Places to Stay in Puerto Rico
Accommodation options in Puerto Rico
Deciding where to stay during a vacation is nearly as important as choosing the destination itself.
In Puerto Rico, your choice could be a parador (small inn) located in a natural reserve next to a spectacular beach; a luxurious resort with spacious rooms and exclusive service; or a historic hotel in Old San Juan surrounded by restaurants, local shops and bars to enjoy exotic cocktails.
No matter your style of traveling, Puerto Rico hotels and accommodations offer options to fit your budget and your preferences.
Keep in mind that you must make your reservations in advance since the hotels become fully booked months before the high season, which begins in mid-November and ends in mid-April.
The hotels in San Juan and on the east coast are the most popular among tourists that visit Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the south and west regions of the island are more visited by locals and tend to be more crowded during summer, which is the high season for Puerto Ricans traveling around the island.
If you prefer to be close to nature and immerse yourself in the local culture, you will enjoy staying in one of the 13 paradores on the island. These small inns are managed by Puerto Rican families and have a very particular approach with personalized service to each guest.
Paradores provide an experience close to everyday life in Puerto Rico. They are located outside the metropolitan area of San Juan, near iconic restaurants and attractions frequented by local visitors such as hidden beaches, nature reserves, coffee plantations and zipline adventure zones or body rafting, for example. These properties are typically bigger than bed-and-breakfast inns – which also exist in Puerto Rico – and smaller than hotels. On the island, a parador has between eight and 75 rooms, and prices range between $110 and $130 per night.
Hotels and Resorts
If your preference leans more toward resorts and hotels with elevated amenities such as swimming pools, beaches, spas, restaurants, shops, golf courses and more, in Puerto Rico, you will find them with prices ranging between $200 and $450 per night.
If ultimate luxury and comfort are your thing, Puerto Rico has three properties that will satisfy your most particular needs. In fact, two of those hotels received the exclusive AAA Five Diamond recognition for offering impeccable service and ultra-lavish facilities, for which only 100 hotels in the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean are recognized. These are the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and El Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.