Or Saint John's Eveaccording to tradition, at midnight on June 23 the ocean waters are blessed and have special powers. La Noche de San Juan is celebrated throughout the world, with each country and region having its own traditions and rituals.
In Puerto Rico, tradition holds that walking backward toward the beach and doing back flips in the water at midnight brings good luck and keeps evil away throughout the year. Some sources say 12 flips, while other sources say seven.
One thing is for sure, La Noche de San Juan is just another opportunity to enjoy night time swimming and a mid week beach party. It's always scary swimming at night. Less scary when you have plenty of company.