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People come to Puerto Rico to do anything and everything, from relaxing to exploring to learning. And surfing. And the best places to stay in Puerto Rico reflect this diversity of travellers perfectly.

A U.S. Commonwealth territory, Puerto Rico was one of the earliest sources of Caribbean island daydreams. Bigger than its neighbours, so a bit easier to travel to, Puerto Rico has the beautiful stretches of white sand, tropical interior and a dramatic colonial history that gives it kick as well as colour.

Puerto Rico has some of the Caribbean's wettest and driest forests, which are home to some of the world's rarest birdlife. But it's also got San Juan, a congested capital of condos, casinos and beautiful colonial architecture - which is actually one of the oldest European-founded settlements in the Americas.

One of the glories of Puerto Rico's cities, towns and villages is their Puerto Rican-ness in the face of an invasion of the high street stalwarts of mainland America. This country has seen Spanish invasion, dramatic revolutionaries, the growth of the free market and plenty of cannon fire. And yet its own colours still shine through the layers of invader cultures.

Of course most people are here for the beaches. A number for the incredible surfing conditions, some for the golf, or horseback riding and some for the diving and snorkelling on Puerto Rico's impressive coral reefs.

One of the great, often unexpected sights of Puerto Rico are the bioluminescent bays, which glow wonderfully at night - best seen by kayak on a moonlit night.

The Hotel Guru's picks of the best places to stay in Puerto Rico offer something for everyone, whether you're here to soak up the culture in San Juan's old town or to explore one of its lesser known islands off the eastern coast.

Best Places to Stay in Puerto Rico

For a beach break

  • Copamarina Beach Resort on the island's south coast is a beautiful, mid-size beach resort. It's large enough to have two outdoor pools, a spa and gym and its own watersports centre. But it's small enough to feel friendly. And it's great for kids.
  • Parador Villa Parguera is a friendly, good value, beachside hotel with classic Caribbean features like bamboo furniture and sea-views, in a laid-back spot on the island's south coast. The 74 rooms start from just £59 per night.
  • The W Retreat on Vieques Island is a gorgeous, five star, 15 room beach resort with bright, contemporary decor and every activity you could wish for. Including a library and superb Puerto Rican menu.

For a city break

  • The Ritz Carlton Puerto Rico in San Juan offers five star luxury right on the beach. There are also resort style facilities, like pools and tennis courts and several restaurants and bars. Certainly one of the best places to stay in Puerto Rico if you want to do San Juan in style.
  • El Convento is one of San Juan's most regal hotels, with opulent, colonial style decor set in a converted palacio in Old San Juan, and an excellent tapas menu.
  • San Juan's Hotel Milano is a charming old hotel offering colourful rooms and a rooftop terrace with spectacular city views. It's also well located for the main sights, and for the nightlife of San Juan. And it's very reasonable, so great for groups.

To relax

  • Hix island House on peaceful Vieques Island is a square, granite affair with slick decor and outdoor showers surrounded by jungle. Stunning and secluded, these 19 rooms also have their own full kitchens, so you can hideaway from everyone if you so choose.
  • Club Seabourne also offers tropical island peace, this time on Culebra Island. This collection of 12 rooms and suites is 3kms from the main town, but just a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel itself is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and there's a dynamic Caribbean restaurant.

For great value

  • The Dreamcatcher Guest House is an eclectic property close to the coast in San Juan. Rooms are filled with vintage treasures, the terraces are hung with hammocks and there's yoga classes on site. It's also very friendly and great value, starting from only £49 per night.
  • The Canario Boutique Hotel is also close to the beach in San Juan. An intimate B&B with simple, Spanish style rooms, the Canario is also close to all San Juan's main attractions.
  • If you're looking for a reasonably priced rural escape, then try the Hacienda Gripinas, a charming hotel in the mountains, converted from an old coffee plantation. Rooms start from £55 per night.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Puerto Rico, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net by checking out all our Caribbean recommendations.

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  • Hotel Belgica

    Puerto Rico

    Family owned, charming city B&B in the heart of Ponce's historic district. Elegant rooms have tiled floors and wrought iron furniture, some with balconies. Excellent location and value.

    20 rooms from $75
    City Style  -  Just minutes from the city's hot spots, and with charming sunny terraces, an ideal spot
    Sights nearby  -  Catedral Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe; Parque de Bombas
    Great walks  -  To Paseo Tablado La Guancha (La Guancha Boardwalk)
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Wildflowers Guest House

    Puerto Rico

    Welcoming guesthouse in Mayagüez. Large rooms have dark wood furniture, private bathrooms, balconies and some kitchen facilities. Great base for exploring the surrounding area as well as the beaches. A good value choice for younger groups.

    8 rooms from $75
    Local exploring  -  Perfect for younger groups to explore the island's third largest city from, and close enough to beaches for day trippers
    Sights nearby  -  Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
  • Dreamcatcher Guest House

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Eclectic guesthouse close to the beach. Rooms are filled with vintage furnishings, hammocks and terraces. Yoga and meditation classes held in hotel; excellent vegetarian breakfasts. Bohemian, friendly and laid-back.

    10 rooms from $79
    Groups  -  Eco hotel with focus on vegetarian food and meditation classes, ideal for younger groups to explore city from
    Local markets  -  In Old San Juan, a ten minute drive
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hacienda Gripinas

    Puerto Rico

    Charming hacienda in the mountains. Rooms are elegant with antiques, wooden floors and large verandahs. Outdoor pool, manicured lawns, terrace. Vintage decor in the restaurant, serving excellent regional dishes. Secluded, historic and friendly.

    from $89
    Hideaway  -  Hidden away in a coffee plantation. The Hacienda offers an old world feel with rocking chairs and friendly service
    Great walks  -  In nearby Dona Juana park
    Sights nearby  -  Museo del Cemí
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Canario Boutique Hotel

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Intimate B&B close to the beach. Simple rooms have Spanish style furniture and large bathrooms. Sit out terrace and elegant lobby lounge. Excellent value and location.

    25 rooms from $95
    Local exploring  -  Great value hotel, with easy access to all of the city's sights and historic old town, as well as beaches
    Surfing  -  World-class surfing at Rincón, Puerto Rico
    Great walks  -  'La Ventana al Mar' ocean front park
    Sights nearby  -  Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Milano

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Charming hotel in old town. Rooms feature colourful prints and tiled bathrooms. Rooftop terrace with city views. Good international cuisine in the restaurant. Great choice for younger groups to explore the city. Excellent value for money.

    30 rooms from $95
    Local exploring  -  Perfect location to see the historic sights, plus enjoy the restaurants and buzzy nightlife
    Great walks  -  Historical and art walking tours of Old San Juan can be arranged
    Sights nearby  -  El Morro and San Cristobal
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Parador Villa Parguera

    Puerto Rico

    Friendly beach side hotel. Rooms have sea-facing balconies, colourful prints and bamboo furniture. Outdoor pool, terrace, direct beach access. Laid back international cuisine in restaurant, outside bar. Relaxed, and a lovely choice for a great value seaside weekend.

    74 rooms from $96
    Beach Life  -  Ground floor rooms open onto the beach, and plenty of water sports available, as well as the lovely Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
    Sights nearby  -  Playa Sucia and Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
    Fishing  -  Nearby Puerto Real fishing village
    Diving  -  With West Divers
  • Hosteria del mar

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Family friendly hotel on the beach. Spacious rooms have Balinese furniture, large bathrooms and some open right onto the sand. Great international cuisine at the beachfront hotel. Laid back atmosphere with plenty of attractions close by. Apartments are ideal for families.

    23 rooms from $99
    Families  -  Larger apartments have full kitchens and dining areas, beach on the doorstep with activities for all ages
    Great walks  -  Through Barbosa Park
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Copamarina Beach Resort

    Puerto Rico

    Beautiful resort on the beach. Large rooms have plantation style shutters, bamboo furniture and verandahs. Two outdoor pools, gym, spa and water sports centre. Sublime Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine and friendly beach bar. Low-key, idyllic and family friendly.

    106 rooms from $100
    Families  -  Excellent kids club, villas come with plenty of living space and kitchens, one child-friendly pool and spa for parents
    Diving  -  At the Wall at Playa Santa, a continental shelf dropping more than 1,500 feet.
    Great walks  -  To Rio Camuy Caves
    Sights nearby  -  Gilligan's Island
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • Cervantes Hotel

    Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Elegant city hotel. The contemporary rooms are in cream, with Puerto Rican artworks and lovely balconies. Outstanding gourmet menu in the popular restaurant. Chic, boutique and intimate.

    12 rooms from $154
    Local exploring  -  Ideal location to explore the old town, with the port close by. Art galleries and historic features galore
    Local markets  -  Arts and crafts, and you can find plenty of options in Old San Juan
    Sights nearby  -  Castillo de San Cristóbal, El Morro and La Fortaleza
    Designer  -  Contemporary luxury designed by Nono Maldonado
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hacienda Moyano

    Naguabo, Puerto Rico

    Friendly self-catering apartments on the edge of the El Yunque National Forest. Rooms have tiled floors, colourful furnishings and modern kitchens. Outdoor pool and seating areas, garden and sun terrace. Ideal for groups, and a real sense of seclusion within the beautiful park.

    4 rooms from $125
    Great walks  -  Through El Yunque National Forest
    Sights nearby  -  La Mina Falls and La Coca Falls
    Diving  -  From nearby Luqillo beach
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Hix island House

    Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

    Granite hotel within tropical trees on Vieques Island. Rooms are contemporary with slick lines, chic bathrooms, full kitchens and outdoor showers. Outdoor pool, yoga terrace and abundance of lush jungle surrounds. Stunning, intimate and secluded.

    19 rooms from $135
    Hideaway  -  Set within lush jungle foliage, with outdoor showers, huge terraces and open walls
    Great walks  -  Through surrounding 13-acre natural refuge of native trees, tall grasses, birds and butterflies
    Sights nearby  -  Island Adventures offers trips to bioluminescent bay
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • The Gallery Inn

    Puerto Rico

    Boutique hotel within historic mansion. Rooms are filled with antiques, tapestries, four poster beds and artworks. Outdoor pool, leafy courtyards and roof terrace. Superb Tapas cuisine in opulent dining room. Quirky and full of character with excellent service.

    20 rooms from $135
    Romantic Break  -  Eclectic mix of antiques, tapestries and courtyards in this boutique and romantic hotel in 200 year old mansion
    Great walks  -  From the hotel's Beach House in La Perla
    Sights nearby  -  Castillo de San Cristobal
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • Water Beach Club

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Contemporary hotel on the beach. Rooms have minimalist furniture, enormous windows and ipod docks. Roof terrace with outdoor pool. Gym and direct beach access. Excellent modern Spanish cuisine, trendy cocktail bar. Modern, chic and perfect for younger couples.

    78 rooms from $149
    Romantic Break  -  Slick decor, swimming pool and roof terrace with outstanding views, beach a few minutes away and romantic dining too
    Local markets  -  In Old San Juan, 15 minutes away
    Sights nearby  -  Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Crow's Nest

    Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

    Charming rural B&B with fabulous views. Rooms have wooden shutters, colourful lounges, and full kitchens. Outdoor pool and terraces surrounded by pink bougainvillea. Family-friendly, secluded and good value.

    17 rooms from $153
    Families  -  Large living areas and full kitchens, outdoor pool and plenty of outdoor fun nearby
    Great walks  -  Around Fort Conde de Mirasol and Isabel Segunda Harbor
    Sights nearby  -  Bioluminescent Bay
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Olive Boutique Hotel

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Opulent 5* hotel by the lagoon. Elegant rooms have enormous spa showers, sleigh beds and antique touches. Roof terrace, outdoor plunge pool, spa treatments available. Sublime pan-Mediterranean cuisine, atmospheric bar lounge. Grown-up, chic and very romantic.

    15 rooms from $160
    Romantic Break  -  Adults only hotel with spa showers, roof terrace to enjoy champagne, plunge pool and superb cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and Plaza del Mercado
    Local markets  -  10-minute drive from San Juan’s Old Town
    Restrictions on children  -  Over-18s hotel
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet, Frommers
  • El Convento

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Regal hotel in Old San Juan district. Decor is opulent and colonial with Andalusian floor tiles, mahogany furniture and enormous beds. Outdoor pool, gym, library and sun terrace. Both excellent gourmet and tapas menus, elegant bar. Luxurious, chic and historic.

    58 rooms from $165
    City Style  -  Walking distance to many of the city's sights, opulent interiors, pool, terrace and excellent dining
    Sights nearby  -  San Cristobal Fortress
    Sailing  -  San Juan Nautical Club
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
  • Club Seabourne

    Culebra, Puerto Rico

    Chic hillside hotel on Culebra Island. Rooms are contemporary with sleigh beds, large private verandahs and white shutters. Outdoor pool, enormous tropical gardens, library and massages available. Dynamic Caribbean cuisine in outdoor restaurant. Stylish, quiet and boutique.

    12 rooms from $169
    Hideaway  -  Hammocks within the tropical gardens, individual villas for real sense of privacy, easy access to nearby white beaches
    Local markets  -  3 km from Culebra Pueblo town centre
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Blue Horizon Boutique Hotel

    Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

    Plantation style hotel on the beach. Decor is Caribbean with mahogany four posters, colourful walls and antiques. Outdoor pool, gym, spa treatments, tennis courts and garden. Great Caribbean cuisine in ambient restaurant. A grown-up boutique hideaway.

    10 rooms from $250
    Beach Life  -  Stunning ocean views, plantation decor, vast sun terraces and white sands on the doorstep
    Great walks  -  Along Black Sand Beach, Sun Bay, and Media Luna Beach
    Sights nearby  -  Faro Punta Mula, a Spanish-built lighthouse
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 16 welcome
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Ritz Carlton Puerto Rico

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Luxurious 5* hotel on the beach. Creamy rooms have silk furnishings, marble bathrooms, contemporary furniture. Outdoor pool, beach access, tennis courts, gym, spa and full casino. Outstanding Italian, Tapas and American cuisine; elegant bar. Opulent, exclusive and idyllic.

    416 rooms from $269
    Beach Life  -  Hotel leads right onto the white sand beach, with pool close by, and palm trees keeping you company alongside superb service
    Romantic Break  -  Superb beach side pool, excellent spa with couples' treatments, romantic creamy bedrooms and dining for two
    Kids Club  -  Supervised activities for children from 5-12 years.
    Local markets  -  In Historic Old San Juan
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • W Retreat

    Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

    Gorgeous 5* resort on the beach. Decor is contemporary, with muted furnishings and colourful details; enormous bathrooms and sundecks. Outdoor pool, gym, spa, tennis courts, library and private beach. Superb Puerto Rican menu using local grown produce. Luxurious, chic and cool.

    15 rooms from $399
    Beach Life  -  Every activity you could wish for is available, as well as turquoise pool & white sand beach with full hotel service
    Romantic Break  -  Couples' spa treatments, romantic decor and enormous bathtubs in rooms, sunsets from poolside cabanas
    Kayaking  -  With Black Beard Sports
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Fodors
  • Horned Dorset Primavera

    Puerto Rico

    Opulent beach front hotel. Rooms are decked in creamy marbles, mahogany furniture and private pools; larger suites have kitchens. Outdoor pool, yoga terrace, beach access, gym and spa treatments. Gourmet menu from the glamorous restaurant. Superb service, luxurious and chic.

    from $470
    Romantic Break  -  Couples massage, sunset horse riding and private pools for ultimate seclusion
    Diving  -  Concierge can set you up with a local diving shop which provides trips to Desecheo Island for a day of world class diving
    Local markets  -  Sunday morning is the Rincón Farmer’s Market
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors, Kiwi Collection
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