Through the recovery, there’s great news. Puerto Rico announced this past month that they are officially open for business, with San Juan being the most recovered. What does this mean for you? There’s never been a better time to visit, support local businesses, and help the island recover through tourism dollars. A quote in最近纽约时报的文章从卡拉坎波斯维达，波多黎各旅游公司的临时执行董事站出来对我来说，是这样的：
“Tourism is vital to Puerto Rico’s full recovery, and the best way to support the island is by continuing to visit, stay at hotels, eat at restaurants, and buy from local businesses.”
So with bags packed, I headed back to Puerto Rico where I was just at only seven months ago. Landing in San Juan was surreal — there was a buzz about the airport. It was business as usual as people were checking in, grabbing their coffees, and going about their days. This kicked off an incredible four days in Puerto Rico — a sense of energy and resilience from the local people to recover and move forward. Speaking to a few of the locals, I couldn’t help but ask how they felt about people coming to vacation today. Their response? Tell everyone to come — come to our beaches, eat in our restaurants, and love on our island now more than ever.
Puerto Rico has always been a special place. With happening bars, live salsa, late nights dancing in La Placita, and the electrifying streets of Old San Juan — there’s truly a contagious energy. It’s hard not to fall in love, I guess that’s why they call it “la isla del encanto.”
Now is the time to visit Puerto Rico — do it with respect and reverence as the island is still in recovery, but love the island today like never before.
A Guide to Visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico
What to Know Before Visiting Puerto Rico
- US Dollars is the local currency — cash is good to carry.
- Old San Juan is rather walkable and is perfectly explored by foot.
- You should tip at restaurants, hotels, and taxis.
- English is common, but a few words in Spanish is always appreciated.
- There are plenty of direct flights in San Juan from major US airports.
- Dress code is not always beach-attire. Many restaurants require dress shirts and closed shoes, so be sure to check ahead!
Where to Stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico
For Puerto Rico, I always recommend a few nights in Old San Juan and then a few nights on the beach. The area of Condado is a great and close option to the airport where there is a stunning beach and you’re close to other water activities. Here’s where I would stay:
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel:作为一个海滨酒店，它在康达最好的地点之一。有现代化的设施配备豪华客房是为那些希望靠近水边的完美越狱。可以俯瞰大海的无边泳池是一个特别喜欢，因为有没有一个更好的地方，赶上日落。到了晚上，VC休息室转变为那里有现场音乐和鸡尾酒一个私密的空间。
Hotel El Convento:In the heart of Old San Juan lies one of the most historic and architecturally-stunning hotels in Puerto Rico. The Hotel El Convento was transformed from a former convent to the luxury hotel it is today, where the inner courtyard sits as the center of the action. The lush greenery drapes over the yellow walls, and of course, their rooftop pool is a must experience for time to cool-off during the summer. Its location serves as the ideal place to call home while exploring the quaint streets of Old San Juan.
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- Explore Old San Juan — this is one of the best experiences in town and it’s free! Put a good pair of walking shoes on, grab a map, and wind through the tiny and colorful streets. There’s plenty of shops, restaurants and more to do.
- Head to the beach at Condado, where it’s a perfect place to hang out for the afternoon.
- Go explore the neighboring islands, like Cayo Icacos on a catamaran tour with East Island Excursions. This was one of my favorite things to do while visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico. We headed out for the day, snorkeled with the fish, and enjoyed the pristine waters.
- Get a taste of the nightlife in La Placita, where there’s endless salsa, reggaeton, and happening bars.
I’d recommend booking one of the tours here as well:
Restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Lote 23:这个地方是一个你不能同时在波多黎各错过。多个餐馆集群在一个美丽的，室外空间已经打开食品车。这里头的快餐，啤酒，或者尝试了一切！
- El Jibarito：如果你正在寻找一个当地人，只发现在老圣胡安，一定要在这里头。他们chuleta是令人难以置信，mofongo一击。我会在这里用餐，每日一次。
- La Factoria:看来，老路通在这里，无论是吃的不可思议的小吃风味的美食，品尝他们的获奖饮料，或通过他们的音乐的多个房间跳舞。如果你住在老圣胡安，这是要去的地方。
- 1919 Restaurant:坐落在老渔夫范德比尔特,这upscale restaurant was one of the best meals I had in Condado. I’d recommend doing the elegant Chef’s tasting and wine pairing — it’s an evening of culinary perfection.
- Senor Paleta：手工冰棍与美味的味道！
- 奥拉海滨: Yes brunch is a thing in Puerto Rico and Ola Oceanfront is the place to come for Sunday brunch.
- Patio del Nispero: Inside the Hotel El Convento, their courtyard transforms into a beautifully-lit dining area. You can come drinks and stay for dinner, where the chef uses local ingredients to prepare modern twists on classics.
- Delicias Restaurant:For Puerto Rican cuisine in Condado, head here to try their small plates and be sure to order the filete encebolla’o.
- 粉红的卡莱洛伊萨：An eatery well-known for their papaya smoothie.
- La Casita Blanca:An institution for Puerto Rico and a great local spot.
- 咖啡厅Comunión：Head here for a cup of coffee or a quick breakfast.
- Garabato Bar & Grill:虽然晚上经常在这里进行改造，以党，这是一个伟大的地方开始晚上出去喝一杯，小叮咬。
- Latidos:A cozy restaurant that serves high-end food, all beautifully plated.
- Marmalade:One of the high-end, reservation needed restuarants in Old San Juan.
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*Bon Traveler was welcomed as guest of Condado Vanderbilt and Hotel El Convento. As always, all opinions are own.