Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Arecibo Lighthouse Reviews
Jul 05, 2007
This great attraction is located in the town of Arecibo, on Puerto Rico's northern coast. It's basically a park type of setting. On the road leading to it, you'll see many people at the beach and a lot of streetside vendors. What people do is that the stop their car at one of the vendors, and buy what they want before proceeding to the lighthouse. Once at the entrance, you have to pay $9 for adults, and $6 for kids. Special rates also apply for handicapped people, and senior citizens.
Once you pass the entrance, there's a kiddie playground on the right, and a recreation of a traditional Taino (natives on the island) village on the left. The imitation consists of "bohios" (Taino huts) concentrated along a small "square" (where the people would do celebrations or play ball games). Visitors can enter the huts to see how life was for the natives back then. Even on a really hot day, once you enter the huts, the temperature cools down; very refreshing.
Near the Taino village, there are about 4 giant imitations of famous caravels that sailed the seas in the Age of Discovery. La Pinta, La Santa Maria, and the Nina are all represented in these real, life-sized ships. The fourth ship is a recreation of an English ship I can't recall the name of. The fun thing about them is that they are in the middle of park, so they are visible from everywhere. You can climb up into them, and see how the ships used to be.
There is a series of tunnels, looking like caves, near the ships. Inside, there are life-sized pirate statues, some humorous (like one with a fat guy drinking directly from the beer keg). After a walking a while through the tunnel, you see a pool filled with sharks and stingrays. Like an aquarium, there are windows showing the pool (entirely underwater). It's cool because there's a fake "wreck" of a pirate's ship in the middle of all those sharks, stingrays, and exotic animals. At the near end of the tunnel, you walk over a bridge. Underneath it is a pool of exotic fish, including nurse sharks. At the exit, you walk right into the giftshop.
There's a deck at the end of the park where you get amazing views of the blue, blue Atlantic Ocean. There's some cafeterias nearby, with delicious local food. To get to the lighthouse, you have to go up a hill to the top, or you could opt to take a golf-cart.
At the top, you can enter the lighthouse, where there's a beautiful model of a caravel. Take the spiral staircase to access the roof of the building. Once on top, you get spectacular, I mean spectacular views of the nearby beach, the mountains, the park, and the ocean. Wow, this is truly amazing!! The wind is relaxing, too.
Apart from the lighthouse, the kiddie park near the entrance is perfect for children to spend the day in. There's also a 1964 helicopter nearby (really random). Finally, the last thing the park has to offer is a mini-zoo. You can see chickens, parakeets, a donkey, and roosters (simple animals).
This attraction is amazing, and has plenty to offer! Be sure to set out a complete day to come visit the park and the nearby beach!
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