Where to Stay as a First-Time Traveler in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Calle Norzagaray, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Zetong Li on Unsplash

The island of Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for almost any type of traveler from the US who isn’t looking to venture too far. The island has a little something for everyone, from beach bums to nature lovers to enthusiastic history buffs. Its climate and culture have contributed to rapid growth in Puerto Rican tourism over the last few years, and the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Hotels are popping up all over the island, allowing more tourists to come and enjoy all that Puerto Rico has to offer. Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation, PR has a hotel that’s right for you—here are some of our favorite places to stay.

Hotel El Convento

History lovers and city dwellers alike are sure to enjoy a stay at the Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan. The hotel opened as a convent over 350 years ago and has since served as everything from a dance hall to a flophouse before it was turned into a hotel in 1962.

Royal Sonesta San Juan

Don’t let the name fool you – this hotel is actually located on the beach in Carolina, Puerto Rico, about a half hour from the city of San Juan. It overlooks the Isla Verde (meaning “Green Island”) beach and is an amazing place for those looking for some serious R&R.

Rainforest Inn

Get away from it all (really, this place is seriously secluded) at the Rainforest Inn in the middle of the El Yunque National Forest. This bed and breakfast-style inn is an ideal place for those who enjoy hiking and swimming or want to feel at one with nature.