Deeply engraved inside a huge rock, the Cueva del Indio (The Cave of the Indian) is a mysterious world filled with hidden treasures. Findings of Taino petroglyphs foretell of an ancient civilization that once prevailed throughout the city of Arecibo. Overlooking the massive cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean, the cave appears to be a hideaway while preserving the sacredness and secrets of the ancient rituals and ceremonies of a land before time. With such a profound glimpse into Arecibo’s cultural background, it is no wonder why Cueva del Indio is rich with such a magical ambiance, manifesting the historical importance of a predestined society. This is why Arecibo, Puerto Rico is a fascinating destination, overflowing with natural and exquisite attractions that will truly take your breath away.
Arecibo is geographically the largest city in Puerto Rico and borders the Atlantic Ocean. Located south of the city is the Arecibo Observatory, which is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world and it is used to detect astronomical observations. Looking out into the pastoral land and hills of Arecibo, the Cueva Ventana is another fascinating cave enrooted in a mountain. Here, you will have the opportunity to observe interesting rock formations, dating back to prehistoric times. Splash or take a bath in the Rio De La Planta, an artificial waterfall or in the crystal clear waters of La Poza Beach. Become one with nature and discover its wonders by hiking and camping in the Cambalache Forest Reserve. Built in 1898, the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park is a cultural look into Puerto Rico’s history with its tributes to the Spanish- American War. Visitors will be able to relive history by exploring artifacts from the ocean, a diving suit from the early 1900s, and a duplication of the US Constitution. With picturesque views of the town and the Atlantic Ocean, you may even get the opportunity to see a whale.
Your vacation will not be complete without shopping at the boutiques and stores Arecibo has to offer. Shop-a-holics will be thrilled to find popular stores with the hottest brands and Puerto Rican souvenirs in the city and in nearby locations. By night the quaint town becomes an intense social scene. Bars and pubs entice tourists and locals with Spanish hits, popular music and delicious cocktails.
Arecibo is a food lover’s dream come true. Its cuisine is a multicultural blend of international dishes and local specialties. Tourists can become familiar with Caribbean spices and popular Puerto Rican recipes influenced by the Spanish colonizers or you can indulge in foods inspired by the African slaves and Taino settlers. With such a great selection of mouthwatering cuisine and serene atmosphere, the gastronomical experience of Arecibo is an enjoyable experience.
Arecibo experiences a moderate climate. During the course of a year temperatures average from a high of 85°F and can lower to 61°F. During the hot and cold seasons, hurricanes are quite common.
Renting a car is an easy way to get around the city and to Aguadilla, Ponce, and San Juan. Public transportation is also available to San Juan and Aguadilla. Nevertheless, walking is a great way to become familiar with your surroundings and to enjoy the beautiful scenery and tropical weather.