Paradors in Puerto Rico
Paradors in Puerto Rico offer value for money accommodation and are often set in picturesque locations. Stay in one and you’ll have a great the opportunity to mix with the locals and get to know the traditional cuisine of the island.
What is a Parador?
The Paradores Puertoriqueños program began in 1974 by offering tax incentives to existing guesthouses to create a chain of 22 inexpensive inns, many of of them in scenic locations.
The idea of paradores come from Spain, where castles and other historical buildings were converted in to a chain of state run hotels.
The aim was to preserve Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage while boosting the economies of outlying areas of the island through tourism and Paradores in Puerto Rico have become particularly popular with locals and Europeans.
Why stay there?
Many people do simply choose paradores in Puerto Rico because of the cheap prices – in the region of $50 to $150, depending on the parador you stay in – but there other reasons for doing so.
If you’re looking for a scenic location with not much to do but watch the day go by from a hammock in the shade then a converted coffee hacienda in the mountains could be ideal for you. Or if you’re trying to get away from the tourist hotels and mix with Puerto Ricans then a parador close to the beach may be your idea of heaven. And since paradores must have a restaurant on site or close by you have another chance to try the regional cuisine.
How to find a Parador in Puerto Rico
Visit the Paradores de Puerto Rico web site for information on all 22 paradores in Puerto Rico.
A restored coffee plantation near the town of Jayuya.
On the south coast, Villa Parguera looks out over the Caribbean and is close to the bioluminescent bay.
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