Because of its location, Caguas is known as the “Center and Heart” of Puerto Rico.
Situated at the western end of the east region, this town is only about 30 minutes from SJU airport, which contributes to its development as a major commercial center for the island, including more than 40 factories producing clothes, leather, electronics, and more.
Also known as la Ciudad Criolla ("Creole City"), Caguas is home to a handful of museums and an ecological center. The town square is undergoing a revitalization, with new restaurants and events being added all the time.
Things to Do
The Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas William Miranda Marín is a gem in Caguas. A true treasure of history, this 60-acre park consists of not only the gardens, but the remains of Hacienda San José, a 19th-century sugar cane plantation.
Designed to educate the public, the garden lets visitors explore both culture and nature in a tropical setting. Guided tours, picture-perfect walking trails, special activities, and interpretive exhibits (like the African and Taíno Ancestral Grove, Forest Heritage, Riverside Corridor, and Tropical Wetlands) are part of the regular offerings.
Caguas is home to a variety of museums that showcase the history and folklore of the region. The Museo de Artes Populares Caguas showcases the work of local artisans that preserve and promote the diversity of boricua arts and crafts.
In the town’s City Hall, you can find the Museo de Historia de Caguas, which presents the story of the town, from archaeological findings to the town’s founding. There is also a Museo del Tabaco, where you can learn about tobacco production in Puerto Rico, and get to see demonstrations of cigar rolling.
Nightlife and Events
Caguas is booming with many festivals and cultural activities.
One of the main events is the Paseo de los Artistas, which takes place the third Saturday of every month. This recurrent outdoor festival highlights local artists in every sphere. Be ready to walk, eat, drink, dance, and appreciate the works of both Puerto Rican and international creators that have made this space their workshop. Another event is the Al Fresco Culinary Show. This event gathers people to savor creole food and creative presentations of local and international dishes at a variety of food trucks and kiosks.
Where to Eat
With inventive and original spins on popular dishes, Orujo Taller de Gastronomía, is the most iconic restaurant in Caguas. More than just a menu, their celebration of food present eaters with a fine-dining experience in a casual setting with a memorable twist. For guests that choose the longer version of the tasting menu, the chef will interview before starting on a personalized meal preparation for the table.
Other local favorites include PizzArte, an artisanal pizza shop that merges traditional Italian cuisine with a fun and creative presentation. The Ojalá Speakeasy Bar delivers more than just cocktails. The restaurant menu includes tapas such as Argentinian empanadas, deep-fried fresh local cheese, ropa vieja empanadas, and croquettes. They also serve risotto, skirt steaks, and coconut-glazed pork.
Caguas also has a growing craft beer scene as well. For a local tasting, drop by FOK Brewing, which is a unique beer garden that produces more than a dozen different styles.
Where to Stay
Nestled in the heart of Caguas, the Four Points by Sheraton is the only hotel in the creole city. This family-friendly property offers 125 rooms with 32 suites and top-of-the-line amenities. The hotel has an on-site casino, a pool with water slide, a fitness center, restaurant, and bar.