This is a good month for the sports-lover in you; at least, if you love surfing, golf and iron men. Two major international tournaments take pace in March. In addition, there's a classical music festival in full swing, a sangria fest brewing, and the start of turtle-watching season in Culebra.
- A Taste of Rum kicks off the month with a day of tribute and tastings of the island's favorite spirit.
- The Puerto Rico Open tees off on March 6, with young and seasoned pros at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande.
- The Heineken Jazz Festival brings some of the world's best jazz musicians to San Juan's Tito Puente Amphitheater.
- Through March 15: The internationally renowned Casals Festival continues into March, and you can still buy tickets to see outstanding artists like pianist André Watts, cellist Amit Peled and pianist Noreen Polera, among others. Events will be held at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan.
March 1: Rums of Puerto Rico hosts the 5th annual A Taste of Rum along Old San Juan's Paseo de La Princesa. Spend the day strolling along this pedestrian-only promenade beneath the walls of the old city and sampling the island's favorite liquor, along with local food and live music.
- March 6-9: Golf's rising stars take on the seasoned pros at the Puerto Rico Open, which takes place at the Trump International Golf Club; it's been voted the most fan-friendly event in the PGA Tour, so you can expect a great turnout.
March 8: Jerry Seinfeld, the man who made something about nothing into something spectacular, brings his stand-up act to the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
March 8-9: The 25th edition of the Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit kicks off with a 2-day contest at Domes Beach in Rincón. A $12,000 purse is up for grabs for the women's competition, and a $25,000 purse will be handed out to the men.
March 14: Rock band Paramore perform with Tegan and Sara for one night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
- March 15: Sangriafest, Puerto Rico's only sangria festival, is back for its 5th year at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. It's a great chance to sample sangrias from all over the world.
March 20-23: The annual Heineken Jazz Festival is one of the most important musical events in the Caribbean, and draws global talent to the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan.
- March 22: Coors Light Soundfields presents an evening of electronica with acts like Empire of the Sun, Rusko and DVBBS performing at Old San Juan's Pier 15.
- March: This is the start of turtle-watching season in Culebra, a big deal on the island. It is strictly monitored so that nesting turtles are protected, but there are excursions available. One good resource for more information and tours is the Mamacitas Guesthouse turtle-watching program.