What’s Happening? January 2020

Even though Christmas is over, the Holiday Season is still in full swing here. The big highlights in January are Three Kings’ Day and the San Sebastián Street Festival. And high Tourist season is in full swing- so be ready for days of sun and fun.

While there is almost always something interesting happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve special mention. Here are a few of those events for January 2020.

January Events

January 2 to 22: Winter Baseball

Feed your baseball habit by catching the local Puerto Rican winter season.

Through January 5: Visit the Nao Santa Maria

This full size replica of one of the ships used by Columbus in 1492 is docked between piers 3 and 4 in Old San Juan. It is open for tours daily from 10am to 6pm. We’re seeing some conflicting info about their schedule – it is possible that the ship will be in Old San Juan through January 31, but we can’t confirm that.

January 6: Three Kings Day

Here in Puerto Rico, Christmas is celebrated as a subdued and religious holiday. But the BIG holiday is Three Kings Day.

The town of Juana Díaz boasts the original celebration, with biggest celebration on the island. Usually, the official Kings start a caravan around Puerto Rico on January 2, and end up in Juana Díaz on the night of January 5. This post about the caravan route is in Spanish, but it has all the towns and times where/when you can see the caravan. The big present giveaway and 3 Kings celebration for the family will be held in Old San Juan on the grounds of El Morro on January 6 from 8am to 3pm. Check our Facebook page for more events.

Through January 6: Santa’s Christmas Garden at the Caguas Botanical Garden

The Caguas Botanical Garden is all lit up for the Christmas season! Plus there is food and music and family fun. See their Facebook page for more info.

Through January 6: Navitown at Bahia Urbana

Bahia Urbana Pier 8 in Old San Juan comes to life with Christmas lights, rides for kids, and live music at night. There will be special events, artisans, and food kiosks. See their Facebook page for more info.

January Events

Through January 7: La Feria – The Park

The largest amusement park in the Caribbean takes place in the parking lot of the Hiram Birthorn Stadium in San Juan every year around Christmas. Complete with typical carnival rides, games of chance, musical entertainment, and usually a circus, La Feria – The Park is fun for the whole family.

January 16 to 20: San Sebastián Street Festival

The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián is a big street (or now multi-street) party. Hundreds of thousands of people pour into Old San Juan for the celebration. It is sort of like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Lots of artisans, live music, food, and drinking! There is an opening parade, usually about 6pm, with the cabezudos (big heads)! We will update our article as more detailed info becomes available.

January Events

January 19: Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas

The 44th Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas in San Sebastian honors the heifer (female cow) who is the patron of the town. Bands, kids, floats, and decorated cows parade down the street. The parade starts at 10am at corner of Route 111 and Route 445, and follows along Route 111 for a while until Route 119. Then it is a town festival with rides and artisans, food and music! See their Facebook page for more info.

January 24 to 26: Legend Surf Classic

An official Masters Division Event from the Federation of Surfing PR, aimed to provide both male & female contestants with the opportunity and the challenge to showcase their skills. It features many of the original surfers that started the sport in Puerto Rico. At Dome’s Beach in Rincon. Check out some great surfing and fun time at the local bars. See their Facebook page for more info.

January 16 to 18: La Vuelta Puerto Rico

La Vuelta Puerto Rico is the ultimate cycling adventure for serious endurance athletes interested in a unique pro-like experience. Circumnavigate the entire island as part of a fast-paced international peloton on this fully-supported, three-day, 375-mile event. Serious sport, serious fun with amazing views and experiences through the Puerto Rican countryside. See their web site for more info.

Other Events

As always, you can check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening throughout the year across the island.

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I assume you will be here on a cruise. Escambron Beach on the east end of OSJ is good, there is a small beach Playita in Condado that is safe. The Isla Verde beaches are generally safe. The best beaches in PR are not right by the cruise ship and in winter, we get northern swells, which can cause serious rip currents.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Dec 2016

I enjoyed your site. I will be there for a day on Feb. 1, 2017. One thing I always look for is a place to swim, and I just wanted to mention that swimming is a water sport. There were some beaches featured which helped, but it might be nice to have more specific stuff re: swimming. Thanks.

Comment by Judith Hazlett on 17 Dec 2016

Dear Gwen, Thank you very much for the heads up on 3 Kings Day. My boyfriend and I are vacationing in San Juan this week. My Mother lives in Juana Diaz so this information came just in time. Thank you! Jacqueline

Comment by Jacqueline Donaldson on 05 Jan 2016

I remember when the Winter Baseball League's All-Star Game used to be held on Three Kings Day. The original opposing teams were the "nativos" (The Puerto Rican-born players) against the "importados" (the non-Puerto Rican players), and later changed to the "metros" (players from the teams around the San Juan Metropolitan Area) versus the "islas" (players from the teams outside the San Juan area). An old-timers' game was also played.

Comment by Robert on 04 Jan 2016

Maricao Coffee Fest is Feb 13-15th 2015. You can check what else is happening in February or other months on our event calendar page: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/calendar-of-events/

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Jan 2015

WE'll be in Rincon for February. Please send dates of the Maricao Coffee Festival

Comment by Jay Levy on 17 Jan 2015

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