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    El Cueva del Indio: Indian Cave

    by staindesign Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    A visit to La Cueva del Indio will make you feel very "Indiana Jones". Located on the Northwest side of Puerto Rico in Arecibo, these insanely beautiful caves are prime for exploring. Parking is $2 per car and $.50 per person. You can hire a bilingual guide to show you the area. Ours happened to be slightly drunk, but we liked him well enough. The guide is paid at the end based upon whatever tip you give him.

    These caves we once used by the local Taino Indians and pirates base upon the petroglyphs lefts within and on top of the caves. The cave can be explored if you are adventurous to climb down a slightly shaky wooden ladder. Within the cave a pool exists that is filled from a hole that is under water that will lead you out into the ocean. The entire area is about half a mile of rock to explore.

    Natural Bridge Monkey/Lion Face Taino Petroglyphs
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    A huge Hike

    by staindesign Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    The Observatory in Arecibo should be one of the wonders of the world. The size is unbelievable! It costs $10 per person. They have a 2 story museum and the radio telescope outside viewing platform. There are Spanish and English presentations about the telescope. My favorite fact is about the kind of shoes they must wear to clean up the reflector. To stand on the reflector you can't weigh more than 150lbs!

    By the way, this is the exact location from the James Bond Movie Golden Eye. Pretty Cool!

    There is no cell phone usage allowed, it doesn't matter, there isn't service anyway. And the trek up to the observatory is a workout, I don't recommend flip flops!

    **I just read an article the other day (Dec 2013), the scientists were really surprised bc they were receiving signals from space. They later discovered that they are tv and radio signals from over 50 years ago. Perhaps they were thinking it was coming from alien tv at first? Ha!

    From the observation deck
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    Rent a Boat!

    by staindesign Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    When you go to La Parguera it is a must to rent a boat for the day. The rates run you $20-35 an hr. There are tons of mangrove keys in the bay to explore. The locals anchor their boats at the keys and party all day. The snorkeling is really enjoyable around the mangroves. Be careful driving your boat because there is a lot of wild life like sea turtles and many sand bars!

    **I'm not recommending any particular boat company, bc there is always companies to rent from and these companies are often going out of business or selling and changing the names. It's pretty easy to either ask around or google boat companies. It is also important to mention that most companies work on first come first serve. And the rental works by paying a deposit and then paying the difference based upon how many hours you are gone. You don't have to tell them ahead of time how much time you wish to rent the boat.

    Sand Bar Boat Parking A mangrove canal
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    El Tunel de Guajataca

    by staindesign Written Jan 1, 2014

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    This is a lovely place to stop by on highway 2. There use to be a train that ran through the area long ago, but now it is a nice place to take a walk. There isn't a business there any longer, so now there is Lots of graffiti and broken glass and trash. It isn't enough to recommend that you don't stop to see the beautiful beach and rocks. I hope someone will buy the restaurant building, bc it really has so much potential.

    Beautiful beach Tunnel walk Tunnel Along Tunnel walk
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    Playa Sucia

    by staindesign Written Dec 29, 2013

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    Named on of Puerto Rico's most beautiful beaches. This beach is listed within a nature preserve. So, it is important to recommend that you arrive early bc there are few parking places available. Please note, that if you park in an area that isn't for parking you can be ticketed.

    This place is truely picturesque. You have a turquoise ocean in front of you and amazing rocks to the sides. I wouldn't recommend walking in the water near the rocks bc it is a sea urchin's paradise. But the main beach is perfect.

    Playa Sucia Playa Sucia Conchas
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    La Hacienda Buena Vista

    by staindesign Written Dec 28, 2013

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    La hacienda Buena Vista is located about 10 miles north of Ponce on Rt. 123. It's considered a Natural Preserve and there isn't an exact address, you can find it around the 16-17km marker. At $12 per person to visit this restored plantation, you'll get a 1.5hr guided tour. Remember to call to make reservations and request whether you'd like an English or Spanish speaking guide. Overall very interesting and a great place for families!

    The Plantation
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    El Morro

    by apbeaches Written Apr 23, 2013

    El Morro (“The Promontory”) is perhaps the most famous historic structure in Puerto Rico. Begun in 1539, the mighty fortress was built on a narrow point overlooking the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It would prove a formidable stronghold, successfully repelling every naval attack on the city. In fact, El Morro fell only once, in 1598, to a land assault by British soldiers under the command of the Earl of Cumberland. Today, El Morro and its sister fort, Castillo San Cristóbal, are National Historic Sites and the oldest European constructions in the U.S. National Park Service. You can visit the venerable fort, walk among its ramparts, explore its dungeons, and imagine, for an instance, the rigors of colonial life in the 16th century

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    Bacardi Rum Factory Tour - FREE tour & FREE drinks

    by TravellerMel Written Jan 28, 2013

    We took the ferry to Catano, and hopped the local bus which dropped us off right in front of the Bacardi Factory. We registered in the office and waited for the tram, which took us all around the Bacardi grounds. You don't actually get to go inside the factory, but you do get a history of rum making and sugar processing in a simulated factory. It is really more interesting than I am making it sound. :-) After the tour, you get coupons for FREE drinks at the bar area, so you can sample the rum. The bartenders will mix a drink for you, or you can have it straight up. **Please remember to tip your bartender**

    We really enjoyed this excursion - although, you really need to remember how to ask the bus driver to return you to the ferry dock... Since we didn't (and had imbibed some at Bacardi), we just watched out the window until we saw the dock, then pulled the cord on the bus... :-)

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    Search for the Coqui

    by lisa85202 Updated Feb 17, 2012

    Driving outside of San Juan at night, the sounds of the tropics were music to my ears...(especially for a desert girl from the city). The majority of the noise heard is from the Coqui frog that are everywhere- but SO SMALL! We were lucky enough to spot one of these Coqui frogs at our resort. Can you find one?

    Can you spot the little guy?

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    Northside vs. Southside

    by staindesign Written Jan 20, 2012

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    The beaches are obviously surrounding this lovely isle. So you can find a place to go almost any town that you will find yourself in. Therefore, you must ask yourself what kind of water are you looking for? On the Northside of the island you will have lots of strong waves. You can surf or body board until your hearts content. Crash boat or Hobo's beaches are excellent places to even watch the locals surf. On the south side of the island, the water is calm. The snorkeling is excellent and the water is clear.

    Hobo's Beach Arecibo
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    Gillian's Island!

    by staindesign Written Jan 10, 2012

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    Gillian's Island in Guanica area is a $7 treat! You ferry out to the mangrove key to spend your day playing in the sandbar, snorkeling, and drinking. Mary Lee's by the Sea is where you'll take the ferry. Once you spend the day on this tiny little island, take any ferry you want back to Mary Lee's. We saw baby baracoudas, tiger fish and sea urchins.

    **Make sure you take a cooler with snacks and drinks, because there isn't any place to buy anything. Also, it gets really filled up. We choose to skip the main beach and find a little secluded mangrove area for ourselves.**

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    Bosque Seco Hike

    by staindesign Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    One the south side of the island, it gets dry! So dry in fact that cacti are growing like weeds! How unusual that this small island can have such a diverse terrain?! Apparently, it has to do with how the mountains are high enough that they don't allow the rain to pass over to the other side of the mountain. Again, I have to push for my recommendation of the road trip or day trips to see the different terrain! Btw, Bosque Seco means Dry Forest.

    I'd recommend taking Route 333 to the dead end. Then hike the Meseta Trail. The trail runs along the coast. The Cliffs are completely awe inspiring. And don't for get our water, you'll need it!

    Cliffs next to the Meseta Trail Cactus Blooming Cacti Weird and cool cactus
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    Yes it Rains in the RainForest!

    by staindesign Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    I know there is a ton of reviews on El Yunque. But I just loved it! The path to La Mina Falls is probably the most busy, but very enjoyable. It is a serious hike up and down steep hills to finally find the destination of the falls and the pool where you can swim. The pool is very cold, fyi. They have paved most of the path which helps the muddiness. But be prepared, it rains! We hiked through 2 downpours. At the tourist center you can buy ponchos and umbrellas.

    **Please just suffer the rain if you forget to buy rain protection. People were pulling leaves off of the trees and that is just stupid. Damaging the forest and it hardly provides much rain protection.***

    OPEN daily 7.30am-6pm, $4 per person entrance

    El Yunque
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    Caving

    by staindesign Written Jan 10, 2012

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    The Caves of Camuy are the 3rd largest in the world. $15 per person. There is a tour guide, but they provide an audio tour (English & Spanish). The audio tour is excellent! It is educational and has great music. I'm big on caves, so I'd totally recommend coming here. Get there early, if you plan to come after 11am, then you might as well not. The first day, we did and we had to come back the next day. If that happens to you, then I recommend the Observatory. It isn't very busy, but be prepared for a serious walk up a hill!

    Cave Entrance Walking down entrance South entrance
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    Horse Back Riding on the Beach

    by staindesign Written Jan 10, 2012

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    Riding a horse on the beach is/was on my bucket list. What sounds more amazing to do on an island? I totally recommend Tropical Trail Rides in Isabela. 2.5hr ride for $45. They take you down the beach to a cave area, where you stop for about 20mins. You can explore the caves or watch the surf. The guides are bilingual and the owner of the farm is from Missouri. Elizabeth answers the phone and is very helpful at giving directions to the farm. The place sits back off the road, so I do recommend that you call or use GPS. They do two tours daily. The horse do fit all experience ranges. I liked this company because I am a more experienced rider and I didn't feel like it was boring where the horses followed without any help from the rider. The guide gets the horse to trot often so it keeps it interesting.

    Riding on the Beach
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