Some like it hot. Weather, that is. If you do, maybe a trip to Puerto Rico in the summer time is in order. Boasting a monthly average temperature of 80 degrees throughout the summer, Puerto Rico offers great deals on travel and accommodations for summer vacationers. Topping it off with some of the most interesting festivals in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico just might be your next summer vacation destination.
-Why a Summer Trip to Puerto Rico
From June to November, fewer people descend on the island. Some travel experts believe that is because those months span the hurricane season. Some of you won’t be willing to visit the breezy island then. But, for those of you who don’t mind taking a chance, your rewards could be fewer vacationers and more choices of accommodations.
-Travel Arrangements and Lodging
Although firming up travel arrangements as soon as possible is a good rule to follow, a couple of months in advance may be enough time to plan for summer flights to and from Puerto Rico. Booking the accommodations you want will not require as much lead time as visits during other seasons, given summer is the slowest for tourists in Puerto Rico. You might just get an upgraded room, or even a suite this time.
-Summer Festivals in Puerto Rico
Plus, the summer festivals abound in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company lists several celebrations that take place over the summer months. Read on to learn about some fantastic festivals.
1-Love music festivals? Then, get ready to shake that thing! In July, the town of Loiza celebrates the Fiestas Tradicionales. This festival hails the island’s rich African historical connections. Sporting colorful costumes, revelers parade the streets wearing masks and dancing to the beat of the native drums.
2-In late July, inhabitants of Isla Verde fete the salsa dance. Called the Que Viva la Salsa festival, participants celebrate and explore their Spanish, Indian, and African ethnicity through dancing the salsa.
3-Also in July, a small unheard-of mountain village called, “Barranquitas,” holds a festival in honor of various crafts-the National Artisans’ Fair . Save room in your bags for plenty of souvenirs reflecting Puerto Rico’s diverse cultural talents. Mundillo, known as bobbin lace, basket-weaving, wood carvings of saints, called “santos,” and jewelry are just some of the hand-made items for sale at this craft festival.
4-The Buruquena Festival takes place during the first week of August every year. Small crabs, known as “buruquenas” are caught and cooked for festival participants. Located deep in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, the quaint municipality of Aguas Buenas hosts this celebration.
5-Note to all you fishermen and women out there-during the second week in August, the 50th Interclub del Caribe Fishing Tournament is held at the Cangrejos Yacht Club. West of San Juan, this is quite an affair. It is an international blue marlin fishing tournament. Don’t worry if you’re not into angling as great music, food reflecting the cuisine of Puerto Rico, and various handicrafts of the island are also available at this festival.
Summer breezes, your pick of accommodations, no crowds, and summer festivals galore. Your best summer vacation yet waits for you in Puerto Rico.