Puerto Rico: Where to Stay If You're Craving an All-Inclusive Option

by  Chanize Thorpe | Feb 5, 2015
Hyatt House San Juan
Hyatt House San Juan / Courtesy of the property

We’re constantly asked about all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Rico. The “one-price-pays-all” vacation experience is popular throughout the Caribbean, but unfortunately, that’s not so true on this particular island. When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, the pickings in Puerto Rico may be slimmer than some other destinations but can still be found.

In most cases, your best bet is to choose a hotel in Puerto Rico that offers perks like free breakfast, non-motorized watersports, parking, and WiFi. These places give you a little more bang for your buck -- and we do mean your buck. U.S. dollars are the local currency, and you won’t need a passport, either! Here are some options to consider.

All-Inclusive Resorts in Puerto Rico 

Although San Juan all-inclusive packages can be found, look outside the capital city. This island has a lot to offer, and some Puerto Rico packages in more remote locations offer even more activities than those in the biggest city.

Olive Hotel: The stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta came to this cozy, Mediterranean-style boutique spot in the trendy, beachfront Condado section for some R&R. Check-in begins with a gratis glass of water or wine -- your choice. Head to the rooftop -- a lovely, art-filled haven -- to catch some rays after the complimentary breakfast spread or to have sunset cocktails. Those needing to brag about their stargazing, whether it’s of the celebrity or the celestial variety, can spread the news via free WiFi. Low season rates begin at $174 per night.

Wyndham Candelero Beach Resort: An all-inclusive package has recently been made available at this resort located in the seaside community of Humacao, 45 minutes from San Juan and Fajardo (home of the famous bioluminescent bay). While reviews on the quality of room and board are inconsistent, we do know that you’ll get internet, all meals at the property’s five restaurants, and unlimited house-brand drinks (alcoholic and non-) at the two bar. All-inclusive low season rates begin at $129 per person, per night.

Hyatt House San Juan: In October 2014, Puerto Rico opened its first extended stay hotel and the first Hyatt House outside the continental U.S. The property’s Miramar neighborhood is a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and a short drive to Old San Juan. Residential-style studios and one- and two-bedroom suites feature full kitchens stocked with appliances and even your favorite groceries, care of the hotel's delivery service. Or, skip cooking in favor of the complimentary hot breakfast complete with a build-your-own-omelet bar. WiFi is available at no charge -- great to use either by the outdoor pool or in the hopping H Bar area where there are outlets aplenty. Low-season rates begin at $159 per night, but we found advance purchase deals for $143 during select times.

Meliá Century Hotel: If your travel plans span beyond San Juan, we recommend a stop in Ponce, on the southern coast. There, after exploring both the historic city and the Caribbean seaside beaches, you can lay your head at the Meliá, Puerto Rico’s oldest hotel, built in 1895. Still, 2013 bought plenty of new updates to the property, from the panoramic-view Skylounge, to a coffee shop, bistro, and cigar bar. All-inclusive weekends are occasionally offered as specials, and sometimes they run offers of $125 per night including breakfast, parking, and Internet. Otherwise, regular rates begin at a very reasonable $95 per night, including WiFi.

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa: Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention what was once called the only “true” all-inclusive in Puerto Rico. Truth be told, reviews over the years have been mixed on this all-inclusive hotel -- plus its far-flung location in Guánica, a quiet south coast town 90 miles from San Juan, isn’t a huge draw, especially for first-time tourists. However, with the resort’s Air Café package, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at two restaurants are included, as well as house wine by the glass and beer at dinner. A variety of non-motorized watersports from kayaking to snorkeling provide entertainment. If you find yourself in this part of Puerto Rico and you stay here, we’d love to hear your feedback!

All-Inclusive Hotels in Puerto Rico Map

Looking to plan all-inclusive packages in Puerto Rico with a little sight-seeing beyond the hotel walls or just want to know how far some of these hotels are from San Juan? Check out the map below to see the locations of all the all-inclusive resorts in PR.

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