Race Around the Track on a Go-Cart!
Imagine speeding around a race track, in a convertible, with the wind whipping through your hair. What fun! OK — miniaturize that thought and think go-karts! It is a funny thing I have noticed — people of all ages love go-karts. I know I do. Ray always says it is odd, since I can drive and do at speeds much faster than a go-kart goes! But it is still one of those things that when I see it, I want to do! And of course kids love it because they get to drive! Luckily there are a couple places in Puerto Rico that offer go-karts for a reasonable price.
The go-karts are all similar — side-less, topless and easy-to-drive cars with bumpers (though you are not supposed to bump anyone). They have a gas pedal, a brake pedal and steering wheel — just like a real car — only smaller. These are not the all terrain go-karts, these are meant for soft fun. The tracks are asphalt closed loops of varying lengths. They don’t usually have helmets available because I guess they assume it is all pretty safe. They usually give you an (ultra) short lesson on each and ask you stay in control at all time (slow down on the curves etc).
Puerto Rico East Go Karts
Carabalí Rainforest Park (formerly Hacienda Carabali) in Luquillo is home to Puerto Rico East Go Karts. They start you all off in a group and you race around the track. Each "session" is about 9-10 laps around the track — it lasts maybe about 5 minutes. They have 1 and 2-person cars. You need to be at least 4’6" tall to drive alone. The minimum age to be a passenger in a double car is 3 years old.
- Price is $7/person or $14 for a double car with 2 people. There is no charge for family/friends that just want to watch. They do prefer drivers/passengers not wearing sandals.
- Hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. They are open 7 days/week during the Summer and Christmas Season (mid-December to mid-January).
- Reservations are not required
Refer to our Carabalí Rainforest Park Horseback Riding article for contact info and driving directions.
Carolina Museo del Nino Go Carts
The Museo del Nino in Carolina has new, cushy 2 seater go karts and a nice new track. Cost is $5 for a 5 minute race. They even time your speed, so you really can win the race of the other cars! You have to be a minimum 4’8" to drive. Passengers have to be at least 3 feet tall to be a passenger, accompanying an adult driver.
Moisty Go Carts
2/13- this park has closed.
Fun Valley Park
Fun Valley Park in Arecibo is a small amusement park with rides for kids. One price gets you into the park with all rides included. They offer go-karts also and allow children as small as 3’10" inches to drive. They have 2 tracks " one for little kids, one for bigger kids and adults. Or the little kids can go as a passenger in a double car.
- Entrance to the park is $10.95 for adults (kids 10 and up), and $8.95 for kids under 10 years old.
- The park is open all year Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am – 7:00pm. They’re closed on Tuesdays during the school year.
- Their phone number is 787-817-0415
- Reservations are not required
- Driving directions: Take Exit 75B off of Route 22. The park is on Road 10 at KM 83
Ponce Karting Club
If you are in Ponce, on a weekend, try Ponce Carting Club. $5 for a 4 min turn. These are nice karts- and they go fast! You must be 9 years old and at least 4′ 6″ to drive. Little kids 5 years old can ride with parents. Hours: Thursday 1pm- 5pm, Friday 1pm, – 10pm, and Sat and Sun 11am- 5pm. 787-383-4009, www.poncekartingclub.com In Ponce, right off of RT 2 W, just past Ponce, by the Quality Inn and the water slides.
Go Kart Rentals
Located in Julio Enrique Monagas Park in Ponce parking lot. Cost: 4 laps for $ 8.75. Kids must be able to reach the pedals to drive it (4 feet tall), if they can’t, they can ride with a parent. Passengers pay $1.25 per session. Prices do not include the 7% IVU tax. 250 pound weight limit/cart. Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Hours: Sat and Sun and holidays 10am- 5pm. If you go to there Facebook page, you can buy discount tickets online. (787) 601-5194.
La Cueva de Camuy
I read in a Que Pasa Magazine from earlier this year that La Cueva de Camuy in Camuy (NOT the Rio Camuy Caves Park) is also offers go-kart rides. The rates were very reasonable, but I don’t know much about this park. You can call them for more details 787-898-2723. On RT 486 km.11.1
So put the pedal to the metal… in a go- kart!
Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.
- Carabali Rainforest Park (formerly Hacienda Carabali): (18.366113, -65.764139)