Explore La Cueva del Indio (Indian Cave)

Cueva del Indio, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Year Round

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Cliff Jumping

Ancient cave drawings by original inhabitants with beautiful cliffs and hidden beaches. There's quick and easy access (10 min.) and you can learn about the movies that have been filmed here.

La Cueva del Indio is one of the most beautiful places on the island of Puerto Rico – there's nothing quite like witnessing the majesty of a sunset on the cliff, and yet it's still incredible all day long.

It takes about five minutes to walk out onto the cliffs. Two movies were filmed on these cliffs, which you can learn about at the restaurant nearby.

The cave is up to the left. You will have to climb down a ladder to find the cave drawings. These drawings are incredible, and tell a story about the original inhabitants of the island. Down in the cave, water from the tide flows in from underneath, and when the waves are big, water flows through an opening facing the ocean. The pink rock and blue water contrast beautifully.

If you are looking for more of an adrenaline rush, you can jump off the cliffs when the water is relatively calm, and there are some good surfing beaches that you can access by walking a short distance to the west.

There is also a beautiful, hidden beach just to the east, which will require hiking through some foliage and continuing along the cliff for a few minutes. There is nothing like relaxing all along on a beach, which is extremely hard to do, especially in Puerto Rico. Generally there aren't many people in this area, so you can roam, explore, and swim as long as you'd like.

Make sure to bring appropriate shoes for walking on coral rock, which is sharp. Also, if kids are with you, make sure to keep an eye on them when close to the cliffs. Have fun exploring this beautiful area!

Getting there: Arecibo is about two hours west of San Juan and is well worth the trip. Geo-coordinates for the location are 18°29'34.1"N 66°38'31.4"W. There is easy parking in front of the restaurant, right by the cave.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Shoes (coral rock surface)
  • Swimming suit
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This is an amazing experience. My family and I went for a few hours. The views are breathtaking. Inside the cave, there's a natural pool you can swim in, so bring a bathing suit. There so many crevices that have different cave carvings that give you chills. Go in the morning as there are few people at that time. Cliff diving in this area is for experienced divers and is temperamental as you can't really do it when the waves are in force. The private beach is only really accesible by hiking, but the hike is easy 5 minute hike. The beach is worth it and is absolutely stunning. Be careful where you park. Park at the parking lot nearby as the street parking is dangerous. This is easily my favorite thing I've done in Puerto Rico.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Don't leave P. R. Without coming here! The views are undeniable. As of March 2016 the price for two people and a car is $10. Support the local economy and obtain views like no other. Easy to find with google maps. Enjoy!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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