Get your party on: Puerto Rico’s best festivals


[Many thanks to Michael O’Neal for bringing this item to our attention.] Puerto Rican journalist and travel writer Melissa Alvarado Sierra (Lonely Planet) compiled a list of festivals that must not me missed in Puerto Rico. She says, “It’s rare for a traveler to come to Puerto Rico and not stumble upon a festival. These high-spirited celebrations of local music, food and drink are deeply sewn into the island’s cultural fabric, celebrating everything from coffee-making and exotic flowers to salsa dancing and indigenous culture. There’s a lively fiesta happening almost everywhere you look in Puerto Rico, and that’s just how locals like it.”

Her list includes the San Sebastian Street Festival, Old San Juan; Saborea Puerto Rico Festival, San Juan; the Casals Festival, San Juan; the Flower Festival, Aibonito; the Coffee Harvest Festival or Fiesta del Acabe del Café, Maricao; the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress, San Juan (which includes venues such as the Caribe Hilton Hotel and the Latin Roots club and Plaza del Mercado-Santurce; the Hatillo Masks Festival, Hatillo; and Jayuya Indigenous Festival, Jayuya, celebrating Taíno culture.

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