Paradores, Bed and Breakfasts, and Small Inns
For travelers interested in more intimate accommodations that showcase the hospitality and unique culture of the island, there are several types to consider. At these places you’ll typically find family-owned properties eager to share their love of the island (and delicious food) with guests.
In Puerto Rico there is a network of 13 family-owned hotels located outside the metropolitan area of San Juan known as paradores. These properties highlight the history, gastronomy, and cultural diversity of the island while emphasizing the roots of the boricua hospitality and offering affordable rates.
The paradores offer the value resort-like amenities at a smaller scale, and nearby some of the best attractions on the island. It creates the perfect setting for fun-filled family travels, destination weddings, and friendly getaways.
The most-awarded parador on the island is Combate Beach Resort, located in a pristine area of Cabo Rojo, a picturesque southern town worthy of many visits. This hotel is known for its excellent and cozy service and top-notch breakfast. There, you’ll be closer to places like Guánica’s Dry Forest, Playuela beach, the salt flats, and wildlife reserves where you can hike, snorkel, paddleboard, birdwatch, and more.
Bed and Breakfasts
For a smaller scale property with all the perks, you can opt for a Bed and Breakfast. Puerto Rico has more than 14 locations where the property owners will make sure you’re treated like family during your stay. Smaller than a parador or other inns, these accommodations guarantee unique experiences and a unique local perspective. There are no restaurants or bars on-site, but a homemade, sit-down breakfast will start each day of stay on the right foot.
There is great variety among the island’s bed and breakfast properties, and no two are the same! For example, you can enjoy nature and disconnect from the fast-paced trends of the city at Rainforest Inn, a B&B near the famous El Yunque Rainforest. There is no need to book a guided tour because the owner will take you on private walks through the forest to share folklore and more. At Casa Sol in Old San Juan you have the chance to stay at a colonial residence built in 1750 and explore the surrounding history and culture of the city.
For more options that are slightly off-the-beaten-path, consider staying at one of the island’s small inns, which strike a balance between the size and intimacy of the bed and breakfasts with some of the amenities of the paradores. There are several top-rated small inns in Puerto Rico, including locations like Tres Palmas Inn, a beachfront property in San Juan where you can get away from the crowds and experience true local vibes near the heart of the city. Or, on the west coast, relax comfortably and enjoy the best sunsets on the island at the Lazy Parrot Inn in Rincón.
To find the property that’s right for you, keep scrolling to find business listings for local lodging options throughout the island.