We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A SECERET PARIDISE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arecibo

Ranked #293 of 570 things to do in Puerto Rico
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: A small colonial town known for the enormous radio telescope used to explore the heavens.
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A SECERET PARIDISE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

What a wonderful City, very colonial, old world city, wonderful beaches unaffected by big corporations, locals are friendly and what more can I say the RUM!!

Visited May 2012
Helpful?
5 Thank jinfo411
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

25 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    13
    4
    6
    0
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Manassas, Virginia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Run down area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

Arecibo area is a bit run down. The beaches are more appropriate for surfing than swimming, but the view was amazing. The people were friendly, but you'll need to have some Spanish skills here.

Visited February 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank Stephen H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Kansas City
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Arecibo RadioTelescope is impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

The radiotelescope observatory takes some driving to get to, but it is very impressive. There is a visitor's center with lots of information on the data the telescope collects, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. If you are inclined toward astronomy and/or science, you will find it interesting.

Visited October 2011
Helpful?
2 Thank Ann_and_Don
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Centric city with lots of attractions to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2010

This colonial city has quite a few attractions. It is located about an hour from San Juan and the beaches are absolutely gorgeous. The observatory is worth a visit if you like Astronomy. Camuy Caves are about 15 minutes from the observatory and I would recommend you to visit both attractions on one day. Arecibo's Lighthouse zoo and aquarium is suited for the young crowd. The Cave of the Indian has actual petroglyphs from the Taino indians. Cambalache rain forest is good to camp, to ride a bike or just to explore nature. There are some nice restaurants in and around the city. One is very fancy and it is located in the center of the city across the street from the Hospital. Another good restaurant is located on road 681, overlooking the ocean. Lago Dos Bocas about 25 minutes from the center of the town is also worth a visit. There are free boat rides on the lake and typical food restaurants at the other shore. There are several other attractions on the way to San Juan or Mayaguez. like The horse show in Vega Baja and the Science Park in Bayamon.

Helpful?
12 Thank RandolphL
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Arecibo, The captain's Villa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2010

There is lots to do in Arecibo if you enjoy the outdoors. It's not set up for tourism so you might find it rustic. For starts, the town boasts gorgeous colonial architecture with it's many historic buildings which include a massive cathedral. The lighthouse has a beautiful beach, practically no sanitary facilities,but some of the greatest authentic foods in the nearby Islote. community. Go to the local Islote side road restaurants and try fish fritters "empanadillas de chapin" or the "ceti" fish empanadas made with plantain leaves and tiny fish. Stop at Salitre restaurant for a gourmet typical lunch or dinner. Check out their website or facebook. While your at it drive along the coast and stop at Cueva del Indio to see real petrified native Indian drawings. Get the Arecibo Observatory schedule before you go and plan a visit, which could include a trip to the nearby town of Lares. Also in the area visit Cuevas de Camuy cave system.

Helpful?
11 Thank StarbudS
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Arecibo also viewed

 

Been to Arecibo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing