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Nightlife in places other than San Juan

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Nightlife in places other than San Juan

Hi, I'm planning a trip to Puerto Rico in May, haven't decided on a hotel or even the location. My friend wants to stay in San Juan or very close because she heard the nightlife was the best there. Are there any other cities in Puerto Rico besides San Juan that have great nightlife?

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1. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

Not like San Juan. SJ is a dynamic large city. 2 million people in the metro area. Lots going on. Rincon has some nice bars. Hotels will have lobby bars.

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2. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

It depends, of course, on what you mean by nightlife. But if this is your first trip, I'd recommend San Juan. If you're staying for 10 days and want a place to totally veg out for a few days, you might want to try a few days in Rincon.

If you stay in San Juan, you can check out the bustling strip of hotel bars ( some with live music and casinos) and independent restaurants/bars along the Condado strip; ramble around the restaurant streets in Old San Juan (watch out for the cobblestones, so heels not advised); or visit the lobby at El San Juan in Isla Verde. Dress is casual, but if you want to put on your clubbing clothes, the Condado area or El San Juan Hotel would be best for that. There's also an amazing local place in Old San Juan called the Nuyorican Cafe, very casual, that has live music, salsa and really basic and affordable beer and wine.

We've had a great time in welcoming Rincon, where restaurants and beach bars are open for lunch, dinner and drinks. It's very laid back, extremely American, with a lot of friendly "ex-pats" from the mainland, some itinerant young surfers and surferettes and graying boomers with just a touch of hippie blood in them. My DH and I spend a few days (never long enough) in Rincon on our annual Hilton Points trip to San Juan. This year we visited the must-do bar at Hotel Cofresi, watched the sunset on the beach with inexpensive glasses of wine at the Copa Llena at Black Eagle, hung out at the bar and ate dinner at The Shipwreck, and had lunch and hung out for several hours watching whales and surfers in the sunshine at Tamboo. And this doesn't even scratch the surface of Rincon. But you need a car to get to and from Rincon and to toodle around the town, as their many beaches and restaurants are a bit spread out around some hilly roads. Which would mean that for your last stop of the night, you would want to choose a bar within walking distance of your B&B or hotel.

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3. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

@dunewalker - can you recommend any reasonable hotels in Rincon? We are staying 2 nights in San Juan, 3 nights in Luquillo and looking for something else for our last 3 nights....thinking maybe Rincon? We will rent a car and be there in June.

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4. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

meennigeeni, you may want to stay closer to the airport before leaving... It would be more reasonable (time wise) to stay 2 nights in San Juan-then Rincon -Luquillo OR Luquillo- Rincon-San Juan. Rincon is at over 2hrs + from San Juan, ei, SJU the airport.

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5. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

Take a look at Tamboo. http://www.besidethepointe.com/. I agree with SMS. Maybe do San Juan, then Rincon, then Liquillo.

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6. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

Thanks!

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7. Re: Nightlife in places other than San Juan

Thanks to you all, (jencooper - for letting me ask on your topic). We will go to Luquillo first as those days are best for the biobay. Then across to Rincon and make San Juan our last stop!

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