The Best Resorts in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a beach-lover's paradise, but there are plenty of attractions away from the oceanfront
Puerto Rico is a beach-lover's paradise, but there are plenty of attractions away from the oceanfront | Courtesy of Dorado Beach / Expedia
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9 January 2021

If you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway with everything at your fingertips – from golf and stand-up paddle-boarding to poolside cocktails – then Puerto Rico is for you. Plus, the island is one of the few places where United States citizens can go without needing a passport. Book one of these resorts for your next vacation.

Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham Rio Mar

Lose track of time at this Jimmy Buffet property, where shoes are optional and good vibes are guaranteed. Just outside of San Juan, Margaritaville has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean resort: a spa, golf course, casino, boutiques, 10 different restaurants, entertainment venues and, of course, a swim-up bar. Tropically designed suites with private balconies have their own bars, stocked with a Frozen Concoction Maker for those five o’clock cocktails.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The resort highlights at Dorado Beach, located to the west of San Juan, speak for themselves: a visit to the Spa Botánico, designed around a 100-year-old tree; dinner at Coa Restaurant, which houses Puerto Rico’s largest wine collection with 3,200 bottles; and a round on the green at one of two TPC golf courses. Accommodation includes suites with private plunge pools, verandas or rooftops, and embajadores who serve as personal butlers. Larger groups can opt to stay at Su Casa, a villa built in the 1920s with two outdoor pools and five bedrooms.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Blue Horizon Boutique Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort
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Blue Horizon Boutique Resort
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There’s a reason Blue Horizon Boutique Resort was named one of the top small luxury hotels in the Caribbean by Condé Nast. Recline in a white wooden chair on your own private lanai to take in 180-degree views of Coconut Beach. Located on Vieques Island, just off of Puerto Rico’s coast, explore the 54 acres with a palm-tree lined infinity pool and winding walkways between suites. Rent a Jeep for a day and take a picnic basket from Carambola Restaurant, helmed by chef Jorge Mercado.

Royal Isabela

Resort, Luxury, Chain Hotel
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Royal Isabela
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Active guests at Royal Isabela, which spans 500-plus acres on the northwest coast, can enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities – from playing golf at The Links and tennis on grass courts, to kite surfing and horseback riding at El Pastillo Beach. You certainly won’t be bored here. After an action-packed day, dinner at Jota Restaurant is in order, where the menu boasts farm-to-table dishes.

Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, Hacienda Del Mar

A favorite of families, the Hyatt Residence Club Dorado on Dorado Beach boasts plenty of activities to keep kids occupied, including sand volleyball courts, four pools, three tennis courts, a full basketball court, miniature golf and an arcade room. Come together as a family for casual bites and piña coladas at Beach Bohio Bar and Grill.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Beach towels
Concierge services
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge

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  • Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

    One of the best indicators of a luxury hotel is its attention to service. At the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, personalized experiences include poolside drinks and luxury spa treatments – we recommend the signature Hammam ritual. Built in 1919, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is a historical landmark with opulent suites, sporting ocean-facing bathtubs and 300-thread-count Italian bed linen.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace

    Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

    A stay at the Fairmont means floor-to-ceiling windows and a super-comfortable bed to sink into each night. Spend the day sunbathing by one of four pools or relaxing at the Well & Being Spa. The restaurant Caña by Juliana Gonzalez is our favorite of the five on offer. A nightcap at the Chandelier Bar is a must, set below a Czechoslovakian crystal centerpiece. Alternatively, try The Rum Bar, where cocktails are artfully crafted using the island’s national spirit.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

    Whether you’re a pool person or a beach person, the answer is La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort. The property boasts three pools, including one infinity-edged marvel with its own waterfall and whirlpool, as well as beach access for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing and windsurfing. Retreat from the sun at the Casino Del Mar, which is open 24/7, or the oceanfront nightclub Fifty Eight.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 9, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.