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Fajardo/Culebra/Vieques Ferry Update (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 @ 8am AST/EDT) The PR DTOP ATM ferry situation between Fajardo, Culebra, and Vieques is improving. At this moment, the Cayo Blanco passenger ferry (capacity 600 people), and a cargo ferry, are servicing the Fajardo ↔ Culebra route. There is a combo cargo/passenger ferry servicing the Fajardo ↔ Vieques route. They seem to have implemented a better-organized passenger-loading procedure, which gets people into seats quicker. Expect long lines at the ferry terminal during Semana Santa (Holy Week), during which lots of people head to the beaches in Culebra. If not being able to get onto the ferry between Fajardo and Culebra/Vieques will ruin your day, consider flying instead.

Articles in the History Category

Hacienda Santa Ana: Home of Ron del Barrilito

Apr 13th, 2014 • By • Category: History

I love old, historic buildings and rum, so of course I had to make a point to visit Hacienda Santa Ana – the home of Ron del Barrilito, one of the local Puerto Rican rum producers. Their rum is made and aged here, on the family’s property, which used to be an old sugar hacienda. Though they don’t offer a factory tour, nor offer rum samples, it’s a quick stop where you can get some good photos of a historic site.


Find a Little bit of Everything in the Aguada Museum

Jan 26th, 2014 • By • Category: History, Museum, Porta del Sol (West), Rainy Day Ideas

The Museo Agricola de Aguada contains a varied collection of items and antiques, including carved wooden Santos, a restored locomotive, pre-Columbian artifacts, musical instruments, household items, … and a huge collection of clothes irons. It’s an eclectic collection of “stuff” that will give you glimpse into the history of Puerto Rico.


San Sebastián Street Festival: The Party of the Year

Jan 13th, 2014 • By • Category: Dance, Food & Lodging, History, Music, Old San Juan, San Juan Metro, Shopping

It is no secret that people in Puerto Rico know how to party, especially around the Christmas holidays. Announce that there will be a parade, music, dancing, libations, food – then add in local artisan crafts for sale – and it all adds up to one crazy celebration! That describes the San Sebastian Street Festival, or Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian, which will be held in 2015 in January. I am guessing Jan 15-18th, 2015. Check back for official dates!


Discover El Yunque History in the Río Espíritu Santo

Nov 3rd, 2013 • By • Category: History, Nature, Porta Antillas (East), Rain Forest

We’ve known for years that there are pre-Columbian petroglyphs in the river down the road from our house. We cross the bridge over that river every time we leave our house … that’s how many times since 2005? We finally made the time to stop and check them out. Wow! What a great (and easy to get to) find!


San Antonio de la Tuna – The Original Town of Isabela

Aug 25th, 2013 • By • Category: History, Porta Atlantico (North), Porta del Sol (West)

Ermita San Antonio de Padua de la Tuna is the remains of the first Spanish settlement in the northwest part of Puerto Rico. It’s an interesting bit of history that is worth a quick stop while you’re in the Isabela area. It was the original town of what is now Isabela.


Exploring Cayo Luis Pena in Culebra

Apr 15th, 2013 • By • Category: Beach, Culebra, History, Nature, Snorkeling

We managed to snorkel, hike, explore white sand beaches, hunt sea glass and shells, play in the water and relax all in one day on a recent trip in Culebra when we kayaked over to Cayo Luis Pena. This little island is rarely visited, but it really is worth the effort to experience this beautiful nature reserve.


Caparra Ruins: Remains of the First Spanish Settlement

Mar 31st, 2013 • By • Category: History, Museum

The Spanish settlers made Puerto Rico their home more than 500 years ago, and you can see the archaeological evidence of their first settlement at the Caparra Ruins Museum and Historic Park in the town of Guaynabo. It is a small but important spot that has been set aside for its historical significance.


Get Some Variety with Tierra del Encantos Eco Tours

Mar 10th, 2013 • By • Category: Hiking, History, Nature, Porta Cordillera (Central)

I love exploring the karst region of Puerto Rico. The landscape is ruggedly beautiful, the caves hold many secrets from the past, and there is a great diversity of plants and animals. Tierra del Encantos Eco Tours offers a hiking adventure that allows you to get up close and personal with nature in the area.


Hombre de Puerto Ferro Archeological Site

Feb 21st, 2013 • By • Category: History, Vieques

Did you know that Vieques has been a favorite stop for travelers to the Caribbean for thousands of years? Seriously … there is archaeological evidence. The skeletal remains of a 4000 year old man, El Hombre de Puerto Ferro, were found on Vieques in 1991, surrounded by large boulders.


Things to See in the Capital District of Old San Juan

Feb 10th, 2013 • By • Category: Art, History, Old San Juan

We recently took some time to explore the Capital District of Old San Juan. In addition to the Capitol Building, there are a number of memorial plazas and sculptures, including a Holocaust Memorial, Fallen Soldier Memorial, Monument to Police killed in the line of duty, and quite a few more. We’ve driven through this area many times over the years without even knowing these things were there. Boy, were we surprised by all that we found!


Cuartel de Ballaja Lights Up the Night

Feb 3rd, 2013 • By • Category: History, Old San Juan

The Cuartel del Ballaja is now decked out in lights – the outside glows with different colored lights, luring you in to see the real show … a 3D projection mapping film called Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto. The film is projected onto the walls of the courtyard, creating an amazing show of light and sound.


Sail the Day Away on the Pez Vela in Culebra

Jan 27th, 2013 • By • Category: Beach, Culebra, History, Nature, Porta Antillas (East), Snorkeling, Tour

Culebra is a small island off the east coast of PR, that offers some great water-based activities. There are some even smaller, less-visited islands surrounding Culebra that are just begging to be explored. But, to get to those, you need a boat. Captain Bill Penfield offers charters to all areas around the waters of Cuelbra on his Pez Vela sailboat. It is a great way to spend a day!


Explore Playa Grande Sugar Mill Ruins on Vieques

Jan 6th, 2013 • By • Category: History, Tour, Vieques

Vieques is most popular for its bright biobay, and for its many lovely, unspoiled beaches. But there are other less-visited sites that are interesting. The ruins of the Central Playa Grande Sugar Mill is one of those sites.


Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Ruins in Vieques

Nov 18th, 2012 • By • Category: Hiking, History, Vieques

When I was looking for non-beach things to do during a recent trip to Vieques, I came across the Puerto Ferro Lighthouse ruins. Commissioned in 1896, and abandoned in 1926, these ruins are perched atop dramatic cliffs, offering a spectacular view of beaches and the southern coast of Vieques.


A Church Within a Church: Ermita Espinar Ruins

Sep 2nd, 2012 • By • Category: History, Porta del Sol (West), Rainy Day Ideas

As you may know, I enjoy looking at ruins. So the ruins of the Ermita Espinar church in Aguada was on my list to see. But, as we explored the area looking for ruins in a field, we couldn’t find it. As it turns out, these ruins have been enclosed inside of a new church. It was a very neat thing to see, and I am so happy they have been able to rebuild this parish while preserving the past.


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