Thursday marked the start of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration honoring the contributions and histories of Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
The observance spans from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
This months celebrates the resilience, vibrancy and diversity of Hispanic, Latin, Latinx, Latine identities in places where those communities and cultures thrive.
We’ve selected five destinations in North America and the Caribbean where travelers can immerse themselves in Hispanic heritage through food, art and attractions:
Guadalajara, generally considered the birthplace of mariachi music, is at the epicenter of tequila production and is internationally known for its ceramic tradition in Tlaquepaque and Tonala.
Walk through the historic center full of interconnecting plazas and ornate churches such as Guadalajara Cathedral. Visit the Museo Cabañas to see revolutionary murals by Jose Clemente Orozco and shop in Mercado Libertad San Juan de Dios, the largest indoor market in Latin America.
Tampa’s rich Cuban history can be seen at the Tampa Bay History Center.
The Cuban Pathways exhibit traces 500 years of Cuban migration to Tampa Bay. See the impact of the Cuban community in Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark and neighborhood founded by Cuban cigar workers. Here, visitors can dine on Cuban specialties at La Segunda Central Bakery, shop for hand-rolled cigars and take a historic tour of 7th Avenue.
And if you’re in Tampa on Oct. 9, join the locals as they celebrate the city’s Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Spanish and Puerto Rican communities with live music, vendors and food at the Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Festival.
Learn about Puerto Rican culture and history on a tour through Old San Juan and a visit to Museo de San Juan. You can discover a lot about the island through its art at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and a mural tour of the Santurce neighborhood.
Taste the island’s cuisine at Piñones in Loiza, a collection of small open-air kiosks next to the ocean where you can buy delicacies like bacalaítos, mofongo and piononos. Hop between the mini restaurants to taste the diversity of Puerto Rican cooking.
Explore Chicago’s historically Latino neighborhoods of Pilsen, Little Village and Humboldt Park – especially if you want traditional Mexican, Puerto Rican or Ecuadorian cuisine.
The Somos Pilsen mural and the National Museum of Mexican Art are must-visits in the Pilsen neighborhood. Puerto Rican pride is on display in Humboldt Park by way of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and two large steel Puerto Rican flags spanning 56 feet on Division Street.
The 5th Chicago International Latino Theater Festival will be held throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month.
San Diego has one of the largest Latino populations in California, and you can experience that heritage in several ways. In Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, visitors can shop for Mexican goods in Bazaar del Mundo amid the sounds of mariachi and the smells of Mexican cuisine.
About 6 miles south is the 7-acre Chicano Park, which has more than 80 murals reflecting Chicano heritage. Explore Barrio Logan, one of the city’s oldest Mexican American neighborhoods full of Latino-owned galleries like Simón Limón and breweries like Border X Brewing and Mujeres Brew House.
Contributing: Marc Ramirez


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