12 Best Caves In Puerto Rico (With Tour Options) – All You Need To Know

Puerto Rico is home to one of the three largest underground cave systems in the world.

For cave lovers, hikers and adventurers, visiting the caves in Puerto Rico should be on your itinerary.

I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and explored many of the island’s caves. They never fail to disappoint.

In this article, I will cover the 12 most exciting caves in Puerto Rico:

 

1. Cueva del Indio

Cueva del Indio is a spectacular oceanfront cave that carries hundreds of years of Taino history.

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Cueva del Indio is a stunning cave on on the ocean’s edge in northern Puerto Rico. This location originally served as a meeting place for the Tainos, the native population of the island.

Exploring the cave is free, but you’ll need to pay a fee to use the private entrance.

Below is a video of the ultimate Cueva del Indio travel guide:

This cave is located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. You can get there by taking a rental car. You can park on the street and walk along the shore to the cave.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cueva del Indio:

 

2. Cañon de Tanamá

Cañon de Tanamá has millions of years of history, with flowing waters carving the caverns, canyons, and tunnels over time. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Several tour companies offer a tour of this canyon with activities like cave tubing, rappelling, rock climbing, and more.

Below is a video of the Tanama River Adventure experience:

This canyon is located in the Tanama River of Utuado. You can get there by taking a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of the Tanama River:

You can book a tour with Tanama River Adventures.

 

3. Cueva Arenales

Cueva Arenales is one of the most popular caves in Puerto Rico.

 
 
 
 
 
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It has a swimming hole, “Charco Azul,” for swimming through the caves.

This cave is located in Vega Baja. You can get there by taking a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cueva Arenales:

You can book a tour with Naturhabitat Ecotours to visit this cave, but you can also explore independently. 

 

4. Cuevas de Rio Camuy

The Rio Camuy cave is the world’s third-largest underground river. It has over 16 bat species, natural forms of stalagmites, and sinkholes as well!

 
 
 
 
 
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This cave offers guided tours, but reservations are not needed. Be sure to call ahead for opening hours. 

Below is a video of the Camuy Caves: 

This cave is located in Camuy, and you can get there in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cuevas de Rio Camuy:

 

5. Cueva Las Golondrinas

Cueva Las Golondrinas is an easy hiking route with a beach waiting for you at the end! It’s perfect for bird observation.

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Cueva Las Golondrinas, or The Swallows Cave, is the perfect location for having a beach day and an adventure.

There is no tour offered for this cave. You will need to park on the road and walk a 14-minute hike to get there. 

Below is a video of Cueva Las Golondrinas:

This cave is located in Manatí, and you can get there in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cueva Las Golondrinas:

 

6. Cueva del Viento

Cueva del Viento (The Wind Cave) offers beautiful stalactites and stalagmites with each step you take. 

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Cueva del Viento is one of the most popular caves in Puerto Rico, located in one of the islands State Forests.

Below is a video exploring Cueva del Viento:

This cave is located inside the Guajataca State Forest in Isabela.

You can get there in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cueva del Viento:

You will need to book a tour with MCV to visit this cave.

 

7. Cueva del Arco

Cueva del Arco is a natural cascade bridge eroded through the karst by the Tanama River.

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Cueva del Arco offers visitors the opportunity to experience river trekking, tubing and swimming.

Below is a video of Cueva del Arco:

Cueva del Arco is located in Utuado. You can get there in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cueva del Arco:

You will need to book a tour to visit this cave and you can book a tour with Tanama River Adventures.

 

8. Cuevas del Convento

At Cuevas del Convento, you will learn all about the jewels of the southern region karst zone of Puerto Rico and home to one of the largest bat populations on the island. You do not need to book a tour to visit this cave.

Below is a video of Cuevas del Convento:

This cave is located between Peñuelas and Guayanilla. You can get there in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cuevas del Convento:

 

9. Desecheo Caves

Desecheo Caves is an extraordinary cave because it’s a cave located below sea level.

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Desecheo Caves is an amazing place to visit if you love scuba diving.

The trek to the uninhabited Desecheo Island is an adventure in itself.

Below is a video of someone scuba diving on Desecheo Island:

This is a diving-centered cave located on Desecheo Island. 

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Desecheo Island:

You will need to book a private tour to explore this cave, and most companies are based out of Rincon. You can book a tour with Taino Diver.

 

10. Las Cabachuelas

Las Cabachuelas is home to over 60 caves in Puerto Rico alone. It hosts a variety of wildlife and petroglyphs to explore. 

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In the Las Cabachuelas cave system, you can get up close and personal with petroglyphs and animals such as bats, spiders and snakes.

You can hike here freely, but this is not recommended for first-time visitors.

Below is a video of Las Cabachuelas:

This nature reserve is located in Morovis. You can get there in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Las Cabachuelas:

You can book a tour with Cabacoop.

 

11. Cuevas de la Mora

Cuevas de la Mora is a series of caves with 25 diverse petroglyphs to explore inside.

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Cuevas de la Mora can be a dangerous place to visit if you are unfamiliar with the area, so make sure to research and approach this cave with caution.

You do not need to book a tour to visit this cave.

Below is a video of local adventuring through Cuevas de la Mora:

This cave is located in Comerio. You can get to this cave in a rental car.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Cuevas de la Mora:

 

12. Angeles Cave

Angeles Cave is home to the third-largest underground river in the world.

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The third largest subterranean river in the world can be found at the Angeles Cave.

It also features an incomparable tropical ecosystem that conserves the cave from millions of years ago.

Below is a video of people exploring Angeles Cave:

This cave is part of the cave system in Rio Camuy Cave Park.

Below is a Google Map that shows the location of Angeles Cave:

No reservation is required, but you must buy a ticket to use their audio-guided tour. Tickets are purchased at the front desk.

 

 

FAQ section

Can you explore caves in Puerto Rico?

Yes! Puerto Rico is home to over 220 caves. I have listed the 12 best caves you can explore while visiting Puerto Rico.

What is the largest cave system in Puerto Rico?

The Rio Camuy cave park is the largest cave system in Puerto Rico.

Does Puerto Rico have caves?

Yes, Puerto Rico has caves and cave parks for you to explore.

 

Final thoughts

Puerto Rico has many exciting caves that you can explore.

The island is also home to the most extensive underground cave system in the world.

My favourite caves in Puerto Rico are Cueva del Indio and Cañon de Tanamá.

If you enjoy the outdoors, then you may like our article 20 Best Hiking Trails In Puerto Rico

You may also like our article 45 Best Things To Do In Puerto Rico.

Article by

Miguel Concepcion

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 14 years and have experienced every inch of this stunning island. Growing up in Puerto Rico has helped me truly learn about the rich culture and extensive history this island has to offer. I share my local knowledge in all of the articles that I write.

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