Caguas is an innovative town filled to the brim with art, culture, nature, entertainment, nightlife, and businesses.
Because of its location, Caguas is known as the “Heart and Center” of Puerto Rico.
Situated at the western end of the east region, this town is only about 30 minutes from SJU airport, contributing to its development as a major commercial center for the Island, including more than 40 factories producing clothes, leather, and 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
Caguas is home to many attractions, cultural and sports activities, music and gastronomic festivals, theatrical productions, walking trails, and more.
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 local artisans' work that preserves and promotes boricua arts and crafts diversity.
In the town’s City Hall, you can find the Museo de Historia de Caguas, which presents the town's story, 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 see demonstrations of cigar rolling.
You can also explore the Casino Real, Caguas Real Golf & Country Club, Sangría Factory Tasting Tour, F.O.K. Brewing Co. Tasting Tour, C3TEC: Caribbean Criollo Center for Science and Technology, and a series of trails, walks, nature adventures, and sightseeing tours.
Nightlife and Events
Caguas is booming with many festivals and cultural activities.
One of the main events is the Paseo de los Artistas, which occurs on 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 various food trucks and kiosks.
Where to Eat
Local favorites include El After Lounge, a varied, trendy place with a menu that ranges from BBQ-style burgers to pasta and pizza. 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. For a tasty and healthy vegan lunch or dinner, visit Madre Tierra, a vegan café where everything is plant-based and locally sourced.
Caguas also has a growing craft beer scene as well. For a local tasting, drop by FOK Brewing, 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 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 a water slide, a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar.