Ice skating in Puerto Rico? Most people would shake their heads in disbelief the first time they hear about it but yes, it’s true – you can go ice skating on the big island thanks to the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena. It’s an excellent way to spend your afternoons especially when it’s raining or you somehow want something else to do other than nature hiking and people watching at the beach.
A Little Background
Aguadilla is a town located on the west coast of Puerto Rico and it is home to a few tourist spots such as the Las Cascadas water park and of course, the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena. The AISA was built by the Authority of Municipal Enterprises opened in 2005, and it is the only skating rink facility that is open 365 days a year.
The ice skating complex is open every day and there’s nothing like it anywhere in Puerto Rico or in the entire Caribbean for that matter. It’s also being used by the Ice Hockey Federation of Puerto Rico.
Since most people visit Puerto Rico for the beaches and trails, it’s understandable that very few would ever find themselves in the Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena. The skating rink can comfortably accommodate around 300 people but most of the time you will find only a handful of skaters even at night and many of them are hanging on for dear life!
You’ll find a couple of staff skating around and keeping an eye on the skaters. They also do their part and pick up those who fell. They even give basic instruction and advice to those who are skating for the first time so if you’ve never tried ice skating before, don’t worry because you’ll get the help and support you need.
Tips to Remember
Going to the arena can be an enjoyable experience for anyone, even if you don’t know how to skate. But to make it more fun, wear the appropriate attire. The temperature is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit on average so wear a sweater when you’re inside the arena and don’t forget to bring a pair of socks. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to spend $3 for it, and they also rent gloves for $3 as well. A session costs $13 per hour and this already includes skate rental. You can also rent a locker for a dollar.
If you have small kids with you, take note that only those who are at least 3 years old are allowed to enter the skating rink. Toddlers may need to sit down in any of the seats lining the rink, and there’s also a game room and snack area for those who want to grab something to eat after an hour of ice skating.
The Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena is located at Paseo Colon in Plaza Placido Acevado. They are open everyday including holidays except Good Friday. Each session is good for an hour, with 30-minute breaks in between. The first session begins at 10AM and the last one is at 10PM. For more information, you can call them at 787-819-5555.