Visiting Puerto Rico Historical Areas
The history of Puerto Rico is as rich as its culture. If you plan to visit the Island, you need to know a little more about its historical places, so you don’t miss out on anything on your stay and enjoy your time in Puerto Rico to the fullest.
Before starting on the historical areas, one must know Puerto Rico’s history. The Island was previously known as Borinquen, and a name derived from the word Borikén or “Land of the Valiant and Noble Lord’’. After the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1493 on the Island, the name was changed to Puerto Rico, which literally means ‘Rich Port.’ You will even find a beautiful spot on the west side of the Island named Punta Borinquen, which depicts the rich history behind its name.
Before planning your trip, make sure you add the following historical areas to your list. Not only will you enjoy their lasting cultural value, but also the incredible sceneries that these places are going to offer you.
- Parque Ceremonial Indígena de Caguana (Utuado)
Located in the Caguana Indigenous Park in Utuado, this place presents the visitors with rich Taino-cultured archaeological sites. Here, you will find beautiful pottery pieces, limestone artifacts, and petroglyph, which show you the way of life of indigenous populations from the 14th and 15th centuries. In addition to this, there are a few ceremonial plazas in the park, where important batos, ball games, and ceremonies used to take place.
This historical site tells us about the story of the Island’s coffee production days. Now, the restored historic site consists of processing areas, slave quarters, Spanish colonial houses, and farm buildings. Besides its historical importance, the place provides you with beautiful scenery to enjoy.
- Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes (Ponce)
Another Taíno-cultured archeological site is located on the coastal south side of the Island. A museum located in the park displays beautiful pottery artifacts, a few of the weaponries, and figures representing deities that indigenous people use in their daily lives.
- Capitolio de Puerto Rico (Old San Juan)
The Puerto Rico Capital Building, located in Old San Juan and inaugurated in 1929, is a historical landmark. This three-story building is covered with marble and consists of a rotunda that displays the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It features important historical events of Puerto Rico.
- Castillo San Felipe del Morro (Old San Juan)
El Morro is a true testimony to the beautiful history of Puerto Rico. It is a must-see landmark on the Island, especially if your visit to Puerto Rico is short and you want to make the most of it. It consists of a fort from where the view of the ocean and the rest of the city is breathtaking.
In addition to the sites as mentioned above, you can also visit La Fortaleza (Old San Juan), Fuerte San Cristóbal (Old San Juan), and Cuartel de Ballajá (Old San Juan) for getting an enjoyable insight into the rich history of Puerto Rico and also make your visit extremely memorable.