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For almost five decades, Puerto Rico’s Aguadilla wasn’t known for tranquil beaches and excellent waves, but for the ever-present existence of the U.S. Ramey Air Force Base. Mainland American culture quickly dominated the landscape, and the island flavor that was so alive in other parts of Puerto Rico faded with each arrival of more troops. Today, the vibe is much the same, with an aquatic theme park, an ice-skating rink, and strip malls occupying more square acreage than palm trees and hammocks. However, since the base became defunct in 1973, Aguadilla has carved out a gnarly surf scene, playing host to world-famous surf competitions like the ISA World Championship. Surfers can thank its lat/long for placing picturesque beaches, like Crash Boat, Gas Chambers, and Wishing Well, right in the path of north and northwesterly swells in the Caribbean Sea.

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