Attractions in Arecibo

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Home to the world's largest telescope, Arecibo draws a crowd of tourists looking to the sky.  Down on the ground there are a few other attractions that garner a certain amount of interest as well, including a lighthouse, a waterfall, and a few parks.

Historical Sites

Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of a foreign place, you might want to visit a historical site during your stay.

One popular destination is Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park. It is located within eastern Arecibo. The park features numerous exhibits and activities, including an aquarium with sharks and seahorses, mock pirate caves, boat rentals, a buffet, and a number of other fun things.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Arecibo Observatory. It is located 8.6 mi. South of central Arecibo. The observatory is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Be sure to look at the table below to learn more about historical sites in and around Arecibo.

Historic Sites In and Around Arecibo
Name Phone Location
Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park (787) 880-7540 2.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Arecibo
Arecibo Observatory (787) 878-2612 ext. 312 8.6 mi. South of Central Arecibo

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Arecibo Lighthouse

Vacationers can explore some other intriguing attractions in and near the area.

If the more functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might enjoy seeing Arecibo Lighthouse. 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.

Other kinds of landmarks in and near Arecibo can be seen here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Arecibo
Name Type Location
Arecibo Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Arecibo
Monumiento A O Colon Delgado Monument Hatillo, 6.0 mi. West of Central Arecibo

Natural Attractions

Those visitors who enjoy natural surroundings will frequently enjoy Chorro de Oro Waterfall. <p>While this waterfall may be less visited, to does not make it any less beautiful, giving a wondrous sight for any person not wanting to travel too far inland on the island.</p>

Bosque Estatal De Cambalache is another local site you might want to consider. <p>Known for caves and the many bats that call them home, Bosque Estatal De Cambalache is a small park that is rarely crowded. The area is also packed with sudden and steep hills, known as mogotes that give the area a unique landscape that nature-lovers and eco-tourist should enjoy.</p>

Arecibo has some other natural attractions. For a more comprehensive look at natural attractions in and around Arecibo, use this link.


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