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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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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

What do you miss most about pre-COVID life? Is it eating out at restaurants? Going to the club to perrear? Or is it traveling? For many Americans, it seems like the number one answer would be traveling. In fact, a huge number of Americans miss traveling so much that they would be willing to give up sex just to be able to go on a trip right now. 

So just how many people are willing to give up sex for a trip right now?

According to an informal survey conducted by travel site Trivago, a whopping 38% of Americans say they’d give up sex for an entire year to go on a trip right now. And that’s a poll of 2,000 people! 

“After a year that changed everything, it’s clear that modern travel has been profoundly altered, perhaps forever. As the vaccine rollout continues and restrictions begin to lift in parts of the globe, eager travelers everywhere wait patiently for the clear signal to be able to get away and adventure once again,” Trivago shared in a statement alongside its survey results. “The results reveal significant desires to travel, including what consumers would give up, what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go, as well as why they’d like to get back on the road.”

But it wasn’t just sex…Americans are willing to give up a lot that they care about for a trip.

Beyond finding out that more than one-third of Americans would give up sex for a year, Trivago also found that one in five people would give up their partner to travel now, and one in four said they’d give up all their savings. Additionally, nearly 50% of respondents in the U.S. said they’d happily give up their job to hit the road again.

Why are people so willing to give it all up for a few vacations?

“More than 80% of those surveyed somewhat or strongly agree that travel is a part of a well-rounded life,” Trivago added. “The concept of travel as a form of self-care/wellness and to expand one’s perspective is one that continues to grow.”

It noted, in both the U.S. and the UK, a substantial majority of respondents said that being prevented from traveling freely is one of the worst aspects of the pandemic and that because of the pandemic this is the most they’ve ever felt like traveling.

But hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer. Although international travel is still largely discouraged by governments around the world, some level of travel is starting to return to normal. But until we have the COVID-19 pandemic under control, it’s important we do our part to keep everyone safe. Things like staycations, domestic trips, and even taking a virtual vacation. While it may not be entirely the same thing, at least you won’t have to give up all the good parts of life to get it.

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, March 22nd marks Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud in Puerto Rico–the date that marks the emancipation of slaves in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, enslaved peoples were emancipated in 1873–a full decade after the U.S. officially abolished slavery. But unlike the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico celebrates today as an official holiday, where many businesses are closed.

The emancipation of Puerto Rican slaves was a very different process than the United States’. For one, the emancipation was gradual and over three years.

When the Spanish government abolished slavery in Puerto Rico 1873, enslaved men and women had to buy their freedom. The price was set by their “owners”. The way the emancipated slaves bought their freedom was through a process that was very similar to sharecropping in the post-war American south. Emancipated slaves farmed, sold goods, and worked in different trades to “buy” their freedom.

In the same Spanish edict that abolished slavery, slaves over the age of 60 were automatically freed. Enslaved children who were 5-years-old and under were also automatically freed.

Today, Black and mixed-race Puerto Ricans of Black descent make up a large part of Puerto Rico’s population.

The legacy of enslaved Black Puerto Ricans is a strong one. Unlike the United States, Puerto Rico doesn’t classify race in such black-and-white terms. Puerto Ricans are taught that everyone is a mixture of three groups of people: white Spanish colonizers, Black African slaves, and the indigenous Taíno population.

African influences on Puerto Rican culture is ubiquitous and is present in Puerto Rican music, cuisine, and even in the way that the island’s language evolved. And although experts estimate that up to 60% of Puerto Ricans have significant African ancestry, almost 76% of Puerto Ricans identified as white only in the latest census poll–a phenomenon that many sociologists have blamed on anti-blackness.

On Puerto Rico’s Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud, many people can’t help but notice that the island celebrates a day of freedom and independence when they are not really free themselves.

As the fight for Puerto Rican decolonization rages on, there is a bit of irony in the fact that Puerto Rico is one of the only American territories that officially celebrates the emancipation of slaves, when Puerto Rico is not emancipated from the United States. Yes, many Black Americans recognize Juneteenth (June 19th) as the official day to celebrate emancipation from slavery, but it is not an official government holiday.

Perhaps, Puerto Rico celebrates this historical day of freedom because they understand how important the freedom and independence is on a different level than mainland Americans do.

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