Puerto Rico Landmarks

Learn more about what made Puerto Rico the country it is today by visiting a few landmarks

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Puerto Rico's landmarks transport visitors back to a time long since passed, and offer a glimpse into what life on the island has been like since the 16th century.

For visitors who aren't content simply hanging out at their resort or relaxing on the beach, Puerto Rico offers numerous interesting sites to explore.

Museums

Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

Assuming you like to become more aware of other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Puerto Rico. To see complete information concerning each museum, you can click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. It is Condado District, in eastern Puerto Rico. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Many travelers also choose to visit Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena. It is Old San Juan, in eastern Puerto Rico. Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena is the official museum that houses all things of cultural significance in Puerto Rico, from performance and visual arts to science and history. The institute was created in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving the culture of the island and continues to do so to this day.

Museo Castillo Serralles: The rum and sugar industry have long been an important part of the economy in Puerto Rico. At Museo Castillo Serralles, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the industry.

The table right below offers more details regarding some museums you might enjoy on Puerto Rico.

Museums On Puerto Rico
Name Phone Location
Caguas Museum (787) 653-8833 ext. 1847 0.1 mi. East of Central Aguas Buenas
Casa Canales Museum (787) 828-4618 Central Puerto Rico
Casa Paoli Museum (787) 840-4115 Ponce
Children's Museum (787) 722-3791 0.1 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Convent of the Dominican Order (787) 721-6866 0.3 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Ecourbano (787) 792-2252 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery (787) 723-3068 Old San Juan, Eastern part of Puerto Rico
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum (787) 724-7239 0.2 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Galeria Nacional Museum (787) 725-2670 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena -- 0.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Old San Juan
La Casa Blanca (787) 725-3436 0.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Maritime Museum -- 2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón
Museo Castillo Serralles (787) 259-1774 0.7 mi. North of Central Ponce
Museo Castillo Serralles (787) 259-1774 Ponce
Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier (787) 723-1897 0.2 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Museo Francisco Pancho Coimbre (787) 843-6553 Downtown Ponce
Museo Historico de Las Piedras (787) 733-2160 1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central San German
Museo Tower (787) 725-6363 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (787) 977-4030 0.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Juan
Museo de Arte de Ponce (787) 848-0505 Downtown Ponce
Museo de Arte e Historia de San Juan (787) 724-1875 0.3 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Museo de Artes Populares -- Old San Juan, Eastern part of Puerto Rico
Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana (787) 724-4294 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Museo de arte de Puerto Rico (787) 977-6277 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
Museo de las Américas (787) 724-5052 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Museo del Deporte Guaynabo (787) 731-4923 0.9 mi. North of Central Guaynabo
Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico (787) 977-6277 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan
Museum Of Our African Heritage (787) 724-4294 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Museum Of Puerto Rican Music (787) 290-6617 Downtown Ponce
Museum of History, Anthropology and Art (787) 763-3939 2.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central San Juan
Pablo Casals Museum (787) 723-9185 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Ponce History Museum (787) 844-7071 Downtown Ponce
Recursos Historicos Museo De Lares (787) 897-7999 Lares, Western part of Puerto Rico
Science Park (787) 740-6868 2.0 mi. North of Central Bayamon

Historical Sites

Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park

Do you like learning about the historical roots of foreign countries? If so, you might want to visit some of these historical attractions while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park. It is found within northwestern Puerto Rico. 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 common landmark for vacationers is Plaza San Juan Bautista. It is Viejo San Juan, in eastern Puerto Rico. Once used as a parade route for Spanish Troops, now Plaza San Juan Bautista is now a National Historic Landmark where visitors can view a number of historic buildings and sculptures.

Ateneo Puertorriqueño: Tourists are welcome to tour the on-site museum, which features historical documents and island memorabilia, as well as attend cultural productions such as plays and concerts put on by the center. The main goal of Ateneo Puertorriqueño is to promote the arts amongst Puerto Ricans, so much of the facilities offerings are geared towards locals.

Check the table below for more information on sites of historical interest on the island.

Historic Sites On Puerto Rico
Name Phone Location
Archbishop's Palace -- 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
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
Ateneo Puertorriqueño (809) 722-4839 0.5 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Ballaja Barracks -- 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Casa Alcaldia -- Downtown Ponce
Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes (787) 724-5477 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Casa Ramon Power y Giralt (787) 722-5834 0.1 mi. South of Central Old San Juan
Casa Rosa -- 0.3 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Casa de los Contrafuertes (787) 724-5477 0.2 mi. North of Central Old San Juan
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista (787) 725-5550 0.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Centro Historico -- Downtown Ponce
Fort San Cristóbal (787) 729-6777 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Old San Juan
Fort San Juan de la Cruz -- 1.3 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Fort de San Filipe del Morro (787) 729-6777 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Fuerte San Geronimo -- 1.8 mi. Northwest of Central San Juan
Hacienda Buena Vista (787) 722-5882 5.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Ponce
La Fortaleza (787) 721-7000 0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Old San Juan
La Princesa Promenade -- 0.2 mi. South West of Central Old San Juan
Mayaguez Memorial (787) 834-1313 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mayagüez
Memorial To Don Domingo -- Downtown Ponce
Olympic House -- 0.5 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Parque De Bombas (787) 284-3338 Downtown Ponce
Paseo De Morro -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
Plaza San Juan Bautista (831) 623-4526 0.7 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Red Palace -- 0.1 mi. South West of Central Old San Juan
San Juan Gate -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Old San Juan
San Juan National Historic Site (787) 729-6960 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Spanish House -- 0.6 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Taino Indian Ceremonial Center (787) 894-7325 11.5 mi. South of Central Arecibo
Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center (787) 840-2255 2.5 mi. North of Central Ponce

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Arecibo Lighthouse

Travelers may enjoy some other interesting landmarks on Puerto Rico.

If the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you might want to visit 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.

Additionally, if the nitty gritty aspects of living by the sea interest you, you should think about seeing Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse. You can visit the lighthouse on weekends, and tours are available at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Raices Fountain: One of the most romantic spots in Old San Juan, Raices Fountain is an important testimant to the cultures that built the island of Puerto Rico and made it the melting pot that it is today. Designed by architect Miguel Carlo and completed in May of 1992, this fountain honors the island's heritage.

The other kinds of landmarks on the island are shown here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Puerto Rico
Name Type Location
Abolition Monument Monument 0.3 mi. Southeast of Central Ponce
Arecibo Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Arecibo
Bahia Urbana Scenic Trail 0.2 mi. South West of Central Viejo San Juan
Caballito del Mar Monument 0.6 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.4 mi. South of Central El Combate
Cruceta El Vigia Monument 0.7 mi. North of Central Ponce
Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo
Guanica Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.3 mi. South of Central Guánica
Lion Fountain Monument Downtown Ponce
Monumiento A O Colon Delgado Monument 6.0 mi. West of Central Arecibo
Mt. Britton Lookout Tower Observation Tower 5.6 mi. Southeast of Central Rio Grande
Point Borinquen Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.6 mi. North of Central Aguadilla
Punta Higuero Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón
Punta Tuna Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Emajagua
Raices Fountain Monument 0.2 mi. South West of Central Old San Juan
Statue Of Munoz Rivera Monument Downtown Ponce
Totem Monument 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Old San Juan
Yokahu Lookout Tower Observation Tower 6.7 mi. Southeast of Central Rio Grande

Needless to say, Puerto Rico is home to other attractions. To learn more about other attractions for Puerto Rico, go to this article.

Whether you find fascination in history or architecture, Puerto Rico has dozens of attractions to hold your interest; all you have to do is venture outside of the comfort zone of your hotel and take a look around.

 

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