North Region
 

 

NORTH REGION

It includes the municipalities of Camuy, Hatillo, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Manatí, Vega Baja, Vega Alta, Dorado and Toa Alta.  It encompasses the whole Atlantic coast of the country, where you will find beaches, caves, forests, lighthouses, lakes, historical places, luxurious hotels, sophisticated golf courses, and the world’s largest radio telescope. In Arecibo, you will find campuses of the University of Puerto Rico and the Inter American University.  In Barceloneta, there is an Ana G. Méndez University System educational center where the International School of Design is located.

This region is known as El Karso (The Karst), a topographic area predominated by carbonated rocks from sedimentary origin, formed during millions of years under the sea level where there were big lakes.   Its features make it suitable for any kind of sport and outdoor activities.  It is the home of various attractions, excellent beaches for swimming, and long sandy pathways, perfect for walking.

This region includes the Condado, Santurece Miramar and Ocean Park areas.  Here, you will find countless beaches, international level hotels, casinos, clubs, restaurants and boutiques.  There are lodging and services options to suite all tastes and budgets.


 

PLACES OF INTEREST

  

The Arecibo Observatory

This scientific center is used by astronomers to study the outer space. It is home of one of the main tourist features of the island: the largest radio telescope in the world. This engineering marvel is currently shared by several US federal government agencies and the Metropolitan University from the Ana G. Méndez University System.

 

Camuy River Cave Park

It is a complex cave system along with one of the largest underground rivers in the world: the Camuy River. In addition to a pleasant walk around the wooded area, you will enjoy interior sinkholes of unimaginable beauty. This national park has picnic and camping areas, restrooms and showers.

 

Lighthouse and Historical Park of Arecibo

Among the attractions here, you will find thematic scenes about the history of Puerto Rico such as the Taino Village, featuring the first inhabitants of the island before the arrival of the Spanish, replicas of the three Spanish conquest ships and a pirate ship, the Slaves’ Barrack, the Casa Jíbara, a helicopter from 1964, and a large recreational area. The Lighthouse Los Morillos, better known as the Arecibo Lighthouse, is another important place in the park. Currently, it houses several artifacts found in the bottom of the sea.

 

Cueva del Indio (Indian´s Cave)

This impressive cave is located in the municipality of Arecibo. It possesses a great archeological and cultural value that can be appreciated through the petroglyphs created by indigenous people that lived in the area. Its huge and deep cliffs where the sea waves hit with all their strength will amaze you.

 

Cueva Ventana

In this cave, also situated in Arecibo, you will find a staircase to descend to the main area, a cavity of 20 feet (6 meters). Discover the stalactites and stalagmites, bats and insects typical of its ecosystem. At the end of the cave there is an opening in the mountain that offers a unique view to the mountains and the Río Grande of Arecibo, which gives Cueva Ventana its name.

 

Mar Chiquita

This small and scenic beach, found in the Municipality of Manatí, is surrounded by rocks that form a cavity through which the water enters, creating a natural pool.

 

Puerto Rico Premium Outlets 

This shopping center located in Barceloneta has 100 stores featuring brand names known worldwide at affordable prices. Its village-like architecture, in addition to its colorful design and varied store facades have made this shopping mall a tourist attraction for both locals and visitors.

 

Hacienda La Esperanza

The Hacienda la Esperanza Nature Reserve in Manatí is a very important ecological, tourist, cultural and historical center in the country. It was one of the richest and most advanced sugarcane plantations in Puerto Rico by the end of the 19th century. It had its own port and sugar mill, powered by steam which made it very efficient. Currently, it is operated by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.

 

Balneario de Cerro Gordo 

It is one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Rico, located in the Municipality of Vega Alta and managed by the National Parks Company of Puerto Rico. It is well known, not only for its spectacular beach, but also for its camping area, big enough to accommodate 95 tents.

 

Guajataca Forest

It is located between the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas. It has a humid subtropical ecosystem and 25 miles of marked trails where you can walk and enjoy nature. More than 25 bird species and over 180 tree species coexist there. There is a ranger station by the entrance of the forest where you can obtain information about the route.

Contact Information

State Department of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 9023271
San Juan, PR 00902-3271
1 (787) 722-2121 ext. 4292, 4295, 4350
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