What to Do in Rincon and the Surrounding Area
El Faro, as it is known, is the Punta Higuera Lighhouse It has been lovingly restores and is surrounded by a park with a snack shop. This park is one of the few passive whale watching parks in the world. Additionally, we were able to watch surfers ride some of the waves in. In other areas, many people were snorkeling. On your way to the lighthouse, you’ll pass lots of snorkel and dive shops.
Arecibo Observatory – the world’s largest radio telescope which is used to
fathom the sounds of the universe. This site is so impressive that Hollywood has used this observatory in many films including Contact (Jodie Foster) and James Bond’s Golden Eye (Pierce Brosnan). This is about an hour away from Rincon.
Camuy Cave Park – Caverns – Rio Camuy Cave park is the third largest cave system in the world with 16 entrances and 7 miles of passages that have been mapped to date. The park has picnic areas, walking trails food facilities an exhibition hall and souvenirs (of course). When you arrive you see a 12 minute film then walk to the open air trolleys for a ride to the bottom of a 200 foot ravine. You’ll have a 45 minute guided walk through the caves. This is about 45 minutes from Rincon. I am saving this excursion for when I return with Blogger Hubby.
La Paguera – the phosphorescent bay makes an interesting trip after dark particularly when there is no visible moon. Boats leave for the one hour trip to the bay beginning at 7:30 PM. Smaller boats can be rented for a closer view. This is about 40 minutes away. The owners of our rental suggested using Aleli Tours at http://www.aleitours.com and to task for Ishmael. We did not do this but when I return we will.
Other sightseeing venues:
- Guanica Dry Forest Reserve – designated a World Biosphere by the UN; 1600 acre forest. Located on the southern coast off Rt. 333.
- Gilligan’s Island – just south of the Guanica Dry Forest off Rt. 333, a 5 minute ferry ride to a coral reef cay with unique currents and vegetation.
- Maricao – this is for coffee lovers since you’ll be in the heart of coffee country. A great road trip through the mountains in the Cordillera central
- Mayaguez Zoo – great for the kids when you need a day away from the beach
- El Yunque – the only tropical rain forest in US Territory located east of San Juan. I’ve been here twice both times on guided tours. The first time was riding horseback through the lower levels of the forest; the second was in an air conditioned SUV where we could get out and hike around.
- and finally, Old San Juan. Although I wouldn’t stay here more than one night, it does need to be visited. Some of my favorite spots The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where Ponce deLeon is buried. El Morro, which is part of the San Juan National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) is amazing. Park Rangers talk about the life of the Spanish conquistadors and really make history come to life. Another favorite spot is the Bacardi Visitor Center where you can take a tour of their factory, learn the history behind how the bat became the logo of this brand.