Lago La Plata in Toa Alta

Toa Alta

A tranquil spot to relax and unwind.

To get away from the hectic pace of city life, head to Toa Alta, a serene escape in northern Puerto Rico. Founded in 1751, Toa Alta is one of the oldest municipalities on the Island; its flat, river-laden terrain made this fertile land attractive for farming and raising cattle. Today, the agricultural industry has largely given way to manufacturing, though local grassroots efforts aim to revive the farming economy.

Toa Alta enjoys a few nicknames that pay tribute to its historic legacies. The moniker la Ciudad de Josco (“The City of Josco”) alludes to the Puerto Rican bulls that were once numerous in the area. La Cuna de los Poetas (“The Cradle of Poets”), is an homage to the many important writers who have lived here, including Pablo Morales Cabrera and Abelardo Díaz Alfaro.

The municipality lies between Dorado and Toa Baja to the north, Naranjito to the south, Vega Alta and Corozal to the west, and Bayamón to the east. Driving here from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) takes about 45 minutes.

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion y San Fernando in Toa Alta

Parroquia San Fernando Rey in Toa Alta

The Great Outdoors

Toa Alta is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy the simplicity of nature.

Beautiful to behold, Lago La Plata is surrounded by lush trees and greenery. Visitors of all ages can while away the day here fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking. A recreational area is equipped with facilities including gazebos, barbecue pits, and bathrooms.

Families love Hacienda Rosada Ayala, an open-to-the-public hacienda whose grounds are decorated with unusual items like rusty bicycles and an antique gas pump. The venue also includes a history museum, outdoor games, and El Kañaveral, an al-fresco restaurant serving mofongo, Caribbean lobster, and other authentic Puerto Rican fare.

Downtown Toa Alta

The municipality’s main town features a handful of points of interest.

Parroquia San Fernando Rey church dates back to 1752, just one year after the municipality was officially founded. Across the street in the public plaza, you’ll see the beloved cannonball tree, which was planted over a century ago and whose fruit resembles, you guessed it, cannonballs. A few steps away, Teatro Municipal Tomás “Maso” Rivera is a historic theater named for a famous jíbaro musician who was born here.


There are several restaurants offering a taste of the Island when you're done exploring. Try Candela Bar and Grill for sweet-potato waffles, chicken breasts stuffed with sweet plantains, arroz mamposteao (Puerto Rican rice and stewed beans), and fried chuletas (pork chops). La Pollada Sports Bar & Grill is a favorite for mofongo, tostones, fried meats, and very cold beer. La Familia Bakery and Panadería La Flor de España both earn high praise for tasty sandwiches and excellent homemade dulces to follow them up with.

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