Photo: Art Mural in Yauco, Puerto Rico
We have seen neighborhoods turn into living art museums bringing life, tourism, and new business opportunities. One of the favorite pastimes of Puerto Ricans on Sundays is taking a drive to a different town, and families love seeking for murals to take photographs to memorialize their visit. The name Hector is well known in Puerto Rico, he went on a mission to paint a giant flag in all 78 municipalities, and each painting of the flag becomes an event with a large gathering of followers to celebrate the new creation.
When you visit a town, we invite you to go into the historic districts of municipalities in search of murals and the painted flag. Although there are many, many places, the following are great quick stops as you explore the island.
Yauco, Puerto Rico
Yauco is a testimony of the transformative power of art in a community and how it can bring joy, hope, and unity to a community. If you’re in the southern region, be sure to stop by the town of Yauco, the most colorful town in Puerto Rico.
From Ponce, the drive to Yauco is 20 minutes. From Route 52, you can’t miss the burst rainbow of colors created by the painted homes against the green hills.
The project Yaucromatic, began in 2017, led by Jonathan Hernandez Leon, president of the nonprofit organization Arte Para Unir (Art to Unite). What was a neighborhood affected by poverty and prone to crime, was transformed into one of the most visited places in Puerto Rico by residents around the island and tourists. A group of talented and dedicated artists from Pintalto and other community artists created murals around the town. The entire community got involved to color homes and abandoned places in the Cantera hillside neighborhood and around town.
This creative project has attracted the attention of music artists, Ozuna, a reggaeton artist, chooses Yauco as a filming location for one of his music videos, capturing the attention of the younger generations to visit the neighborhood.
Best Time to Visit Yauco: The once-forgotten Cantera hillside, is now a happy, colorful place. On the weekends, residents are sitting on the balconies to greet visitors with smiles, there’s music playing on the street, and community volunteers are there to greet visitors. During your visit, we encourage you to bring a little cash to help the local economy, local artisans set stands to sell crafts. You’re welcome to visit the neighborhood anytime during the week, but if you happen to be around the southern region of Puerto Rico on a weekend, then head to Yauco for an hour, it is extra festive.
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San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
San Sebastian is a lovely town located in the mountainside of the west region of Puerto Rico. While most visitors head to the dreamy waterfalls of Cascadas Gozalandia, we invite you to take a quick drive into the historic square of the town, you can visit a few interesting museums and also find some lovely art murals at the plaza (square) – see map below for location. The town is very clean and nice to take a short walk around.