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Festivals & Finds: Culture of Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a melting pot of cultures, and you can see it in colonial architecture and modern-day fiestas. Needing no excuse to party, the locals are ready and able to celebrate all American holidays, plus their own local ones as well. But this island is more than just festivals - stop in at the numerous museums and historical outposts to discover the rich history that envelopes Puerto Rico.
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I know Las Marias as my dad's hometown. But generally, the tiny town of Las Marias is known for being tiny. Oh, and for its oranges. The Festival de la China Dulce (an annual sweet orange festival) lets you savor oranges cake, orange flans, orange...
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138 Calle Flamboyan, Vieques, 00765, Puerto Rico
Believe it or not, there's a lot to learn on a Caribbean island! Here we learned how many native tribes had settled here, we saw artifacts, and we went into a blacklight room dedicated to the bio bay. We met a summer intern from UMass who...
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San Francisco, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico
The Castillo de San Cristóbal is a Spanish fort in San Juan. Built by Spain to protect against land-based attacks, it is now part of the San Juan National Historic Site.
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1 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00926, Puerto Rico
Explore the first military structure built on the island and one of the oldest monuments in San Juan. Here at Casa Blanca, in the Ponce de Leon family's "white house," you can learn about the history of Puerto Rico's founding family.
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Ponce, Puerto Rico
This mural was on the wall of a cobblestone street near downtown Ponce. It looked worn and forgotten. In fact, there weren't even any people on this street at all. I find it particularly beautiful to come across cultural symbols or historical...
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Calle Cementerio, San Juan, 00926, Puerto Rico
San Juan Cemetery lies on the coast adjacent to El Morro (San Juan's beloved fort) and nestled in the district La Perla, a rougher part of town. Its statues and tombs make it as beautiful as a New Orleans cemetery. Exiting El Morro, head down the...
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2325 Boulevard Luis A. Ferré Aguayo, Ponce, 00717, Puerto Rico
While San Juan’s got the buzz and the swagger, Puerto Rico’s second-largest city, Ponce, just a 90-minute drive to the south, maintains a quiet dignity. Gracious municipal buildings exemplify La Ciudad Señorial (The Noble City), especially its...
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51, Calle Palma, Arecibo, 00612, Puerto Rico
Exploring the north coast town of Arecibo, we took a drive through the pueblo. This part of town was older, not bustling with business. We casually explored an old building smack in the center of the plaza, abandoned to nature. Once-beautiful...
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Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's biggest party, Las Fiestas de La Calle San Sebastian are Puerto Rico's equivalent of Carnaval. Every third weekend in January, people gather in and around the cobblestone San Sebastian Street to make noise—and drink, and eat, and...
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501 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Almost 500 years old, El Morro defended the bay of San Juan from the English, the Dutch, and everybody else.
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Hatillo, 00659, Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans seize every opportunity to gather and celebrate. Themed festivals are held year-round for people to watch traditional bomba and plena dances; buy jewelry, artisanal leather goods, and wooden toys and ornaments; and eat to their...
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299 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909, Puerto Rico
Arts in Puerto Rico range from lavish recitals to paintings of humble local scenes. The Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in San Juan puts on various performances, including theater, concerts, ballet, and opera. The center itself is a work of art,...
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1054 Ashford Ave, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
If you like music, especially jazz with a Latin vibe, Condado is THE place to be on the last Sunday of every month because that’s when Ventana al JazzFest (sponsored by Heineken) takes place. It’s a free, yes that’s free, concert that runs from...