Details: San Juan
American flies nonstop from Dulles to San Juan, with fares starting at $242 round-trip.
If you plan to stay in Old San Juan, you won't need a car (in fact, you won't want one), but if you think you'll be venturing out, renting a car might be a good idea, as San Juan doesn't have much of a public transportation system. Condado Beach is at least a 15-minute drive from Old San Juan; Isla Verde is about 10 minutes farther. Cabs are fairly pricey, about $15 each way to Condado, $20 to Isla Verde.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel El Convento
100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan; 800-468-2779
Boutique hotel in restored 17th-century convent. Rooms start at $210 per night.
WHERE TO EAT
The Parrot Club
363 Calle Fortaleza,
Old San Juan; 787-725-7370
Popular, lively cafe featuring very tasty "Nuevo Latino" cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily; weekend brunch; live Latin jazz many nights. Entrees start at $14 for lunch, $16 for dinner.
Restaurante El Jibarito
280 Calle Sol, Old San Juan; 787-725-8375
El jibarito means "hillbilly," and this restaurant honors traditional country food. Authentic, delicious and reasonably priced. Entrees start at $7.50.
259 Calle San Francisco, 787-722-0658
Turn-of-the-20th-century bakery-cafe that serves must-have breakfast with fabulous Puerto Rican coffee in a homey atmosphere. Don't miss the mallorcas. Breakfast for four, about $30.
Route 184, Guavate; 787-632-6953
A classic "lechonera" on the Pork Highway. Open Thursday--Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Lechon is $4.5o per person.
Route 187, Piñones, Loiza; 787-791-6900
Rustic, picnic-style seating at this beach community seafood restaurant. Fresh local snapper and other specialties. Dinner for four, about $75.
WHAT TO DO
El Yunque National Forest
Rio Grande; 787-888-1880