Arecibo Lighthouse

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The Arecibo Lighthouse was the last lighthouse built by the Spanish government on the island of Puerto Rico in 1898. Now, the lighthouse is surrounded by the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, and cultural center the explores the history of Puerto Rico in an fun and entertaining way.

What to Expect

Located within the lighthouse is a small museum housing artifacts found in the ocean as well as a 1910-era dive suit, information about the lighthouse and how it relates to the Spanish-American War, the U.S. constitution, and more. A climb to the top of the tower affords guests a view of Arecibo Town and the Atlantic Ocean, where humpback whales can be seen during the winter.

As part of their admission into the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, visitors will also have access to a living history museum, which has exhibits about a historic Amerindian Village, the Spanish conquest, and pirates. Also on site is a petting zoo, aquarium, and a playground.

The Arecibo Lighthouse features neo-classical architecture and was built in a rectangular shape with a hexagonal tower covered in a bronze dome. The light is automate and flashes a light that shines out for 18 miles every five seconds.

Staying Close

Consider staying in Arecibo if you plan on visiting Arecibo Lighthouse, since visitors to this area of Puerto Rico will have easy access to this lighthouse for the duration of their trip. The area around this lighthouse remains relatively quiet, perhaps because there are very few hotel rooms nearby.

Location and What's Nearby

There are several picks of dining options to choose from in the community immediately near the lighthouse. The most nearby place to eat is 2001 Pizza Palace, which sells Italian meals. Also within a short distance, you and your group will come across options including Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and Cafeteraa Las Flores so you don't need to be picky, since you'll find various restaurant options.


Operating Hours

Arecibo Lighthouse is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekend.


Access to the Arecibo Lighthouse is included in the cost of admission for the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, which costs $12(USD) for adults between the ages of 13 ad 64, $10(US) for children two to 12, and $10(USD) for seniors. In addition to the park entrance fee, it is $3(USD) to park.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 880-7540

Location: Arecibo, Puerto Rico




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