Where to Eat in San Juan, According to a Puerto Rican Chef

Chef Ana Ortiz started “Day into Night,” a venture that’s not a catering company but a space to create “celebratory dinners,” including some in her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ortiz has an upcoming pop-up dinner in San Juan and is cooking for a vanilla conference in the mountains, reinforcing that sense of vitality and community from the meals that she prepares all over the world. 

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25 Best Things to See and Do in Puerto Rico

After the wake of Hurricane Maria, tourists were hesitant to visit Puerto Rico, but according to their tourist promotion office, Discover Puerto Rico, the island is ready for tourism. And if their surging visitor numbers this year are any indicator, the island is set for success. Whether you visit next week or by the end of the year, we want you to have the best Puerto Rican experience and you can do so by following our amazing guide. 

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The 6 Best Hotels In Puerto Rico

When you visit Puerto Rico, you can choose from a wide variety of hotels, including small historic properties and luxurious resorts. Although the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, it is estimated that by 2020, approximately 2,400 hotel rooms will be reopened in the area, as well as more than 850 new rooms in development.

When planning your vacation, be sure to explore beyond San Juan. Visit the western coast and the surfing capital of Rincón, continue on to Ponce with its historical riches and the famed Serrallés Castle. Journey to the vibrant pink-sand beaches of Cabo Rojo on the southwest coast or trek to the eastern side, home to El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the United States with stunning waterfalls and nature.

There is so much to see on this magical island, so venture out and experience this selection of the best hotels in Puerto Rico.

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Yes, You Can Visit Puerto Rico! Here Are the 6 Places You Can’t Miss

Two years after category 4 Hurricane Maria devoured Puerto Rico, the country is finally getting back on its feet. I saw the destruction first-hand as I lived on the island when it happened: collapsed infrastructure, snapped billboards, blue tarps covering homes that had lost their roofs, fallen trees blocking major roads. It seemed like a scene straight out of the apocalypse.

However, regardless of all the obstacles we had to rebuild the island, including the lack of funds from the federal government and all negative press not only toward the country but also its people, Puerto Rico rose from the ashes like a phoenix. The greenery bloomed stronger and better than before, and red and yellow flamboyanes cover the streets and shade Puerto Ricans from the eternal Summer sun.

Historical monuments and public spaces, like our stunning beaches and recreational parks, were quickly rehabilitated, and tourism was highly encouraged to help bring Borinquen back to life. Wherever you go, you’ll see a painted Puerto Rican flag, a symbol of the resilience and strength of our people, and if you don’t take a picture with one of them, were you even in Puerto Rico?

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Black Travel Vibes: Puerto Rico is Popping (In Case You Needed a Reminder)

People tend to sleep on the depth and beauty of Puerto Rico. Though the island is considered a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is far from American, and if you ever forget, the country’s proud people are quick to remind you. Don’t get it twisted!

The vibrant island has a distinct vibe, which is the result of a mashup of cultures–African, Spanish, French, Dutch and British blood pumps through the veins of the islands’ diverse population. The moment you land in Puerto Rico, the spirit of the island will move you and fill you with a feeling you won’t find anywhere else. From the swaying of the trees and the sound of the ocean, to the smell of fresh mofongo and the resilient voices of the people, all of this and more will make you feel right at home.

Visual storyteller Shade Bakare (@fola.shade) got to bask in the country’s wonders firsthand and judging by her photos, it was a mood and a moment. Check out her snapshots and get into the beauty of Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Unveils New Eight Chapter Marketing Series

Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s first-ever Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), today unveiled a new eight-chapter series by Lin-Manuel Miranda, titled “Discover Puerto Rico with Lin-Manuel.”

Together with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), the DMO launches the series of videos that follow the playwright, composer, and Puerto Rican actor in a tour of his favorite iconic locations on the island, to encourage visitors to discover the wonders of the destination.

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