The 6 Best Things to Do in Jayuya, Puerto Rico

July 19, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best top things to do in Jayuya, Puerto Rico including La Piedra Escrita, Museo El Cemi, Casa Canales, Cerro de Punta, Parque Familiar Adrian Padua Sanchez, Tu Bolera Jayuya.
Restaurants in Jayuya

1. La Piedra Escrita

2.3 Carr 144, Jayuya 00664-1517, Puerto Rico
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
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0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

La Piedra Escrita

Reviewed By patisson - Cambridge, MA

Magnificent and clear petroglyphs are inscribed in this rock, evidence of a culture all but destroyed by invading Europeans. Unfortunately, I saw local young people not only climbing on the rock but walking on the images, contributing to likely long-term damage. It is nonetheless important to witness this evidence of past civilization if you are in the area.

2. Museo El Cemi

At Centre For Development and Labour, Jayuya, Puerto Rico
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Museo El Cemi

Reviewed By drdjr

Museo El Cemi is a great place to visit only if you are in the area and planning to visit other local attractions. The museum could be seen in 30-60 minutes. Please, take precaution with mosquitos, specially if you are sensitive to mosquitos or insect bites. The cost is minimal and there are several good places for lunch close by.

3. Casa Canales

Rte 144 Km 9.3, Jayuya, Puerto Rico
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
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0%
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Casa Canales

Reviewed By Armando H

Up in the mountain of Jayuya is the Canales Family State. Same ground of El Cemi Museum. If you look at the view behind the house the mountain in the bakground has the same shape of a Cemi and Indian God. Nice places to visit. Rest rooms and restaurant on site. City Police Department. Information center and souvenir store.

4. Cerro de Punta

Jayuya, Puerto Rico
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Cerro de Punta

The tallest mountain is in the center of the island, which at an elevation of 4,389 feet with an area of 3,515 square miles, offers spectacular vistas of the entire island and Caribbean Sea.

Reviewed By lengrano - Boston

Cerro de Punta is the highest peak in Puerto Rico, and there is a fantastic view from the top - well worth a visit, especially since you can drive almost to the very top. But here's the crazy thing: there is no sign at all. The pull-off from the main highway (143) is completely unmarked, despite the fact that this attraction is mentioned in many tourbooks. It's supposedly within Toro Negro national forest, but there are no signs even telling you that you've entered the national forest - at least not if you're coming from the West.
The mountain is marked on most maps, so it's easy to get close. But when you get to the turnoff, you think "this can't possibly be it, because it's completely unmarked". But it is. As you're driving east on 143 (a windy but well-maintained highway), as you are passing by what looks to be the highest mountain around, with radio towers on top, you'll see a large gravel/dirt area on the left, with the start of a narrow paved road up the mountain visible from the highway. Pull into this gravel/dirt area. Now, you can either drive or hike up the paved road.
The paved mountain road is narrow and very, very steep, but is in fairly good shape, and pretty short. We made it up in our Nissan Altima rental car with no problem. When you turn off the highway, you're already pretty close to the top, so it only takes 2-3 minutes to drive up the narrow road the rest of the way to the top. Once you start up the narrow road though, you're pretty committed. There's an easy turnaround at the top, but there's no place to turn around until you get there.
Anyway, at the top, you see the radio towers, and a bunch of ominous signs saying no trespassing, etc. However, walk past the towards, staying to the left of them, and eventually, you'll see (on your left) a metal railing along a steep set of rock/concrete stairs leading to the observation platform at the very top of the mountain. Despite the fact that the stairs are mostly covered with vegetation, and no sign at all saying "this way to the peak", you can go up the stairs. At the top is a 10-foot wide concrete platform that's the true peak. It's the base of the highest radio tower. Anyway, from that point, you can see both the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and pretty much most of the island.
A great view that's actually quite easily accessible once you find it.

5. Parque Familiar Adrian Padua Sanchez

Carr.144 | Km.1.7, Jayuya, Puerto Rico +1 787-232-1731
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Parque Familiar Adrian Padua Sanchez

Reviewed By Khufu8 - Oakville, Canada

Can't tell you about the park. Our impression is that it's probably as unimpressive as the rest of Juyaya we saw, considering the tremendous effort it takes to reach this remote part of central PR (don't even try the lousy roads off Hwy 10 at night). We were impressed by the new Pito Rico distillery on Rte 141 on the outskirts of town, however, from the friendly hostess to the brief tour and the tastings. Only 3 years in operation, the rum is delicious and is particularly good when blended with the many fresh fruits that are used. Not worth a special trip, but really the best part of this town.

6. Tu Bolera Jayuya

Road 5141, Jayuya, Puerto Rico
Excellent
0%
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100%
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4 based on 1 reviews

Tu Bolera Jayuya

Reviewed By amghco - Humacao,PR

Not usual to have a bowling alley on this area of the island. Great facility to have a good time with family while visiting the area. Sell food, refreshments and drinks. Variety of options at lunch hours. A must to visit place in Jayuya.

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