Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Arecibo is a municipality in the northern midwest coast of Puerto Rico, located by the Atlantic Ocean, about 80 km west of San Juan. Arecibo is known as El Diamante Del Norte (The Diamond of the North) as well as La Ribera del Arecibo (The shore of Arecibo). 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.
Attractions in Arecibo include the Arecibo Observatory which is known for housing the world’s largest radio telescope. Arecibo is one of the oldest towns in Puerto Rico (1616) and as result has some antique structures, one of which is the Cathedral of Saint Phillip Apostle. The Punta Los Morrillos Lighthouse is also worth a visit; there is a small park that surrounds the lighthouse. Nearby beaches include Los Morillos Beach, Los Negritos Beach, Poza del Obispo Beach, Las Tunas Beach.
Things to See & Do
* National Museum
* The Arecibo Observatory
* Punta Los Morrillos Lighthouse
* City Hall
* Cathedral of Saint Phillip Apostle
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Gourde (HTG)
Language – English
Population – 95,000 approx
Land Area – 125.99 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – +509
Port Location - Most ships will dock at one of the berths directly in Old San Juan. Occasionally ships will dock at Frontier Pier, about a 10 minute taxi ride from Old San Juan, or at the Pan-American Pier, which is about 15 minutes away from Old San Juan. Metered taxis are readily available at all ports.
Travel Links – Arecibo can be accessed via San Juan. Luis Muñoz Marín International airport is 14km (9 miles) northeast of San Juan and offers flights to and from a number of US cities and London.