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Arecibo

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Arecibo is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.), on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, located north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. It is about west of San Juan, the capital city. Arecibo is the largest municipality in Puerto Rico by area, and is part of the San Juan, Caguas and Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is spread over 18 wards and Arecibo Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). Its population in 2010 was 96,440.Arecibo is also known as La Villa del Capitán Correa (Captain Correa's Villa) after the Puerto Rican hero Captain Antonio de los Reyes Correa of the Spanish Army, who drove off a British Navy invasion by ambushing forces led by rear-admiral William Whetstone. Arecibo is also known as El Diamante Del Norte (The Diamond of the North) and La Ribera del Arecibo (The shore of Arecibo).The Arecibo Observatory, until July 2016 the world's largest radio telescope, is located here. Arecibo is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arecibo.
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Popular things to do in Arecibo

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Cave
Aventura Cueva Ventana
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cave
Cueva del Indio
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Lighthouse
Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
2.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
National Park
Bosque Cambalache National Park
5.0
Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Arecibo

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours Utuado
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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History Museum
Museo de Arte de Ponce Ponce
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Playa Sucia Cabo Rojo
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Arecibo

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Church
Catedral San Felipe Apostol
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Beach
La Poza Del Obizpo
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Xtreme Divers
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
El Poza del Obispo
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Arecibo

Water Body
Arecibo River
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Body
Rio La Planta
2.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Arecibo

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Theme Park
Fun Valley Park
2.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Caza Y Pesca Beach
2.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Outdoors in Arecibo

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Outdoor Activity
Aventuras Borincanas
2.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cave
Aventura Cueva Ventana
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Island
Isla de Caja de Muertos Ponce
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Parque de Bombas Ponce
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Monument
Museo Castillo Serralles Ponce
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

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