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

Arecibo Lighthouse is located in Arecibo, so guests staying in this part of Puerto Rico will have easy lighthouse access during their time there. You won't find the area surrounding the lighthouse flooded with tourists, especially as there are very few lodging options nearby.

Location and What's Nearby

If you find your belly rumbling after your lighthouse visit, don't worry -- you'll find a plentiful supply of food offerings within traveling distance. The nearest eatery is 2001 Pizza Palace, which has a menu full of Italian meals. Barreto Ocacio Emilio and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream are some of the additional dining possibilities in the area. At Baskin Robbins Ice Cream you should be sure to test out eclectic dishes and enjoy the culture of Puerto Rico.


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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