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A Day at the Beach

Soak up the Caribbean sunshine with a day of beach relaxation. Popular beaches in Dorado include Balneario Manuel Morales and Ojo del Buey beach (don’t miss the rock formation that looks like an enormous cow’s head). In nearby Arecibo, La Poza del Obispo offers views of local surfers from sunny vantage points in the sand. The crystal-clear waters are ripe for snorkeling, and the area is also a nesting site for endangered sea turtles.

 

Get Immersed in History

Arecibo is Puerto Rico’s third oldest city. Step back in time with a visit to the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, built in 1898. It now includes a museum, recreation area and restaurants. In Dorado, learn about local history at the city’s Museo de Arte e Historia, which exhibits artifacts excavated from Ojo del Buey beach, or imagine the island of a past era at Museo y Centro Cultural Casa del Rey, built in a Spanish garrison from 1823.

 

Captivating Caves

The area’s prevalence of limestone also makes it optimal for cave formation. Go underground and explore one of the world’s most-impressive cave systems at Río Camuy Cave Park. Keep your eyes open for petroglyphs along the walls of la Cueva del Indio. Take a guided tour of the unforgettable Cueva Ventana with its stunning views of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley. Look for straw-shaped formations, known as speleothems, at Cueva Sorbetos in Arecibo.

 

Take in the Greenery

The limestone formations and lush forests of the region make it a beautiful spot for outdoor recreation, landscape photography and golf. Tour the Arecibo Observatory to marvel at the radio telescope as well as the surrounding views. Take a moment to relax on a boat ride around Lago Dos Bocas before stopping at a lakeside restaurant. Enjoy mountain biking in the enchanting Cambalache State Forest or hiking and wildlife spotting in Guajataca Forest Reserve. For golfers, famed Dorado Beach is home to three Tournament Player Club golf courses, known for attracting celebrities from around the world. The courses are surrounded by oceanfront views and offer challenges for all skill levels.

Fun Fact

The Arecibo Observatory in northern Puerto Rico
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The massive telescope at Arecibo Observatory, one of the world’s largest, was featured in the James Bond movie “Golden Eye.”

View of the Arecibo Lighthouse in Puerto Rico
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The Arecibo Lighthouse was the last lighthouse on Puerto Rico to be built by the Spanish. It’s also known as Morrillo's Lighthouse for its location on top of a rocky mountain known as "Punta Morrillo."

Aerial view of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico’s northern region includes nine towns: Arecibo, Barceloneta, Camuy, Dorado, Hatillo, Manatí, Toa Alta, Vega Alta and Vega Baja.