Aguada,is a municipality of Puerto Rico, located in the western coastal valley region bordering the Atlantic Ocean, east of Rincón, west of Aguadilla and Moca; and north of Anasco and Mayaguez. It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area. Aguada's population is spread over 17 wards and Aguada Pueblo, which is the downtown area and the administrative center of the city.
According to sources, a Taíno settlement called Amamón was located close to the Culebrinas River. Although there is dispute to it, some sources believe that Christopher Columbus entered the island of Puerto Rico through Aguada on his second voyage in November 1493. The nearby city of Aguadilla also claims to be the site of Columbus' arrival. While there is no specific historical proof, it is known[by whom?] that many of the first attempts to set up a town on the island were in Aguada.
Aguada is located in the west coast of the island of Puerto Rico. It borders the Atlantic Ocean and Aguadilla on the north, Moca on the east, Añasco on the south, and Rincón on the west. Aguada is part of the Coastal Plains of the West, which features alluvial and fertile terrain. Although the terrain is mostly plain, there are some mountains to the south and southeast.
Some of the festivals and celebrations held in Aguada are:
- Noche de San Juan Festival - June
- Chopa Festival - August
- Juey Festival - October
- San Francisco de Asis Patron Festivities - October
- Artesans Fair - November
Also, every year in the month of November, a parade called "La Parada del Descubrimento" is celebrated to remember the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus. In this parade the people walk from the Catholic church in the town square to the Cross of Columbus next to the beach in Guaniquilla.
The economy of Aguada was mostly based on the processing of sugarcane. The Central Coloso, located in the Guanábano ward of Aguada, was one of the most important refineries in the island. It was also the last one to cease operations, officially closing in 2003.
Aside of sugar mills, there was also a cattle and wood industry established. As of 2012, the economy relies mostly on small businesses and manufacturing.
Top Five Attractions in Puerto Rico:
- The Bottom Line
- Castillo de San Felipe del Morro
- El Yunque
- Camuy Caves