Caribbean National Forest

Quick Facts

Caribbean National Forest

Puerto Rico

(787) 888-1810

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

The Caribbean National Forest, also known as, "El Yunque" National Forest of Puerto Rico is known as the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Despite is relatively small size of 28,00 acres, the forest is important because it differs greatly from all the other U.S. National Forests due to of its year-round tropical climate and unrivaled biodiversity.

Map of Caribbean Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 18.312974, -65.771370

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Driving along roads 9966, 966, and 186 towards the west, there are several spots where the forest opens up to wide scenic vistas.

  • Camping

    Guests must fill-out a free Camping Permit before camping.

  • Fishing

    No fishing is allowed.

  • Hiking

    Guests can enjoy 24 miles of recreational trails and 12 miles of administrative trails found.

  • Historic Sites

    The El Yunque National Forest's Forest Adventure Tours Program is designed to meet the needs of visitors who wish to take advantage of a professionally guided tour of a rain forest trail to learn about its geology, climate, and of course its amazing diversity of plants and animals. Along the way visitors who take the Forest Adventure Tour gain a better understanding of the forest's long history of management and conservation.

  • Hunting

    No hunting allowed.

  • Picnicking

    The Quebrada Grande picnic area welcomes guests along PR 186 on the Forest's western side. Picnic facilities are available to guests on a first come-first served basis.

  • RVing

    there are no developed campgrounds or designated camping areas.

  • Water Sports

    There are many locations for water sports, contact the area for more information.

Seasonality/Weather

The forest has an average temperature of 73° F, which changes little throughout the seasons.

Directions

Driving

Travel time from the San Juan International Airport is about 45 minutes. The most direct access to the Forest is via Highway 19 1. Turn South onto Highway 191 from Highway 3 in the community of Palmer.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(787) 888-1810

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