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  • Sights

    Asilo De Beneficencia

    Asilo de Beneficencia is known in English as the “Home for the Poor” or “The Asylum of Charity”. Asilo de Beneficencia was built in 1840 for the purpose of helping poverty-stricken people. The building is situated in San Juan, the capital city on the island of Puerto Rico.

  • Sights

    Rafael Hernandez Monument

    If you walk around the central plaza of Aguadilla you will find an interesting statue of a man on top of a circular platform. This is the Rafael Hernandez Monument and it depicts the world-famous composer Rafael Hernandez-Marin. Hernandez was considered to be one of the most important Puerto Rican musicians to emerge in the 20th century. His influence spread across the globe and today his ...

  • Northern Region

    Toa Baja

    Just fifteen minutes from San Juan, and about a one hour's drive from Ponce, visitors will find Toa Baja. It is also easily accessible from Dorado, Toa Alta and Catano and is divided into ten districts. The districts are named Levittown, Sabana Seco, Campanillas, Covadonga, Pajaros, Candelaria, Palo Seco, Media Luna, Ingenio and Macun. It is here that you will find the municipality for the ...

  • Culture

    Proverbs

    Every country has a distinctive culture that is unique and often language is a distinctive part of this unique ‘fingerprint’. Even if the people in a particular country speak a language that is not unique to their corner of the globe, their way of speaking and their proverbial sayings will be somewhat unique. As with elsewhere, this is definitely the case with Puerto Rico where there are a ...

  • Culture

    Folklore

    Puerto Rico, like so many other countries, has a rich cultural background with legends, fairytales, myths and folklore. The folklore heritage of Puerto Rico reflects the culture of the various national groups who have lived in the country over the years, including the Taíno, the black slaves and the Spaniards.

  • Northern Region

    Toa Alta

    The town of Toa Alta was established in the year 1751. It is more commonly known as “La Cuna de los Poetas”, meaning "the Birthplace of Poets". This nickname is derived from the fact that many famous poets, including Abelardo Diaz Alfaro, were born in Toa Alta. It is not only the birthplace of musicians and poets, but the former breathtaking Miss Universe beauty, Dayanara Torres, ...

  • Porta del Sol (West)

    Isabela

    With its glorious sea shores and mesmerizing oceans, Isabela is a sea-side holiday destination worth noting. With clearly Mediterranean architecture and ethnicity to match, Isabela immerses you in a world of rich culture and diverse atmospheres. Since its inception in May 1819 "The City of Bantams", as it's often termed, has had a steady population growth and more and more people seem to ...

  • Porta Caribe (South)

    Ponce

    Founded in 1694, Ponce has a population of about 200,000 people and is the second largest city in Puerto Rico. Ponce is also known as "Ciudad Senorial" because of its many beautiful neoclassical buildings and frontage.

  • Culture

    Over the course of Puerto Rico's history the country has been strongly influenced by a number of different cultures. The strongest of these were Spanish and Western, but there are also a number of other cultures which have been merged with these to provide a culture which is unique to Puerto Rico. Today you will find that not only do the inhabitants of this island enjoy a wonderfully rich ...

  • Culture

    Music

    The music of Puerto Rico bears strong African and European influences but enjoys a distinct flavor that is pure Puerto Rican. Its popularity is widespread and it can be heard across the Caribbean and sometimes in various communities across the globe. Popular genres include ‘bomba’, ‘plena’ and ‘reggaeton’, though many different music genres exist.