Welcome visitorsThe VSQ Office welcomes and invites you to familiarize yourself with the lodging facilities and services offered by the Arecibo Observatory (AO). The AO operates (23) twenty-three on-site VSQ rooms that are available for visiting telescope users, official Arecibo Observatory visitors, as well as visiting scientists.
Lodge reservations have to be made through the Lodge Request Form
Check-in 3:00 pm. Upon arrival on site, AO Security will complete your Check-In Registration Form, give you your room key and escort you to your room.
Payment for lodging expenses should be made prior to departure from the AO. Luz Lopez – Customer Service Representative, is available in office #05 of the Visitor Center Trailer, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 4:30p.m. If your departure date is on a weekend, or holiday, please settle your bill in advance for payment. You can also settle your payment at The Galaxy Shop in the Visitor Center with Thalia García or Yazmin Santiago.
The AO does not provide airport transportation. However, if transportation is needed, we can assist in arranging taxi service with an external resource. Fee will vary. Request for this service should be included in the housing reservation form, included in the comments section.
The Visiting Scientist Quarters (VSQ) will be made-up prior to visitors check-in and will be provided with adequate towels, wash cloths, soap, and other necessities. If nay requests are to be made, you may contact our housekeeping personnel at extension 609 or 397. Please report any situations or maintenance problems to AO Security at extension 222 or 609.
ADDITIONAL ROOM ITEMS
All room keys are paired with a led flashlight for use during your stay. Also available in the rooms is an umbrella for rainy days. As established at check-in, additional charges may be applied for lost items or damaged.
Submit your reservation using our new lodging request form.
At the airport
There is no need to schedule a ride as plenty of cabs are available at the airport. Please inform your driver that you are heading to Arecibo Observatory. Get on Expreso Román Baldorioty de Castro/PR-26 from Ave. AeropuertoDirections
Take Expresso José De Diego/PR-22 W to Carretera 10 in Arecibo. Exit from Expreso José De Diego/PR-22 W
Take PR-652, PR-651, PR-635 and PR-625 to your destination
Puerto Rico 625, Arecibo, 00612