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Discovering the many tastes of Puerto Rican cooking is one of the true delights of visiting our island; trust us when we say your palette will thank you!
One way to sample our food is by taking a gastronomic tour, which allows you to sample dishes at more than one restaurant while learning about the history and traditions that make our cuisine unique. Along the way, you’ll enjoy some of our most typical foods.
Flavors of San Juan
An evening of cultural exploration and culinary experiences await you at Flavors of San Juan, which takes visitors on a unique walking tour of Old San Juan. With stops at four participating restaurants and some of the old city’s most iconic structures, this tour is a wonderful introduction to Puerto Rican cuisine and history.
Wear good shoes
As this is a walking tour, make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. The two-and-a-half-hour excursion isn’t strenuous, but will have you walking uphill along the cobblestone streets of the walled city.
A four-course, four-restaurant meal
If you enjoy restaurant-hopping, this tour is for you. Your appetizers, main course, and dessert are spread across four restaurants, each of which presents a different flavor of San Juan.
An intimate experience
Flavors of San Juan keeps its tours to a maximum of 12 people, giving you the feeling of dining out with friends rather than being “on tour.”
Spirits of Puerto Rico
If you want to to combine your culinary journey of Old San Juan with an exploration of the island’s favorite spirit, sign up for Spirits of Puerto Rico, which combines a four-course dinner with tasting of eight different types of rum.
Naturally, the rum-pairing element of this tour is a critical part of the experience. As such, Spirits of Puerto Rico is restricted to adults 23 and older.
An intimate experience
Spirits of Puerto Rico keeps its tours to a maximum of 12 people, keeping the atmosphere intimate; you enjoy your dinner and rum at a long table along with your guide and fellow participants.
Beyond the menu
While rum and authentic Puerto Rican cooking are the stars of the show, your guides will entertain you with stories and anecdotes from Puerto Rico’s past, making this both a cultural and culinary tour.
La Ruta del Lechón
The town of Guavate is hallowed ground for lechón. Lechoneras line Route 184, all serving the star attraction: roast suckling pig. A visit to this rustic destination in Puerto Rico’s interior is a must-do epicurean pilgrimage for anyone who loves roast pork.
When tucking into a plate of lechón, don’t forget to get some cuerito, which is the crispy, crunchy skin. For many Puerto Ricans, it’s the tastiest part of the meal!
While you can rent a car and find Guavate on your own, several tour companies organize trips to the Ruta del Lechón, including transportation and stops in at least one of the area’s famed lechoneras. Among these are Legends of Puerto Rico (in season) and Countryside Tours.
Guavate in San Juan
If you can’t make it to Guavate, you might want to visit The Latin Roots in San Juan, which has a Guavate-style lechonera on the premises.