Festival of Saint James
The most famous celebration in Loíza is the yearly Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a Santiago Apóstol or Festival of Saint James. For a week in July, the town celebrates with multiple processions and parades, and live bomba and plena music plays in the town squares as women in colorful skirts and men in traditional garb dance and sing. This is the festival where the vejigantes come out in force, wearing the emblematic coconut mask with horns, along with other characters like the Spanish Caballeros (knights), the Viejos dressed in rags, and the Locas, men dressed as crazy women.
Parque Histórico Cueva María de la Cruz
Venture deeper into Loíza and you'll reach the María de la Cruz Cave Historic Park, an archaeological site discovered in 1948. Inside were the remains of some of the first inhabitants of the Island, dating back as far as 4000 BC, as well as many Taíno artifacts. The cave itself is impressive, measuring 98 feet high, 164 feet wide, and 82 feet deep. In 2018, Loíza's government established facilities around the cave including an education center, an art gallery, an artisan market, a playground for children, and a campsite. Guides offer tours of the cave and workshops about beekeeping, since the area is also a bee sanctuary.