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Yarr, Matey, It's the Arecibo Lighthouse!

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A March 2007 trip to Arecibo by stomps

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Quote: We were taken completely by surprise by the lighthouse that turned out to be a miniature theme park, complete with pirate ships to commandeer!

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park

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Attraction | "Part 1: The Attraction We Were Not Expecting"

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park Photo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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After spending the morning and early afternoon visiting the planned attractions--namely, Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy and the Arecibo Observatory, we had a few more hours to kill before heading back to Humacao. Cristina's parents suggested the Arecibo Lighthouse, which we agreed to, expecting to see...well, a lighthouse, a perhaps some nice sea views. Having never visited it before, her parents thought the same thing.We were all very wrong. The first indication that this might not be your average lighthouse came after we parked at the very east end of the Arecibo beach and walked to the entrance. Admittance, we were told, would cost us $7.50 each. In Puerto Rico, this was a decent price, as ...Read More

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Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
Carr. #655 Bo. Islote Sector El Muelle
Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614
(787) 880-7540

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park

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Attraction | "Part 2: Exploring Columbus' Fleet"

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park Photo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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It was not until I reached the base of the stairs leading to a ship's deck that I realized three of the boats were actually the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. This was stated on a plaque, which informed us that "The ships the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria are one-third scale of its original size. Christopher Columbus Fontanarosa was born in Genova, Italy, in 1451. On August 3, 1492, he departed from Puerto de Palos, Spain, with the three ships the 'Niña,' 'Pinta,' and 'Santa Maria' and Queen Isabel's total support. Finally on October 12, 1492, they arrive at land erroneously thinking they had arrived at Oriental India. In March of 1493, he returned to Spain with the Niña and the Pinta an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
Carr. #655 Bo. Islote Sector El Muelle
Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614
(787) 880-7540

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park

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Attraction | "Part 3: La Guarida de Piratas (The Pirates' Cave)"

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park Photo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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Nearly underneath the stern of the ship was the pirates' cave. Not sure exactly what a "pirates' cave" entailed, we walked past the workman replastering the entrance (with some foul-smelling chemicals) into the dark depths beyond."Pirates of the Caribbean" music blared from the loudspeakers embedded in the cave ceiling as we stared at the strangely intriguing robotic pirates greeting us. Leaning forward in a rather precarious manner, they waited until someone stood in front of their corner before mechanically leaning back and spouting various pre-recorded pirateisms. We moved on past various stashes of loot until we found the main cavern of the cave. The "Pirates" music echoed around us, and a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
Carr. #655 Bo. Islote Sector El Muelle
Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614
(787) 880-7540

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park

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Attraction | "Part 4: When We Really Commandeer a Ship"

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park Photo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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The three of us had an absolute blast properly commandeering the ship. We took pictures with the Jack Sparrow impersonator, hanging from various ropes, standing in the cross timbers, saluting our fallen pirate forebears. We got closeups and shots from the ground showing the entire ship we were taking for our own. It was a rather large ship, but with three of us, we finally made ready and left port for Tortuga (meaning we had so much fun climbing and taking pictures that we were afraid everyone else had left us, so we left the ship--stil stuck in its grass anchorage--to go find them).Later, on reading ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
Carr. #655 Bo. Islote Sector El Muelle
Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614
(787) 880-7540

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park

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Attraction | "Part 5: The Lighthouse, Its Patio, and the Minizoo"

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park Photo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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Many of us never made it up to the lighthouse itself, which is also known as 'Morrillo's Lighthouse' because it is located on top of a rocky mountain known as 'Punta Morrillo.' In the interior of the lighthouse, you will be able to observe artifacts found at the bottom of the ocean, a 1910 diving suit, a replica of the US Constitution and on its wall literature relating to the history of the Arecibo Lighthouse and the Spanish-American War. Although I am not sure if visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse, there are still panoramic views from its base, and if it is in season, it is supposedly a great place to have a nice picnic lunch and whale-watch at the same time!Although it did offe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park
Carr. #655 Bo. Islote Sector El Muelle
Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614
(787) 880-7540

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