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.
- The Puerto Rico Open tees off on March 4, with young and seasoned pros at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande.
- The Caribbean International Boat Show brings a bit of the lifestyles of the rich and famous to the Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo.
- The Heineken Jazz Festival brings some of the world's best jazz musicians to San Juan's Tito Puente Amphitheater.
Through March 16: The internationally renowned Casals Festival continues into March, and this year features Eric Green, Andrew Funk and pianist Jeewon Park, to name just a few world-class performers. Events will be held at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan.
March 4-10: 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 7-10: The World Baseball Classic comes to Puerto Rico, with teams from Spain, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and of course, Puerto Rico, squaring off at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.
March 8-10: The Caribbean International Boat Show will bring best-in-class boats to the Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo. Other activities include a regatta, fishing tournament, poker run, kite surfing competition, paddle boarding championship, and a classic car and luxury car exhibition.
March 8-10: The Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit kicks off with a 2-day contest at Rincón.
March 16: 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 17: Ironman 70.3 comes to San Juan. After a 1.2-mile swim in San Juan Bay, athletes will struggle through a 56-mile bike from San Juan to Dorado, and conclude with a 13.1-mile run to Old San Juan.
March 21-24: 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: 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.