Famous Tourist Attractions To See While Visiting Puerto Rico
Punta Borinquen Golf Course is situated in the former Ramey Air Force Base. This world-class golf course is one of the best maintained and breeziest on the island. The course fees are relatively inexpensive, which makes playing the Punta Borinquen Golf Course very accessible. There are two 18-hole courses to choose from - The Ocean Course, which was designed by George & Tom Fazio and is a local favorite, and the River Course with its winding fairways offering a challenge to even the most accomplished golfer.
Parque de Las Ciencias Luis A. Ferré – If you’re looking for something that is both fun and educational, you might try the Luis A. Ferré Science Park. The park spans a massive 42 acres and it has museums, playgrounds, a zoo and an observation deck. The park is open Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 4 pm and from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. The admission fee is very affordable, making it available to all.
Casa Museo Joaquin de Rojas, now open to the public, has vaulted ceilings and an expansive porch. This house is an excellent example of a gracious residence of the time.
Monte Torrecilla is Barranquitas’ highest peak with a view of parts of San Juan, Corozal and Naranjito. There is a very nice walking trail that leads straight to the peak.
The Casa Luis Munoz Rivera museum was the home of Luis Muñoz Rivera and is dedicated to his life. A very rare piece among the collection is his 1914 Pierce Arrow.
Cabo Rojo Artisans – This gallery features wood turning, hand-painted folk scenes, metal work and ceramics done by local artists.
Museo de los Próceres includes a sculpture exhibition of national leaders, an Indian culture gallery, exhibits of Puerto Rican contemporary artists, a collection of paintings and a theater for plays and conferences.
The Salinas Salt Flats are of great importance to Caribbean migratory birds, with an estimated 40,000 visiting this area every year – certainly a bird watcher’s paradise.
Caribbean Raceway Park – If the prospect of cars screaming around a race track at amazing speeds excites you, you may wish to pay a visit to the Caribbean Raceway Park. Here you may find your breath taken away from you as a car swerves out near where you are standing or collides with a wall. It’s all part of the fun and action that makes so many people flock to the Raceway Park. Call (787) 768 3424 for information regarding events.
Caja de Muerto Beach – If you are looking for unspoiled natural beauty, the Caja de Muerto Beach is the place to go. This uninhabited island has little to cause destruction to the abundance of natural beauty which has become the islands main attraction. The weather is dry and it rarely rains, so it can normally be visited the whole year around. The fauna and flora are similar to that of the Dry Forest in Guánica. If you enjoy SCUBA diving and snorkeling, there are lots of shallow reefs around the island that will add to your peaceful beach experience.
Snorkeling & Diving – Culebra Island is a great world-class site for snorkeling and scuba diving. Known for its white sandy beaches, this lovely island has spectacular coral reefs, a rich diversity of sea life, fascinating caves and sheltered bays creating an underwater world that provides some of Puerto Rico’s best snorkeling and diving opportunities.
Ojo del Buey, otherwise known as The Ox’s Eye, is a wonderful family recreation spot. It is so named because a huge rock formation in the area takes the shape of an Ox head. Myth has it that the infamous Puerto Rican pirate, Roberto Cofresí, buried his yet unfound treasure near here.
Dorado Del Mar Golf Club was designed by Chi Chi Rodriguez back in 1998. Its signature hole, #10, is a par 5, 525 yard beauty. Stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and water on 12 of the holes make it a golfing experience that simply should not be missed.
The Faro de Fajardo is owned and managed by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. The three promontories that extend into the Atlantic Ocean from the Island’s eastern corner opened as a reserve in March 1991. Today the reserve features a nature center and a 19th century working lighthouse, “El Faro”. The carefully restored neoclassical lighthouse is the second oldest on the Island and offers a magnificent view that, on a clear day, reaches distant Caribbean islands.
Punta Ballena Reserve – Perfect for bird watching. UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve because of its outstanding representation of this ecosystem. It has a very nice path that leads right to the beachfront.
Observatorio Astronómico is definitely well worth a visit as it allows the public to experience a veiw of the night sky, see the planets, multiple stars, Nebulae, Galaxies and Globular and Galactic Clusters.
Boat Charters host fishing trips for experienced fishermen, beginners and families with small children. The most common fish in the Caribbean area are the exciting Blue Marlin which average 200 pounds, Sailfish, White Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi-mahi, five different kinds of tunas, barracudas, mackerels, etc.
The Fiesta de Reyes Isabelinos is celebrated every year in Isabela on the 5th and 6th of January. They celebrate this event with a two-day festival that includes dramatizations of the arrival of the three Magi and their pilgrimage to find the baby Jesus, adore him and present their gifts. This glorious fiesta is held at the town square (Plaza Manuel Maria Corchado y Juarbe) and includes a Velorio de Reyes, a traditional song fest in honor of the Magi, handcrafts, puppet shows for the children, Christmas music and carols, and local food and drinks.
Plaza Colon – In the Plaza Colon is a large statue of Christopher Columbus that dominates the main square of Mayaguez. Sixteen smaller brass statues imported from Barcelona surround the main monument and add interest to this Spanish-style plaza. It is an interesting landmark to explore.
Yaguez Theater – This historic landmark first opened its doors in the early 1900s. This theater has an Art Deco style that is based on the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It is known to be the best place in the city to see a concert or a play.
El Morro is an impressive military stronghold and is well worth a visit. It boasts six levels, 18ft thick walls and it rises a magnificent 140ft above sea level. There are several small guard boxes situated all around the fort which have become a national symbol. It is said that the El Morro fort has never been successfully penetrated, even though it suffered attacks from Sir Francis Drake, Sir George Clifford, and General Boudewin Hendricksz, among others. This amazingly strong building now stands as a reminder of how fiercely the Spaniards defended the port and country.
Carite Forest Reserve is an ideal place to go bird watching. At least fifty species of bird can be found here amongst the stunning foliage. The reserve is 6 000 acres big and has a dwarf forest which has come about naturally as a result of the high humidity and moist soil in the area. You can see Ponce and the Caribbean from some of the higher points. The highest point is Cerro La Santa which is situated at 3 000 feet. There is a picnic area and 10 campgrounds.
Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center is a cemetery that features a 1500 year old Taino village, much of which remains more or less intact. It also has skeletons which date back to A.D. 700. It is an interesting place to spend an afternoon.
Museo de Arte de Ponce is a historical museum that is housed in Casa Salazar,which is an exquisite blend of neoclassical and Moorish architecture and is well worth a visit. It is a good example of the old Puerto Rican and Spanish architecture, which dates back to thousands of years.
La Parguera Phosphorescent Bay – When the water in this bay is disturbed, millions of luminescent dinoflagellates light up. Dinoflagellates are a tiny form of marine life which produces sparks of chemical light when disturbed and this phenomenon is what draws visitors to La Parguera Phosphorescent Bay.
Skatepark Roller Vertical Exploration – It doesn’t matter if you are in your teens or early adulthood or if you enjoy skating or watching others skate, the skate park at Quebradillas is bound to be an adventure for you. Here you can strap on some skates or prepare your skate board and enjoy a few good hours watching, learning and trying. The Vertical Exploration skate park provides a hands-on adventure for those brave enough to try it.
El Faro Lighthouse – If you happen to be visiting Rincon around February, you should definitely make a stop at the El Faro Lighthouse. But why during February? This is the month that you can see more than walls and a great view. When you look out over the magnificent ocean view during this time of the year, your eye may well stumble upon some marine activity. It is during February that you can do some passive whale watching while these amazing mammoths frolic in the waters below.
Bahia Beach Plantation Golf Course – Not only does this golf course feature 18 holes, but it also offers amazing views of the El Yunque Rain forest. As you golf your day away you can view 75 acres of freshwater lakes, 13 water holes and even a large section of beach. This amazing golf course not only provides a challenge to every golfer, but soothing tranquility to calm their nerves as well. It is open every day of the week and is popular with both the general public and tourists.
La Fortaleza – The home of the governor of Puerto Rico is the oldest existing executive mansion, not only in Puerto Rico, but in the Western Hemisphere. For over 300 years this beautiful residence has been the home of the Puerto Rican government. Even before that, as far back as the 1530’s, La Fortaleza was built as a stronghold against pirates and Carib Tribesman. Clearly La Fortaleza oozes warmth and history and is definitely worth a visit. Some of the original architecture remains although for the most part, it has been extended into a breathtaking palace. Visitors should dress smart casual to see this attraction.
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge is home to several species of endangered animal and plant life. Here you will find the green sea, hawksbill, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles as well as the Antillean manatee and the brown pelican. You will also find mangrove swamps and some endangered plants in the wildlife refuge. If you look closely enough you’ll see several endangered bird species that have made their homes in the undergrowth. The refuge also includes wetlands, forests, beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and sea grass beds. Take some time out and support the wildlife refuge.
Roig Refinery – If you are in the area, then you may find it well worth your while to make a stop at the Roig Refinery. This old refinery was once used in the very big sugar industry that was once established in Yabucoa. Now this old mill’s main attraction is its historical interest. It’s best to phone ahead and make sure they are open before you head in that direction. Take the kids along and have an educational day.