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  1. Stephanie
    December 26, 2016

    WoW Thank you so much for this Blog ! I will be traveling to PR next month for an entire 7 days. Have been doing my research and planning everything out . This list just made things so much easier for me ! I will share it with the group of girls that I will be traveling with ! Im staying in Condado and I am beyond excited ! I can’t wait to check out these spots ! Thank you again Maria !

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    • Maria Alexandra
      October 31, 2018

      how was your Puerto Rico trip?!

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  2. boom
    February 27, 2016

    Nothing about La Factoria or La Placita?

    Someone sure does NOT know about Puerto Rican nightlife in San Juan.

    The only two AREAS you need to know for night life are:

    San Sebestian Street in OSJ and La Factoria.

    or

    La Placita

    Boom!
    Drop Mic!
    Exit!

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    • Maria Alexandra
      March 13, 2016

      Factoria depends on the mood, a little expensive sometimes, but for the buji crowd I guess I should add it, that one is true.

      HOWEVERRRR

      seems like Mr. “boom” didn’t quite read the article, as La Placita is CLEARLY mentioned toward the end.

      OH! WHAt’s THAT!?

      *drops mic*

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  3. Dorian
    July 22, 2015

    I am more interested in visiting PR for business/networking more specifically fashion and modeling industrt. Are places for this? Maybe in San Juan? Downtown?

    Thanks!

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    • Maria Alexandra
      October 10, 2015

      well, quite frankly, if you’re interested in fashion and modeling I would think Miami, a short flight away, is much better for exposure. Puerto Rico is a significantly smaller market; limited global exposure from there. Just a thought

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  4. M. Ramirez
    July 7, 2015

    Hi María,

    Excellent article. This is one of the few places on the Internet with updated information. I wrote a book a couple of months ago called “Puerto Rico is Music!” about music tourism in the island (the digital version is available on Amazon at $2.99). It contains additional venues in the non-touristic areas that are organized according to specific genres (salsa, reggaeton, bomba, plena and folk music). The touristic zone is just the tip of the iceberg.

    David asked about hip hop and rap… we have Nuyorican Café, Gio Lounge in Santurce, and Hookaj Bar in Caguas. Rap is not popular nowadays,. You can find interesting bands that fusion native rhythms with hip hop. For example, Bomburayo combines hip hop, bomba, plena, flamenco and Brazilian rhythms. Bomba Urbana fusions bomba and hip hop. You can spot them in the West of the island (Mayaguez) in places such as Café Betances Sur and Tertulia en mi Tierra.

    In addition to the nightlife venues, there are hundreds of festivals through the year where you can watch well-known performers. For example, Ricky Martin has made impromptu appearances at Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián (check the first picture in Maria’s post), Gran Combo de Puerto Rico plays in lots of festivals, as well as many Latin Grammy-award winners.

    I would like to mention that one of the things that you should do when you come to Puerto Rico is to watch a live performance of a folkloric group dancing our native rhythms and dances. We have joyful music, with colorful traditional costumes that are a delight. If I were going to see just two things in Puerto Rico I would just see El Morro and a folkloric performance.

    In the Puerto Rico is Music book I wrote about the traditional rhythms and where to spot performances. The book has a companion website that lists the places you can go to enjoy live music in puertoricoismusic .com on a daily basis.

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    • Maria Alexandra
      October 10, 2015

      wow, that’s fantastic information, Ramirez! Many thanks, my readers and I greatly appreciate it.

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  5. Eddie ‘Maranello
    June 16, 2015

    Greetings Maria I host at my restaurant and lounge one of the best brunch parties (#sundaydrivebrunch )been catching on with greater momentum and we’d luve to celebrate our 1Yr anniversary in PR… we are finalizing several details but we are hoping to bring the party to the island at a private villa. Would luv to pick your brain on a few things my email is attached. Thanks in advance

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    • Maria Alexandra
      December 5, 2015

      I’m sorry Eddie I just saw this. I was in Indonesia this past year, but going back to Puerto Rico January 2016. Let me know if you already started that brunch, would love to check it out!

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  6. carla
    June 1, 2015

    Hello Maria. I’ll be in San Juan August 26-Sept 1 of this year. My question for you is, where do the grown and sexy party (over 35)?

    Thanks!

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    • Maria Alexandra
      December 5, 2015

      hello Carla, sorry my late response! But certainly, the hotel lobbies I described above host live Latin music and nights where most guests are over 35 😉 most of the college kids go party elsewhere – or at Brava.

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  7. Kiwami
    April 10, 2015

    Exactly the type of list I was looking for ! Moving to Condado for a few months (no real reason.. hope I learn Spanish lol) and this list looks like i’ll find my favorite bar in no time ! Hit me up i’ll buy you a drink thanks for making this !

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    • Maria Alexandra
      June 29, 2016

      Condado is a GREAT spot! I see you wrote this comment last year while I was traveling throughout Asia: are you in Puerto Rico now, still living there?! How do you like it?! You have a favorite bar from the list yet ?! I would bet so, tell us about it!

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  8. Lina
    January 21, 2015

    Hey there! I’m heading to Puerto Rico next month and i’m having a hard time finding any reccomendations for authentic reggaeton clubs in the San Juan area or close by . Any suggestions? I don’t want it to be fancy, I love reggaeton and just want somewhere that I can enjoy it all night and that’s safe of course!

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    • Maria Alexandra
      June 29, 2016

      I just saw your post, but in case you are back, just walk down old San Juan and follow your ears! There are many small places that play reggaeton music certain nights and you just pop in 😉

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  9. Zack
    January 11, 2015

    Hi Maria, Great article for newbies going to San Juan. We are 2 guys in our mid twenties from New York looking to explore the party scene in San Juan this summer for a few days. Beyond what you have written above, any tips for a few nice guys from New York looking to meet some beautiful Puerto Rican ladies ?

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    • Maria Alexandra
      June 29, 2016

      I hope you guys had a great trip, Zack! You probably noticed, the beautiful Puerto Rican ladies are anywhere there’s good nightlife. The island treats us very well, giving us free admission and cheap drinks virtually everywhere there’s a good vibe! 😉 Ha ha

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  10. Geraldine
    December 16, 2014

    Thanks for the info, I’m taking a trip to PR in January 2015 so EXCITED 🙂

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      February 24, 2015

      Hope you had a great trip Geraldine! 😉

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  11. Ashley
    June 10, 2014

    Hey there thanks for the good information! My friends and I will be in Puerto Rico next week were all 19. I was wondering if we are going to have any trouble purchasing alcohol at any bars there. Specifically Señor Frogs we would really like to go there. And do you recommend any good places for people our age? Thanks.

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      June 24, 2014

      legal drinking age is 18, so you shouldn’t have a problem! There are certain establishments that will ask for 21 or even 25, that’s just to control the type of crowd that visits it 😉 a.k.a. you wouldn’t want to go to those places anyway, people would be too old for you lol! Everywhere else in Condado should be fine, so have lots of fun!

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  12. anaaya
    May 24, 2014

    Hey Maria, I’ll be in PR sometime next week. Is there still a good nightlife scene at this time of the year?

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      June 24, 2014

      the nightlife scene is ALWAYS on! Please note, the places I have listed here are frequented by locals, so no matter the time of the year, they are always a blast 😉

      Hope you had a great trip, my apologies for the late response!

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  13. david
    May 22, 2014

    I am going to be there june 3 to the 8th. Is there any good spots to hit up? I like hip hop and rap music but I can get with some salsa too. I went to college in Las causes New Mexico so i get giggi with it. Lol. Anybody want to hang? first round on me.

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      June 24, 2014

      sorry I just saw your message David, but I believe the list was detailed enough for you to have found the perfect spot during your time in my island 😉

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  14. David
    May 20, 2014

    I am headed to San Juan, PR June 3 to the June 8 this year so this was a major help. Are there any clubs that play hip hop at all. If not that is cool do as Romes do while in Rome I guess. Music is all the same if you get twisted enough. If anyone is going to be out there at that time hit me up first round is on me.

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  15. Katie
    May 6, 2014

    Hi There!
    Finally I found a website which gives details and name of places to go!
    As a women traveling alone for 4 days, do you have any tips for me?
    Should I rent a car or should I use local transportation?

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      June 24, 2014

      if you stay in the strip of Condado (i.e. Ashford Avenue) you can walk to most happening places quite safely (so long you don’t get lost or walking to a dark street!). However, if you want to get out of there, renting a car is a must as public transportation is unfortunately not very reliable and bus stops, if there are any where you want to go, might not be very safe at night for a woman traveling alone.

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  16. jon
    April 28, 2014

    hello maria, my name is jon i’m from paris France, with a friend of mine, we’ll spend 2 weeks in san juan, i’d like to know if there’s any bar/club where they play hip hop there? isn’t it dangerous in san juan at night?

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      June 24, 2014

      most of the big nightclubs have separate rooms which play either electronic or Latin/hip-hop/reggaeton music. Just read up this guide again for more details. You could also Google each of the venues to look up any special events or the particular type of music they play different days of the week! 😉

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  17. Jim Wells
    April 23, 2014

    I spent a couple of weeks in PR. I think I saw places where people had bars set up in their garages for Saturday night parties. Can you tell me anything about that? I would like to do it in my neighborhood in the states. Thank you.

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      April 26, 2014

      oh ha ha that’s just the way locals like to party! Go to the store, buy some booze, build your own bar and set it up in your own garage! 😛 you can do it anywhere! 😉

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  18. Cyn
    April 17, 2014

    We arrive this Sunday, Easter, at 3:45am and are looking for a breakfast place that will be open. Hopefully between the airport and Old San Juan, where we will be staying. Our hostess is kind enough to let us check in at 7am but we want to habe something to eat first.

    Ayuda!!!

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      April 26, 2014

      it’s really tough to tell! My personal recommendation is to tell your Driver to take you to the closest PANADERIA: they are typically open quite early, have delicious sandwiches, and are CHEAP. Your local bakeries in case you’re asking 😉

      Have a wonderful trip!

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  19. shawn
    April 2, 2014

    Hey Maria I have a question about PR im hoping you can help me with. Do you need a passport to fly from the US to Puerto Rico or just a valid drivers license?

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    • Maria Alexandra Laborde
      April 4, 2014

      just a valid driver’s license – NO passport! 🙂

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  20. Mimi
    March 3, 2014

    Hello Maria, My boyfriend and I will be in Puerto Rico March 24-31, 2014. We are staying in the Condado area. We are looking forward to the day trips, enjoying the delicious food, fun in the sun and of course enjoying the nightlife.
    Thank you for great tips!
    Los Salseros de Chicago M&L

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    • LatinAbroad
      March 9, 2014

      great to know that my San Juan nightlife tips will be taken advantage of! Have a BLAST 😉

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  21. Jalyssa
    February 27, 2014

    Hi Maria!

    My friends and I are going to PR tomorrow morning and will be staying there for a week. It’s our spring break (all 21+) so we wanted to know more about the night life. You said most places are popular on weekends and Wednesdays, are they open any other nights?

    We want to visit family, go to the beaches, and other fun places during the day, but still enjoy our evenings. I wish we could take you along as a guide!

    -Jalyssa Hernandez

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    • LatinAbroad
      March 9, 2014

      just saw this! Hope you had a great time in Puerto Rico. If you’re still here, all places I’ve listed here are open nightly, the crowds will simply be different 😉

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  22. Justin
    February 16, 2014

    Hey there, my wife and I will be in PR for our first time later this month for 4 nights, any additional advice?? Thanks!

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    • LatinAbroad
      February 18, 2014

      hello there Justin. Well, 4 nights isn’t quite enough, but if you can, take a day trip to El Yunque rainforest or fly to Vieques for a night. Completely different experience from San Juan, rather worth it!

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  23. Martino007
    November 1, 2013

    Hi how are you Maria? I might go to Puerto Rico in the next year or 2. Most likely after Europe, Asia, Australia, South America. I’ll stop by the Caribbean islands on the way back to America (USA). Be sure to check out my you tube channel/videos for the latest updates on whenever I make a ton of travel videos more sing along videos,etc. Looks like a blast to me!

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    • LatinAbroad
      November 6, 2013

      let me know when you get started! Have a wonderful journey 😀

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  24. memographer
    December 3, 2012

    I might go to Puerto Rico next year 😉 Thanks for the tips.

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    • LatinAbroad
      December 7, 2012

      woot! let me know if to do! 18 years of experience under my belt, could give you lots of tips 😉

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  25. InsideJourneys
    September 13, 2012

    I’m definitely bookmarking this list. Thanks, Maria!

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  26. Ana
    September 13, 2012

    Puerto Rico looks like a blast. Thanks for this piece of enticing writing 🙂

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  27. jan
    September 12, 2012

    Some good photos. Like the dance moves.

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