic Garden)
Hasta Donde Las Piedras Cantan (Where Even The Stones Sing)

Wards: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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Censo 2000:
Population by Wards – Aguadillaa
Aguadilla Pueblo4,884
Caimital Alto3,656
Caimital Bajo5,277
Ceiba Alta566
Ceiba Baja2,420
Maleza Alta1,613
Maleza Baja3,058

Source: Censo 2000

San Carlos Borromeo
San Carlos Borromeo Parish
Apartado 238
Aguadilla, P.R. 00605
Tel. (787) 891-0575
Mass Schedule:
Daily: 7:00am & 5:30pm
Saturday: 4:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00am & 4:00p
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San Carlos Borromeo Parish

Topography: Aguadilla belongs to the Western Costal Valley. Its terrain is mostly flat. The most outstanding hills are Jiménez (728 feet) and El Viñet (689 feet).
Hydrography: Culebrinas River
Economy: Textiles, chemicals, paper products, electronic equipment, fruit, cattle and sugar.
Average Salary: $314.28 weekly (1998)

aguadilla_banFlag: The flag is light blue over yellow with the Coat of Arms and laurels in the center.

The flag was designed in 1972 following the recommendations of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture for the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the city’s foundation. It consists of two horizontal bands of equal size, blue the upper one and gold (yellow) the lower one, the predominant colors of the Coat of Arms placed at the center of the flag.

aguadilla escudoCoat Of Arms: The shield’s arms refer to the history of Aguadilla. The first quarter (upper left) presents the famous “Ojo de Agua” (Water Hole) behind the Jaicoa Mountains. The second quarter (upper right) shows the image of a “nao” or vessel that stands for the many ships that made Aguadilla their seaport in past centuries and with reference to the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus. (Another contested site of the landing). The third quarter (lower left) illustrates a tower raised from the waters due to the battles at Fuerte de la Concepción (Fort of the Conception), where English and Colombian pirate’s attacks were repelled in the XVII and XIX centuries. The fourth quarter has a five-point star in reference to the many Aguadillan intellectuals that have given prestige to the arts, sciences, writings, military, and legislature; it is an _expression of light and clarity.

The inscription thereupon refers to the granting of the title of “Loyal Villa”, in 1860, by Queen Elizabeth II and that corresponded to the cooperation that Aguadilla gave to Spain during the war in Africa. The green boughs refer to the palms that the Holy Virgin of Victory carries. The crown has four towers signifying its status of Villa. The colors stand for the following: red for courage, fearlessness, intrepidity (boldness), and honor; blue, the classic sea color, for serenity and sweetness; green for hope, abundance and liberty; purple for the dignity of the citizens; gold for wealth, faith and constancy (steadfastness). The white background stands for temperance and kindliness.

Public Schools Sorted by Educational Levels.
Updated: 08/07/2003
Mayagüez Region
Aguadilla District

NameLevel Telephone Address
ANA JAVARIZ K-6 (787) 891-2260 PO Box 5254, P.R. 00603-0000
ANTONIO BADILLO HERNÁNDEZ K-6 (787) 890-3350 PO Box 797, P.R. 00690-
CABAN K-5 (787) 891-2077 PO Box 4024, P.R. 00605-4024
CARMEN GÓMEZ TEJERA K-6 (787) 891-0810 PO Box 98, P.R. 00605-0000
DR. AGUSTIN STAHL K-6 (787) 891-1000 PO Box 1807, P.R. 00605-1807
ELADIO J. VEGA PK-6 (787) 891-0730 PO Box 566, P.R. 00605-0000
EXTENSION BORINQUEN K-4 (787) 891-0484 PO Box 605 703, P.R. 00605-0000
HOMERO RIVERA SOLA K-6 (787) 891-8064 PO Box 4022, P.R. 00605-0000
JOSÉ ACEVEDO ÁLVAREZ K-6 (787) 882-1400 PO Box 5225, P.R. 00605-5225
JOSÉ DE DIEGO K-6 (787) 891-0754 PO Box 4934, P.R. 00605-4934
LUCIA CUBERO K-6 (787) 891-2877 PO Box 3427, P.R. 00605-0000
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA K-6 (787) 891-0862 PO Box 250339, P.R. 00605-0000
MANUEL CORCHADO K-6 (787) 891-8510 PO Box 5236, P.R. 00605-0000
RAFAEL CORDERO K-6 (787) 891-0100 PO Box 98, P.R. 00605-0000
RAFAEL FABIAN K-6 (787) 877-6590 PO Box 1857, P.R. 00605-
RAMÓN RODRÍGUEZ K-6 (787) 882-9382 PO Box 5225, P.R. 00605-5225
ANTONIO BADILLO HERNÁNDEZ 7-9 (787) 890-3360 PO Box 68, P.R. 00690-
CENTRO PRE-VOCACIONAL EE (787) 819-4620 PO Box 3744 Caimital Alto, P.R. 00603-0000
DR. RAFAEL DEL VALLE 7-9 (787) 891-0620 PO Box 98, P.R. 00605-0000
ESTHER FELICIANO MENDOZA 7-9 (787) 890-2418 PO Box 250299, P.R. 00604-0000
JOSÉ DE DIEGO 7-9 (787) 891-2220 PO Box 1945, P.R. 00605-0000
Jr. & High School
CENTRO DE ADIESTRAMIENTO Y BELLAS ARTES 7-12 (787) 890-2008 PO Box 250041, P.R. 00604-0041
Jr. High
SU ADAMS K-9 (787) 891-9170 Aguadilla Shopping Center, P.R. 00605
High School
BENITO CEREZO MÁRQUEZ 10-12 (787) 891-5000 PO Box 250434, P.R. 00604-0434
(787) 890-2320 PO Box 98, P.R. 00605-0000
SALVADOR FUENTES 10-12 (787) 890-5600 PO Box 250290, P.R. 00604-0296

Hymn: Playita Aguadillana by Rafael Hernández Marín

Aguadilla Querida,
Barrio del Tamarindo
cueva de golondrinas
cuajadita de nidos,
donde las piedras cantan
junto a los Tres Amigos
y el Cerro de las Amigas
es un mudo testigo.

Somos por ti boricuas
y por tus playas
fue donde llegó la vida
a nuestro bello Edén.

Mi playita aguadillana
nadie podrá olvidar
que por ti es que
se llama Borinquen,
Borinquen, la islita
más hermosa
del antillano mar.

elorio de Reyes – January
Fiestas San Antonio – April
Verbena de Corrales – May
Festival Playero – June
Festival de Atún – July
Festival de Música – Juliy
Fiestas Patronales San Carlos – October

Places To Visit:
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse Ruins
Ojo de Agua
Crash Boat
Las Cascadas Aquatic Park
Cristobal Colón Park
Jobos Beach
Fisherman’s Monument
La Ponderosa Beach
La Poza Beach
Punta Borinquen Golf Course
Rafael Hernández Monument
Ramey Golf Course
University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla Campus

Distinguished Citizens:
Rafael Hernández (1892-1965) – Composer
José de Diego (1866-1918) – Poet
Plácido Acevedo – Composer
Agustín Stahl – Doctor
Narciso Figueroa – Musician
Monserrate Deliz (1896-1969) – Professor
Carmen Gómez Tejera (1890-1974) – Professor
María Bibiana Benítez (1783-1875) – First female poet


How to get to Aguadilla from San Juan.

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