Top 10 Nature Sites In Puerto Rico – Toro Negro Forest

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Both the highest peak and the highest lake in Puerto Rico are found in the Toro Negro Forest Reserve. Located in the central mountain region, this destination affords panoramic views of the coastal plains and the Caribbean Sea.

The Reserve itself was specifically designed to allow for long, exploratory walks, as is evident by its five designated trails, the longest of which can take up to 2 hours to trek. One of them leads to an observation tower with spectacular views of two lakes and the surrounding region.

Top 10 Nature Sites In Puerto Rico   Toro Negro Forest

A camping area—complete with all kinds of facilities for bonfires, waste disposal and bathrooms—has been delineated for the more avid and enthusiastic hikers and travelers. Also, natural hot springs are available to the public during certain periods of the year. The nearby surroundings are a network of quaint, crisscrossing small roads that take the traveler on a real tour of Puerto Rico’s innermost natural resources. Along these rts the visitor can appreciate the true variety and diversity of the Island’s vegetation, while the temperature drops to a pleasant cool in the afternoons and throughout the day during winter.

Top 10 Nature Sites In Puerto Rico   Toro Negro Forest

How to Get There

From Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport take Baldorioty de Castro Ave. (Road 26) towards San Juan. Take exit Bayamón/ Arecibo via Minillas Tunnel. Continue towards Arecibo on toll Road 22. Take the exit to Road 140 towards the town of Florida and continue until connecting to Road 141. At the end of Road 141 turn left toward Road 144 East and take the exit to Road 143 and go straight to the forest.