Landmarks

Landmarks

Puer­to Rico’s charms are many and quite unlike what you’ll find else­where in the Unit­ed States. You can scale the steps of a 16th-cen­tu­ry fort or jour­ney through a trop­i­cal for­est to find a world-famous seat of sci­en­tif­ic research. Although the island seems designed for relax­ation, with exten­sive white beach­es and Caribbean-style nightlife, the curi­ous explor­er also finds plen­ty of land­marks of sig­nif­i­cance. (USA Today).

 

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández

from NPS.gov The music store now known as Casa Amadeo opened as Casa Hernán­dez in the Bronx, New York, just pri­or to the large post-World War II Puer­to Rican migra­tion to New York City. When the Unit­ed States direct­ed all its invest­ment in Puer­to Rico’s sug­ar sec­tor,…

Arecibo Telescope in Trouble

The U.S. Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion is accept­ing pro­pos­als from any­one who wants to take over oper­a­tions. By Asso­ci­at­ed Press and Dan­i­ca Coto Jan 25, 2017  The future of one of the world’s largest sin­gle-dish radio tele­scopes is in ques­tion after the U.S. Nation­al…

Bahia Mosquito

Also known as Bio­lu­mi­nes­cent Bay, Bahia Mos­qui­to is filled with a species of phos­pho­res­cent dynofla­gel­late, mak­ing the waters glow — it’s a mag­nif­i­cent sight, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the dark. The microor­gan­isms are harm­less. Avoid any cruise offers that use motor boats,…

El Cañuelo

Forti­n San Juan de la Cruz (Fort Saint John of the Cross), bet­ter known as el Cañue­lo, is locat­ed on Isla de Cabras, Puer­to Rico. This fort was orig­i­nal­ly built in wood in 1500. Its loca­tion at the entrance of the San Juan bay, and in front of the Fort San Felipe del…

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Park

787−840−2255 /787–840-5685  The Indi­an Cer­e­mo­ni­al Cen­ter of Tibes, locat­ed in the city of Ponce was dis­cov­ered in 1975.  The first inhab­i­tants of the area were pre­sum­ably the Igner­is Indi­ans who came from South Amer­i­ca. They must have set­tled here at about the…

El Yungue

EL Yunque is the only Trop­i­cal Rain­for­est in the Unit­ed States.  It’s named after the “Good” Taino spir­it Yukiyi. It is divid­ed into four sec­tions: Tabonu­co for­est, Palo Col­orado for­est, Pal­ma Sier­ra for­est, and Bosque en las nubes (For­est in the clouds). The entire…

Puerto Rico Touts New Plans For Giant Telescope

  SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Puer­to Rico plans to build a hotel and a plan­e­tar­i­um as part of a $50 mil­lion project to attract more vis­i­tors to the world’s largest sin­gle-dish radio tele­scope, offi­cials said Tues­day. It is the first major announce­ment from the new…

Punta Borinquen

Inac­tive since 1918, when the light­house was near­ly destroyed by a tsuna­mi. The light­house was an octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er with lantern and gallery, ris­ing from a 1-sto­ry stone keeper’s house, sim­i­lar to the Cabo San Juan light­house. Foun­da­tions and por­tions…

Punta Mules Vieques

Light­house paint­ed cream with white trim, lantern black.  Restored in 1992, the build­ing for­mer­ly housed a small muse­um, the build­ing has dete­ri­o­rat­ed and is now closed to the pub­lic. Locat­ed on the east side of the entrance to the har­bor of Isabel­la Segun­da (Vieques)…

Puerto Ferro (Vieques) Lighthouse

Octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er ris­ing from the cen­ter of 1-sto­ry stone keeper’s house. Active light on skele­tal tow­er next to the light­house. Lantern removed.  Endan­gered by decay and lack of main­te­nance, the light­house has fall­en into ruin and has been added to…

Las Cabezas (Fajardo) Lighthouse

Tow­er paint­ed light gray with white trim, lantern black. The orig­i­nal 1-sto­ry neo­clas­si­cal stone keeper’s house is used as a nature cen­ter and marine lab­o­ra­to­ry oper­at­ed by the Col­lege of Humacao of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico.  This beau­ti­ful and well-pre­served…

Isla de Cardona Lighthouse

Light­house paint­ed white; lantern is black. Orig­i­nal 6th order Sauti­er, Lemonier & Cie. Fres­nel lens is on dis­play in the Coast Guard Muse­um in San Juan. Marinas.com has aer­i­al pho­tos, Colón-Sepúlve­da has a his­toric pho­to and an aer­i­al pho­to of the island and…

Isla de Cabra Lighthouse

The Cei­ba light­house entered ser­vice in 1908. It was designed fol­low­ing the style used for the San Juan light­house (El Mor­ro), and con­struct­ed on Cabras Island, the east­ern tip of Puer­to Rico, oppo­site Vieques Island. The estab­lish­ment of a light­house at this loca­tion…

Guanica Lighthouse

Octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal mason­ry tow­er attached to a 1-sto­ry mason­ry keeper’s house; lantern removed. The tow­er and and keeper’s house are in ruins. The light­house was replaced by a buoy off­shore. This is a crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered light­house; the build­ing appears to be in…

Faro Punta Tuna

Light­house paint­ed white, lantern black; the keeper’s house is paint­ed cream with white trim. The orig­i­nal 3rd order Fres­nel lens, some­what dam­aged by van­dals, remains in the tow­er but is not in use.   In 2006, George Van Parys found­ed a sup­port orga­ni­za­tion called…

Faro Punta Figuras

Light­house paint­ed cream with white trim.  The orig­i­nal lantern and lens were destroyed by van­dals in 1969. By ear­ly 2001, the light­house was in very poor shape, with no roof and only scraps of its lantern; this earned it a spot on the Light­house Digest Dooms­day List.…

Culebrita Lighthouse

Although a July 2006 pho­to shows the small mod­ern light in the shat­tered lantern, it is amaz­ing that this light­house is in ser­vice. As of late 2000, the build­ing is in ruins, severe­ly dam­aged by van­dals and by Hur­ri­canes Hugo (1989) and Mar­i­lyn (1995).  This is…

Caja de Muerto Lighthouse

Light­house paint­ed white, lantern black.  Poor­ly main­tained, the light sta­tion is on the Light­house Digest Dooms­day List,  holes in the roof are allow­ing rain to drench the inte­ri­or. Caja de Muer­tos is a small island in the Caribbean about 5 miles south­east of Ponce;…

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