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Discover Puerto Rico’s cultural roots in four days

Kiss Loíza goodbye and head back to your lodging to freshen up for your dinner at Areyto. This contemporary cuisine restaurant offers local and international dishes with a creative twist. Order a Medalla and enjoy a delicious empanada and a Mac & Cheese with Ropa Vieja.

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Areyto By Chef Jason González: 1950 C. Loíza, San Juan, 00911, Puerto Rico

Day 3

On the third day, you might feel like you were born and raised in Puerto Rico. With people smiling and greeting you all the time, you are now an honorary local. Dedicate day three to exploring Caguas; after stopping to grab the best Chai Latte you probably have ever had, continue the route to the Museo de Historia de Caguas and learn about the Taíno people and how they populated most of the Caribbean and some adjacent territories during the pre-Columbian era.

Then visit Puerto Rico’s only tobacco museum, the Caguas Museum of Tobacco, officially the Herminio Torres Grillo Museum of Tobacco. While here, you will learn the history of the growth and industry of tobacco in Puerto Rico and the broader region of the Caribbean.

Museo de Historia de Caguas and Puerto Rico's only tobacco museum, the Caguas Museum of Tobacco, officially the Herminio Torres Grillo Museum of Tobaccohello
Museo de Historia de Caguas and Puerto Rico’s only tobacco museum, the Caguas Museum of Tobacco, officially the Herminio Torres Grillo Museum of Tobacco

Learning about all the methods indigenous people used to fish, grow and eat their food probably made you hungry. So while in Caguas, make reservations to enjoy the diamonds of restaurants.

PYP Restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere with elevated and exquisite food that will blow your mind with every bite by serving mouthwatering dishes from varied menus with fresh local and seasonal products. Ask the chef about the Cream of Malanga and Stingray Alcapurria and dive into delicious servings that are fit for the gods.

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PYP Restaurant: 52 C. Betances, Caguas, 00725, Puerto Rico

It is time to return to Old San Juan and rest until dinner. There are two options, take a nap or walk around the historic district. If making the most of your time is your thing, then stroll down the cobblestone streets until you find a canoe vendor.

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Keep it going and snap some pictures at the Paseo de la Princesa, visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro and then walk down Calle Fortaleza. Find Iztel Violin playing music biggest hits and snap pictures in front of the flag mural located on the facade of an abandoned building on San José Street.

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Old San Juan

Keep it super local and grab dinner from a street vendor or sit down in one of the many restaurants and rooftops serving great cocktails and finger foods.

Day 4

The saddest day has come, and it is time to fly back home. leaving Although Puerto Rico might feel like a bitter moment, the Spoon Experience will help you host a private breakfast at the property with Chef Antonio Perez of Santísimo.

The Spoon Experience private breakfast with Chef Antonio Pérez of Santísimohello
The Spoon Experience private breakfast with Chef Antonio Pérez of Santísimo

The Puerto Rican-born chef will introduce you to new flavors but always prioritize the traditions. During HELLO! USES‘s visit, Chef Antonio delighted us with fresh local fruit, mashed malanga, and omelet.

The Spoon Experience private breakfast with Chef Antonio Pérez of Santísimohello
The Spoon Experience private breakfast with Chef Antonio Pérez of Santísimo

Now that you are ready to discover Puerto Rico’s tourism, you can become part of the “Live Boricua” movement and enjoy experiences the Boricua way. The call to action was founded on research, and consumer insights as Discover Puerto Rico explored several creative concepts and tested them via focus groups in eight markets in the US, including San Juan.

Local focus group participants rated their favorite “Live Boricua” moments and shared their own. Additionally, 300 Puerto Ricans were tapped to share their input, and Puerto Rican tastemakers and representatives from the local tourism industry.

As the campaign is deeply rooted in the Puerto Rican way of life, Discover Puerto Rico listed three local companies to produce the campaign, and utilized local artisans for every costume detail, local musicians for the soundtrack, local tastemakers as Brandfluencers, and more.

The brand campaign anthem and photography were also shot across multiple municipalities to spotlight the vast offerings of the Island from coast to coast, including Cabo Rojo, Guanica, Lares, Maricao, Piñones, Rio Grande, San German, San Juan/Old San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santurce, Utuado, and Vieques.

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