As a dad, I know that it can sometimes be difficult to find a place to spend the day with the kids, specially a place that is both entertaining and secure. Luckily, Puerto Rico has a lot to offer for great family fun. We recently visited one of such places in the island: the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historic Park. Join us as we take a look at this exciting and convenient spot in Puerto Rico!
GETTING THEREThe Arecibo Lighthouse is located on its namesake city of Arecibo, in the north of the Island. All in all, Arecibo has the most family oriented locations, along with Fun Valley Park, the Arecibo Observatory, and very close to the Camuy River Caverns. So for us, we usually plan an escape to the area each year to enjoy all those locations on one same trip (the kids love it). To get there, simply head towards the town of Arecibo by reaching road PR-2. From San Juan, youll need to take PR-22 West that connects to Road #2. From Ponce, take road PR-2 West towards Mayaguez. Once you reach Arecibo, keep on PR-2 and follow the signs to
PARK FEATURESNow the good thing about the park is that it has several fun things to do on the same place, for the same price. Lets start with the park itself. The Park takes you on a trip through time with a couple of open exhibits starting from a tano scene with a couple of bohos (nice photo op!). Your kids will love seeing scaled-down tano village and their way of life, along with some real tano artifacts and objects. After the tano scene, you can walk up to the highlight of the park: three scaled down models of the ships that Christopher Columbus used on his first trip to the west: the Nia, de Pinta and the Santa Mara. But these are no scale models! These are real life props that your kids can actually climb up and get the feeling of a true sea vessel! Climb up any of the three ships with different settings, artifacts and real life props. The ships are nicely built and well maintained. After the three Columbus ships, you can climb up to the biggest of the vessels, a Pirate ship! This one is a huge replica of a pirate ship along with treasure chests, pirates and Black Beard to greet!
SEEING THE REST OF THE PARKOnce out of the Pirate Cove, you can climb up to the Lighthouse itself. Theres a nice museum on top, along with several objects and other exhibits about Puerto Rican marine history. The climb is on foot along a nice ramp built around the lighthouse, but it can be a little bit steep. Dont forget a stroller for smaller kids and a bottle of water for the climb. The view here is amazing, overlooking the Arecibo beach and the cliff below. Once you climb down the lighthouse, you can enjoy some decent refreshments and snacks on the snack kiosk, and then simply enjoy the boardwalk along the Arecibo shoreline.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AND THE WATER PARKBy now youll think theres all to see and do on the park, but on the contrary! Right below the lighthouse you can check out some other exhibits and scene, like a Puerto Rican jbaro house, a life-size replica of American soldiers from the beginning of the Spanish-American war, and a helicopter! There is also a small zoo with some animals to pet and feed.
CONCLUSIONAll in all, the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historic Park offers a great value with several things to see and do. If its either a full day at the water park, or visiting the aquarium with the kids, you can expect to enjoy a great day of fun in a closed and secure environment.