The Best Beach Hotels in Puerto Rico

Villa Montana Beach Resort offers oceanfront dining experiences
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8 January 2021

No matter which Caribbean island you decide to visit, there will be a beach. But there are beaches, and then there are beaches. The difference? Take a dip in the ocean off Puerto Rico, and you’ll be confronted with panoramic views of lush mountains, standing thousands of feet tall, a fine backdrop for resorts sprinkled along the coastline. These beachfront hotels are among the finest in Puerto Rico.

Rincon Beach Resort

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Rincon Beach Resort
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On the west-facing side of the island, Rincon Beach Resort has a front-row view of exquisite sunsets. Accessed by a private driveway, the property boasts 112 guest rooms with 24 condo villas. Romantics should book the honeymoon suite – it has an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. After a day of sunbathing by the infinity pool (that nearly spans the entire width of the resort), dine at the Caribbean fusion Brasas Restaurant.

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San Juan Water and Beach Club

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San Juan Water and Beach Club
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Just east of San Juan along Playa Isla Verde, this boutique hotel offers expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean from its distinctive rooftop pool and restaurant. Designed with blue hues to mirror the waterfront outside, each room comes with Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and an in-room Puerto Rican Yaucono coffee service.

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Trópica Beach Hotel

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Trópica Beach Hotel
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At the Trópica Beach Hotel, located in the upscale Condado area, enjoy complimentary bikes, snorkel gear and beach chairs while staying in the boho-chic guest rooms. After a day of activity, unwind at Dulce Salado by chef Atisha Pascual – the food is truly mouth-watering.

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Caribe Hilton

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The first international Hilton Hotel, the Caribe Hilton in San Juan also claims to have mixed the first piña colada cocktail ever made. The property’s 652 guest rooms are set on 17 tropical acres (6.9ha) that boast three pools, a giant beachfront spa, tennis and volleyball courts, a hammock garden, a bird sanctuary, and more.

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La Jamaca

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Inn
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La Jamaca
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For a more intimate experience, book one of the 16 rooms at La Jamaca. This petit hotel on the southern end of Puerto Rico is known for its outdoor spa experience. Soak in a tub filled with sea salts and topped off with rose petals. Adventurers will enjoy the close proximity to turquoise water cays and mangroves channels, which can be explored by kayak.

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Villa Montana Beach Resort

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Villa Montana Beach Resort
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Villa Montana Beach Resort claims miles of pristine coastline in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico. Choose between simple suites and multi-bedroom garden villas at this stylish, plantation-style property. A real draw is the oceanfront al fresco The Eclipse Restaurant, led by chef Rafael Grau, which sources its menu from local growers and fishermen. Surfers will enjoy the close proximity to world-class breaks – book transportation at reception.

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  • Casa Verde Hotel

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    Casa Verde Hotel
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    Laid-back, surfer vibe pervades at the Casa Verde Hotel, a 19-room boutique property in Rincón on the west coast. The top tower suite offers ocean views and a private patio, perfect for sunbathing. Spend the day scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing, and recoup with comfort foods from Kahuna Burger.

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    Parador Villa Parguera

    Resort, Independent Hotel
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    Parador Villa Parguera
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    For more than 50 years, Parador Villa Parguera has been a staple on the island’s southwestern corner in Lajas. A shaded pool deck and garden border the Caribbean Sea. Stroll out onto the pier for sea swimming, fishing and watersports. Views of the bioluminescent bay at La Parguera are best enjoyed from the Aquamarina Restaurant, which serves Creole food. Try the lobster – it is their specialty.

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    Coconut Palms Inn On The Beach

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    Coconut Palms Inn On The Beach
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    For an apartment feel, book a studio or one-bedroom accommodation at Coconut Palms Inn On The Beach. Complimentary beach accessories come as standard, from floats and coolers to beach chairs and barbecue grills. The hotel’s highlights include a beachside veranda, gardens peppered with hammocks and close proximity to Domes Beach, Rincon’s prime surf spot.

    Meliá Coco Beach

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    Set between the ocean and El Yunque National Forest, Meliá Coco Beach is a golf lover’s dream, with two 18-hole championship courses on-site. There’s no bad view here — suites and villas either offer vistas of the ocean, golf course or rainforest and mountains. Beyond hitting the green, you can explore on horseback, visit a rum factory or go deep-sea fishing.
    These recommendations were updated on January 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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