Puerto Rico Beach Thursday: Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos

Welcome to another edition of Beach Thursday! As I’m back to my beautiful island, this week I’m featuring one of Puerto Rico’s hidden gems: Cueva del Indio Arecibo. I had the pleasure to go to this cave, grottoes, and lovely beach yesterday, as part of a day trip to the northern coast. It was a mix of hiking, climbing, swimming, and even some Taino Indian petroglyphs! Definitely a great day under the sun :-)

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, beach panorama

Gorgeous panorama from Cueva del Indio, Arecibo

How to get to Cueva del Indio Arecibo

The municipality of Arecibo is located about 80 km west of San Juan, so you must either rent a vehicle or book a day trip with a local operator in order to reach it. I was lucky enough to be going with a friend of mine and her date, who used to be an adventure tour guide. Which means?! Going off-the-beaten-path!

How to get to Cueva del Indio Arecibo map

Arecibo, Puerto Rico map by Wiki Commons

Once you reach Arecibo, Cueva del Indio is located at St 681 Km 8.0 (Carretera 681 in Spanish). GPS should be able to get you there—and you’ll know you’re at the right place as soon as you see the sign and a business called El Coayuco. There, you pay USD $2 for parking and simply follow the signs to walk toward the cave.

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos: petroglyphs, grottoes & a beach!

The beginning of the dirt path is full of branches and even palm trees. However, it soon turns into sharp rocks, so be sure you wear sturdy walking shoes!

How to get to Cueva del Indio, rock steps

On the left: the panorama and Cueva del Indio beach. To the right? Path toward the petroglyphs cave, cove, and grotto

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, rpck face and grotto

Rock face and path toward the grotto and cove

Once you reach those big rock steps, you may turn left to enjoy the beautiful lookout and even walk down to Playa Cueva del Indio (the beach). Alternatively, you may go right to take the stairs down to the petroglyphs cave and/or walk a little further to look into the beautiful grottoes, cove, and crashing Atlantic Ocean.

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos: how to get there

Rock steps leading toward the cove and Atlantic Ocean

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, petroglyphs cave entrance

Stairs leading to the petroglyphs cave. Stunning! And higher than it looks…

Of course, I recommend you go both ways 😉 We went to the grottoes and petroglyphs cave first, just so we could wrap up the day by enjoying the panorama and relaxing at Playa Cueva del Indio.

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos: petroglyphs cave

Taino Indian petroglyphs: they were all over the cave! It is still uncertain how old they are.

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, blue cove

Gorgeous cove by Cueva del Indio cave

Extra travel tips for Cueva del Indio

– The waters can be rough! For this reason, make sure you look for the 2 mini pools (protected by the reef) once you hike down to the beach. There, you can refresh out of harm’s way.

Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, cove panorama

Waves weren’t that big yesterday, but this is a stunning spot!

How to get to Playa Cueva del Indio

One of the safe pools to bathe at Playa Cueva del Indio

– For some interesting photographs, lookout for the cute zebra fish at one of the pools and the blue iguanas wandering around Playa Cueva del Indio!

Playa Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, blue iguana

Blue iguana!

For more Playa Cueva del Indio photos, check out LatinAbroad’s Facebook page.

Playa Cueva del Indio Arecibo photos, beach

Playa Cueva del Indio: you can clearly see one of the pools here!

What’s your favorite beach cave? Mine is Cueva del Indio for sure! :-)


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