Cidra

A less-trafficked gem waiting to be discovered, Cidra’s allure stems from its natural surroundings and aura of serenity.

Its verdant setting high in the Central Mountain Range makes Cidra relatively cooler in temperature than elsewhere in Puerto Rico, which is why it holds the nickname el Pueblo de la Eterna Primavera (“the Town of Eternal Spring”). The 36-square-mile (94-square-kilometer) municipality is set in eastern-central Puerto Rico, with Comerío and Aguas Buenas to the north, Aibonito and Barranquitas to the west, Caguas to the east, and Cayey to the south. Cidra is about an hour’s drive from SJU airport.

Points of Interest

Nature enthusiasts enjoy the Lago de Cidra, a reservoir that’s perfect for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and basking in natural formations like Perico’s Waterfalls. Stop at the lookout point at the entrance to town for a can’t-miss view of this picturesque spot.

Bird watchers flock here to observe the nesting habits of palomas sabaneras (plain pigeons), an at-risk species found only in certain areas of the Caribbean. These birds are recognizable by their blue eyes; in fact, they’re the only bird in Puerto Rico with that distinct feature.

Cidra’s charming town square features a beautiful working fountain and is flanked by several sites worth checking out while you’re in the area. Dating back to 1813, Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish is an exquisitely maintained and inviting house of worship. To view work from local Puerto Rican artists, make an appointment to stop into Galería Cidreña, located on the first floor of the City Hall. The historic Iberia Theater now houses the Cidreño Cultural Center.

If you’re staying the night, Cidra Country Club Inn & Villas @ Treasure Island features restaurants, a pool, sports facilities and more. 

Celebrate in Cidra

The Paloma Sabanera Festival, held annually in December in the town plaza, is a fun-filled, multi-day extravaganza complete with music, dancing, local arts and crafts, authentic cuisine, and a Carnival-style parade. In July, the Patronales Festival offers another chance to celebrate.

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