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-by Dena Burroughs

 

PUERTO RICO

I've posted my experiences during our visit to Puerto Rico mid-June 07 hoping that they may be of help to any of you who may be going over there in the near future. 

Puerto Rico is absolutely gorgeous. Salsa is heard everywhere, out of cars, homes, rental car agencies, restaurants, you name it.  For a Salsa lover it's like going to the mothership. 

Following I'm posting the best places to dance Salsa we found; but don't forget... Puerto Rico is about more than Salsa - it's beaches, mountains, rain forest, towns, and people. 
 
Salsa clubs:  

(Here is a list as of September 1, 2009 updated with input from Peter Araiza, who is currently teaching in Puerto Rico)

 

Sunday - El Balcon del Zumbador, in Pinones (http://www.elbalcondelzumbador.com )


Monday - (no clubs) but the Le Lo Lai show is on at El Moro in San Juan at 6 pm


Wednesday - Doble Seis Sport Bar - Carretera # 1 Villa Blanca Caguas, Puerto Rico / desde las 9:00 p.m. música bailable, clases de baile Info: 787-258-2881

            Nuyorican Cafe Old San Juan 787-366-5074 Wednesday through Sunday 11:00pm-3:00am


Thursday - Drums Isla Verde, Carolina 787-253-1443 (IS A AWESOME SALSA NIGHT!!!! -per Peter-)

          La Placita, Ponce de Leon Ave., Santurce Plaza rounded with clubs and bars Live Tropical Music Thursday/Friday - (Thursday is a good crowd - per Peter)

          Hotel Marriot Courtyard - Lobby - Avenida Isla Verde, Carolina Jueves through sábados música bailable en vivo desde las 8:00 p.m. Free.


Friday - San Juan Marriot (Lobby) Condado 787-722-7000/ 787-409-2288 Fridays & Saturdays Live Tropical Music

       Rumba, on San Sebastian St in Old San Juan (may have a new name but locals know it as "Rumba")

       El Balcon del Zumbador in Pinones (http://www.elbalcondelzumbador.com )


Saturday - Hotel Marriot Courtyard - Lobby - (Saturday is the best day to go here. -per Peter -) Avenida Isla Verde, Carolina.  Jueves through sábados música bailable en  vivo desde las 8:00 p.m. Free.

         El Balcon del Zumbador in Pinones (http://www.elbalcondelzumbador.com )

Note:  Find out which towns are celebrating their Fiestas Patronales while you're there.  A list of them, and other events, can be found at http://travelandsports.com/ev.htm. Because people don't know the schedule until basically the very same week they're happening, you'll need inquire about them on the phone while you're there.  Those fiestas, and the performers they line up, are gold!

 

DAY 1 - ISLA VERDE AND ITS HOTELS

DAY 2 - GUAVATE AND EL BALCON DEL ZUMBADOR EN PIÑONES

DAY 3 - OLD SAN JUAN

DAY 4 - LA CORDILLERA CENTRAL, ON THE WAY TO PONCE

DAY 5 - LA SONORA PONCENA, AT THE FIESTAS PATRONALES DE GUAYAMA

DAY 6 - PINONES, EL YUNQUE, LUQUILLO BEACH, AND VICTOR MANUELLE AT THE FIESTAS PATRONALES IN DORADO

(TITO GOMEZ WAKE) - Advisory: strong content

LAST DAYS IN PUERTO RICO - LA PLAZA DEL MERCADO DE SANTURCE, AND THE WAY TO MAYAGUEZ

 

Enjoy!

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