Puerto Rico makes for an ideal family vacation. It’s a U.S. territory, which means there’s no need for a passport, saving you money and stress, and you don’t even have to worry about exchanging currency either. It’s a kid-friendly place with welcoming people and a wealth of outdoor activities, from playing on the sand at picturesque beaches to walking through rainforests, snorkeling, swimming and much more. For the ultimate family trip, consider booking a stay at one of these hotels and resorts that offer alluring on-site amenities and family-friendly rooms and suites.
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How about a stay on a private island? The El Conquistador offers just that. Accessed by ferry, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find a fantastic water park, waterslides, pools and a lazy river that the whole family is sure to love. Rooms are extra spacious and come with flat-screen TVs, while most have ocean view balconies. By booking the inclusive package, you’ll get to enjoy it all without constantly pulling out your wallet, along with access to the spa, games, golf, entertainment, dining and more.
*Due to hurricane damage, it’s currently undergoing extensive renovations and reservations will re-open May 22, 2019.
Located in a remote, tranquil area, the Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa offers an authentic Puerto Rican vibe set along the southwestern coast of the island. It sits on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach that’s lined daybeds in addition to hosting two large swimming pool, one at the oceanfront and the other surrounded by gardens. Guests can hop on a private boat to visit nearby Gilligan’s Island; snorkel and dive the spectacular reef, fish, kayak or go jet-skiing. Caribbean lobster and pina coladas are popular at the on-site cafe, Las Palmas.
Melia Coco Beach Resort is a secluded gem that sits on a mile-long stretch of Coco Beach on the Miquillo Peninsula. It features two 18-hole golf courses and hosts the Puerto Rico Open, making it especially popular with families who like to golf. Of course, the golfing enthusiast in your family can always enjoy teeing off while everyone else enjoys their favorite activities. There’s a large lagoon-style pool with a swim-up bar, a luxurious full-service spa, and a small casino. If you book the Select Royal Service, you can take advantage of the adults-only swimming pool, a private lounge with drinks and snacks, butler access and more.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort is a sprawling family-oriented resort that hosts 600 spacious rooms across 500 acres of beachfront paradise. While it provides an especially peaceful retreat, guests can take advantage of shuttle services that make it easy to explore the popular attractions in San Juan, including Old San Juan, historic forts and even the world-renowned bioluminescent bay. The resort hosts a dozen restaurants serving everything from Italian, Tex-Mex and Asian to authentic Puerto Rican fare. There are two championship golf courses, three pools alongside the ocean, a dive center, water sports center, lavish spa and a huge casino.
The El San Juan Hotel & Casino offers a fun, relaxed vibe in an idyllic location on one of the cleanest, quietest and largest beaches in the Isla Verde district, only 5 minutes from the airport. There are three swimming pools, including an Olympic-sized free-form pool with a swim-up bar and a Fantasy Pool Area. It hosts a casino too, complete with blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, baccarat and slots. Guests can also enjoy parasailing, catamaran excursions, sunbathing and splashing around in the surf. There are lots of dining and drinking options too, including multiple award-winning restaurants and bars, as well as chic lounges and night clubs with live music and entertainment.
Set right on the beach in Condado, San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris offers prime access to the water and also makes a great base for exploring many of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, from the El Yunque National Forest to the Bacardi Rum distillery and historic forts. The property hosts a pool area with a swimming pool, water slide and whirlpool and can also organize hiking, sailing, snorkeling and golfing excursions. Afterward, hit the Ocean Club Spa to soothe muscles with a deep tissue massage and enjoy dining at one of five restaurants. There’s also a casino with more than 20 table games like blackjack, roulette, craps and poker as well as slots and video gaming machines. Rooms and suites feature comfortable signature Revive bedding, upscale toiletries and flat-screen TVs.
The family-friendly Hilton Ponce Golf Resort & Casino is located near Puerto Rico’s second largest city of Ponce and offers a host of activities for all. A 27-hole golf course is right next door, and there’s also an outdoor pool complex with comfy daybeds, water slides, fountains and swimming areas for adults and kids along with a small beach. Enjoy multiple dining options, including the wine-focused La Cava restaurant, sushi and pizza. Rooms have contemporary decor and come with either a patio or balcony along with free Wi-Fi.
Villa Cofresi Hotel is a family-run hotel is located on Puerto Rico’s west coast, just steps from Rincon Beach. It’s a popular spot for families with children who enjoy taking advantage of the outdoor pool and swimmable beach. The adults will appreciate the lively bar that sits adjacent to the pool as well as the indoor/outdoor restaurants serving gourmet meals, with the Red Snapper a favorite. Two-bedroom apartments are especially ideal for families who want to enjoy a little privacy and they also come with a fully-equipped kitchen.
Caribe Hilton San Juan is a mega-resort that offers a wide range of amenities that’s sure to satisfy everyone in the family. Families can enjoy its beautiful setting that stretches across 17 acres, including tropical gardens where all sorts of birds fly about, as well as spectacular swimming pools, multiple restaurants and a lively bar. There’s also a man-made beach, while all rooms come with Hilton’s outstanding beds, and many come with furnished balconies with ocean views.