Puerto Rico Hotels
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Enjoying a weeklong Caribbean vacation in Puerto Rico can start within a few minutes from landing at the main airport – the Luis Muñoz Marín International (SJU) in the city of Carolina just 14 km from the capital city of San Juan. You don’t need to get to the capital since right in Carolina is the Villa Verde Inn, one of the best value hotels in Puerto Rico just five minutes from the airport. To read more on Villa Verde Inn More info.
Friendly people, white sandy beaches, amazing cuisine, unforgettable adventures, luxurious accommodation – welcome to Puerto Rico . Every inch of this country oozes paradise with the most popular destinations being San Juan , Fajardo, Ponce , Bayamon , Caguas and Mayaguez . Nearly four million people live on the island and it's one of the most densely populated islands in the world, with one thousand people per square mile. The country is a melting pot of races and cultures, with French, Taino Indian, African, American, Chinese, Spanish, South America, England and Scotland being some countries to name a few. This mix of cultures is evident in the contrasts of architecture and food.
Hotels & Resorts
From simple forest spelunking, cavorting in any of its beaches and enjoying water fun to shopping along its cosmopolitan corridors in the cities, Puerto Rico offers a vacation retreat to meet every getaway dreamer’s needs. With a Spanish name that literally means “Rich Port,” Puerto Rico offers a rich smorgasbord of hotels, resorts and inns that cover the entire range of travel needs, from a budget travel to one with a mission to splurge.
Caribbean hotels and resorts are everywhere in the region but Puerto Rico has the most sophisticated and well developed vacation destinations, hotels and resorts in the Caribbean. For a map of Puerto Rico. That’s no surprise for a country that is owned by the US. But what is a delightful surprise to any visitor is that Puerto Rico is home to a staggering 365 gorgeous beaches with some of the finest waters for swimming, surfing, diving and other water sports and leisure activities waiting for tourists. Expect each of these beaches to have competing hotels and resorts for beachcombers and tourists, from intimate private getaways with a rustic allure for you and your partner, to high rise luxury cosmopolitan hotels with superb conferencing facilities for businessmen and diplomats.
A Mix of Luxury and Budget Hotels
Luxury and budge hotels dot Puerto Rica with inn, hostels, lodges, villas, guest houses and vacation apartments in between. Many of the high rise hotels are found in the metropolitan areas led by San Juan, the capital and home to the largest and best harbors among Caribbean countries. But alongside world class luxury hotels are small inns and lodges mostly family owned and situated in quiet municipalities in Puerto Rico. The prices are among the lowest in the entire Caribbean region.
- San Juan boasts of a wide choice of rooming in 17th century Colonial style hotels around Old San Juan, with the beachfront hotels found in Isla Verde and Condado. Most upscale hotels are from your 5-star global chain hotel names with the expected price costing up to $300 per night such as the San Juan Marriott and the Intercontinental San Juan Report. Then there are the beachfront budgets like Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn averaging about $100 per night.
- The second largest city of Ponce at the southern coast got its name from its founder, Ponce de Leon’s son Juan Ponce de Leon in 1692. You can fly to the city directly as it has its own Mercedita International Airport served by Jet Blue with direct flights from New York’s JFK. Most hotels can be found around the Plaza Degetau, an easy stroll from downtown museums and sites though a bit far from the beaches. But you can splurge at the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, a beachfront hotel with a 27-hole golf course. If you want to save, the Belgica budget inn at the Plaza enjoys rooms with balconies at a mere $60 per night.
- The world-class surfing capital of the Caribbean is Rincon on the Porta del Sol region of the country. The city has four hotels in the strictest sense with a few villas, guest houses and vacation rentals. The most expensive is the Relais & Chateaux Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel where guests can spend up to $1,865 per night and the cheapest at $150 per night at the Villa Cofresí Hotel. But vacation rentals like the Rincon Ocean Villa can set you back from $2,500 to $4,000 per night while the EV Vacation Rentals only start at $75 per night.
- The island of Culebra, just 20 miles east of the main island, can be reached by ferry or a domestic flight from Puerto Rico’s eastern coaster city of Fajardo. The island is known for the Flamenco Beach has a dozen guest houses like the Palmetto Guesthouse with most hotels typically a one-star rustic budget with a few upscale villas for rent that cost a family friendly $89 per night.
- On the otherhand, the adjacent island of Vieques, just 7 miles from the main island and also known for its fantastic beaches, can get upscale tourists to splurge $1,000 per week at the Beach House Vieques with its 3-bedroom beachfront bungalows with private pool each. Or spend up to $2,500 per week at the Villa Gallega. That’s not say it has no budget hotels. You can spend just $65 to $89 per night at the Bananas Guesthouse and Casa de Amistad.
These are just a small sampling of the hotels and exciting places to visit in Puerto Rico that serve the entire gamut of travel needs. Puerto Rico may not be the main Caribbean tourist destination, but for American tourists looking for the familiar while savoring cool tropical climes, challenging forest trail, historical and cultural landmarks and really hot Caribbean nightlife, the island country has no peer in the region.
Places to stay
Ranked #3 among Bed & Breakfast inns in Puerto Rico’s westernmost city of Rincon by Trip Advisor, the cozy Pineapple Inn is also the recipient of the Puerto Rico Tourism Quality Award as well as the Green Small Hotel of the Year from the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. Those accolades alone should be enough to invite the excited Caribbean traveler to experience the Inn and the splendid sights, sounds and taste of what has made Rincon a favorite Caribbean destination. The Inn has the location, practical amenities and furnishing that are just perfect for couples and small families wanting to get as far away from the metro as possible. To read more on Pineapple Inn More info.
One of the best Bed & Breakfast hotels right in the heart of the Condado district, the El Canario Boutique Hotel offers an excellent alternative to many large chain hotels for both leisure and business travelers visiting Puerto Rico’s capital city. Condado is San Juan’s upscale residential neighborhood with many fine Spanish colonial villas converted into hotels, inns and restaurants. To read more on El Canaria Boutique Hotel More info.
Rincon, Puerto Rico, is among the most popular vacation getaways in the Caribbean. Its Rincon beach is considered the surfing capital of the region. While the seaside city has retained much of its provincial exotic charm, it has kept pace with the modern times and has its share of shopping centers, boutiques, fine restaurants and a bustling nightlife to add zing to its world class Rincon beach facilities. And the Coconut Palms Inn is one great reason why vacationing in Puerto Rico offer a great value leisure getaway. The beachfront property puts its guests right smack along the sandy beaches of Rincon and well within reach of the many tourist destinations in the city. To read more on Coconut Palms More info.
Sprawled right across the splendid Condado beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico is the Hosteria del Mar, a tourist-class hotel that offers a more intimate and cozy ambiance for couples and the family than in most large international hotel chains. The amenities are not the best but for its price, it offers one of the best deals in town. And because it’s small, you get a more personalized service with the renowned Puerto Rican hospitality from its professional multilingual staff. To read more on Hosteria Del Mar More info.
Overlooking the northwest coast of Puerto Rico on top of La Cadena Hills, Lazy Parrot is located near Rincon, a small quiet town. It's directly on Route #413, “The Road to Happiness” and the Lazy Parrot is truly does lead you to your road of happiness. It's within close proximity to excellent surfing, whale watching, scuba diving, historic sights and priceless sunsets. The hotel itself is comfortable with rooms that have air conditioning, TV, mini bar, are cleaned daily and has several restaurants to ensure you are well fed. To read more on Lazy Parrot More info.