Category Archives: Luquillo

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Amigos De Luquillo – Volunteers Are Making A Difference

It started as a conversion between friends and grew into a group of volunteers that are making a difference in Luquillo. From the recently started Farmers Market (Feria Agricola De Luquillo) to a mural painting project, the members of the Amigos De Luquillo group are making a difference in their community. “It’s about time Luquillo had access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables” said one shopper at the last weekend’s market, “This is way overdue” said another.  It seems that the residents are embracing the…

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Luquillo Farmers Market

First Farmers Market At The Arts And Culture Center

On January 23rd, Luquillo will kick off the first-of-its-kind Farmers Market (Feria Agrícola de Luquillo) at the Arts and Culture Center. The inaugural event will take place from 8:00AM to 1:00PM and additional markets will be held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month during the same hours. The goal of the Feria Agrícola de Luquillo is to increase community access to fresh and locally produced food and wares, as well as support and promote the entrepreneurial efforts of local, independent growers, micro-farmers and…

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La parranda

La Parranda – Christmas Tradition Of Puerto Rico

La Parranda – Ways To Celebrate Christmas One of the best things about the Puerto Rican culture is the lively and friendly atmosphere and the propensity of the locals to have fun. Christmas celebrations lead the way in this regard and all the festivities begin around late November. The celebrations usually continue until mid-January. One great tradition are the famous Christmas Parrandas. They are a very uniquely Puerto Rican tradition  where a group of friends meets to “surprise” another friend. Most parranderos play an instrument…

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Festival De Platos Tipicos – The Traditional Dish Festival

Another year and another great Festival De Platos Tipicos in Luquillo! Despite the somewhat rainy weather, lots of people showed up to eat great food, listen to  live music, and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere. Many great musicians performed during all four of the festival nights. Artists such as DJ King Arthur, Grupo Esencia, Oscarito, Grupo Terraplèn, Andy Montañez, Tito Rojas, Cultivo De Plena, Mellna León and many more, drew big crowds. Good time was had by all! There was even a live nativity scene for everyone to enjoy –…

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shopping options in Luquillo

Shopping Options In Luquillo

‘Tis the season for….shopping! Holidays bring with them a slew of holiday shoppers but, in general, visitors often like to shop. Are you interested in getting something unique from your travels to Luquillo? Or do you just want to take in some good shopping? Or perhaps, you want to pick up a few souvenirs for friends and family? Luckily, Luquillo is centrally located to some of the best shopping in the Caribbean – so you have come to the right place. Here are some shopping…

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lechon

Lechon – Traditional Roasted Pig In Puerto Rico

If you’re a tourist “in-the-know”, you have probably heard of Lechon (Lechón). If you’re not in the know, however, you might be asking yourself, “what’s this lechon everyone talks about?” Simply put, Lechon is a roasted pig but there is so much more to it than that. In Puerto Rico Lechon proudly holds the title of the national dish. It is a seasoned, whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal open fire. Even Food Network celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern have come to Puerto Rico…

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el yunque rain forest

El Yunque National Rainforest

What do beautiful vistas, rushing streams, green ferns, colorful orchids, millions of tiny Coquí frogs, and striking waterfalls have in common? They can all be found at the El Yunque tropical rainforest. Nestled on the eastern side of the Luquillo Mountains, El Yunque covers nearly 29,000 acres and reaches elevations of more than 3,500 ft.  The average year-round temperature is a pleasant 73° F, making any day a good day to visit. It is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Park System and,…

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Community Emergency Response Team Training and Information

The local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Luquillo would like everyone to know that there is CERT training available to the Luquillo community. Any group of 25 or more qualifies to receive the CPR-First Aid-AED training at a discounted rate of $65 per person, providing they are residents of Luquillo. Currently an English Only Course for Playa Azul is being organized. This program is a tool from FEMA and the Development of Resilient Communities of Luquillo to help residents be prepared in the event of an emergency, such…

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Playa Azul Beach cleanup

Playa Azul Beach Cleanup

We had another great volunteer beach cleanup today. Local residents organized a morning of picking up trash, raking seaweed, and general beach clean up on Playa Azul today. The Mayor and the City came out to help and provided heavy equipment to remove all of the piles of raked seaweed, as well as cold waters for volunteers to drink. It’s amazing how great the beach is looking today! We started around 8:30 and the volunteers finished just before 11:00, while the city crew is still out…

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Reservoir Water Levels Stabilizing But Luquillo Is Still Not In the Green

Drought severity has decreased greatly in Puerto Rico over the last week. The reason, of course, is the significant amounts of rain that we experienced in the past several days.  So, even the most negatively impacted areas of the island are now enjoying some relief from the drought. The most noted improvement was seen in the nineteen municipalities marked under severe drought. They have now been reduced from nineteen to just eight: Santa Isabel, Salinas, Cayey, Guayama, Arroyo, Patillas, Maunabo and Yabucoa. Even better is the news that…

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