Villa Montaña Beach Resort is a charming beachfront property, an exclusive, private Puerto Rico resort nestled between the lush tropical vegetation of a high cliff and pristine sandy beaches protected by an off shore reef.
Our full service resort is perfect for Puerto Rico vacations and offers personal attention to guests, to the hotel and to the environment. The Old Plantation Style Villas are ideally situated on this twenty-six acre property to maximize privacy and serenity.
To the west our land flows into 3 miles of protected tropical almond forest, bananas, sea grapes, riding trails, and empty beach - all of it rolling up to a limestone headland where you may sight whales, or squint your eyes and envision the Spanish galleons from earlier times.
The abundance of greenery overflowing with blossoming tropical plants, accentuates harmony with nature, the peaceful ambiance of Villa Montaña Beach Resort. We provide guests, visitors and resort residents with an elegant, natural and relaxing atmosphere while maintaining a friendly and informal setting to enjoy during their Puerto Rico vacations.
Our team members make the difference, beginning with our smiles and greeting. Wrap yourself in our beautiful surrounding and the caring spirit of our staff.
Puerto Rico and the Jíbaros
In the 1700s, Puerto Rico’s fortunes began to change, thanks to an agricultural boom. Sugar, tobacco and coffee became lucrative exports that gave rise to a wealthy class of landowners and a labor class of country folk called the jíbaros. The jíbaro have come to be a cherished part of our social fabric, and their music, culture and hardworking spirit have helped define modern Puerto Rico.
In the 1800s, Puerto Ricans began to chafe under Spanish rule. On September 23, 1868, a physician named Ramón E. Betances led an uprising in the small town of Lares. The rebellion came to be known as the Grito de Lares, or “Cry of Lares,” and became a symbol of popular unrest on the island.
The flavors and sounds of rich folklore
Puerto Rico’s culture is a colorful, joyous fusion of Taíno, African and Spanish influences. Every day we celebrate the diverse cultures that have shaped our island for over a thousand years through our rich cuisine, distinctive arts and crafts, vibrant music and traditional festivals and parades.
You’ll find our strong Spanish roots in our language, most beloved dishes (without the conquistadors, we wouldn’t have lechón!), year-round patron saint festivals, and of course our colonial architecture. The lyrics and the beating of the drums of a salsa, bomba and plena song evoke crystal clear images of the hardships of the African slaves. And the liveliness of the spices in our modern cuisine is reminiscent of the first meals of the Taínos
Arts & Crafts
Our arts and crafts range from folkloric vejigante or demon masks (vejigantes represent benevolent spirits), to hand-carved Catholic saints (santos), to Native Indian lace-making (mundillos). Art and literature evoke the Jíbaro, the Taíno, the Spanish and the American and Nuyorican (Puerto Ricans in New York) identities
Puerto Rico’s Music
Like most things Puerto Rican, our music can also be traced back to Taíno, African and Spanish influences. In addition to these three cultures, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, France and the United States have also contributed to Puerto Rico’s thriving musical tradition.
The defining characteristic of our music is the rhythmic beating of the percussion, especially the bongos and congas. These two instruments dominate the sounds of typical genres such as the bomba, plena and salsa. Bomba takes most of its heritage from Africa. Played solely with a set of hand drums and maracas (or shakers), it’s a passionate challenge between dancer and drummer that requires a great amount of skill and concentration. The hypnotizing sound of the drums and carefully choreographed moves are a spectacle worthy of admiration.
Plena is Puerto Rico’s version of the Christmas carol but with a lot more kick. Its origins date back to folkloric African and Spanish music. Plena is played by pleneros with hand drums called panderos, tambourines of various sizes without the jingles. A single plenero or group of pleneros sing folk songs to the rhythm of the panderos, maracas and güiros (a gourd husk with a series of notches that is rubbed with a stick to produce a raspy sound). The catchy lyrics and enticing beats of the panderos will have you dancing before you can say woo!
If bomba and plena don’t get you to shake it, a good salsa tune will surely do the trick. Salsa means “sauce” in Spanish, and this six-step routine is full of flavor and spice. Salsa takes its base from Cuban son, guaracha and son montuno. As with Puerto Rico’s other great musical genres, its most important element is the percussion, mainly the congas, bongos and timbales. When combined with brass instruments, such as trumpets and trombones, the melodic sounds of the piano and the deep grooves of a bass guitar, salsa explodes into an untamable sound capable of making even the most timid person swing to the beat.