The windswept northwest coast of Puerto Rico is redolent of Hawaii’s North Shore, a series of empty beaches and sandy dunes set between small, laidback beach communities. In the winter, the surfing here rivals Rincón, and as always, you’ll need a car to enjoy the best breaks. Many pros claim that the municipality of Aguadilla contains the finest surf on the island, though the city itself holds little appeal unless you’re travelling with kids. Towns are not major attractions here, so stick to the more rural stretches of coast, pulling over wherever you see a tempting sweep of sand.

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