Monday, December 13, 2010

Advent Calendar- Holiday Travel to Puerto Rico

My husband's family is from Spain, but they still own an apartment in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where my husband spent his school years.  His father was a professor for many years at a university in San Juan.  It is always fun to escape cold New Hampshire to visit here anytime, especially at Christmas.  Here you trade Santa for the Three Kings, Christmas Trees for palm trees on the beach, and dinner is pasteles and roast pigs.  The Christmas light displays are much more elaborate than anything in New Hampshire.
The whole family in front of
La Fortaleza, El Palacio Santa Catalina,
the Governor's residence in San Juan, Puerto Rico
built between 1533 and 1540

Illumination displays of the Three Kings
near the beach

Public light displays in the Condado
neighborhood of San Juan  (The Three Kings again!)

Illuminated displays in Old San Juan,
Plaza Colon, with the walls of the city.
Our family visit with the Three Kings
(the Hispanic version of Santa Claus)
in a mall in San Juan

Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. It is always interesting to know how other cultures celebrate Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. I am thinking about going to Puerto Rico for my winter vacation this year.

    1. You'll love it! No passport or exchanging money, and most people know English, but you'll feel like you're in another country with a unique culture. We were just there in December and the weather was lovely. July, August, September and early October can be oppressive humidity (not to mention hurricane season).