250px-PuntaborinquenInac­tive since 1918, when the light­house was near­ly destroyed by a tsuna­mi. The light­house was an octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er with lantern and gallery, ris­ing from a 1-sto­ry stone keeper’s house, sim­i­lar to the Cabo San Juan light­house. Foun­da­tions and por­tions of the walls are stand­ing.  This light­house was very sim­i­lar to the sur­viv­ing Maun­abo light­house Locat­ed at the north­west­ern tip of the island, about 1.25 miles from the present light­house. Lantern has been removed. The 1-sto­ry keeper’s house is used as vaca­tion hous­ing for Coast Guard per­son­nel.  The light­house is adja­cent to a pop­u­lar golf course built on the for­mer Ramey Air Force Base. Bor­in­quen is the orig­i­nal Indi­an name of Puer­to Rico. Locat­ed north of Aguadil­la near the north­west­ern most point of the island.

The first Aguadil­la light­house, local­ly known as Las Ruinas (the ruins), entered ser­vice on Sep­tem­ber 15, 1889. It was designed by Enrique Gadea and built by Pedro Tolosa at Point Bor­in­quen, the north­west tip of the island. The engi­neers con­sid­ered build­ing the light­house on the high­er ground where decades lat­er its sub­sti­tute was built, but con­clud­ed that the many cracks present there would make it more vul­ner­a­ble to earth­quakes. Lack of sat­is­fac­tion with its vis­i­bil­i­ty from the north­east led in 1911 to a request for funds to destroy it and build a new light­house.

In 1918, before work on the new light­house had start­ed, a strong earth­quake severe­ly dam­aged the tow­er and weak­ened the rest of the struc­ture to the point that short­ly after­wards it was closed and aban­doned, to the rav­ages of the weath­er and van­dal­ism. Today the only remains of this ele­gant light­house, which mea­sured 91 feet long and 41 feet wide, are the front façade and one lat­er­al wall. We can nev­er­the­less have the illu­sion of vis­it­ing it through its twin broth­er, the Maun­abo light­house; these two struc­tures were dis­tin­guished only by their col­or and the details of the tower’s cor­nice, which in the Aguadil­la light­house exhib­it­ed elab­o­rate Moor­ish details. The build­ing was paint­ed red and white, part of the red paint, now very bleached by the sun, remains on the stuc­co of the front wall. The octag­o­nal tow­er was 45 feet high and was locat­ed at the cen­ter of the build­ing. The fourth-order lens, destroyed by the earth­quake, pro­ject­ed its light twelve miles away, illu­mi­nat­ing the north­west tip of Puer­to Rico and the entrance to the Mona Passage.The sec­ond Aguadil­la light­house entered ser­vice in 1922, sub­sti­tut­ing the orig­i­nal light­house destroyed by an earth­quake in 1918. It was con­struct­ed lit­tle more than a mile away from the first light­house and over 200 feet above sea lev­el, on the area then known as Pun­ta Gor­da. Here the light was more vis­i­ble to the ships that sailed from Europe to the Pana­ma Canal. This tow­er is 60 feet tall and does not con­nect to the keep­ers’ res­i­dence, which mea­sures 56 feet long by 40 feet wide.

The third-order lens was con­struct­ed by the Mac­beth Com­pa­ny in New York and pro­ject­ed its light 18 miles away. As in the oth­er light­hous­es, the weights that rotat­ed the lens descend­ed through the col­umn of the spi­ral iron stair­way. In 1947 the lantern was removed and the lens was sub­sti­tut­ed by a pair of search lights more appro­pri­ate for air trav­el, since by then the light­house was locat­ed in the Ramey Air Force base. Years lat­er these lights were sub­sti­tut­ed by the small­er pair used today. The tow­er was final­ly auto­mat­ed in 1976. Access to the light­house grounds is lim­it­ed to Coast Guard employ­ees who rent the res­i­dence. The liv­ing rooms of both apart­ments con­serve the white, gray, and black tiles installed in 1922. The light­house can be observed from the entrance gate and from the adja­cent golf course.