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New Years' block party (Culebra, Puerto Rico)

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In Culebra, the New Years' Eve celebration is considered one of the most entertaining and emblematic of Puerto Rico. Here, all the pretenses are left out and everybody joins in Deweys’ town square to a unique block party. Beach chairs turn into the stands and coolers into tables where everything is shared. Some bring their snacks and the person next to them suddenly is part of one big family. If you are planning to spend New Years’ Eve in Culebra Island, follow these recommendations:

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Book it all in time.

The Island receives many visitors who return year after year for the celebration. Make your reservations for lodging, rental car and your ferry or airline tickets in advance. Arrive ready or get ready here, both options are good. Most guesthouses have small kitchens so many bring their dishes or the ingredients to prepare them. You can also buy anything you need in Culebra, the fear of them getting spoiled on the way can be avoided. You’ll find an excellent selection of meats, fish and seafood; simply add your culinary talents.

Ready for the party.

Bring everything you will need for your hair, makeup and get ready to start the New Year feeling like a million bucks. Some guesthouses don’t offer in their rooms products, such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Make a list so you don’t forget anything. At the Square, lots of families that travel with their kids arrive early and choose a spot where they can be comfortable without a lot of human traffic. The square with its trees and the benches in front of the bank are the most comfortable areas.

Pedestrian Zone.

If you traveled with your car or rented one here, you should be aware that during the New Years’ celebration, the area is a pedestrian zone. You can park your car in any of the nearby streets.

No glass, please!

Everyone that participates in the New Year’s celebration does not bring glass containers or bottles. It could cause an accident.

The trash to the trash bin.

Remember to bring trash bags and at the end of the festivities, simply leave your garbage in the trash bin. This way you will help keep Dewey and Culebra clean.

Bring your instruments!

Don’t leave your musical instruments behind, you will need them. At the main stage or the family besides you will be chanting and singing all the way through January.

New Year’s Eve in Culebra has become a tradition for a lot of people. People from all over take part in the celebration. They dance to the rhythm of the orchestra and after an awaited countdown; they all hug and wish each other the best on the newly begun year. Little by little, the ones that brought their instruments follow the sound of the congas and “panderos” turning the street into a huge “parranda”. The town businesses serve as oasis during the celebration; a wholesome celebration for the whole family. Be part of the festivity and turn it into your own tradition.

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