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20 Best Hotels & Resorts in Puerto Rico

Let’s be honest, with everything that the beautiful Caribbean island has gone through, there really is no better time to support Puerto Rico and it’s economy. What better way to do so than heading to the island and spending your vacation time at its beautiful beaches and investing in it’s local businesses. For your next big getaway plan a trip to these hotels and resorts in Puerto Rico!

1. El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Located in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, this alluring luxury resort will bring you brilliant ocean views from exquisite villas and rooms. The resort is divided into five villages that will prove to be an essential getaway from the world. 

2. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

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Located on a beach lined with beautiful palm trees, this sheltered resort and spa will be the perfect place for the guest looking for relaxation time. The resort is home to 12 restaurants that offer the best cuisines including authentic Puerto Rican food, Asian tastes, Italian and Tex-Mex.

3. The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

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Escape to paradise at the Ritz-Carlton based in San Juan. The hotel boasts 4.5 stars on Google reviews, a spa and fun casino.

4. Olive Boutique Hotel

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This “art de vivre” inspired hotel grants visitors a unique experience of luxury and intimacy. The boutique hotel provides areas with unique stories inspired by special regions including Morocco, Spagna, Italy and France.

5. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

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Set on the backdrop of a coconut farm, the resort is nestled between water and sea and brags sprawling golf courses and spas.

6. W Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island

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Embrace your vacation with a luxury trip to the W retreat where palm trees flank every view and spas will be your greatest escape. Enjoy access to fun water sports and world-class cuisines at sunset.

7. InterContinental San Juan

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This beachfront luxury resort as lagoon pools, spas, and gardens for your pleasure. Close to Old San Juan, the financial district, and the international airport, you will not visit this resort and miss out on its charms.

8. Hotel El Convento

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This grand destination setting will sweep you away with its splendorous views and cuisine. Located in San Juan, this small luxury hotel is one of the oldest members of Historic Hotels of America.

9. CasaBlanca Hotel

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This 4.5 star rated hotel is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Guests will be b=pleased to find themselves in a hotel at the center of the city.

10. La Terraza de San Juan

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This luxury hotel located in the heart of historic Old San Juan offers beautiful suites and luxury dining.

11. Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

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Located in Condado, this hotel is home to beautiful beachfront views and is in the city center of Condado Beach, San Juan.

12. Verdanza Hotel San Juan

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Rated 4.7 stars, this luxury hotel is a favorite of TripAdvisor users visiting Puerto Rico.

13. Villas Opal Anfi Tauro

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The Villas Opal property features a luxury spa just 9 miles out from the Playa del Ingles property. Enjoy wonderful golfing opportunities and luxury views.

14. Marina Suites Gran Canaria

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Located in the heart of Puerto Rico, this luxury hotel offers cheap rates and rooms rated with 4.3 stars.

15. Servatur Casablanca

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Comfort, uniqueness and design. These are the features, guests of Servatur say you can expect at this hotel located in Puerto Rico Gran Canaria Las Palmas.

16. Morasol Suites

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Located just 8 miles from Playa del Ingles the hotel is yacht-lined and set up against the marina.

17. Gloria Palace Amdores Thalasso & Hotel

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With a property that is only a 6-minute walk from the beach, guests with sea legs will love the ocean views and luxury that this cliff top located hotel provides.

18. Hotel Altamadores

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This contemporary apartment-style hotel is just a 15-minute hike out from Amadores Beach and 5 km from Anfi Tauro. The hotel offers sweeping views of the ocean and great rates.

19. Marina Bayview Gran Canaria

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At around $233 per night, Marina Bayview is for the visitor ready to splurge. This gem of a hotel provides special touches, pool areas, and comfy rooms.

20. Holiday Club Puerto Calma

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This breezy resort is located just 20 min away from Playa de Puerto Rico and features amazing balcomes with sea views and a beautiful sauna and fitness center.


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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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