Welcome to Loíza


A Taíno village when the conquistadores arrived, the area was named after Loaíza, the female cacique (chief) who ruled over it. As the Taínos were decimated by hard labor, brutality and disease, slaves from West Africa were brought to replace them in the sugarcane fields. As time passed, emancipated slaves were relocated here to help defend against intruders and, eventually, the area became a haven for escaped slaves. By 1719, the village had grown large enough to be declared an official town. Today Loíza has one of the highest concentrations of Afro-Puerto Ricans on the island, descendants of the Africans brought to these shores long ago. The town is known for its cultural richness and African influences in its food, music, dance and art.


Top experiences in Loíza

Loíza activities

$119 Outdoor Activities

Small-Group El Yunque Rainforest Day Trip from San Juan

Your guide will meet you with a morning pick up from your accommodation or meeting point between 9am – 9:30am. The first stop will be at a local fruit stand for a cultural experience and to buy our fresh fruit for the day. After this stop, the tour will continue to the majestic rainforest. We take you off the beaten path by visiting the south side of the El Yunque for a 15-minute hike to an amazing spot in the middle of the  rainforest. Descend here to the a natural pool where you can swim, relax, or try out the rope swing above the water. For more adventure, you can continue following your guide by climbing further up river,  and over the big rocks formations, for (about 15 minutes). Enjoy the waterfalls, slide down the natural water slide, or make a 40-feet foot cliff jump into the river! Your guide will prepare delicious local fresh fruits once you’ve reached the natural pool. It’s time for lunch! We take you the well known Luquillo Kiosko's, where you'll find souvenir shops and a choice of 60 different restaurants located on a strip along the beach. Here you can taste the local flavours of Puerto Rican cuisine, fresh seafood and much more. After this stop you will be transported back to your hotel. Be prepared for this tour! Safety Requirements and Limitations: • Participants must be physically capable of walking thru steep, rocky, muddy trails, and have the balance to walk by uneven surfaces without assistance. • Pregnant ladies past their first trimester, persons with previous injuries, back problems or recent surgery should not participate in this tour. Notes: - Wear a bathing suit and comfortable clothes. Bring a towel and an extra pair of clothing. - Hiking and water shoes are strongly recommended, tennis with a good grip also work. - Have a good breakfast before departing on tour

$195 Private & Custom Tours

Private Driving Tour of San Juan Highlights

Experience the must-see highlights of San Juan on this guided, sightseeing driving tour. Ride in style thru the Old City neighborhood and see the historical landmarks of San Cristobal and El Morro Fort, El Convento. Stop for a photo with your favorite president at the world-famous Presidential Boardwalk, or a run up the Steps at the Capital Building. You will also visit Hato Rey's Financial District, the Convention Center area, Santurce Market Place, among others and culminate the tour at cultural Piñones. These are the Districts of San Juan you will visit.  Stops may vary based on your preferences or time and day of the week. Old San Juan - the historical part of the city, home to most historic attractions, galleries and museums.  This is where the tour begins and you can spend a reasonable amount of time in order to take in its charm. International Convention Center District - home of the new Convention Center, which includes a fountain that plays traditional Puerto Rican music and Occidental classical music, an outdoor café, and the Convention Hotel & Casino.  In the near-future will also include more restaurant options, shopping centers, nightlife among other forms of entertainment. Hato Rey - the business center, hosting the main banks, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, and Plaza las Americas, the largest shopping center in the Caribbean. Santurce - a historical part of Puerto Rico and the cultural capital, a trendy place to hang among locals. Has two art museums, a performing arts center, small theaters around the neighborhood and the popular Marketplace. Miramar - a residential area near El Condado, known for expensive and historical houses. El Condado - this upscale residential neighborhood is also the beach resort part of the city and has many hotels and restaurants along its main thoroughfare, Ashford Ave. Isla Verde - located actually in the adjacent municipality of Carolina, within the larger metro area. It is closest to the international airport and has nice beaches, hotels and parks. Piñones - a humble and far from a fancy coastal area but very rich in culture, adjacent to Isla Verde, entering the town of Loiza. Currently one of the areas where the strongest presence of Puerto Rican African heritage is found. Famous for its traditional fritters such as "alcapurrias" and "bacalaitos" among other favorite dishes.

$85 Cultural & Theme Tours

African Heritage of PR -Small Group Tour- from San Juan

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Loiza Pinones area where the African heritage can be seen all around the town—the music, dance, art and food are all deeply rooted in African tradition. See how the locals live here and prepare their food on woodfire BBQs.We drive to the Historical Park Maria de la Cruz in Loiza and its beautiful cave. This cave is more of a large open area than a deep cave system. The cave measures 50 meters wide, 25 meters deep, and 30 meters high. It is of great historical value to the area with lots of interesting facts to discover. Here you will learn a little bit about the Folklore Bomba music and dance through a short presentation/workshop.Our next stop is at the beautiful tropical beach Vacia Talega, where you will be able to swim in the deep blue waters and cool down. We will take a short 10-minute hike through the bush to a scenic view, overlooking the cliffs, beach and the ocean.It’s time for lunch! At one of the local beachfront restaurants in the area you are able to try out the local Puerto Rican cuisine before we transport you back to your accommodation.

$85 Cultural & Theme Tours

cultural heritage tour - small group - historical cave, music, beach, local food

We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive to Loiza Pinones area where the African heritage can be seen all around the town—the music, dance, art and food are all deeply rooted in African tradition. See how the locals live here and prepare their food on woodfire BBQs.We drive to the Historical Park Maria de la Cruz in Loiza and its beautiful cave. This cave is more of a large open area than a deep cave system. The cave measures 50 meters wide, 25 meters deep, and 30 meters high. It is of great historical value to the area with lots of interesting facts to discover. Here you will learn a little bit about the Folklore Bomba music and dance through a short presentation/workshop.Our next stop is at the beautiful tropical beach Vacia Talega, where you will be able to swim in the deep blue waters and cool down. We will take a short 10-minute hike through the bush to a scenic view, overlooking the cliffs, beach and the ocean.It’s time for lunch! At one of the local beachfront restaurants in the area you are able to try out the local Puerto Rican cuisine before we transport you back to your accommodation.

$115 Cultural & Theme Tours

Food Tasting and Old San Juan Tour

-8:00am or 1:00pm Pick up time at destination of your choice. First stop for AM session is Old San Juan we will visit, learn and photograph  these famous landmarks-Castillo de San Cristóbal-El Parque  Las Palomas-Plaza de ArmasOur next destination is off of the beaten path in Loiza, Puerto Rico this area is very popular to the locals but a hidden gem to tourist. with a variety of beach side kiosks, Los PInones is best know for their tasty fried fritters and delicious fresh sea food. Here you and your guests will learn hands on how to make some of Puerto Rico's most popular snacks such as alacpurrias, pastelillos and pinonos all food tastings is included in price of tour. Guest will then return back to pick-up location. NOTE ***ALL PM RESERVATIONS WILL BE DONE IN REVERSE ORDER***

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