Anyone who’s visited will agree, Puerto Rico is a beautiful island. Miles of sandy beaches and mountain ranges that seem to have infinite hues of green have enchanted visitors time after time. But Puerto Rico’s nature is not the only thing that has captured the world’s attention. The people of Puerto Rico have been recently selected as America’s most attractive people by Travel and Leisure magazine. Maybe it’s the spices in the food, or the near-perfect weather that Puerto Rico enjoys year-round, but one thing is for certain, the people in Puerto Rico are very easy on the eyes. If you’re wondering where you can go to rub elbows with some attractive locals, here are a few places you should definitely visit.
During the day, Condado is swarming with bikinis and bronzed bodies. At night, swimwear turns into skimpy dresses and evening wear for a night out on the town. Ashford Avenue, kind of like Miami’s Ocean Drive, is where the hip and chic flock for night time entertainment.
Popular spots like El Barril, Bar Gitano are perfect for grabbing something to eat and a few cocktails in a sit-down but lively atmosphere. Just a block down, Di Zucchero restaurant and lounge is a two-story hotspot for sexy soirees. The first floor is a restaurant while on the second floor you can either lounge and chat in the outdoor terrace or get your groove on at the nightclub inside until the sun comes out.
The newest addition to Condado’s already varied entertainment offerings is Oceano Condado, a three-story lounge with an outdoor deck right on the beach that serves everything from ceviche to cosmopolitans in a sexy and stylish setting. For those looking for an after-hours refuge, El Balcón is a casual has cheap drinks and good music throughout the night.
Anywhere there is a beach, you know it will be well stocked with good looking people and things to do. Isla Verde is a district of Carolina that’s just a few minutes from Puerto Rico’s main airport where beachfront hotels, casinos and good times abound day and night.
Year after year, locals and tourists alike have favored the El San Juan Hotel and Casino. The main entrance lobby has lavish bar with live music almost everyday as well as being the entrance to the casino. But what really drives people to come to this swanky hotel is Club Brava and Ultra Lounge, a two-level dance club that just spews energy and excitement. This nightlife landmark has a lounge on one floor, for those who just rather sit back and chat, and a full-blown dance floor on the other with a sound system that is up to par with some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Also located at the El San Juan Hotel’s lobby is The Rose, a cabaret inspired nightclub lit by Victorian lamps, vintage candelabras and rose-toned panels. The insides of this this vaudevillian lounge will transport you into another era and the ambience takes care of the rest.
Old San Juan
The cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan used to be the stomping grounds for Spanish Conquistadors, pirates and royalty. Today, these streets are visited by a different kind of traveler but one thing still holds true, they are looking for some adventure.
Although you can find something to do almost anywhere in Old San Juan, most of the fun is concentrated South of Fortaleza Street, also commonly known as SoFo. SoFo is best known for its lively restaurants and casual lounges. The Parrot Club, Dragonfly and Toro Salao are right in front of each other and offer an elegant space for dinning in a vibrant atmosphere until late at night.
A short walk away from Dragonfly, tucked away in a narrow street you’ll Nuyorican Café.If you don’t find it at first, all you need to do is follow the sound of live salsa music. Nuyorican Café is a small dance club that offers some of the greatest local salsa bands in an intimate setting. Don’t worry if your moves aren’t perfect, the lighting inside the place is pretty subtle and you can always learn from the locals.
On your next trip to Puerto Rico, try any of these places and you’ll be sure to run into some good-looking people and have a lovely time.