Summer isn’t over over yet! There’s still time to plan a vacation or weekend getaway so, how about Humacao?

Located on the east coast of the island, the municipality stands out because of its history, culture, food and beautiful landscape.

Once in Humacao, make sure to visit the “Casona de Humacao”, a neocolonial home built in 1920 by the mayor of Humacao at the time, Vicente Ortiz López, and his wife, Paula Ortiz. The family lived in the house until 1935, and after they left it served as a college, a school and a retirement home.

Nowadays, “la Casona” serves as the Humacao Center for Tourism, Art and Culture and features a mural by native artist Ángel Vega Santana. The majestic mural celebrates Humacao’s diverse culture and includes a depiction of indian chief Jumacao and images of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the town’s patron saint, “granos”, local fritters, and the “Plenazo” Festival.

Humacao is also home to the works of various urban artists. Wander down Dr. Vidal street and other downtown streets and take in art murals and verses by local artists like Angela María Malavé.

If nature and eco-tourism are more your taste, enjoy a day at the Efraín Archilla Diez Natural Reserve (787-852-6058). Lagoons for paddling and kayaking; walking paths for jogging, cycling and running; an old military bunker called “Los Morillos” and a spectacular opportunity for bird watching await you. Upon arrival at the reserve you will be welcomed by friendly staff willing to give you a tour and offer information, as well as artisans, some of whom use materials found in the forest for their art, and various snack stands.

To ensure a great and thorough experience in Humacao, stay at the recently renovated, 107-room Wyndham Candelero Beach Resort, located within the Palmas Del Mar complex. The ample hotel has two pools, restaurants, bars, cafés and a cocktail and music area.

On August 30 and September 1, Humacao will celebrate the 33rd edition of the Breadfruit Festival at the Mariana Barrio. At this family-friendly event visitors will be able to enjoy music, delicious food made primarily with breadfruit and activities for children.

Do you really need more reasons to visit Humacao?

Reporter for The Weekly Journal. She is also a reporter for Mírame and Bienestar Total magazines. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Sacred Heart University in San Juan.

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