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Points of Interest / Attractions in the North Coast of Puerto Rico / Porta Atlantico

The north (Porta Atlantico)  has some pretty awesome beaches, but the main attractions are nestled in the karst region, both included in our “Top Ten Attractions in Puerto Rico” list.

To see all the top tourist attractions on the north side of Puerto Rico, you’ll need at least two days, but in just one day, you’ll can easily visit 4 amazing places.  Following are a few suggested itineraries to help you plan your exploration of the north.

Suggested Itineary – 4 Amazing Places in one Day

This day will be wonderful, you can get back home and brag about visiting three very cool places and one of the smallest most beautiful beaches on the island.

  • Camuy River Cave Park – third largest underground cave system in the world
  • Arecibo Observatory – the largest radio telescope in the world.  If you’re a James Bond fan, you’ll be trilled, great scene filmed here, clip below and more on page.  The movie Contact also filmed here.
  • Cueva del Indio – stunning natural scenery, one of the locations for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean, Perfect Getaway, Runner Runner, Treasure Island and upcoming Alexander.

Morning: Leave your hotel early in the morning and begin your adventure at the Camuy River Cave Park. Mid morning, head to the Arecibo Observatory.

Camuy River Cave Park / Parque Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy

Camuy River Cave Park - Top attraction on the north coast of Puerto Rico

This is the most impressive natural wonder on the north region of Puerto Rico.  If you have children, they will love the adventure as soon as they step on the trolley down to the cavern.  The sounds of the bats in Batman Forever were filmed here filmed here include

Don’t miss visiting the Camuy River Cave Park, this day will be one of the highlights of your vacation in Puerto Rico.

Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory - Top attraction on the north coast of Puerto Rico

After visiting the Camuy River Cave Park, head over to the Arecibo Obsevatory, the largest radio telescope in the world, nestled in the gorgeous karst region in the town of Arecibo.


Afternoon Adventure 

Cueva del Indio & Seven Arches

Cueva del Indio - Arecibo, Puerto Rico / Porta Atlantico

A place so spectacular, it was one of the locations for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean.  If you want a place with a wow factor, this is a natural wonder you don’t want to miss.  There are two attractions in this location, Cueva del Indio (Indian’s Cave) and Siete Arcos (Seven Arches).   Cueva del Indio is an important archeological treasure, the cave contains a large number of petroglyphs drawn by Taino aboriginals that date back to the 1400’s or earlier.

Poza del Obispo

Poza del Obispo - A natural pool beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

For a refreshing end to your day, visit the tiny beautiful beach of Poza del Obispo.  if you don’t want to visit the beach, take the kids to the Arecibo Lighthouse Park.

Dinner:  Head over to Salitre, the nicest restaurant on the Arecibo coast.  You’ll like the outdoor terrace in the back, more casual with the added show of the sunset over the Atlantic.  Puerto Ricans tend to dress a little more dressy but tourists are welcome to dine in casual clothes.  Located on Km. 3.8, PR-681.

More Attractions & Places to Visit on the North Coast

Guajataca Tunnel, River, Beach & Park

Guajataca Tunel / Tunel de Guajataca - Beach, Tunnel, Natural Pool and River

This place ought to get more attention, by both locals and tourists.  It’s like a forgotten place…yet there’s so much beauty here and fun nature activities both adults and children can enjoy.  This place is packed with a few points of interest, the historic  Guajataca railroad tunnel, Playa Guajataca (beach), Rio Guajataca (river), natural infinity pool, gorgeous boulders, a walking trail, another beach at the end of the tunnel trail, and various scenic romantic spots for lovebirds.

We are updating the following attractions, please come back soon for more detailed info and updated photos.

  • Arecibo Lighthouse and Historic Park
  • Bosque Estatal de Cambalache (Cambalache State Forest )
  • Isla de Cabras, Toa Baja
  • Go shopping at Prime Outlets of Puerto Rico

Map of attractions on the North Coast

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Tourist Attractions on the North Coast of Puerto Rico (Porta Atlantico)

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Arecibo Observatory - Arecibo, Puerto Rico: 18.346135, -66.752672
Rio Camuy Cave Park - Camuy, Puerto Rico: 18.346063, -66.822217
Cueva del Indio (Indian\'s Cave) & Seven Arches (Siete Arcos): 18.492653, -66.641907
Poza del Obispo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico: 18.481899, -66.696957

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