Puerto Rico

There are over 12,000 hotel rooms in Puerto Rico. 50% are located in the San Juan area. The largest concentrations of hotels are near the Atlantic Ocean, in the neighborhoods of Condado, Isla Verde, and Old San Juan.

Tourists concerned about San Juan's high crime rate but whom wish to partake of its cultural and culinary delights should consider one of the secure luxury beachfront resorts outside the city, at Dorado, Rio Grande, Fajardo, or Humacao. The only downside is having to "commute" to the city while on vacation.

All major international hotel chains have properties in Puerto Rico. Guests can expect a high level of service, even at lower-quality properties. The San Juan area is very popular and perennially full of visitors, but also suffers from a shortage of hotel rooms which results in high prices during the winter season. New developments on the horizon look to alleviate this problem.

International chains such as Sheraton (http://www.sheratonoldsan...), Westin, Marriott, Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, Holiday Inn as well as some luxurious independent resorts offer very reliable accommodations. There is a boom underway in boutique hotel construction which promise a higher level of service and Miami-chic appeal. Most large cities have at least one international chain hotel.

There are also many properties to rent, buy, or lease available, whether it is a quiet home or a vacation rental. There are also many fully furnished apartments you can rent by the day, week and month, especially in Old San Juan. These are usually inexpensive, clean and comfortable and owned by trustworthy people. They are located mostly in the residential area, which is safe day and night, and within walking distance to everything from museums to nightlife.

Hostels are just getting started in Puerto Rico but there are some great affordable options! Staying at hostels allows you the opportunity to get the scoop from other travelers, cook your own meals, and get to know the neighborhood. In San Juan there are several hostels including Island Time (http://www.islandtimehost...), Palace Hostel and San Juan International (http://sjihostel.com). Culebra International Hostel is located on the island of Culebra. On the west coast visit the Hostile Hostel [www.thehostilehostel.com] for luxury beachfront beds with waffle breakfast included!

Camping is a low cost alternative, with spots available throughout the island, as well as on the nearby islands of Culebra and Vieques. The most popular campsite is on Flamenco Beach on Culebra (http://www.campingculebra.com).

See the San Juan section for contact numbers for hotels and short-term rental apartments.