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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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Puerto Rico Has Declared A State Of Emergency And Left Residents Without Access To Running Water

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Puerto Rico Has Declared A State Of Emergency And Left Residents Without Access To Running Water

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Another crisis is unfolding on the island of Puerto Rico, as a severe drought grips the territory and forces the government to take drastic measures. After a series of major earthquakes and hurricanes, Puerto Rico is now suffering through one of its worst droughts in history.

Water is scarce. And the government is implementing rationing measures that will leave hundreds of thousands of residents without regular access to running water.

Gov. Wanda Vazquez has announced a state of emergency as the government begins rationing water.

Puerto Rico is once again in the headlines for an ongoing crisis that is affecting hundreds of thousands of island residents. On Monday, Puerto Rico’s governor declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the territory.

Starting July 2, nearly 140,000 customers, including some in the capital of San Juan, will be without water for 24 hours every other day as part of strict rationing measures. Puerto Rico’s utilities company urged people to not excessively stockpile water because it would worsen the situation, and officials asked that everyone use masks and maintain social distancing if they seek water from one of 23 water trucks set up across the island.

“We’re asking people to please use moderation,” said Doriel Pagán, executive director of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority, adding that she could not say how long the rationing measures will last.

The order signed also prohibits certain activities in most municipalities including watering gardens during daylight hours, filling pools and using a hose or non-recycled water to wash cars. Those caught face fines ranging from $250 for residents to $2,500 for industries for a first violation.

Puerto Rico is experiencing a drought ranging from moderate to severe in some parts of the territory.

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According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of last week more than 26% of the island is experiencing a severe drought and another 60% is under a moderate drought. Water rationing measures affecting more than 16,000 clients were imposed this month in some communities in the island’s northeast region.

The island’s access to water is complicated by the fact that many residents rely on a system of reservoirs in Puerto Rico for water. However, due to budget constraints, several have not been dredged for years, leaving sediment to collect and allowing the excess loss of water. 

Aside from drought, the island is still recovering from a pair of deadly earthquakes and Hurricane Maria.

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Over the last few years, Puerto Rico has suffered a one-two punch that has left much of the island’s infrastructure in shambles. In fact, Vasquez cited the lasting impacts of the December and January earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic as exacerbating the water crisis.

The current water crisis has threatened the safety and wellbeing of Puerto Ricans. The earthquakes also disproportionately impacted the southern region where the drought is most severe. Vázquez also extended the coronavirus curfew for the whole island, which began in March, for three more weeks, making it the longest continuous curfew in the United States so far.

People Are Using Social Media to Highlight Racism On The Islands

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People Are Using Social Media to Highlight Racism On The Islands

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The world is paying attention to racism in the world right now. The Black Lives Matter movement has gone international and people are starting to call out racism everywhere they see it. This means shining a light on racism on social media to really highlight the issue.

Afro-Caribbean people are using #AquíNoExisteElRacismoPero and #PeroNoSomosRacists to highlight racism.

Social media users are sharing their experiences with racism on the Caribbean islands and the hashtags speak volumes. The hashtags translate to #ButWeAreNotRacists and #ThereIsNoRacismHereBut are being used to highlight racism in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

There is an understood in the Latino community that racism runs deep but it is often ignored. Culturally, it has plagued the Latino community for generations with microaggressions about hair and “bettering the race.” It is something that we need to address and these hashtags are calling it out.

Some Dominicans are highlighting the microaggressions that have existed for as long as time.

Microaggressions are some of the most common and annoying moments of racism around. They are little but when there are enough they really add up fast. They are all around and are said so often that people often ignore them when they are said. “Pelo malo” one of the most common examples of racist microaggressions in the Latino community. It is always Afro-Latinos who have “pelo malo.”

The hair microaggressions are some of the earliest.

Twitter users are coming forward with stories of having their hair relaxed and chemically treated to be “better.” The focus on Euro-centric beauty within the Afro-Latino community is toxic and instilling it in children so young is a traumatic and hurtful experience.

Some people have been able to use the experience to empower themselves.

People who can take a moment like this ad grow from it are the kind of people you want to know. You go with your self-acceptance and love. There is nothing more beautiful than being yourself and learning to love all of you is a journey so many have to make.

There are so many microaggressions that have become far to familiar in our community and we have to fight against them.

Cosas que escuché en mi entorno mientras crecía :"En nuestra familia no hay negros""Mijito tienes que mejorar la raza…

Posted by Stefano Navarro on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Things I heard in my surroundings growing up:
“There are no black in our family.”
“Mijito you have to improve the race.”
“Marry a white girl.”
“You’re not black, you’re tricky, don’t say that again.”
“I’m not black, I’m brunette.”
“You mean the black I was selling….”
“You work like black.”
“You sweat like black.”
“Your kids came out happily white.”
“You smell like black.”
#PeroNoSomosRacistas

READ: 8 Racist Habits Latinos Seriously Need To Drop