Top 10 Loíza Puerto Rico Must Do’s

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Loíza is a town on the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, north of Canóvanas, east of Carolina and west of Río Grande. Some say that its name comes from that of a female cacique, called Yuíza, who governed the region formerly called Jaymanío, in the shores of the Río Grande de Loíza. It is said that this cacique might have married a “mulatto” conquistador called Pedro Mejías, but there is no evidence of this. Other sources point to a Spanish landlord called Iñigo López de Cervantes y Loayza, who owned a lot of the territory, and was renowned among governors and colonists from the time.

Each year there is a celebration in Loíza where people parade around wearing Máscaras de Vejigante, which is a type of mask, made in Loíza. They are made from coconuts and are painted in multiple colors. Loíza is known as “La Capital de la Tradición” (The Capital of Traditions), for its “bomba” music, traditional Taíno and African dishes, folk art, and distinct culture.

Here is a list of the top 10 must do’s and attractions in Loíza:

Top 10 Loíza, Puerto Rico Most Do's

Aviones Beach

At Aviones you get amazing views and a surfing spot. The surf spot tends to crowd, but if you’re into this type of activity, you can do that while the rest of the crowd hang in the "pocita". CAUTION: There is a current, and if the tide is…
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COPI Cultural Center in Piñones

Corporación Piñones se Integra (COPI) is a non-profit, community-based organization, founded by the Social Worker and Sociologist Maricruz Rivera Clemente with the objective of developing ecotourism alternatives that protect the beauty of…
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Castor Ayala Family Artisan Centre & Shop

Artisan shop and exhibit center for the Ayala Family. The shop is decorated inside and out with "vejigante" masks and costumes, handcrafted by the Ayala family. "Vejigante" masks and costumes, as well as other handcrafted items can be…
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Maria de la Cruz Historic Cave Park

Archaeologist Dr. Ricardo Alegría excavated this large cavern in 1948 and became an important landmark for the artifacts found within, which offered evidence of the very first human inhabitants of the island, dating back to the archaic…
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Kiosko “El Boricua”

If you want authentic Puerto Rican food this is where you need to go. Every visitor gets the experience that only a combination of food and culture can offer, plus the amazing views of the area. The food is prepared right in front of you,…
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Vacía Talega Beach

Vacia Talega is located just 15 minutes from Piñones. Despite being located in a relatively secluded area, you'll often find that there are several other groups of visitors making a day of it at this lovely beach. Vacia Talega Beach offers…
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Samuel Lind Estudio De Arte

Samuel Lind was raised in Loiza, which has been his lifelong home. His aptitude for art was identified at an early age by one of his teachers and she provided him with materials in order to motivate him to develop his talent. Lind has…
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La Posita Beach

La Posita (a natural sea water pool) is a long beach with few visitors during the winter months. A coral rock wall has created a long shallow pool protected from the strong surf, a great beach for families with small children. Couples…
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