Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park Arecibo, PR
...its sun-drenched deck provides spectacular views of nearby beaches and waves crashing against the rocky coast.
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Year Established: 1898
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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Puerto Rico stands el Faro de Arecibo. Erected in 1898, it was the last lighthouse built on the island by the Spanish. The renovated neo-classical structure serves as a museum and its sun-drenched deck provides spectacular views of nearby beaches and waves crashing against the rocky coast.

A theme park celebrating Puerto Rican history occupies the area surrounding the lighthouse and offers a myriad of activities for children to enjoy. Historical reproductions include a Taino village from pre-columbian times and scaled-down replicas of the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, as well as Blackbeard’s pirate ship. Adjacent to the vessels you’ll find the Pirate’s Lair, where animatronic figures guide visitors through its dark passageways.

Sharks, eels, and schools of tropical fish swim around in the island’s largest salt-water aquarium located at the midway point of the cave. Crocodiles, turtles, and other sea creatures wallow in nearby tanks.

A small petting zoo, a playground area, and a cafeteria round out the park’s attractions, which provide endless hours of fun for the whole family in an educational setting.