Explore Puerto Rico Island
Puerto Rico Island HotelsEnjoy lazy afternoons on white sandy beaches, climb lofty inland mountains, or experience your first taste of feisty Caribbean food, the island of Puerto Rico may be small but there is plenty to discover. It's an island of contrasts, where colonial buildings offer a glimpse into a turbulent past and towering glass-fronted hotels demonstrate its modern appeal, a place where 4 million residents welcome you to enjoy a relaxed and laid back way of life.Things to seeOld San Juan is the ancient hub of the capital city, an area where narrow city streets and bumpy cobbled pavements wind their way between ancient forts. It’s a vibrant and colorful district, with noisy trollies stopping at museums and bars on their circular line, and the perfect place to indulge in a plate of traditional fried plantain. Condado Beach is a protected lagoon. Its natural rock barriers create calm turquoise waters gentle enough for swimming in. It’s also a favorite surfing beach where you can head beyond the boundaries to hunt bigger waves. Ocean Park is a laid back, mostly residential area, squeezed between the cosmopolitan city of San Juan and a palm-lined beach. It is home to quaint guesthouses and inviting bed and breakfasts. You can escape the hubbub of the city here, leaving behind the casinos and nightclubs for a tranquil afternoon. The Arthur Hills designed golf course, the El Conquistador, challenges you with 18 championship holes and stirring views from the headland towards the green island of Punta Aguila. For shopping, explore the Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, a modern mall heaving with international brand name stores and eclectic designer boutiques.Hotels in
Puerto Rico IslandPuerto Rico has an enviable choice of hotels, from budget accommodation with personable and home-style amenities to luxury pads with views over the white sandy beaches. Top end hotels here are all about luxury, enjoying sophisticated technology, extravagant bathroom interiors, and complimentary brand-name toiletries. Mid-range Puerto Rico hotels are abundant and offer some upgraded facilities including private en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, and flatscreen televisions. At the lower end, there’s a good choice of budget accommodation including family-run guest houses with shared bathrooms or beachside hotels that are outside the city.Where to staySan Juan city is where everything happens on the island and a hotel here puts you in the center of each colorful, noisy and chaotic festival, from Mardi Gras to Dia de Navidad. You’ll find fine dining restaurants a few blocks in any direction, and seafood cafes at the harbor where freshly caught shrimp are flame-grilled and served with mango salad. The district of Isla Verde, east of the capital, sits on a curving golden bay. It’s an affluent area with an unspoiled beach and the perfect place to sip a sunset pina colada. Condado Beach is livelier, littered with cafes and tourist bars. There’s a varied choice of Puerto Rico hotels here, dotted between market places and shopping streets, nearly all within a few minutes’ walk of the beach.How to get to Puerto Rico IslandMost travelers arriving in Puerto Rico come by plane, landing at one of the staggering 23 airports on the island. Typically, international flights arrive at Luis Munoz Marin International which welcomes around 10 million visitors every year. It has a good sized departure lounge with restaurants and shops. Onward transportation is via private taxi or rail links from the airport which are signposted inside. The island operates an additional taxi system called ‘lineas’, a shared taxi which can offer airport to hotel service and doesn’t need booking in advance.