When I visited Puerto Rico I fell in love with the island. From it’s natural beauty to its delicious cuisines to, of course, its people. In particular, there were three places I enjoyed staying around the island that made the island feel it could be my home. These areas on the island are where to stay in Puerto Rico.
Some things have changed since I visited the island, mainly the impact of Hurricane Maria. With that, the island is open for business and still a great destination in the Caribbean. For anywhere I stayed that is no longer open I took some time and researched similar spots that are close by where I loved being. So I hope this article will help you plan your trip and where to stay in Puerto Rico.
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Old San Juan
We started our trip in Old San Juan and wanted to be in the heart of the city without blowing the bank. We stayed right on the Plaza Colon, and you’d be surprised how many times I’ve noticed this plaza on television and in movies since we’ve come home.
Staying right in Old San Juan was a unique way to get to know the area. From here you can walk to anything in the historic town. Visit the historic sites, eat at some of the many delicious restaurants, and enjoy the nightlife. Plus, you can’t miss Caficultura, my favorite cafe I found on the island.
There are places to stay within Old San Juan for just about any budget if you look close enough. For a backpacker’s budget check out CasaTripGoGo which is a hostel size place located in the middle of the historic district. Or if you prefer a private bathroom but don’t want to splurge you might check out the Fortaleza Suites Old San Juan is housed in a beautiful historic building offering a great rate with basic amenities.
If you’re looking for a little more luxury the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel has a beautiful view of the bay and a central location. Or you can enjoy luxury and a historic hotel at Hotel El Convento which finds it’s home in a remodeled 350-year-old building right in the heard of Old San Juan.
San Juan Beaches
If you’re looking for a perfect couple days relaxing on the beach, having someone bring you Pina Coladas on the sand and not have a care in the world, but don’t want the busyness and cost of a resort? Numero Uno in Ocean Park, a neighborhood in San Juan, was the perfect in between. This guest house styled hotel, has simple rooms, and is right on the beach. I barely walked a couple blocks away the two nights I stayed. Instead relaxing under the umbrella and on the lounge chairs they will set up for you. Plus, their restaurant Pamela’s was an elegant seafood spot with great island flavors. You can find more about why I loved Numero Uno here.
Up In The Rainforest
My favorite place on the island was staying up just outside of El Yunque Rainforest. Whether it was enjoying the view that looked out all the wathe about 20 miles out to the ocean and the lights of Old San Juan and night or listening to the Coqui frogs chirping their names all around you, I loved the chance to feel like you’ve really escaped from the world.
While the amazing place I stayed in while on the island has been closed post-hurricane (El Escondido Guest House) there are still places to stay in the area and get the experience. Check out the Rainforest Inn for a chance to experience this unique destination.
Offseason? Watch for Last Minute Deals
If you’re visiting in the off-season, you may want to wait to book some of your rooms until the last minute. Yes, there is always a risk involved, but mid-week and off-season there is a very good chance that many of the resorts aren’t booking up. If you have a car, it’s easy enough to quickly change plans to enjoy the chance to stay at a five-star resort for next to nothing.
After not enjoying one place I stayed, I did a last minute Priceline Express Deal check and found a steal. The next night I checked into the Grand Melia (now Melia Coco) and had a relaxing time at the resort for only $90. That was only $30 more than the night I previously had booked at a hostel. If you haven’t already visited my Priceline Travel Hack cheatsheet pop over to learn how to know if you’re getting a good deal.
If you’re looking to get more ideas for your trip and where to stay in Puerto Rico, don’t forget to take a look at my Best Things To Do in Puerto Rico. If you’ve stayed somewhere else amazing on the island let me know if the comments, would love to add a few more places for my next trip.