Where to Stay:
insist on getting a room in this area, your best bet is the Best Western Hotel Pierre, a moderately priced, recently renovated property. It's not close to the beach,and you'll need a car or taxis to get pretty much anywhere, but the hotel itself is good value for your money.
Where to Eat:
- La Casita Blanca offers an unbeatable combination of price, flavor, and heritage.
- La Tasca de Yiyo on central Loíza Street, offers hearty Puerto Rican and cuban fare. Call 787-728-5009.
- Bebo's Cafe, also on Loíza Street, combines Dominican and 'Rican flavors.
What to See and Do:
- The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, or Puerto Rican Museum of Art, is a must-visit destination for art-lovers. The building is beautiful, the collection of local, regional and international artists is excellent, and the sculpture gardens outside are worth a stroll.
- The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is devoted to contemporary arts in all its mediums, and is a worthy sister to the Puerto Rican Museum of Art.
- The Centro de Bellas Arts Luis A. Ferré is the island's premier venue for plays, concerts and theater.
Where to Shop:
- Lisa Cappalli, designer of a full range of women's clothes, has a store on 151 De Diego Ave (787-724-6575).
- Harry Robles, considered one of the preeminent voices in women's fashion in Puerto Rico, has his boutique on Loíza Street, but is open by appointment only (787-727-3885).
- Carlota Alfaro, also on Loíza Street, has an elegant women's collection (787-728-0613).
- Gustavo Arango, another established name locally and in New York, has his flagship boutique here.
Where to Go Out at Night:
Not all parts of Santurce are safe at night, and tourists who come here should know where they're going. Having said that, there are nightlife destinations worth visiting:
- Plaza del Mercado, or La Placita is an open-air plaza that transforms on weekends with bars, late-night eateries, and friendly crowds of Sanjuaneros. It's a staple of the San Juan bar scene.
- El Bar Rubí on Canals Street is a weekend-only, decent-sized space with a varied cocktail menu and great music.
- Krash – the most popular gay club in Puerto Rico, Krash, which used to be called Eros, is still the place to go to for gay locals and tourists.