/Culture: Art, Music & People

Zika Puerto Rico

By |May 30th, 2016|

The most common question lately we’ve been getting is about the zika Puerto Rico “situation” and whether or not it’s safe to travel to the island with your loved ones.  We decided to write an article about this topic because much of the “misinformation” and perspectives and false images being portrayed to the world (mostly the United States) that Puerto Rico is almost like a 3rd world country and to be avoided at all costs – and that couldn’t be further from the truth in our estimation.  Allow us to elaborate and we hope that you genuinely make the best and safest decision for your travels to our beautiful island.

First and foremost, while it is true that Puerto Rico is all over the news now for a slowing economy and the government defaulting on the billions of dollars they owe Wall Street (which essentially own the mass media corporations in the U.S. – so connect […]

Taíno History Puerto Rico

By |May 2nd, 2016|

First and foremost I’m not a “history expert.” I have many great friends that come to mind that can occupy this space much better than me. But I have read the history. I’ve researched the stories. I’ve imagined what it must have been like to be “on the other side of history.”

 

9 Incredible Songs From Puerto Rican Music Today

By |October 15th, 2014|

This lists represents some of the best artists and songs from the Puerto Rican music indie scene today. Many of these musicians can be found performing at the cool art/music scene in “La Respuesta” – a perfect live music venue/bar located in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Check ‘em out!

Also, be sure to check out PuertoRicoIndie.com as your source for today’s up & coming music from the island!

If you’re traveling to the island, make sure to immerse yourself in the music that’s being created today to make your experience that much more memorable!  Click on the links to hear/see YouTube songs.
1.     A.L.M.A. – SieteNueve feat. Charlie Sepulveda
La risa, la pena, el carino, el amor,la fe, la concencia,el alma, mi alma,tu alma es ella.” The smiles, the guilt, the warmth, the love, the faith, the consciousness, the soul, my soul, your soul…It’s all her.”
2.    Ven – Los Wálters
Ven, acércate. En tu destino no habrá lugar. Que no encontré. Come, get […]

Why CrossFit & Traveling Is Your Road To Revolution

By |September 9th, 2014|

Traveling and exercising seem to be going more hand-in-hand these days, as our social media feeds are buzzing with typical pictures of “CrossFitters” taking time out of their travel plans to visit different “Boxes” around the world. It’s a growing community of like-minded people who share a passion for bettering themselves via the mind and body, while also traveling to exotic places in the process.

If you’re thinking about starting an exercise regimen or wanting to learn more about healthy foods to eat and happen to be in Puerto Rico, then clear your plans for this weekend as CrossFit travelers will be checking off their ” San Juan Boxes” from their bucket lists as over 200+ athletes will be competing for the Road To Revolution Battle Of The Fittest event being held this Saturday and Sunday (September 13th & 14th) in Puerto Rico.   Athletes will be traveling to La Isla De Encanto from all over the […]

Frank M. Rodriguez’s Graceful Savage Rocks Travel Guide

By |August 16th, 2014|

I first met Frank M. Rodriguez while working for a theme park in Miami, Florida called Parrot Jungle. I was coming in to be a Human Resources Assistant, and Frank worked training and taking care of the animals to perform in their “magic shows.” His infectious laugh and general openness towards others was evident immediately, and he definitely put on a good show performing those parrot tricks in front of hundreds of people.

I instantly connected with Frank as in our first conversation we spoke about music and our favorite bands. It was obvious he was going to be one of my friends from that moment I decided. What I didn’t know at the time, was that Frank’s talents as a singer/songwriter would years later become one of my favorite “singer/songwriters.”  It’s an interesting thing to actually know somebody who’s songs I admire.

Having said that, however, it always wasn’t so easy for Frank to get to […]

Why Santurce Es Ley Is Puerto Rico’s Best Cultural Festival

By |August 10th, 2014|

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Puerto Rico which caught my immediate attention was the neighborhood called Santurce in the Metro Area.  It caught my attention because it was not the “glitzy” or “glamorous” tourist traps you see in Old San Juan, Condado, and Isla Verde. I first sensed and thought that this is where the “real Puerto Ricans” were.  Back in 2010, you could sense and feel the energy that the Santurce neighborhood had early artistic seeds with some of the amazing public displays of art you saw here and there in between dilapidated buildings and the “downtrodden” neighborhood.  To the casual traveler our tourist like myself,  that could easily give a bad first impression.

However, the art spoke to those willing to see.  I noticed it then.  In 2010 if you looked closer there was a story beginning to take shape in some of the artwork going up on […]

Santurce, Puerto Rico Is The Artistic Heartbeat Of Island

By |January 13th, 2014|

One of the most overlooked areas by tourists visiting Puerto Rico is the area known as Santurce.   Santurce Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated places on the island, and while it is not considered one of the “nicest” neighborhoods, it is today blossoming as the artistic and cultural hub in the San Juan / Metropolitan area.

 

Santurce is located just south of Condado “after the bridge/expressway” and runs east to west all the way towards Miramar.  It is known today as a local hangout for many artists – as evidenced by new galleries springing up and the artistic graffiti that adorns the buildings pretty much everywhere you look.  Santurce is also home to a place called “La Respuesta” or “The Answer” which is a pretty distinct bar and live music venue where the most talented local musicians come to play in all diverse forms to all types of crowds.

The history of Santurce […]