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Puerto Rico Attractions

Updated on April 14, 2012
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Peurto Rico is an island crossroads where the Atlantic ocean wraps around the north side and the Caribbean to its south. The island reaches 100 miles in length and 35 miles wide. Various types of landmasses permeate the island including miles of beaches, rain forests and mountain ranges. San Juan is considered a major city with its population count of 442,447. Puerto Rican culture is a melting pot of various races, some with ancestors dating back to the Taino Indians.

Toro Negro State Forest and Lookout Tower offers an amazing experience for travelers interested in visiting one of Puerto Rico's top natural wonders. Water falls, sweeping views along with exotic birds and plants are some of the possibilities you will find throughout this forest. The lookout tower is found at the Doňa Juana Recreational Area. Good hiking shoes make hiking the trails in Toro Negro State Forest easier because of the area's changing elevations and terrain. Climb the Cerro de Punta, Puerto Rico's tallest mountain located inside Toro Negro.

Luquillo Beach, located 31 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a popular beach for both visitors and locals. From Luquillo, you have easy access to the El Yunque rain forest. Luquillo beach is crescent in shape. See sweeping ocean and mountain views that are in tandem to each other. Travelers love to snorkel at Luguillo except during the winter when rip currents reach their strongest levels.

Angel Ramos Foundation visitors center offers tourists' a unique look at astronomy and atmospheric science. The observatory, completed in March 1997, attracts students and those interested in atmospheric science. Through exhibits and short films, visitors get an idea of how the radio telescope work and what it takes to run the observatory from the perspective of scientists to the Angel Ramos kitchen staff.

Camuy caves, found in the Río Camuy Cave Park, is a great choice for those who are interested in hiking and exploring the network of caves that make up Camuy's landscape. The park sits on 268 acres of land where the caves were formed, over a million years ago, from the Camuy river. Picnic tables along with a souvenir shop, restrooms and an exhibit area are all located inside Rio Camuy. It's a good idea to make reservations before visiting because the park is so popular among travelers and locals alike. Call 787-898-3100 to reserve your spot at Camuy park. .

Visit the El Yunque rain forest, southeast of San Juan, to experience one of the oldest rain forest in the western world. Plan to hike, spot rare wild animals (Puerto Rican Parrot) and view waterfalls. The El Yunque is part of a network consisting of four U.S. forests: the Tabonuco, Palo Colorado, Palma Seirra and En Las Nubes.

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      technorican 7 years ago from Houston

      Dang - I never got to go to El Yunque! It's high on my list on my next trip. Sorry - there's a long story behind that.

      Thank you for writing about Puerto Rico!

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