By Harry S. Pariser
Haunting Spanish ruins, a rain woodland, and sweeping panoramas are all a part of Puerto Rico. This completely up to date advisor covers all of thes, plus complete details at the little identified parks, reserves, and offshore islands. The publication covers lodgings, neighborhood transporation, eating for gourmets, and the simplest shorelines and snorkeling spots. Maps and pictures.
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But the most famous classical musician ever to have come out of Puerto Rico was Spanish-Puerto Rican cellist Pablo Casals. His legacy is recognized for two weeks every June during the Pablo Casals Music Festival (see page 40), which attracts classical aficionados from all over the world. n Folk Music Jíbaro-inspired bands are among the best-loved musicians on the island, especially for their upbeat ballads and cuatro performances, many of which mix music with storytelling. Unfortunately, they are also the most difficult to find, as they often perform only at private parties, weddings or otherwise impromptu celebrations (not unlike flamenco musicians).
Though Bacardí is the most famous rum associated with Puerto Rico, it is Cuban, not Puerto Rican, in origin (see San Juan, page 96). If you want the real deal, buy Don Q (founded by the Seralles family in Ponce), the favorite of local rum-heads. Don Q supplies the entire range of inebriants. Also, look out for the butterscotch-flavored Don Juan (also of the Serralles empire), which, mixed in equal parts with Don Q cristal, forms a formidable shot called “Double-D” (ask for it in Rincón, if nowhere else).
Regardless, visitors interested in learning about Puerto Rican art history should keep an eye out for the work of José Campeche (1752-1809), a self-taught painter who became obsessed with the story of Christ and was the first Puerto Rican painter to gain any real credibility. What few people know about Campeche is that he was the son of a freed slave and several of his paintings point subtly to the true nature of colonization. The second half of the 19th century saw the birth of a style of realism called costumbrismo (local color), pioneered by the works of one man – Francisco Oller.
Adventure Guide to Puerto Rico, 3rd Edition (Hunter Travel Guides) by Harry S. Pariser