Adventure guide to Puerto Rico by Kurt Pitzer; Tara Stevens

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Sadly, Hurricane Georges in 1998 so damaged coffee crops in this region that it may take few years to get the coffee-plantation part of the festival back to normal. The festival is a traditional tribute to mountain life. % 787-838-2290. RAVE ON February 2000 marked Puerto Rico’s first-ever electronic dance music festival. ). The setting was the weird karst country around Ciales (near Manatí). The event, called El Cuco, attracted DJs from the UK, US, Germany and France, with ravers attending from as far away as Israel and Poland.

You’ll notice a building frenzy all along the coast, with no signs of slowing. Thankfully, a great many island spots remain quiet and uncrowded, even on the coast. So, whether you are looking to cram yourself in with the masses or escape to a remote hideaway (or anything in between), the Where To Stay sections in the regional chapters should point you in the right direction. HO TE L ACCOMMODATIONS PRICE KEY Rates are per room, per night, for double occupancy. Single occupancy may or may not get you a discount, so ask when making a reservation.

But so are Spanish holidays, days devoted to Catholic saints, and recently concocted “holidays” to Introduction n Pinchos: As common in Puerto Rico as a hotdog cart in New York City, these sticks of grilled meat or fish are usually coated in spicy or BBQ sauce and topped with a slice of bread. 38 n Festivals & Events honor Puerto Rican friendship with neighboring islands and certain dates important to island history. With 78 municipalities – each with their own fiestas patronales (patron saint festivals) – it’s a wonder anything ever gets done.

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