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Cerro de Punta, Jayuya

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Cerro de Punta or just Cerro Punta is the highest peak in Puerto Rico, rising to 1338m above sea level. The mountain is part of the Cordillera Central and is located in the municipality of Ponce.
The mountain is part of the Cordillera Central and is located on the border between the municipalities of Jayuya and Ponce. The access road to the point closest to the highest elevation is from the municipality of Jayuya. It is part of the Toro Negro Forest Reserve, and it has been described as "an alpine runt." It is located on the western end of the Toro Negro State Park. The mountain is just north of east-to-westbound Route 143. It is located at coordinates 18.172458 and -66.591839W. The nearest populated place to Cerro de Punta is Urbanization Vega Linda, located 3.3 miles away.
Unlike many Caribbean mountains, Cerro de Punta is not a volcano but simply the highest point in the Cordillera Central. Cordillera Central is the central mountain range that divides the island by running in an east-west fashion.
The view from atop Cerro de Punta is said to be "the best view in all of Puerto Rico". On a clear day, it is possible to see virtually the entire island, including as far as San Juan, which is over 75 miles away. There are a number of radio and television transmission and re-transmission towers just off the top of the mountain. There is an observation platform at the top of the mountain.
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  • We added this to the end of a day at the Arecibo Observatory, however, it was almost 2 hours from there! The section of 143 leading to this is now littered with severe potholes. The road up to the...  more »
  • After spending the night at a coffee plantation nearby, we decided to try reaching the top of Cerro Punta, tallest peak on the island. The plantation owners said it should be no trouble reaching the.....  more »
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  • Not for feint of heart, this place has a very steep, very poorly maintained access road, which even by PR standards is very rough and narrow. You will have to back up to oncoming traffic. We did it in a jeep, would not attempt with non 4 wheel drive anymore. On a clear day it is amazing. Be careful.
  • Roads are in shambles. View was amazing
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