Arecibo

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Arecibo Observatory which includes 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.

Where to stay in Arecibo

Arecibo Inn
Arecibo Inn
2.5 out of 5
Road #2 km 67.2, Barrio Santana, Arecibo, 00612
The price is $83 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this hotel in Arecibo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.6/5 Good! (528 reviews)
"Nice place !"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Arecibo Inn
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
2.5 out of 5
PR 681, Km. 5.4, Arecibo, 00612
The price is $107 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this beach apartment in Arecibo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value in our ...
3.3/5 (98 reviews)
"Nice, clean and private. No issues and very beautiful view"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Arecibo Observatory-VSQ
Arecibo Observatory-VSQ
3.5 out of 5
Rd. 625 Bo. Esperanza Final, Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 00612
The price is $117 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star B&B in Arecibo. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a garden. Popular attractions Arecibo Observatory and Parque Ceremonial Indigena Caguana ...
3.4/5 (8 reviews)
"Luckily we found this place by coincidence! Very convenient for us, since we were from the East and needed a one night only to be more relaxed at the time of a meeting for a guided tour to Tanama river. The place was very clean."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Arecibo Observatory-VSQ
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.
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
2.5 out of 5
PR 681, Km. 5.4, Arecibo, 00612
The price is $107 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this beach apartment in Arecibo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value in our ...
3.3/5 (98 reviews)
"Nice, clean and private. No issues and very beautiful view"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Ventana al Atlantico Boutique Hotel
Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
3 out of 5
PR 681 Km 6.4, Arecibo, 00612
The price is $109 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 12
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Arecibo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
3.6/5 Good! (78 reviews)
"Very cute studio well kept. Beautiful views in the back. The sounds of the ocean was soothing and provided a peaceful rest. The location is great beautiful beaches all around."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Discovery Inn at 681 Ocean Drive
Arecibo Hotel 3203
Arecibo Hotel 3203
3 out of 5
C. Antonio R. Barcelo, Arecibo, Arecibo, 00612
The price is $117 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Arecibo. Enjoy free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Playa El Muelle and Arecibo Lighthouse are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Spacious, clean, everything brand new or in excellent condition, super quiet and excellent location."

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2022

Arecibo Hotel 3203
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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