Rincon is undoubtedly a popular spot with tourists, so it’s crawling with numerous gift shops where you can buy trinkets as mementos of your visit to Puerto Rico. But on the Trip Advisor website, the most lauded gift shop and museum is the Tres Puertas Gallery. Imagine getting 46 out of 48 “excellent”-rating reviews, with the odd two giving it a “very good” rating!
“Tres Puertas” literally means “three doors”, so let’s look behind these doors and see what they have to offer.
Behind door #1 is its gallery, which is like any other museum. The works of art here are all produced by local artists, and Elke the proprietor offers talks and lectures on the artists and art works featured in the gallery. It can be a truly informative visit, and you get to know more about the local art scene.
Every month, there is also a free special show, which can be a concert series, shows about Puerto Rican music and dances, and even poetry readings.
The Gift Shop
Door #2 is the gift shop. Unlike other museums, the art pieces here—including the paintings and sculptures—are all for sale. The prices are very reasonable, so you can take home an authentic piece of Puerto Rican contemporary art without breaking your budget. You can buy prints, sculptures, pottery, hand-painted shirts, bamboo art, postcards, furnishings, and various types of hand-carved jewelry.
You can also buy non-artsy stuff that still represents the island including soaps and body products, candles, coffee, clothing, and local fruit hams and jelly.
The great thing about these purchases is that you won’t have to do your own research about the items you bought, as the proprietor tells you a lot of info about the various items displayed in the shop.
Finally, door #3 leads you to its special function – a workshop. You don’t just buy and learn about art. You can actually get some lessons and become an artist yourself – at least for the day.
The art workshops are available for both adults and children, and they can be very fascinating. For example, you can get lessons on making sea glass jewelry. Other workshops include lessons on making your own coastal beach décor. There’s also a workshop on eco rugs, so you can learn how to turn plastic shopping bags and recycled shirts into crochet throw rugs.
Basically, you can learn how to make souvenir items on your own, and you also get a deeper appreciation for all the hard work artists have to go through to create art pieces.
If you’re in Rincon, the Tres Puertas Gallery is surely worth a peek. You can find the shop in the plaza or town square. While you can buy souvenirs online, it’s always best to see them in person. The whole place is infused with the spirit of Puerto Rican culture, and the art pieces can truly be a great sight. What’s more, Elke the proprietor treats you like a friend, and you can get good advice regarding all the other places to visit in Rincon.