Paradores in Puerto Rico

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Paradores in Puerto Rico are small inns similar to bed and breakfasts that have government permission to call themselves "paradores" based on a set of criteria. These inns are scattered around the island countryside outside the main metropolitan area of San Juan. Often called "country inns" in English, paradores in Puerto Rico are known for the hospitality, affordable rates, exotic locations, and traditional Puerto Rican cuisine. They are frequented by guests looking to enjoy the local customs and charm.


Traditionally, a parador in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries is a kind of luxury hotel, usually located in a converted historic building such as a monastery or castle.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company was established during the early 1970s under the administration of Governor Luis A. Ferre, who wanted to enhance the tourism sector of the island. The company runs an enterprise known as Paradores de Puerto Rico. These are typically small, one-of-a-kind, locally owned and operated hotels located in rural areas throughout the island commonwealth.


In Puerto Rico for an Inn to be considered a parador, it has to be a privately owned hotel participating in a special government program. This program assures a certain level of quality in the service, location, cuisine, and quality of the place.

Currently there are 23 of these inns in Puerto Rico, with the biggest concentration around the west coast of the island.

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