Trendy Four-Star Boutique Hotel with Ocean Views
At San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel in Puerto Rico, even the elevator ride is a unique experience. Inside the elevator is a waterfall enclosed by glass, and the glass ceiling allows you to look up the elevator’s shaft as you ascend. Such details earned the 4-star hotel recognition from TripAdvisor as one of the Caribbean’s top five trendiest hotels. Further solidifying the hotel’s fashionable reputation, Snoop Lion, Benicio del Toro, Kid Rock, and other celebrities have all paid a visit to Mist, the resort's rooftop lounge, which overlooks Isla Verde Beach.
The mood is relaxed in the accommodations area, where you can hear the sound of the ocean surf as it’s piped into the corridors that lead to Atmosphere rooms. Here, through floor-to-ceiling windows, you can get a nice view of the city skyline and the Atlantic Ocean.
The hotel is located along Isla Verde Beach, an idyllic stretch of Atlantic coastline where you can enjoy cooling towel wraps. San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel’s staff prides itself on pampering guests—you can order food and have it delivered right to your chair on the beach.
For a more formal sit-down meal, head to Zest, located in the hotel lobby. Its decor is inspired by water: the ceiling resembles an ocean surface, and the floors are illuminated. Here, you can feast on malt-braised pork cheek with parsnip purée or miso-dressed cod with green-papaya compote. Later, feel free to head up to Mist, where DJs spin a Latin-inspired soundtrack Thursday–Saturday.
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Cosmopolitan City with Rich Spanish Heritage and Excellent Surfing and Fishing
Located along the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, San Juan is a city of superlatives: it is the largest city on the island, one of the oldest colonial cities that lies on U.S. territory, and it operates one of the busiest seaports in the world. And though San Juan is certainly modern, it also preserves quite a bit of its Spanish heritage.
At the mouth of the San Juan Bay, you'll find the blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, which are lined with museums, churches, and military forts dating back to the 16th century. The San Juan National Historic Site—located about 7 miles from the hotel—features old but well-preserved buildings such as El Morro, a castle-like fortress built to defend the city from seaborne enemies and serve as a party house whenever the mayor went out of town.
Strong waves and constant winds keep windsurfers and kiteboarders busy in San Juan, and sailboats ring the marinas year-round. But the island might be best known for its deep-sea fishing. Numerous charter boats can take you out to fish for tarpon, blue marlin, and mahi-mahi.
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