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7 Days in Paradise: An Itinerary for Your Puerto Rico Vacation

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Day Three (Continued): Enjoying the San Juan Nightlife
7 Days in Paradise: An Itinerary for Your Puerto Rico Vacation

La Placita is a fun and lively place to be from Thursday-Saturday night.

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After a busy day, return to your hotel and relax until dinner. When you're ready to head out for the night, pick from the following itineraries, sorted by neighborhood:

Old San Juan

  1. Bodega Chic (Calle Cristo 51), Barú (creative Puerto Rican) and Dragonfly (Latin-Asian fusion) all have the advantage of serving excellent food and converting into hip lounges later at night.
  2. After dinner, you can also head to the Nuyorican Café for a night of sultry salsa dancing and live bands.
  3. End your night at one of Old San Juan's late-night bars, like El Burénor at Club Lazer, where the party doesn't stop until dawn.

Isla Verde. The hotels are where it's at here:

  1. Destination: The Water & Beach Club. For dinner, try Tangerine, a sexy restaurant with a naughty menu, then head upstairs to Wet, the hotel's awesome open-air rooftop lounge.
  2. Destination: El San Juan Hotel & Casino. Start with dinner at the excellent Italian La Piccola Fontana, and then migrate to the best casino in San Juan. Also at the hotel is one of the city's best clubs in Club Brava.

Miramar and Puerta de Tierra

  1. For fine dining in a lovely setting, check out Delirio or Chayote, in Miramar. Both are the restaurants of local celebrity chef Alfredo Ayala.
  2. From either restaurant, you're just a short ride away from the stylish N Lounge at the Hotel Normandie.

Ocean Park and Santurce

  • Dinner at the eclectic and excellent Pamela's is a must for Ocean Park denizens.
  • If it's the weekend, the place to be after dinner is La Placita in Santurce, an open-air block party where the locals gather for cheap drinks and a festive atmosphere. You can also check out Dunabars in Ocean Park, where live bands and a laid back vibe will welcome you.
  • With so many choices, I hate to tell you that you're getting up early tomorrow, but it will be worth it. Tomorrow is a day of wonders.

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