A journey through the history and identity of Puerto Rico

The Corazón Criollo Route is a trip through history and the evolutions of Puerto Rican identity. Go through various museums and visit points of interest such as Plaza Santiago R. Palmer the Bellas Artes Centre. 

 

For more information you can contact the Tourist Office at 787-653-8833 ext. 2908, 2957.

Tourism Office

The Tourism Office offers information about all the needed information you’ll need during your visit to Caguas. General information, brochures, maps, schedules, events in the agenda, and recommendations can be found there.

 

Historical Fact: This building was built in the mid-nineteenth century, and was owned by the Solá brothers, this building became the headquarters of the newspaper La Democracia (The Democracy), after the facilities of the famous newspaper burned them in 1900 due to disaffection with the American Federal Party, which was chaired by Don Luis Muñoz Rivera. 

 

Go ahead and stop by our Tourist Office, we will gladly assist you!

 

If you want to bring family or school groups, you can contact the Tourist Office at 787-653-8833 ext. 2908 for information on reservations.

Phone: 787-653-8833, Exts. 2908, 2957.

Address: Muñoz Rivera Street and Ruiz Belvis Street Corner

Front of Plaza de Recreo Santiago R. Palmer

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.235150, -66.035752

Caguas History Museum

An opportunity to discover the history of our city.

The museum is located in an Elizabethan neoclassical building, opened in 1887. At that time, in addition to being the headquarters of the City Hall, it served as a school, prison and library. Currently, due to its high architectural value, it belongs to the National Registry of Historic Places of the United States of America.

 

As the headquarters of the History Museum, the building is transformed into a window into the past that invites you to learn about the history of our city. The development of the Puerto Rican identity is narrated through colorful rooms. It is a look at how the indigenous settlements, the Spanish colonization and the North American invasion were, which allows us to better understand our contemporary era.

 

Admission is free of charge and guided tours are offered.

 

Phone: 787-744-8833 ext. 1847

Address: Antigua Casa Alcaldía

Muñoz Rivera Street #42, Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.234753, -66.035864

Tobacco Museum Herminio Torres Grillo

The only tobacco museum in Puerto Rico.

In Puerto Rico, the only tobacco museum is in Caguas, and it is located in an old colonial neoclassical building that served as a blacksmith workshop.

 

The museum shows the development of a crop that was very important for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Our Cagüeño tobacco was so outstanding that, in order to produce the world-famous Havana cigars, Cuba imported it to be mixed with its own.

 

A tour of the facilities makes it easier to understand the tobacco industry and how it is made. A replica of a tobacco ranchón, built on a smaller scale, shows how the tobacco was cured and dried. The experience is enriched by the presence of several artisans who carefully make artisanal cigars. If you are a tobacco lover do not miss the opportunity to take home some cigarettes, they will be a pleasant memory of your visit to Caguas.

 

Admission is free of charge and guided tours are offered.

 

Phone: 787-744-2960

Address: Ramón Emeterio Betances Street #87

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.234383, -66.036773

Caguas Art Museum

The Caguas Art Museum is located in the Casa Amarilla. An imposing neoclassical structure that invites you to enjoy contemporary art work.

Address: Luis Padial Street

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Corner

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.235555, -66.036416

Bellas Artes Center ING. Ángel O. Berríos

El Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas (The Caguas Fine Arts Center), named in honor of the city's past mayor Ángel O. Berríos, was opened in 1993. Its modern structure, architecturally dynamic and with great capacity, has made it one of the largest and most complete centers in the entire Caribbean.

 

Our Centro de Bellas Artes is a first-class venue, the destination of many artists and their followers, who will enjoy its spacious rooms and excellent sound, acoustic and cutting-edge lighting technology.

 

From the Sala Felipe we can highlight that after a complete reconstruction, the room today is the most advanced and modern on the entire island, completely digital and with LED technology.

 

Within its premises are also the Cueva del Mar Restaurant.

 

Phone: 787-653-1511

Address: Caguas, Puerto Rico 

Web: BellasArtesDeCaguas.com

GPS: 18.235930, -66.036800

House of Trovador Luis Miranda “Pico de Oro”

Discover our folk music.

This space located in a Criollo style structure was made with the purpose of exalting countryman music, one of the most important musical genres in Puerto Rico. The ones who give voice to this folk music are known as trovadores, and sing to the land they love through improvised tenths that express their traditions and quirks. 

 

By exhibiting the history of jíbara music, as it is also known, The museum preserves and promotes the musical essence of the Puerto Rican countryman. Musical instruments are presented in the rooms and the leading role of the Puerto Rican cuatro stands out. Also, a tribute is paid to the trovadores, teachers of the Pie Forzado (improvisation theme).

 

Admission is free of charge and guided tours are offered.

 

Phone: 787-744-8833 Ext. 1843

Address: Alejandro Tapia Street & Rivera #10

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.235667, -66.035976

Casa Rosada Carlos Manuel Rodríguez

A place to honor the first and only Blessed Puerto Rican and Cagüeño, Carlos Manuel. 

 

In this same structure there is a room dedicated to Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, who was elevated to the altars of the Catholic Church as the first Blessed Puerto Rican. The existence of this room, where he shows a little more about his life and miracles, responds to the fact that for some time this residence became his home. 

 

Admission is free of charge and guided tours are offered.

 

Phone: 787-258-3843

Address: Intendente Alejandro Ramírez Street #12

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.235082, -66.033642

Musical Centre Criollo José Ignacio Quintón

A celebration of all Puerto Rican musical expressions.

 

This beautiful building, which housed the First Baptist Church of Caguas since 1909, is one of the oldest on the entire island. Now, it appears in the National Registry of Historic Places of Puerto Rico.

 

Phone: 787-744-4075

Address: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Street, Caguas, Puerto Rico

Intendant Corner Alejandro Ramírez

GPS: 18.234599, -66.033758

Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesús

This majestic structure was built in the same place that the first hermitage dedicated to San Sebastian was located.

 

The dead of the incipient cagüeña village were buried in this structure. 

In the year 1830 it became the Church Dulce Nombre de Jesús , whose facade exhibited a single tower. In the 1930s, a second tower, which is still preserved, was remodeled and added. In 1965, the church became a cathedral by designating the city as the episcopal seat of the new Caguas Diocese. Inside are the remains of the first Puerto Rican Blessed, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez. It is visited by pilgrims from all over the Island and abroad.

 

Phone: 787-743-4311

Address: Manuel Corchado Juarbe Street

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.234320, -66.034405

Plaza Santiago R. Palmer

The center of our city.

 

The origins of the Santiago R. Palmer Plaza date back to the end of the 18th century, when the old village of San Sebastián del Barrero was transformed into the town of Caguas.

 

Over time the Plaza, center and axis of the new town, was transforming. Rebuilt and remodeled several times during the subsequent centuries; It gets its current name in 1906 in honor of Santiago R. Palmer, politician and pioneer of the Masonic movement in Puerto Rico. Currently, surrounded by relevant shops and buildings, it remains the center of the city.

 

When visiting it, don't miss its fountains and sculptures. Walk along its sidewalks and visit the floral clock, its pond and the aviary, home of the parrots Hortensia and Hugo. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy a good coffee, sitting in the shade of lush trees overlooking the Cathedral, or try the gastronomic dishes offered by the food carts installed on its premises. If you travel with children, don't forget the carousel, it is a delight for the little ones.

 

In the end, you will enjoy one of the most pleasant and beautiful recreational Plazas in Puerto Rico.

 

The Plaza is located between Muñoz Rivera, Betances, Corchado and Ruiz Belvis streets. The carousel is a free attraction and operates from Friday to Sunday.

 

Address: Muñoz Rivera Street

Betances, Corchado & Ruiz Belvis

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.234626, -66.035258

Museo de Artes Populares

A space that values the work of artisan hands.

 

This museum is intended for the work of Puerto Rican hands that transform noble materials into artisan works. Located in a classic neocolonial structure from the 18th century that formerly served as a butcher shop, today it is a space that pays tribute to Puerto Rican artisans.

 

In the first of its two rooms, the museum exhibits a permanent collection of Puerto Rican master craftsmen such as Santeros Zoilo Cajigas and Celestino Avilés. There are also works by Carmelo Martell, cuatro manufacturer, or by Elpidio Collazo and Emilio Rosado, bird carvers. This space is shared with local artisans such as Jamilette Torres, leather artisan, Margarita Morales, ceramic image maker, and Ernesto Cuadrado, toy artisan.

 

The second room presents temporary exhibitions, as well as a sample of miniature costumbristas by the great Cagüeño teacher Edwin Báez.

 

Admission is free of charge and guided tours are offered.

 

Phone: 787-258-3540

Address: Ramón Emeterio Betances Street

Corner Luis Padial

Caguas, Puerto Rico

GPS: 18.234391, -66.036632

Casita Verde Abelardo Díaz Alfaro

A tribute to the illustrious Puerto Rican writer Abelardo Díaz Alfaro.

 

La Casita Verde is a cultural project that honors the illustrious Puerto Rican writer Abelardo Díaz Alfaro. It has a set of memories, informative graphics and a documentary of the storyteller to enhance his life and inform the visitor of his legacy as a native Cagüeño writer, representative of criollismo.

 

The space also functions as a literary center that is enriched by offering conferences and workshops on literary creation. Son of Caguas, Don Abelardo, reflected in his work the intimate and unconditional love for the native from his Casita Verde. Thus, the Casita Verde is an integral element of the historical-cultural heritage of all Cagüeños and Puerto Rico.

 

Admission is free of charge and guided tours are offered.

 

Phone: 787-745-4044

Address: 97 Acosta Street, Caguas, 00725

GPS: 18.230034, -66.034844

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