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Puerto Rico: Open for (Spring Break!) Business

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March 26, 2018

Puerto Rico’s sunshine, sandy beaches, rhythm, and warmth are back in business, ready to welcome families looking for a spring break escape. Thankfully, Maria is long gone and the island is back on its feet, offering deals and extra perks while reminding travelers that there’s no better time to visit Puerto Rico. From a Michelin-star chef trailblazing the food scene at the Art Deco stunner Condado Vanderbilt—to the front-row hotel in the city’s vibrant hipster enclaves—here are the best places to dine, stay, shop, and of course, catch rays, this spring break in Puerto Rico.

Condado Vanderbilt

From the elegant Art Deco staircase to the fine Puerto Rican cuisine, this luxurious oceanfront property is the place to stay for families with posh kids who love their pampering.

The Condado is home to Puerto Rico’s only Hammam, a Turkish-style spa with heat-penetrating marble lounges and massage tables under an LED celestial ceiling for the other-worldly aura. VIP after-hours bubble over with Krug and local elixirs like soursop. Meanwhile, Michelin starred chef Juan Jose Cuevas shines at 1919, the in-hotel restaurant, single-handedly elevating the nation’s cuisine with Puerto Rican produce and seafood. Dine in the velvet-clad restaurant or stay in your flip-flops for pre-fixe menu in the alabaster bar.

Hotel El Convento

Hotel El Convento dates back to 1651 and stands as the oldest hotel in San Juan. The former convent combines old and new with a lush interior courtyard, black-and-white marble floors, and sleek rain showers. The property is a great family-friendly destination for kids of all ages who want to truly embrace the atmosphere of Old San Juan. The hotel’s historic chapel boasts original frescoes and stained glassed windows flood the space in colorful light.

Don’t miss the signature restaurant, where Chef Patio del Níspero freshens up Puerto Rican classics with seasonal fruit, fresh avocados and the catch of the day. Cocktails arrive scented with herbs plucked from the hotel garden and are best savored on balcony nooks and the rooftop pool with panoramic views of Old San Juan.

La Concha Resort 

This breezy Mid-Century gem buzzes with retro-glam. The property is a hub for everything local and the place to be for families traveling with teens. La Concha is known for luring an A-list clientele thanks to its extensive lifestyle programming, which includes fashion shows, concerts, and a newly reminted casino.

Kids—and adults—will love the seashell-shaped restaurant, Perla, where you’ll not only find the best in Puerto Rican cuisine but also an Instagram-worthy beach backdrop for mermaids.

Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort 

Just a hop skip from the airport, accessibility reigns at this tranquil beach setting geared for the sporty set and families. You’ll have access to beginner surfing, stand-up paddling, and zip-lining. Downtown Old San Juan is just a five-minute cab ride away, making this an ideal home base for exploring the charming Colonial city.

Don’t miss the hotel’s traditional pig roast, on offer year-round with a palapa staged for decadent beach-front fiestas.

Doubletree By Hilton San Juan at Gallery Plaza 

This urban hotel is front row to the emerging La Placita de Santurce district, where a historic Mercado has been bowled over with street art, live music, chic bistros, and bars.

Live La Vida Local and cruise in chauffeured golf carts through the nearby Calle Loiza, Puerto Rico’s hipster hamlet chock-a-block with discovery, including artisan boutiques and edgy cafes steeped in PR coffee culture.

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