Bayamón, PR – Pork Rind Town

The municipality of Bayamón proudly wears its ambitious, progressive ideals on its sleeve. For example, the imposing City Hall is a feat of architecture and engineering unparalleled in the Caribbean. It consists of two buildings connected by a bridge right atop the busy street traffic. Visitors are allowed to park, tour the building, and use the walkway to cross from one side to the other.

There’s also the Luis A. Ferré Science Park, which features an unique suspension bridge, one of only three built in the world. The park has many attractions, including Space Rocket Plaza close to the entrance, awakening the curiosity of those who drive by. There are also small indoor museums featuring collections of value to the different sciences, such as native taíno artifacts.

Bayamón is also home to the Francisco Oller Art and History Museum, named in honor of one of Puerto Rico’s world-famous painters. The neoclassical building also hosts exhibits of contemporary artists. Nearby is the 18th century Santa Cruz Catholic Church. The Braulio Castillo Theater continues to be a popular venue to catch all types of performances, from dance recitals to plays (mostly in Spanish, though). However, Bayamón will always be La Ciudad del Chicharrón, that is, the city of deep fried pork rinds, a delicacy for many islanders.

Bayamón is one of the towns of the San Juan Metropolitan Area. As such, it is a veritable mecca of business, industry, and tourism. The Tren Urbano, a recently-completed train system that connects the metro area municipalities, has contributed to Bayamón’s growth and development. Those curious to ride the “tren” will encounter modern stations decorated with contemporary works of art. If on the other hand you feel like stretching your legs, the new Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón features riverside walkways and bike trails.

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