In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage across the island. Many places closed for rebuilding. Frommer's recommends that vacationers check in advance with all businesses before traveling.

This is the spot for to buy handmade, brightly painted masks (sometimes called caretas) that are worn by vegigantes, carnival revelers. The masks depict inspired creatures with horns and trumpet noses and bulging eyes, and other pagan inspirations of half man, half beast. There is also handcrafted jewelry, ethnic crafts, and a gallery of fine local artists.