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 like to experience the history of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a historical site while on vacation in Arecibo.

Many travelers choose to visit Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park. It is found in 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 found 8.6 mi. South of central Arecibo. Arecibo offers an educations program to guests called "More Than Meets the Eye - Exploring he Invisible Universe." The program teaches about using all senses to explore the uncharted universe, and focuses on the electromagnetic spectrum and what it is that they do at the observatory. Outside of this class, guests can take a seat in the auditorium for a 20 minute audiovisual show called "A Day in the Life of the Arecibo Observatory."

Be sure to look at the following table to read 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

Guests will explore some other intriguing landmarks in and near the area.

If the nitty gritty aspects of living by the sea interest you, consider visiting 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 types of landmarks in and near the area 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

One of the more popular natural attractions is 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 option you might enjoy. <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>

These examples are only a few of the choices you'll find. If you'd like to get more details concerning natural attractions in and near the area, can do so by clicking here.


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