Summertime is a season of new adventures, lasting memories, and unforgettable experiences! There’s no better destination for your 2019 escape than exploring the breathtaking island shores of Puerto Rico. From rich history to intrepid rainforest treks, Puerto Rico is so much more than beaches (but if we’re being honest, those are reason enough to spend the whole summer here!).
The Serafina Beach Hotel has your 2019 Summer Events Round-Up covered. Check out the highlights, must-sees, and can’t-miss festivities this year on the island.
Festivals and Street Fairs
Festival de la Piña Paradisíaca
What better way to kick off summer than with a pineapple festival? This festival combines kitschy with culture in a block party style celebration. Held in the oceanfront community of La Parguera in the beautiful, little town of Lajas, from June 7th to the 9th, locals and travelers alike come together each year to celebrate this sweet, tropical treat. The Pineapple Festival is the world’s greatest farmer’s market you’ll ever attend. Vendors from across the island offer a variety of foodie approved delicacies, ice-cold beverages, street foods, and — of course — pineapples. Live music, charter boat rentals, and a 5k race with views of the local marina and mangrove coves are sure to provide entertainment for every wanderer.
The daytime activities are perfect for families, while couples and solo travelers will find nearby restaurants and bars open late. Keep the nightlife experience going with a trip to one of Puerto Rico’s ethereal bioluminescent bays. Glass bottom boat rides after dark are a great way to end a long, summer night.
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SoFo Culinary Festival
Take a bite out of summer with SoFo’s world famous Culinary Festival. Historic Old San Juan hosts this mouth-watering foodie fest every August (and December if you’re ready for seconds!). This three-day feast features an array of Puerto Rican cuisine, desserts, and drinks. Local restaurants take to the streets for a neighborhood banquet that spans several hundred guests. The crowds, the music, and the dancing create an experience like no other — with a menu to satisfy even the hungriest traveler.
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Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol
Experience the culture, cuisine, and art of Puerto Rico’s African heritage. The five-day long party begins on July 25th each year with a sensory overload of folk dancers, native drummers, and a parade of masks. The unique blending of traditional Catholicism with African voodoo and mysticism is distinct to the town of Loiza.
The festival honors Saint James, Loiza’s patron saint, and features three spiritual processions throughout the holiday: Santiago de Los Hombres (Saint James of the Men), Santiago de las Mujeres (Saint James of the Women) and Santiago de Los Niños (Saint James of the Children). Priests reenact the religious saga with elaborate costumes and coconut masks of the fantastical and spooky variety.
Artists and art enthusiasts will enjoy the wide array of booths and vendors. Handmade goods from local artisans make the perfect souvenirs for honoring our friend Saint James.
Summer Adventures for Active Travelers
A tradition since 1982, the Rincon Triathlon is a classic iron man challenge that takes competitors on a tour of the island’s best scenic routes, beaches, and cliffs. Spectators will love the after party! Whether you’re celebrating a race well done or a fun day of people watching, relaxing with a cocktail is the way to go.
Looking for more outdoors activities in Rincon? Try a post-race snorkeling adventure!
Puerto Rico Salsa Congress
Nothing captures the spirit of the island like Salsa! Puerto Rico’s Salsa Congress is held every June. Whether you’re a dancer or a spectator, the vibrant color and culture of the event is a must see. International competitors gather for the World Salsa Open where only the best dancers rise to the top.
Tickets sell out fast! Be sure to reserve yours in advance for this toe-tapping celebration.
San Juan International Billfish Tournament
There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but there’s only one International Billfish Tournament in the Caribbean. San Juan’s week-long tag-and-release competition is held throughout August and early September at Club Nautico in Miramar. Legendary blue marlin are the main prize to be caught throughout the week. A great community of deep-sea fishing anglers makes this event a memorable experience for experts and amateurs alike.
Free and Fun
Grab your binoculars and go! Summer is prime time for bird watching in Puerto Rico. Take a self-guided hike along the many nature trails or a quick walk down to the beach. Whatever your path, scenic sights and wildlife abound.
Take a Hike
From caverns to waterfalls, Puerto Rico has a bit of everything. Guanica State Forest, Cueva Ventana, and Guajataca Forest are among the best hiking destinations for determined wanderers.
San Juan has no shortage of white sand beaches. Taking a day off to catch some sun and surf can prove refreshing as well as rejuvenating. Our top favorite beaches include Condado Beach, La Playita de Condado, and Escambron Beach.
Of course, sometimes the best day out is a day in! Book your Penthouse Ocean Getaway with access to secluded beaches and a full-service mini bar today and get ready for your best summer yet.