Arecibo

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Arecibo Observatory featuring an observatory

Visit an adventure park, beaches and centuries-old caves at this historic port town on the northern shores of Puerto Rico Island.

Enjoy a blend of colonial heritage, prehistoric landmarks and tropical beaches in Arecibo. Settled by Spanish immigrants in 1556, Arecibo is Puerto Rico’s third-oldest colonial town. It sits on land once occupied by the Taíno tribespeople and takes its name from their chief, Jamaica Arecibo. The town played an important part in the Spanish defense of Puerto Rico when it thwarted a raid by British sailors in 1702.

The center of Arecibo attractions can be covered in an afternoon. The town revolves around tree-shaded Plaza de Recreo. Note the bandstand and the star-shaped mosaic floor pattern, which surrounds a central obelisk. Admire the neoclassical and Renaissance decorations of the late18th-century San Felipe Cathedral. Spot well-preserved colonial buildings such as Arecibo City Hall and Edificio Oliver.

Breathe in fresh ocean air while walking on Paseo Victor Rojas, a waterfront promenade. Jump in a taxi and cross the Arecibo River to Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park at Punta Morrillos. Inside the Arecibo Lighthouse is a small museum with maritime artifacts and objects rescued from shipwrecks. Nearby El Muelle Beach and Balneario Morrillos offer opportunities to swim and try watersports.

Travel east along the coast for about 6 miles (10 kilometers) to gaze up at the 413-foot-tall (126-meter) Birth of the New World statue by Zurab Tsereteli, depicting Christopher Columbus navigating the Atlantic Ocean. The family-friendly TerraVista Parkland amusement park has a beachside village, nature trails, restaurants and a zip-line course. Follow a boardwalk to Cueva del Indio, caves decorated with petroglyphs created by the Taíno people.

Find other interesting attractions inland from the town center. Go stargazing at Arecibo Observatory, hike to impressive limestone caves in Camuy River Cave Park and spot colorful birds in Cambalache State Forest.

Arecibo is a 1-hour drive west of San Juan. Getting around Puerto Rico Island is easiest via rented car; major agencies have offices located across the island. Continue your vacation at beach towns such as Luquillo and the celebrated surfer hangout of Rincón.

Arecibo Inn
Arecibo Inn
2.5 out of 5
Road #2 km 67.2, Barrio Santana, Arecibo
The price is AU$127 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from Arecibo Lighthouse and 11.5 mi (18.6 km) from Cueva Ventana. Arecibo Observatory is 17.6 mi (28.3 ...
3.6/5 Good! (457 reviews)
"Siempre me hospedo en el Arecibo Inn mu bueno el personal es muy atento lo recomiendo"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2021

Arecibo Inn
Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
3 out of 5
PR 681 Km 6.4, Arecibo
The price is AU$131 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated in Arecibo, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cano Tiburones Nature Reserve and Cave of the Indian. La Poza Beach and Playa Caza ...
3.6/5 Good! (66 reviews)
"Perfect place close to a lot of food spots and nice beaches. The view was great. Host (Angel Abreu) was easy to reach by text. The apartment was very clean and all appliances were working. Will definitely come back here if staying in Arecibo soon."

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2021

Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
2.5 out of 5
PR 681, Km. 5.4, Arecibo
The price is AU$144 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Arecibo apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cano Tiburones Nature Reserve, La Poza Beach and Playa Caza y Pesca. ...
3.3/5 (89 reviews)
"The place was well appointed and comfortable with a great view and amazing pool."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
3 out of 5
PR 681 Km 6.4, Arecibo
The price is AU$131 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated in Arecibo, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cano Tiburones Nature Reserve and Cave of the Indian. La Poza Beach and Playa Caza ...
3.6/5 Good! (66 reviews)
"Perfect place close to a lot of food spots and nice beaches. The view was great. Host (Angel Abreu) was easy to reach by text. The apartment was very clean and all appliances were working. Will definitely come back here if staying in Arecibo soon."

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2021

Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
2.5 out of 5
PR 681, Km. 5.4, Arecibo
The price is AU$144 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Arecibo apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cano Tiburones Nature Reserve, La Poza Beach and Playa Caza y Pesca. ...
3.3/5 (89 reviews)
"The place was well appointed and comfortable with a great view and amazing pool."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Ocean Front Suites by City Inn Hotels
Ocean Front Suites by City Inn Hotels
2.5 out of 5
Carretera 681 Km. 3, Arecibo
The price is AU$309 per night from 26 Dec. to 26 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Arecibo apartment building is steps away from La Poza Beach and Playa Caza y Pesca. Playa El Muelle and Cano Tiburones ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (13 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay and will be back again. There was plenty of room for our family of 6 and the pool and beach were easy to walk to."

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2021

Ocean Front Suites by City Inn Hotels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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