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PUERTO RICO TRAVEL GUIDE

San Juan Islet, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

White sandy beaches, coastal lowlands and an amazing rainforest are just some of the features of this exotic destination. The island of Puerto Rico, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, boasts year-round summer weather ideal for exploring caves, surfing at La Concha in San Juan or hiking the Commonwealth Forest Reserves. Modernity hasn't stripped this locale of its charm — locals are extremely hospitable and eager to share their diverse culture and cuisine. Indulge your palate with tasty traditional dishes such as carne fritta con cebolla (fried steak with onions) or be adventurous and sample sesos empanados (breaded calf brains) with a side of plantains. The options on this lively island are endless.



TRAVEL FEATURES

Hacienda Tres Angeles in Portillo, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

A LESSON IN FOOD CULTURE
Agricultural Tourism Program

Experience Puerto Rico's fertile countryside with the Agricultural Tourism Program. Guests will have the opportunity to visit Puerto Rican farms and plantations and learn about the cultivation of the country's food. Currently, there are four certified locations hosting tours, including Hacienda Tres Angeles, an esteemed coffee grower and producer. Witness the art of agriculture in action and discover how the flavors of Puerto Rican cuisine are born.

Go behind the scenes of Puerto Rico's farming industry



Casa Bacardi in Cataño, Puerto Rico
SALUD!
Casa Bacardi Tour
Whether you prefer it on the rocks or as part of a creamy Piña Colada, Bacardi is a Puerto Rico original that can't be denied. With the Casa Bacardi Tour, visitors can learn about the history and distillation process of the world-famous rum, and sample some of their own in a 12-ounce souvenir glass. Upgrade to the VIP experience and enjoy added perks such as a Bacardi Rum tasting and mixology seminar.

Be a part of the Bacardi experience



Attendees at The Saborea Puerto Rico event
SABOREA: A CULINARY EXTRAVAGANZA
GAYOT attended this annual food festival in San Juan and not only tasted international cuisine, but received a little insight from local colleague Yaira Solis Escudero.

A Weekend Full of Puerto Rican Flavors, by Yaira Solis Escudero

The Global Show of Savor, by André Gayot

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HOTELS

The Main Tower Guest Room at El San Juan Resort & Casino in Puerto Rico

STAYING IN

El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

El San Juan Hotel & Casino

Gran Meliá Puerto Rico

Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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A Casa Redonda loft at Hix Island House in Vieques, Puerto Rico

A NATURAL SETTING
Hix Island House
The secluded Hix Island House offers adventurous travelers unique accommodations. Twelve concrete lofts, designed to blend in with the gray boulders surrounding the hotel, present a luxuriously natural setting.

Stay among nature in this hidden hotel



The Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico

DOLCE FAR NIENTE
The Horned Dorset Primavera

This peaceful resort is located ten minutes from Rincón on the west coast of the island. It reflects the country's Spanish influences with colonial-style buildings tucked into steep hills that cascade down to the sea, which surrounds the hotel's private beach.

Rest peacefully in these tropical lodgings



SPAS


Enjoy a soothing massage at the Waldorf Astoria Spa at El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico

ISLAND PAMPERING
Spa Guide
Release all tension and surrender to island relaxation with our top spa picks. Pamper your body with a Caribbean Citrus Sea Salt Glow treatment or relieve your over-worked psyche with guided meditation. Be sure to check out our luxury spa list for other areas throughout the Caribbean.

Surrender yourself to absolute alleviation



ROMANTIC TRAVEL

Vieques Island in Puerto Rico
ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Vieques Island

The beauty and serenity of Vieques Island create a paradise for lovers. The remote beaches and bioluminescent lagoon at Puerto Mosquito offer couples the chance to reconnect and relax without the distraction of malls or casinos, making it ideal for a honeymoon or anniversary.

For more information, visit The Puerto Rico Tourism official site

*The Horned Dorset Primavera hotel photo credit Javiar Gil
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