Puerto Rico is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the Caribbean and also one of the most accessible. Flights from major U.S. gateways are plentiful, and U.S. residents don’t need a passport to visit.
But while other Caribbean destinations are chock-full of all-inclusive resorts, Puerto Rico is home to hardly any. In fact, you won’t really find the true wristband-wearing all-inclusive experience anywhere in Puerto Rico. What you will find in Puerto Rico is a range of lovely beachfront resorts and hotels offering meal plans and dining packages, some of which are more comprehensive than others. Here are our picks for the best Puerto Rico all-inclusive resorts.
Parador MaunaCaribe (Maunabo, Puerto Rico)
The small, welcoming Parador MaunaCaribe offers a feeling of privacy not normally found at all-inclusive resorts. The hotel’s centerpiece is a dazzling beachside infinity pool complete with a poolside bar and plenty of space for lounging around.
The 52 rooms are simple but offer all the modern amenities you’d expect from an oceanfront resort, including free Wi-Fi. The all-inclusive package includes breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner. All-inclusive packages start at $379 for two people for two nights, and up to two kids under age six stay and eat free. The hotel is about an hour from San Juan and the airport and about 75 minutes from Ponce.
Copamarina Beach Resort (Guanica, Puerto Rico)
If it’s seclusion you want, the Copamarina Beach Resort might be the option for you. The resort has more than 20 acres of lush landscaped gardens just begging to be explored, and it sits on a gorgeous stretch of white sand. There are two pools with whirlpools (as well as two children’s pools), and you can relax at the spa, work up an appetite on the tennis courts, or simply unwind to the sounds of crashing waves and swaying palm trees. Cozy rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, offer private patios or balconies and complimentary Internet service, and are decorated in casual, rustic wood tones.
You can choose between several all-inclusive options, from basic bed-and-breakfast plans to packages that include all meals and alcoholic beverages; this allows you to cater your stay however you like. The resort sits directly on the beach about five miles from historic Guanica and about two hours from San Juan.
Villa Montana Beach Resort (Isabela, Puerto Rico)
The Villa Montana Beach Resort is situated on 35 lush acres along three miles of pristine beach on Puerto Rico’s northwest coast. With only 70 rooms, this is another great option if you want the service and amenities of a traditional Caribbean resort but prefer the slower speed of a smaller hotel.
The beautiful property has two pools with cabanas available and a large playground for kids, and it throws nightly beach bonfires complete with s’mores (call ahead to reserve a spot). Elegant rooms feature Egyptian cotton sheets, private patios or balconies, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Villa Montana is about 1 hour and 40 minutes from San Juan, and the surrounding area offers lots of activities, including golf, whale watching (January to March), and scuba diving.
Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar (Humacao, Puerto Rico)
Over on Puerto Rico’s eastern shore, the Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar offers a relaxed vibe at a somewhat more budget-friendly price. There’s a three-tiered infinity-edge pool complete with a swim-up pool bar serving its signature drink, Ginger’s Passion Colada (the bar is called the Ginger Pool Bar, so that’s the story behind the name), two adjacent 18-hole golf courses, on-site tennis courts, and a casino.
Rooms are basic but comfortable, and most feature private balconies or patios. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property. There are several dining options, including a coffee shop and wine bar, plus the resort’s centerpiece restaurant, Amalgama, which serves traditional fare with a Caribbean twist in both indoor and alfresco settings. San Juan is about 45 minutes away, as is Fajardo and its famous bioluminescent bay.
Parador Costa del Mar (Yabucoa, Puerto Rico)
The Parador Costa del Mar is the smallest on our list, with just 16 rooms. Combine that boutique-like feel with a prime location smack between the mountains and the sea, and you can expect a special experience.
You can unwind alongside the pool overlooking the ocean, and the kids can run and climb on the on-site playground. Other amenities include a game room and gym. Twelve of the 16 spacious rooms feature panoramic ocean views, and most rooms feature balconies as well.
The hotel restaurant is actually a half-mile up the road at a sister property, but the all-inclusive plan covers all meals and an afternoon snack. Rates for the meal plan start at $379 for two people for two all-inclusive nights; kids under six eat free. The hotel is roughly an hour from San Juan and the international airport.