Puerto Rico

Getting There

United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue all fly nonstop from New York City; American Airlines flies nonstop from Miami. Neighboring islands Vieques and Culebra are easier to visit now, as ferry tickets can be purchased in advance online via porferry.com.


In San Juan, fashion designer Gustavo Arango recently transformed his flagship atelier into 1334 Ultra Lounge, a festive, globally influenced restaurant where art, food, and style collide. Oenophiles go to Bottega for Spanish wines paired with tapas. Hotel El Convento welcomes two new restaurants, Santissimo and Singular, from the group behind the world-renowned bar La Factoría. Puerto Rico’s most famous restaurant, José Enrique, which features locally sourced ingredients, recently reopened closer to the beach. Vegetarians will love the casual Peace nLoaf, which serves vegetable-forward pizzas and freshly baked breads. Food tour company Spoon recently launched trips aboard a modern chinchorreo, a party bus that makes culinary stops in the countryside. In Juncos, a 45-minute drive south of San Juan, three of the island’s top chefs—Xavier Pacheco, Raúl Correa, and René Marichal—collaborate at Bacoa Finca + Fogón, a restaurant set on a farm that focuses on the island’s culinary heritage.


Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, was among the first luxury properties to reopen following Hurricane Maria in 2017, with a renovation of its 114 beachfront guest rooms and suites. The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is finishing a multi-million-dollar renovation and will welcome guests back in the spring. The 1958 La Concha in Condado unveiled a $15 million renovation. El Conquistador in Fajardo will fully reopen in 2020.


The long-awaited entertainment complex El Distrito San Juan covers more than eight acres, with movie theaters, an arena for concerts and events, restaurants, bars, a day/night dance club, and Puerto Rico’s first urban zipline. Speaking of ziplines, ToroVerde’s adventure park in Utuado will soon have the longest bicycle zipline in the world and an agriculture park where visitors can harvest crops and feed farm animals. Bayamón is the newest spot for rum aficionados, thanks to the debut of the Ron del Barrilito Visitor Center, where guests can take part in tours, tastings, and mixology classes and fill their own bottles with Puerto Rico’s oldest rum.

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AFAR - January/February 2020


January/February 2020