You’ve heard it for years: Puerto Rico delivers on classic Caribbean charm—swaying palms, colorful colonial architecture, ever-present rum drinks—and you don’t even need your passport to visit. But this isn’t your grandparents’ Puerto Rico. The island is changing, and fast. The devastation and resulting challenges wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria kick-started a widespread, homegrown effort at recovery and rejuvenation that has only enhanced Puerto Rico's identity, lending it a new, self-assured energy. Ambitious young chefs, contemporary artists, and reggaeton’s biggest names right now (many of whom hail from PR) are injecting fresh dynamism into the island, and demanding the rest of the world pay attention. If you think this is just another island, think again.
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17 Best Hotels in Puerto Rico
Whether you want a sprawling beach resort or a hidden jungle retreat.
Editor Hotel Recommendations
- Fairmont El San Juan Hotel$$ | 6063 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00979Read full reviewA perfect marriage of quality and convenience.Readers Choice Awards
- Condado Vanderbilt Hotel$$ | 1055 Ashford Ave, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907Read full reviewYou can’t help but feel glamorous here.Readers Choice Awards
- Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve$$$ | 100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado 00646Read full reviewThe original reserve here was set up by Laurance Rockefeller, but it's been transformed into a luxurious modern retreat.Readers Choice Awards
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- Condado Ocean Club$$ | San JuanRead full reviewFor those craving an intimate beachfront stay.Readers Choice Awards
- O:live Boutique Hotel$Read full reviewMove between a Mediterranean fantasy and Caribbean reverie.
- El Pretexto$ | Road 715, Cayey, Puerto Rico 00736Read full reviewA farm B&B with absolutely amazing food.Powered By: El Pretexto
- Puertas at El Quenepo$ | 148 Calle Flamboyan, Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765Read full reviewVisitors feel like they were let in on a well-kept secret.Powered By: Booking.com
- Palacio Provincial$ | 150 C. de San Francisco, San Juan 00901Read full reviewA comfortable space for those passing through and a perfect rooftop pool view of the historic cathedral.
- ALOFT San Juan$ | 250 Convention Blvd., San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907Read full reviewAt the center of Distrito T-Mobile and a 10-minute cab ride to Old San Juan.
- Villa Montaña Beach Resort$$ | 4466 Carretera Jobos, Isabela, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00662Read full reviewFor romantic getaways, sun-and-fun-seeking families, and destination weddings.
- Finca Victoria$ | Rt. 995, km 2.2, Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765Read full reviewProprietor Sylvia De Marco's flawless style is as transporting as a big-budget film.
- O:LV Fifty Five$$ | Condado Sector, 55 Cll Barranquitas, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907Read full reviewSan Juan's design scene on display.Readers Choice Awards
The Best Things to Do in Puerto Rico
- 15 Best Things to Do in Puerto RicoWhere else can you end a day spent on secluded beach or in a breathtaking rainforest with a drink at one of the world's best bars?
- The 3 Best Day Trips in Puerto Rico—That Will Get You Out of San JuanOur guide for what to see and do—and where to stay—in Rincòn, Adjuntas, and Ponce.
- The Best Spots for Bird Watching in the U.S.Grab your binoculars.
- The Best Place to Camp in Every StateYou'll never run out of camping trip ideas again.
- The Most Beautiful Islands in the CaribbeanEmpty beaches, azure water, towering peaks—what's not to love?
- MountainCueva VentanaPR 10 Km. 75, Arecibo 00612Read full reviewA view that's worth the hike.
- BeachPlaya La PocitaPR-187, Loíza 00983Read full reviewA minimalist beach excursion.
- National ParkParque Nacional de las Cavernas del Río CamuyCarr. 129 K. 18.9, Quebrada 00669Read full reviewRelaxed spelunking on one of the world's longest underground rivers.
- LandmarkBoquerón00623Read full reviewThis is the spot for those who love a calm day at the beach, as well as snacking on fresh seafood.
- MountainCerro de PuntaRead full reviewThis is the tallest mountain in Puerto Rico; on a clear day, you can see the entirety of the island.
- FarmSandra FarmsRead full reviewThis working coffee farm offers tours where you can taste the coffee, learn about production techniques, and sample housemade chocolate.
What Travelers Should Understand About Puerto Rico's Statehood Vote
This week, Puerto Rico voted in favor of becoming a state—but those who work in tourism aren't convinced that's best for the archipelago.
The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Puerto Rico
- 15 Best Bars in Puerto RicoThe worlds of craft cocktails and beer thrive here, but they're run through with island culture.
- 21 Best Restaurants in Puerto RicoPeople have talked about the restaurant scene in Puerto Rico growing for long enough. It's in full bloom.
- Where to Find the Best Lechon in Puerto RicoTake a ride with us on the pork highway.
- 10 Best Coffee Shops in Puerto RicoCoffee has long been a point of pride for Puerto Rico. Here, 10 spots that are serving the best cups across the island.
- Where to Get the Best Brunch in Puerto RicoIt started as a stateside obsession, but here it's got a flavor all its own.
Editor Restaurant and Bar Recommendations
- RestaurantTierra del Frío$$Come for a homey meal while trekking through the center of the island or fuel up before hiking or swimming.
- CafeEl Loveshack$Cold brew and cappuccinos with a side of creativity
- RestaurantTía$$A meal here feels “like being in the house of your favorite aunt"; that is, if she was Lilly Pulitzer.
- BakeryLevain Artisan Breads$Levain's motto is “yeast is our culture and our culture is yeast,” which demonstrates the bakery's commitment to its craft.
7 Caribbean Cocktails That Are Easy to Make at Home
Have cocktail shaker, will travel.
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Style & Culture
On Location: How ‘The Resort’ Turns Puerto Rico Into the Riviera Maya
Lifting the curtain on the destinations behind the season’s most exciting new releases.
How Puerto Rico’s Chinchorro Food Stalls Are Preserving the Island’s Culinary Roots
The traditional snack shacks provide a place to gather, income for the local community—and great food and drink.
News & Advice
As Puerto Rico Prepares to Reopen, Residents Are Concerned
Since lockdown began, the rules have seemed to vary for locals and tourists.
What Puerto Rico Has Lost
Author Jaquira Díaz on returning to her birthplace of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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