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Your Guide to West Puerto Rico

November 16, 2022

Joanna Perez


Many of our couples have never been to Puerto Rico, and we are often asked for advice on how to have the best trip to our amazing island. Our best advice? Act like the locals, get out of the big city, and stay in and enjoy west Puerto Rico, home to the island’s most beautiful beaches and friendliest locals. We know that the internet can be hopelessly unhelpful about advice outside of the San Juan metro area, so please find below all our best insider tips!

Alex & Matt

“Our entire experience with Puerto Rico Destination Weddings was perfect. Fortunately, we opted to use accommodations recommended by Ashley, and we are so glad we did. Staying where we did really allowed us to immerse ourselves in the community and explore the town, nearby beaches, and local restaurants. We met so many lovely people along the way. I have no doubt that you will have the best possible wedding experience (it’s truly an experience you won’t forget) if you choose PR Destination Weddings!”

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When we ask our couples after their wedding if there is anything they would have done differently, the #1 response we get is that they wish they stayed in a place more like their wedding venue, beautiful, natural, peaceful, and away from the traffic and congestion of the big city of San Juan. Like the locals say, “The West is the Best”. Here are our insider tips for how to plan and enjoy an amazing stay in west Puerto Rico.

The best places to stay in west Puerto Rico

We are often asked, “We love the idea of experiencing the real Puerto Rico, but where should we stay?”
In this blog post, we give you the inside track on the best places to stay in west Puerto Rico, including recommendations for all budgets and travel styles.

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Nightlife in west Puerto Rico

Nightlife in the west of Puerto Rico tends to be a bit different than in the big city. It starts earlier, as we love our sunshine and beach time, and of course our legendary sunsets. There are no dress codes and everyone you’ll meet is relaxed and likely to start up a conversation. If beach bars, local and live music, and a convivial setting where you’re guaranteed to make friends and meet colorful characters sounds fun, then the west is for you!

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Things to do in west Puerto Rico

We’re always amazed to see how so much of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico gets so little online attention. There are so many options beyond visiting Old San Juan or taking a trip to El Yunque Rainforest. While they make lovely day trips, like most Puerto Ricans, we think the real magic of Puerto Rico is found in west Puerto Rico. Here are a few ideas of things to do!

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Best beach in Puerto Rico

If you are looking for the best beach in Puerto Rico, you’ll need to get out of the big city! Locals will tell you that the real Puerto Rico and all her magic are found only when you leave San Juan. In that spirit, we share our favorite beaches on the west side of Puerto Rico, home to the friendliest locals and most beautiful beaches on the island. Take your rental car (it’s easy to get around, as GPS works well), explore, and discover your own favorite beach in Puerto Rico.

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If you have any questions about getting married in west Puerto Rico please contact us!

Photos: AJR Photography LLC

Kimberly & James

“Ashley did an amazing job for us, she chose the most beautiful spot in Isabela and a great crew. She made it so easy, all we had to do was show up! It was a perfect experience for us and we would not have changed a thing. We put a lot of faith in her as we did not know anything about the area at all and she did not disappoint. We even got to meet some local people and experience the local coconuts! If you are eloping Ashley is definitely your go to person and Isabela is the place!”

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