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Great Places for Photography in PR: Northern Region

Posted on 19 November 2010 by jose

To celebrate our island’s natural wonders, sights, and colorful culture, EyeTour has compiled the ‘Great Places for Photography in Puerto Rico’ post series. Throughout the series we will feature some of the most amazing spots for photography lovers, hidden places, and suggested photo routes found throughout the different regions of the island. Join us for our first look into Puerto Rico’s Northern Region!

In the northern region of Puerto Rico you will find the world’s largest radiotelescope, one of the oldest cities in the New World and the world’s largest cave networks, among other amazing sights. This region is well balanced between its natural wonders, historical places, and amazing beaches – so prepare your cameras and be ready for an exciting journey!

Municipality of Manatí

Located on the northern side of the Island and at a one hour drive from San Juan, Manatí has some gorgeous beaches like Mar Chiquita and Playa Los Tubos. These beaches are not so hard to find but yet there might not be signs on the road so during the way pay attention to the northern side of the road (right side if you come from San Juan). Also you might want to visit the lovely Manatí town and plaza.

Playa Los Tubos: Characterized by its big waves and white sand, this beach is frequented by surfers. Swimmers must be careful with the underwater currents but its beautiful shore is truly for everyone’s enjoyment.

Town’s plaza: Centro de las Artes and Historic Church

Mar Chiquita: This beach is renowned for its horseshoe-shaped cove surrounded by white sands. It is possible to walk through the rocky barrier and photograph the beach from that interesting perspective.


In the municipality of Arecibo there are different photo opportunities varying fom its beautiful shores to the mountain region where the world’s largest radar radio telescope is found.

The Arecibo Observatory offers visitors a close view of the spectacular radar radio telescope of Arecibo. To get the whole shot to fit in the camera you might need a wide angle lens or a fish-eye lens.

Arecibo Lighthouse: Heading out of the mountains an into the shore you will find the Arecibo Lighthouse inside the Arecibo Historical Park and there is an entrance fee; However, to the eastern side of the lighthouse there is nice beach were you can appreciate the lighthouse from afar. The best time for photography from this beach is at the mornings since you’ll be shooting towards the west.

San Juan

Puerto Rico’s capital city, has a great diversity of beaches, historical sites, architecture and more. This is the ideal place for photographing panoramic sites, the local culture and history of one of the oldest cities in the new world.

El Escambrón: This beach has a unique view of the Capitol Building and the sea as well as the glamorous palm trees lined up in the coast.

Old San Juan: The Fuerte San Felipe del Morro and the Views from its historical city walls combines a great opportunity for architectural and panoramic photography.

We hope you enjoyed our selection of EyeTour photographs and remember you can share your favorite places using the comments section below!


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Circa 09 International Art Fair (April 16-20)

Posted on 31 July 2009 by GSV

Beginning on Thursday, April 16, the Puerto Rico Convention Center becomes the focal point of the art world when it opens its doors to Circa 09.  Celebrating its 4th edition, this international art fair has become one of the Caribbean/Central America region’s most important gatherings of artists, galleries, collectors, and aficionados.  Circa’s main goal is to offer an organized, intimate space for promoting modern/contemporary art while capitalizing on Puerto Rico’s rich and diverse surroundings, as well as its thriving art collection scene.

The main program features cutting-edge works from hundreds of up-and-coming artists presented by local and international galleries such as the Galería 356 (San Juan),  Walter Otero (San Juan), Samson Projects (Boston), Espacio Mínimo (Madrid), and LMAK Projects (NYC).  Solo exhibitions involving different mediums – painting, photography, video, installation, etc. – will also be featured, selected from an open call by event curators. Additionally, the Circa Labs located outside the main pavilion will host experimental gatherings from other artists.

For information about this year’s event, click here.

For a review of Circa’s 2008 edition by Walter Robinson of artnet magazine, click here.

For more information about the Puerto Rico Convention Center, click here.


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Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza

Posted on 27 July 2009 by GSV

After last year’s resounding success, Saborea Puerto Rico returns for a second helping as the Caribbean’s premiere culinary event.  The three-day festival runs from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th – at El Escambrón Beach near Old San Juan – and promises an extravagant gastronomic experience to delight even the most meticulous food enthusiast.   The festivities commence on Friday night with the Rums Of Puerto Rico Beach Soireé, a can’t-miss bash featuring an amazing assortment of cocktails and a menu created by chefs Bradford Thompson and Mario Ferro.

The Saborea Puerto Rico Village opens Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and encompasses the main activities within the event.  At Al Euro Demo Kitchen Theatre, renowned local and international chefs will delight onlookers with cooking presentations.  Among the personalities participating in the event are: Iron Chef Cat Cora, Executive Chef of Bon Appétit magazine; Michael Psilakis, Best New Chef of 2008 for Food & Wine magazine; world-famous chocolatier Jacques Torres, and acclaimed Puerto Rican chef, Wilo Benet.  To see who else will be presenting, click here.

Tastings, seminars and other demonstrations are spread out across two pavilions, where foodies will get a chance to try dishes and sample a wide variety of wines and spirits from some of Puerto Rico’s finest dining places.  Some of the establishments showcasing the flavors of Caribbean and World cuisine include Ajili-Mojili, Trois Cent Onze (311), Morton’s @ Caribe Hilton, Old Harbor Brewery, and many others.  For a complete list of restaurants and exhibitors, click here.

Not to be left out, the Saborea Kid’s Pavilion offers youngsters the opportunity to learn simple and fun recipes through cooking demonstrations and other exhibitions.

With the abundance of activities, a picturesque setting and the exquisite flavors of the cuisine, events such as Saborea are quickly making Puerto Rico the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.


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Festival Claridad 2009 Event Schedule / Itinerary

Posted on 24 July 2009 by EyeFred


For information about the Festival Claridad, click here. For directions, start


Thursday, February 26

(from 7:00 pm)

Main Stage / Tarima Claridad

Héctor Giovanni y su Orquesta
Caribe Gitano
Andrés Jiménez
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Second Stage / Tarima Estrella (starts at 4pm)

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm – Live Transmission Fuego cruzado
Sal de tu duda with Luz Nereida Pérez (Mariana Editores)
Book Reading and Signing: Sexo y cura/Carnada de cangrejo by Rafah Acevedo (Editorial Isla Negra)
Performance: El dragón de la playa by Héctor Iván Monclova (Isla Negra)
Book Reading: Breve estadía en el cuerpo by Iván Figueroa Luciano (Isla Negra)
Presentation and Signing: Ensayos para la terraza by Daniel Nina (Isla Negra).
9:30 pm – Rap (Absoluto independiente, Desde el campo , and others)
10:00 pm – Sábana Negra


Friday, February 27

(from 6:00 pm)

Main Stage / Tarima Claridad

Antonio Cabán Vale, El Topo
Andy Montañez y su Orquesta
Plena Libre
Roy Brown
Sammy García y El Sabor de Puerto Rico

Second Stage / Tarima Estrella (starts at 4pm)

4:45 pm – Live Transmission Fuego cruzado
7:00 pm – Kids Happy hour by Tres Monjitas & visit by the Capitán, the Coop. Zeno Gandía mascot
7:30 pm – Child violinists, Conservatorio de Música de P.R.’s Suzuki Program
8:00 pmOjo: fábulas cautivas (fragment), Teatro Rodante de la UPR (Rosa Luisa Márquez)
8:30 pm – Salsa Dance lesson with José Iván Carrasquillo
9:30 pm - Guanajibo (Reggae)


Saturday, February 28

(from 2:00 pm)

Main Stage / Tarima Claridad

Child Trovadores Presentation
Peton Place Blues Criollo with Silverio, Sunshine, and Edwin Colón Zayas
Trovadores Meet-Up
El Espectáculo de Chabela
Orquesta La Exclusiva
Haciendo Punto en Otro Son
Así Somos
Orquesta La Experimental
Fiel a la Vega (Rock)

Second Stage / Tarima Estrella

6:00 pmBombaeróbicos (Bomba-aerobics) with Elia Cortés and Taller Tamboricua
7:30 pm – Stage play: ¡Qué tostón! - Jóvenes del 98′
8:00 pm – Alí Tapia, Ivania Zayas y el rumbero Vainilla
9:00 pm – Noche de musarañas


Sunday, March 1

(from 1:00 pm)

Main Stage / Tarima Claridad

Plenazo Claridad
Tata Cepeda y Gracimá
Julito Alvarado y del Sur al Norte

Second Stage / Tarima Estrella

12:00 pm – Masks Workshop with Lowell Fiet
2:00 pmPau, el defensor de la paz – Jóvenes del 98′
2:30 pm – Book Reading with author Tina Casanova
3:00 pmLudmilia – Deborah Hunt
3:30 pmEl girasol – Agua, sol y sereno
4:00 pm – Bomba Workshop with Tata Cepeda and the School of Bomba & Plena
5:00 pmHistoria de arroz con habichuelas – Andanza 
6:00 pm¡Che! Kes-ke Ce? (humorous) – Compañía M + M
6:30 pm – Grupo Trabuco y Dulce de coco


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Dance to the rhythms of El Gran Combo at the Festival Claridad

Posted on 24 July 2009 by GSV


For event itinerary, click here.

The 35th edition of the Festival Claridad kicks off this Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium parking lot in San Juan.  A 4-day celebration of Puerto Rican national identity, the festival is organized every year by local pro-independence newspaper, Claridad, and is to many the first major cultural event on the island after its prolonged (and renowned) holiday season.  This year’s festivities are dedicated to the world’s preeminent salsa group, one of the island’s most beloved musical acts, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.  The party starts Thursday night with the honored guests taking the main stage to deliver the beloved sounds of their signature salsa gorda.

Needless to say, lots of dancing is expected – so brush up on those dance steps and salsa moves!  (Here are the basic steps to get you started, and some dazzling ones to get you pumped up and in the mood.)  Don’t let those latin rhythms intimidate you – the idea is to have fun, enjoy yourself, and learn some new steps from the more experienced crowd.

The weekend’s musical acts include local favorites like folk singer-songwriter Roy Brown, rock group Fiel a la Vega, salsa legend Andy Montañez, and traditional bomba y plena groups like Plena Libre – all sure to attract big crowds.  A second stage features book readings, theatre troupes, and comedy shows.  Saturday’s  Copa Claridad singing contest pits fellow trovadores or troubadours against one another, in a display of each’s unique style, wit, and compositional skills, as they rhyme verses in the traditional form know as the décima.

The festival is also known for the plethora of kiosks, tarps, and booths that cover the surrounding areas of the Hiram Bithorn Stadium lot, highlighting the work of local artisans and artists who travel from all over Puerto Rico to proudly display and sell their products here.  You can expect to find anything from t-shirts and lithographs, to hand-crafted jewelry and sculptures.  Hand-rolled cigars are also quite popular.  The stadium is conveniently located next to PR-22, and its two main entrances – one through Franklin Roosevelt Ave. in front of the Plaza Las Americas shopping center, the other on Domenech Ave. – are both an exit away from the expressway. (


The Festival Claridad begins on Thursday, February 26 and runs through Sunday, March 1.  A $5 dollar donation is requested at the gates.


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EyeTour Develops First Augmented Reality Experience For Puerto Rico

Posted on 17 July 2009 by EyeFred

Welcome to the future of tour technology!

SAN JUAN, August 18th, 2009.  EyeTour has become one of the first developers in the world to provide an Augmented Reality tour experience for users of advanced mobile phones.  Augmented Reality is one of the most exciting technological developments that is rapidly gaining acceptance through the use of advanced mobile phones like the Google’s G1 and the iPhone, and innovative applications such as the recently released Layar Reality Browser by Amsterdam-based company Layar.

Following the release of the Layar Reality Browser in June 2009 and it subsequent API release in July 8th, 2009, EyeTour became one of fifty developers in the world entrusted with developing content or ‘layers’ to be browsed using the novel application.  EyeTour’s award-winning content, which includes high-quality video tours of Puerto Rico’s greatest attractions, photo galleries, and site information, is available now as an Augmented Reality experience for owners of advanced mobile phones running on Google’s Android platform, like the G1 phone available locally through T-mobile.  Users need to download the Layar Reality Browser application to their phones in order to experience Puerto Rico through technology akin to that previously found only within the realm of science fiction.

The concept is easy to understand through personal experience and extremely intuitive, but decidely harder to demonstrate through still images or words (which is precisely why we prepared a video demonstration – see Youtube video above).  Advanced mobile phones such as the G1 or ‘Google Phone’ are capable of overlaying information on top of the real world by using the device’s camera, GPS, and compass.  When you point your phone’s camera towards a target (as you would to take a photograph with it), you’ll be able to see additional information displayed on top of whatever you are looking at on the device’s screen.  EyeTour’s Layar contribution allows users to walk the streets of San Juan, finding their way from historical site to historical site via radar, while being able to access high-quality videos, photo galleries, and additional information such as contact phone numbers and hours of operation.

The project is the latest in EyeTour’s string of technological innovations within the tourism industry and is part of the company’s commitment to establishing Puerto Rico as a leading destination for tech-savvy tourists, as well as to  promoting local development efforts.  EyeTour’s Augmented Reality experience was developed in conjunction with Puerto Rican developer Pablo López – known locally for the hit iPhone application, Parranda – who also developed the current version of EyeTour.com, recipient of this year’s SME WebAd Award for Best Website.  Mr. López’s new tech company, based in Puerto Rico, focuses on the development of next generation mobile applications and services.

A Selection of 8 Layar Dreams – concept designs selected for the Layar Blog. EyeTour is second from top.

8 Layar 2.0 Videos – examples of layers developed for Layar 2.0 launch (August 17th, 2009).  EyeTour is second from bottom.

Layar’s Press Release:

Press Release: Layar Reality Browser Announces Global Launch and New Features in the Latest Release

Over 100 partners worldwide developing content layers including well known brands

AMSTERDAM, August 17th 2009. Layar, which was first launched in June 2009 in The Netherlands, announces that it’s second generation Reality Browser is now available globally on Android devices. Many new content layers are available in the Reality Browser which vary from Wikipedia, Twitter and Brightkite to local services like Yelp, Trulia, store locator’s, nearby bus stops, mobile coupons, Mazda dealers and tourist, nature and cultural guides.

Layar Reality Browser 2.0
To discover new content quickly and with ease, the new Reality Browser includes sections for ‘Featured’ and ‘Popular’. All layers are also accessible via a keyword search in the search function. Layers that are used often can be saved to ‘Favorites’. In addition to the enhanced augmented reality camera view, it is now possible to select Map or List view. For every Point of Interest (POI), several actions can be taken such as: linking to a mobile site for more information, playing a live location based trivia game, linking to a video or sound clip, clicking to call for reservations, and looking at a route description to the POI. Content partners can fully customize their layer to provide a distinctive experience for the user.

500 more developers
Over 100 developers worldwide have been given access to the Layar platform by means of an API key, and are currently developing layers.

Scott Halcomb of SystemK from Japan, who developed 22 layers including the ‘Sapporo Hotspots’ layer:
“With the Layar API and support of the developers community, creating layers has been a pleasure”.

Dave Elchoness of GoWeb3D from the USA/ India, with 11 layers published including FlickAR:
“We strongly believe that Layar represents the next evolution for mobile applications and feel privileged to participate”.

Michael Coutinho, Technical Manager at Trulia, USA:
“This is a great idea. I was able to develop our layer in about three hours.”

To further grow the community of developers, Layar has released an additional 500 new API keys. The supporting wiki (http://layar.pbworks.com), with developer instructions and documentation, are all now available.

Layar for all
Starting from today, Layar is available for everyone with an Android phone anywhere in the world.  The Reality Browser can be downloaded in all local Android Markets and is pre-installed on the new Samsung Galaxy (i7500) in the Netherlands.

Dirk Groten, CTO:
“The next platform on which Layar will be available is the iPhone 3GS. We are currently investigating other platforms that support our functionalities.”

Raimo van der Klein, CEO:
“With the release of this Reality Browser we believe we have created a worldwide platform that will bring both fun and relevant Augmented Reality experiences in one application to a growing audience of users.”

The Layar Reality Browser displays real time digital information on top of reality in the camera screen of the mobile phone. While looking through the phone’s camera lens, a user can see houses for sale, popular bars and shops, tourist information of the area, play a live game, etcetera. Layar first launched on June 16th, 2009 and announced the opening up its platform by means of an API on July 8th, 2009. The Layar platform serves as an enabler for mobile location services – any database with geo-location information can easily be turned in a content layer. The Layar Reality Browser is globally available for mobile phones running the Android operating system. Layar is a company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


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EyeCandy: Saborea Puerto Rico

Posted on 09 July 2009 by EyeFred

To read up on this year’s Saborea Puerto Rico culinary event, click here.


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Top Pizza Places in Puerto Rico

Posted on 03 July 2009 by GSV

Revised: October 15, 2010

Pizza is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Puerto Rico.  Mamposteao, tostones, alcapurrias in Piñones, or lechón asado in Guavate are dishes Puerto Rican cuisine is mostly known for.  Yet there’s something universal about pizza; its undeniable appeal makes it a favorite dining alternative no matter where you are.  With that in mind, here are some of our favorite places in the metropolitan area to get a slice or a pie.

Unique Pies

Das Pastelhaus
2482 Loiza Street, Punta las Marias
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00917
Phone:  787-728-7106

A blend of culinary influences – German, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan – Das Pastelhaus offers a truly unique pie for the adventurous pizza-lover. Try their fantastic white sauce pies – your favorite toppings sauteed in a creme-based sauce that is rich and buttery and hidden under fresh mozzarella cheese. Perhaps most pizza places are not known for their desserts but Das Pastelhaus doubles as a bakery, so be sure to try out some of their butter cookies and delicate pastries after you are done eating your slices.

Bistro Pizza
2424 Loiza Street, Punta las Marias
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00917
Phone:  787-982-2000

A wood-burning, brick oven isn’t the only thing that makes this Isla Verde eatery stand out; the variety of non-traditional toppings will have you scratching your head.  But bravery never goes out of fashion and, if you dare, you will find a whole new world of flavors (who knew nuts would taste good on a pizza?)  Even if you’re not feeling adventurous, you can still try a traditional pie and be blown away; Bistro Pizza is second to none.

La Cueva del Chicken Inn
507 Ave Ponce de Leon, San Juan, PR 00919
Phone: 787-753-1306

Let me state right off the bat that this is my favorite pizza in Puerto Rico.  It could be the fact that I’ve been going there since I was a kid.  Or it could just be the crunchy, chewy crust, the tangy sauce and the toasted cheese that make it an utter delight.  Feel free to add any topping you like, but you won’t get the same taste of perfection as a plain cheese pizza.  It doesn’t hurt that the place also makes great chicharrones de pollo (unbreaded pieces of fried chicken).

Family Friendly Fare

Faccio Pizza Isla Verde @ Howard Johnson

Faccio Pizza Isla Verde @ Howard Johnson

Magno’s Pizza Palace
26 Ave Domenech, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: 787-764-3756

Situated in the heart of San Juan’s Hato Rey neighborhood on Domenech Avenue, Magno’s offers a spacious and amiable setting for any occasion – from a business lunch to a gathering of friends and family – at very reasonable prices.  The pizza might not be groundbreaking but it’s definitely worth the visit.

Faccio Pizza
Lobby Hotel Howard Johnson, Ave. Isla Verde, Carolina, PR
Ask for other locations
Phone: 787-268-7755

What started out as a single restaurant in the community of Cupey in the municipality of San Juan has branched out into seven franchises peppered throughout the greater metropolitan area.  Faccio’s does pizza well: a chewy, thin crust, savory sauce and a variety of fresh toppings (my personal favorite: chorizo).  Along with the pasta menu, their wide selection of beers and the easy-going ambiance make Faccio’s one of the island’s favorite dining spots.

The South American Flavor Tour

Pizzaiolo's savory Brazilian-style pies

Pizzaiolo's savory Brazilian-style pies

47 Ave. Isla Verde
Carolina, Puerto Rico, 00984
Phone: 787-268-0622

One of several pizzerias lining the Avenida Isla Verde, Pizzaiolo offers authentic Brazilian flare, not only with the food, but with the atmosphere created by the music and decor.  The pies are covered with cheese, a small amount of sauce, and any fresh vegetables or meats that you can think of (sausage or chicken work very well but there is a wide array to choose from).  Do have a Caipirinha if you are there, it would be almost a crime if you didn’t.

Ferrari Gourmet
51 Ave. Isla Verde, Isla Verde, Carolina, PR 00979
Phone: 787-982-3115

A few yards away from Pizzaiolo we find another South American flavor, Ferrari Gourmet‘s Argentinian cuisine.  Over forty different varieties of bold flavors and very hearty toppings  characterize the restaurant’s pizza menu.  A must for visitors staying along Carolina‘s Isla Verde Hotel Strip.

Juan Pan Pizza
Ave. Piñeiro 1117, San Juan 00920, Puerto Rico
Phone: 787-792-6735

Another Argentinian pizzeria, this one on Piñeiro Avenue in San Juan.  The ingredients go all the way to the edge of the pizza making the small crust it has super crunchy and the cheese around it deliciously golden.  Very hearty, extremely satisfying and a quaint setting to boot.  You can’t miss the building either – a giant mural in honor of “The King of Tango” adorns one of its sides.

When In Condado…

Danny’s International
1351 Ashford Ave., Condado, San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-724-0501 / 787-721-4231

Usually packed, and for good reason, I would venture to say that Danny’s is my second favorite pizza on the list.  The soft, chewy dough and the unbelievable variety of specialty pizzas make each bite a pleasure unto itself.  They haven’t reinvented the wheel, they just make some darn fine pizza.  If you are feeling bold try the Puerto Rican specialty pizza with ground beef and ripe plantains (amarillos).

Via Appia
1350 Ashford Ave., San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: 725-8711

Featuring sidewalk tables for a better view of Avenida Ashford, Via Appia’s offering of Italian food and spectacular pizza make it one of the area’s most popular restaurants.  There’s also inside seating for those not interested in people-watching (but still interested in pizza-eating).

The Night Cap (by the slice)

Pizza City's sign (hard to miss, even at night)

Pizza City's sign (hard to miss, even at night)

Mike ‘s Pizzeria
1024 Ave. Ashford, Condado, San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-722-2480 / 787-722-2484 / Fax: 787-723-0118

Another pizzeria in Condado (formerly known as Mike & Charlie’s – adios Charlie!), and open till late so you can get a slice (or two) before heading off to who-knows-where.  Small space but very friendly staff and pizza slices overflowing with toppings (they certainly don’t skimp on those).

Pizza City
5950 Ave Isla Verde
Phone: 787-726-0356

Let’s be honest, at 3 o’clock in the morning you’re not looking for anything complicated, you’ll settle for a nice cheese pizza straight out of the oven.  Just another reason to love Pizza City.  You could go there at anytime – the pizza is excellent – but it becomes magical when you’re desperate for something to eat and you see that great, big, kitschy sign welcoming you, and others, to sit down, relax, and enjoy

Hope you enjoy the list (and the pizza).  Found a new pizza place worthy of our list? Let us know by replying below and we’ll set our pizza-tasting experts loose!


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San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium to host first-round games of the World Baseball Classic

Posted on 02 July 2009 by GSV

Photo by nautical2k, blog home photo by tedkerwin

Photo by nautical2K, additional photography by tedkerwin

Birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the weather is starting to heat up.  Ah, the signs of spring.  Which means baseball season is upon us!

What better way to start it off than with the second edition of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).  2006′s inaugural tournament was a rousing success, stirring the passions of hardcore baseball fans from all over the world.  After two weeks of incredible baseball, Japan was crowned as the first ever WBC champion by defeating Cuba in a thrilling finale.  This year’s competition promises to be just as exciting.  Teams are divided into four groups – or pools – consisting of four countries each.  The top two teams of each pool advance to the second round.  Pool A’s Asian teams kick-start the action on March 5th while the rest of the groups begin play 2 days later.  For a schedule of the games and their venues click here.

San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, home of the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rico Baseball League,  will once again feature first-round games, this time hosting Pool D’s matchups from Saturday, March 7th to Wednesday, March 11th.  The upstart Panamanian and Dutch teams will try to upset the Puerto Rican (PR) and Dominican (DR) powerhouses – overwhelming favorites to win Pool D and reach the quarterfinals.  Historical rivals since the 1970′s – when the Caribbean Series restarted – “quisqueyanos” and “boricuas” take their baseball very seriously.  No doubt that a first-round matchup between the two would be a sold-out spectacle, the cheering evenly divided between Puerto Rican fans and the sizable Dominican population that resides on the island.

Led by superstars Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rico’s national team will feature some new faces and some old favorites ready to step-up and contribute.  Meanwhile, the Dominican team is without reigning National League Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols but is sure to field an impressive lineup with popular favorite David Ortiz and the newest addition to the squad, third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Photos by P Pogo, SD Dirk, and Rafael Amado Deras

Photos by P Pogo, SD Dirk, and Rafael Amado Deras

Pools B & C will play their games in Mexico City and Toronto, respectively, allowing home town fans the opportunity to watch their favorite players compete in the name of their countries.  Among the heavily favored nations competing in the tournament are USA, Venezuela, Japan, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.  Puerto Rico, Mexico, Korea and Canada are dark horses that could surprise with strong showings.  Regardless of who comes out on top, the game of baseball will benefit greatly from the international exposure as the game continues to grow and gain fans from across the globe.

For tickets to Pool D games in San Juan, and other venues, click here.


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