Simply put, the Arecibo Observatory / National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center is ASTONISHING! It leaves you at a loss for words. Check out our map link and choose satellite view, and realize how easy it is to see in that image! This thing is beyond HUGE! The drive there is also a beautiful drive through the mountains. So even if the Observatory does not appeal to everyone the drive there should be enough to please all.
Please look at our images for hours of operation. Times that it is open to the public are based on seasons.
When you arrive you will pass through a main gate and proceed to the first parking lot. If anyone in your group has issues walking up steep inclines just speak to one of the employees and they will direct you up the road to the second parking lot. If you park in the first lot you better grab everything you need “money camera etc etc”. Trust us, you do not want to walk back down to retrieve any of those items once you reach the peak. As you proceed up the path the sheer magnitude of this telescope will hit you! Get to the ticket office and pay, then find your way to the viewing deck. It is honestly one of those things you will never forget. Personally after about 5-10 minutes I am ready to go, but it is worth every bit of the drive there.
On a side note, the Observatory has been featured as an on site location for quite a few movies. Thus, there is a good chance that you have seen this before.
The Ruins in Aguadilla Puerto Rico are between the Golf Course and Wilderness. The story we have always been told is that it used to be a light house, but we are not completely sure if that is true. People park along the side of the dirt road and take the opportunity to shoot pictures. The only warning is that we have had locals tell us that you should not hang out there after sunset.
We have confirmed that this was the old Aguadilla lighthouse. It was destroyed in the early 1900s by the combination of a strong earthquake and the tsunami that followed it. It was heavily damaged and later rebuild on the elevated cliff-side near the golf coarse.
During the same earthquake the Lighthouse in Rincon was also heavily damaged. That lighthouse was rebuilt and sits on one of the most beautiful spots in the world. You can see the Rincon Lighthouse at: goseepr.com/rincon-lighthouse/
The Double Waterfalls of Gozalandia, both an Upper and Lower Waterfall, make for one of the best waterfall trips in Puerto Rico. HOWEVER, DO NOT GO OUT THERE WITHOUT A GPS AND OUR MAPPED COORDINATES. Take advantage of our map because Gozalandia is on the top of the list for hard places to find without a GPS. However, if you take our map with you it should be a walk in the park. Read more →
Finding Wishing Well without a GPS can be quite time consuming. If you are up for the challenge at least do your best to remember points on the map before heading out. However, we highly recommend a GPS for this spot
Wishing Well is best known as a surf spot, but it is much less consistent than the surrounding waves of Aguadilla. However, there are very few places in Puerto Rico, or for that matter the world, as scenic as this. If you are in the Aguadilla area, grab your GPS and stop by Wishing Well.
Our only warning is that the small public parking lot at the end of the road just in front of Wishing Well is littered with the glass of many broken car windows so do not leave valuables in your car. The beach front is only steps from the parking lot, so as long as you are not going out snorkeling or surfing you should be fine. Better yet, there is a house right there at the end of the road that will let you park in the yard for a small fee. That house is pictured with the rooster on the roof top. We have parked in the public lot on many occasions and never had an issue, but it never hurts to play it safe.
The mountain outlook in Moca, Puerto Rico is located off to the side of route PR-110. It is a back road between the Isabela-Aguadilla area and the Aguadilla-Aguada-Rincon area, passing through Moca. The best part is that not only is this back road’s scenery beautiful, but this route will quite possibly save you time as well. Depending on the time of day PR-2 can get extremely congested and become a slow bumper to bumper traffic jam.
The Mountain Outlook in Moca is accessed by pulling off the side of the road into what looks like a deceleration zone. It will get you far enough off of PR-110 that you will be fine.
If the weather is good and clear, you will be able to see for miles. Because this outlook is on the side of a mountain you will have the opportunity to take some great pictures of the entire Moca valley!
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