How to Plan a Bachelorette, Destination Wedding, and Honeymoon in Puerto Rico

With chic resorts and a buzzy capital city, this Caribbean hot spot has everything you need for a major celebration

Updated 04/10/17

Whether you're looking to get away with your girls and party it up in the sunshine, host easy-to-get-to island nuptials with your closest friends and family, or escape for a romantic honeymoon, there's something for everyone on Puerto Rico. That's why we're breaking down how to plan a bachelorette, destination wedding, and honeymoon in Puerto Rico, with tips on the chicest hotels, hottest restaurants, and most unforgettable experiences.

Bachelorette

Where to Stay
Casablanca Hotel
Smack in the center of Old San Juan, this artsy boutique hotel channels the sultry ceiling-fan-filled vibe of the Moroccan city it’s named for. Start your girls’ night out with a mojito (or two) at the lobby bar. Doubles from $109.

Where to Eat
Jose Enrique
There’s almost always a wait at this celeb chef’s eponymous Santurce-neighborhood eatery, but the creative cuisine (try the fried plantain mash stuffed with crab) and potent Naturola cocktail (rum, coconut water, and pineapple and passion-fruit juices) make it totally worth it.

What to Do
La Factoria
First clue that this Old San Juan speakeasy is one of the trendiest watering holes in town: There’s no sign outside. Second: the local hipsters dancing to reggaeton in the secret room behind the bar.

The lobby at W Retreat & Spa — Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Courtesy of W Retreat & Spa — Vieques Island

Destination Wedding

Where to Stay
W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island
Catch a quick flight to less-traveled Vieques for your nuptials. At this hip resort, designed by Patricia Urquiola, expect open-air spa treatment rooms, Instagram-worthy decor, and tons of welcome-party locations, including private golden-sand beaches. Doubles from $342.

Where to Eat
Bili
Meet the night before at chef Eva Bolivar’s beachfront restaurant in Esperanza, which serves pork-shoulder empanadas and lobster paella and has a fun party atmosphere that will turn your rehearsal dinner into a true fiesta. No website; #144 Flamboyan St., Esperanza, Vieques PR 00765.

What to Do
Hix Island House
To party in total seclusion, buy out this sleek industrial-chic complex of loft apartments and hillside villas. Say “I do” at La Casona, the OTT house at the resort’s highest point, which has views of Vieques's famed bioluminescent bay and a pool deck for post-vow cocktails. Three-night buyout for $18,300 in high season.

Sun beds at the pool at Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico

Courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

Honeymoon

Where to Stay
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
It’s only a 35-minute car ride from San Juan, but this secluded 1,400-acre beachfront estate—once owned by billionaire Laurance S. Rockefeller—feels like another (insanely luxe) universe. Every room has a butler and an ocean view, and most have a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower. Consider yourself spoiled. Doubles from $699.

Where to Eat
Positivo Sand Bar
Have an alfresco dinner on the beach at our favorite of the resort’s four restaurants, where the menu blends Puerto Rican ingredients with Asian flavors. (Think conch sashimi and sushi rolls with plantains.)

What to Do
El Yunque National Forest
Ask the concierge to book you a day trip to this lush rain forest for an easy 30-minute hike to La Mina waterfall, where you can take both a cool dip and an epic honeymoon selfie.

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