Day Trips in San juanEdit This
San Juan, being the capital city of Puerto Rico, offers myriads of sightseeing attractions and San Juan Day Trips comprise of some interesting hot spots located in its vicinity.
El Yunque National Rainforest
About an hour and half driving distance from San Juan, El Yunque is a subtropical rainforest in Puerto Rico. Due to its perfect weather and steady rainfall, El Yunque has an amazing collection of about 150 types of ferns and 240 kinds of trees thriving in its soil. The forest also boasts of some rare animals like pygmy anole and coqui tree frog which cannot be traced elsewhere on earth. The most popular hiking trail in the forest is La Mina Trail as it will take you straight to the La Mina Falls which is the only waterfall in the forest open to visitors for swimming.
It takes about 30 minutes by flight to reach the mesmerizing island Culebra from San Juan. You may also ride ferry boat or yacht to reach this island. Culebra has some of the best beaches in the world – Flamenco Beach and Carlos Rosario Beach, known for their breathtaking natural beauty. Besides, you may catch a glimpse of the turtles swarming the beaches almost all through the year. Again, if you are adventurous kind, you may dive deep into the sea in Culebra to view of sharks, lobsters, eels beneath the cool, blue water.
About 40 miles away from San Juan, Fajardo is the boating capital of Puerto Rico. It is better that you start early in the morning from San Juan to cover most of the places in Fajardo. Fajardo has some wonderful beaches with Seven Seas Beach topping the list. All the beaches are equipped with facilities of scuba diving, snorkeling and water sport activities. Besides, Fajardo has a national park called Las Cabezas de San Juan which gives refuge to several endangered species. A 19th century light house located inside the parkthat gives a splendid vista of El Yunque.
About 1 1/2 hours driving distance from San Juan, Arecibo Observatory has a single dish radio telescope,the largest in the world. The dish covering about 8.0 hectares of land is 150 feet deep. The telescope functions 24 hours every day of the year. Scientists from all over the world visit this observatory that is deemed to be one of the most important national centers for research in radio astronomy, terrestrial aeronomy and radar astronomy.
February 22, 2010 change by ashmita