Puerto Rico’s vibe is an energetic take on the Caribbean. During the day, explore the historic sites that line Old San Juan’s cobblestone streets. After dark, the cosmopolitan city comes alive with a nightlife that offers everything from cool, seductive lounges to hot nightclubs with music and dancing until dawn.
The Cervantes is modern and sleek, but with enough sense of place to remind you that you’re in a colonial town. The marble lobby, wrought-iron terraces and double doors that lead out to them feel designed for a honeymoon photo that’s the stuff of Facebook cover pictures (room rates start at $182 a night and include breakfast; cervantespr.com).
To Do: A walking tour of the 16th-century old town should include (in addition to several historic forts) a visit to the beautiful central cathedral, home to explorer Ponce de Leon’s remains.
Where to Eat: Dragonfly looks like the kind of sexy, cool lounge you might want to take someone to on a first date, but it’s sure to add that same energy to a honeymoon as well. Served in a space inspired by an Asian opium den, the thumping music will fuel the evening as much as the seafood (imagine lobster-mango summer rolls) and cocktails (dragon rum punch — natch).
If you’re drawn to the history of Old San Juan, with its cobblestone streets and dramatic San Felipe del Morro fort, then Hotel el Convento is the resort for you. Fifty-eight rooms boast period furniture, large marble bathrooms and views of the city or bay (room rates start at $265 a night; elconvento.com).
To Do: The hotel has its own beach club, and it also offers pool and signing privileges at sister hotels La Concha, in the hip Condado neighborhood, as well as Isla Verde Beach Resort, on the white sands of Isla Verde Beach.
Where to Eat: The tapas at Hotel el Convento’s courtyard restaurant, El Picoteo, feel just right for a leisurely lunch. Dishes include plenty of the different cultural influences on Puerto Rico, from Spanish tortilla and beef empanadas to Caribbean-style ceviche and Mexican tres leches cake.
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