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

In case you enjoy learning about the history of a foreign place, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your time in Arecibo.

A common landmark for vacationers is Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park. It is found in eastern Arecibo. The park is open daily, and during the week from 9:00am until 6:00pm. On Saturday and Sunday it is open from 10:00am until 7:00pm.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Arecibo Observatory. It is located 8.6 mi. South of central Arecibo. Take a tour and explore the Arecibo Observatory, a massive complex complete with a one-thousand ton antenna. A trip to the observatory will include presentations, explorations, as well as a historical lesson of the largest radio-telescope on Earth.

Take a moment to read the table below to read more about sites of historical interest in and around the area.

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

Travelers will explore some other interesting sites in and near Arecibo.

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

Other kinds of landmarks in and near Arecibo are displayed in the table below.

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

Assuming you like being outside will probably enjoy Chorro de Oro Waterfall. 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.

Bosque Estatal De Cambalache is a second outdoor attraction to consider visiting. 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.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find a nice selection of natural attractions. To find out about other natural attractions in and around the area, use this link.


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