Located in the northwestern region of Puerto Rico – dubbed the Porta del Sol (“Doorway to the Sun”) by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company in 2003 – the municipality of Isabela is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, San Sebastian to the south, Quebradillas to the east, and Aguadilla and Moca to the west. Isabela is sometimes called the Jardin del Noroeste, or the “Garden of the Northwest,” because of the many wildflowers that make up the city’s landscape, and the city is also known as la Cuidad de los Gallitos, or “the City of the Fighting Cocks,” because cock fighting became very popular throughout the island beginning in the 18th century. During this time, Isabela itself became famous for the quality of its fighting cocks, as well as the special breeding and training techniques used by its residents.
History and Geography of Isabela PR
Isabela and the northern region of Puerto Rico, known by the Taino Indians as Guajataca, was originally ruled by the Taino chief Mabodamaca before it was taken over by Spanish settlers at the end of the 17th century or the beginning of the 18th century. At this time, the first Spanish settlement was introduced in a great extension of land into what encompasses today’s municipalities of Isabela, Quebradillas and Camuy. In addition to being a coastal city with beautiful beaches, Isabela is also home to stunning mountains with peaks over 1,000 feet above sea level, as well as other geographical attractions, including lakes, cliffs, caves, tropical forests, mangrove forests and coastal flats.
Beaches and Surfing in Isabela
Puerto Rico was first put on the surfing map in 1968, when Domes Beach in Rincon PR hosted the World Surfing Championship, and surfing in Isabela has since flourished into an important part of the island’s economy. In fact, in February 2013, Rip Curl chose Jobos Beach in Isabela PR as the site for its Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico ASP event, and in 2010, Middles Beach in Isabela hosted the Rip Curl Pro Search “Somewhere in Puerto Rico” ASP World Championship Tour. Isabela and other surf-centered towns in Puerto Rico, like Rincon and Aguadilla, are best known for their consistent, world-class waves of varying difficulties, making them perfect destinations for all levels of surfers.
Isabela Flights and Nearby Airports
Situated adjacent to the municipality of Aguadilla, Isabela is located just a short drive from one of the two major airports in Puerto Rico – the Raphael Hernandez International Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla. The Aguadilla airport is smaller than the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, and caters mostly to the East coast of the United States, including Newark and Ft. Lauderdale, where you can book a direct flight to Aguadilla that will get you to Puerto Rico in less than four hours. Isabela is also less than 1 ½ hours from the San Juan airport, which serves more than four million passengers per year and caters to flights from all over the world.
Car Rentals and Shuttles in Isabela
Puerto Rico is pretty limited when it comes to public transportation, which is why so many people choose to rent a car in or near Isabela PR. If you’re landing in Aguadilla and then heading to Isabela from there, there are also a number of car rental agencies based in and around the Aguadilla airport, including Budget and Avis, which offer a reduced price on reservations if you use one of our car rental discount codes. For those planning to explore Isabela and the rest of Puerto Rico in style, we can book for you luxury transportation like a private helicopter, limousine or jet transfer.
Isabela Puerto Rico Activities
Most people are drawn to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands because of their pristine beaches, year-round balmy weather and crystal blue waters. However, there are a number of other activities in and near Isabela Puerto Rico that attract travelers from all over the globe looking for a memorable experience to enjoy on their own, or with friends and family. In addition to fun-filled adventure tours in Isabela, such as horseback riding along Shack’s Beach, Rincon Puerto Rico and its surrounding areas are also home to exciting and unforgettable water sports and other activities like jet skiing, mountain biking, guided hikes, waterfall tours, scuba diving, sailing charters and much more!