Villas del Mar Hau
An all-embracing island vacation awaits when you choose to stay at a parador in Puerto Rico. Known for their hospitality and affordable rates, these Puerto Rican family-owned small inns aim to create a full tropical and cultural experience outside the metropolitan area.

Explore beyond the big resorts in San Juan and discover the contrast between the urban lifestyle and the tranquility of going pa’ la isla (into the island).

With exceptional amenities and alluring surroundings, the paradores present the duality of having resort-like commodities while being nearby the best attractions around the island, which makes it perfect for fun-filled family travels, destination weddings and friendly escapades.

The most awarded small hotel in the island is Combate Beach , located in a pristine area of Cabo Rojo, a picturesque southern town worthy of many visits. This small inn is known for its excellent and cozy service and top-notch breakfast. Here, you’ll be closer to places like Guánica’s Dry Forest, Playuela or Playa Sucia beach, Salt Flats and wildlife reserves where you can hike, snorkel, paddleboard, birdwatch and more.

Over in Adjuntas there is Villas Sotomayor , a parador nestled in the inner mountains of the island that is the first and only eco-tourism complex in the central region of Puerto Rico. Staying here provides a better insight of the raw beauty and tranquility that Puerto Rico has to offer. You can visit Las Garzas lake, take a coffee tour of Hacienda Tres Ángeles, hike along the trails of Monte Guilarte State Forest or even feel an adrenaline rush in the Tanamá River and cave adventures.

This month, the Paradores of Puerto Rico Program celebrates its 45th anniversary of families taking care of travelers. To commemorate, here are four things you should know about these award-winning facilities:

• Every parador must be owned and managed by a Puerto Rican family and guarantee an authentic cultural experience outside the metropolitan region that highlights history, gastronomy and music.

• These small hotels must have more than seven and less than 75 rooms to be considered a parador.

Paradores are bigger than a Bed & Breakfast and smaller than a hotel. There are around 13 paradores in Puerto Rico.

• Many of the facilities have been recognized with excellence awards and certificates by SME, Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association for Hotel Owners, and TripAdvisor

Here's a list of paradores in Puerto Rico:

Parador El Faro (787) 882-8000

Combate Beach Resort (787) 254-2358

Parador Boquemar (787) 851-2158

Parador Costa del Mar (787) 266-6276

Parador Guánica 1929 (787) 821-0099

Parador MaunaCaribe (787) 861-3330

Parador Palmas de Lucía (787) 893-4423

Parador Turtle Bay Inn (787) 899-6633

Villas Sotomayor (787) 829-1717

YunqueMar Beach Hotel and Parador (787) 889-5555

Parador Villas del Mar Hau (787) 872-2045

Parador Villa Parguera (787) 899-7777

Parador El Buen Café (787) 898-1000