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Arecibo Observatory is a world class attraction, included in our “Top Attractions of Puerto Rico List“. The Arecibo Observatory is an intriguing and educational place for the whole family. The Arecibo Observatory is nestled on the mountains of Arecibo, your adventure begins on the road as you drive through the green lush karst region. It was the largest radio telescope in the world until 2016, when China completed a radio telescope currently holding the largest in the world.
You may have seen the Arecibo Observatory on the Hollywood hits, Contact and Golden Eye. Photos can’t capture the magnitude of this man made wonder, you have to be here to appreciate the size of it.
Clips of Movies filmed at Arecibo Observatory
Here, through a variety of interactive exhibits, audiovisual displays, and informative panels, visitors are introduced to basic astronomy, atmospheric science, and to the operation of the radio telescope and its related research areas.
Hours – Arecibo Observatory
- (August 1 to December 14 ) and (January 16 to May 31)
- Wednesday – Sunday – Holidays … 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Mondays and Tuesdays Closed
Closed on the following 8 Holidays: Good Friday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Three Kings Day.
Admission: Adults $10.00, Children and Senior $6.00
Schools and Special Groups Call for Appointment
- 787 – 878 – 2612
- Official Site
The drive here is scenic and very green, after visiting the Observatory, head over to Camuy River Cave Park / Parque Caverna del Rio Camuy. Convenient, guided tours are also available, departing from San Juan. This way you wouldn’t have to drive and navigate yourself.
Map – Arecibo Observatory
Arecibo Observatory is about 1.5 hours from San Juan, with traffic plan for a 2 hour drive.
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