Puerto Ricans know how to ring in the New Year with style. All around the island, hotels and restaurants throw their doors open and host sumptuous feasts and end-of-year balls. Traditionally, you'll also find many places serving asopao, a rice and meat stew, well into the early hours of January 1.
There are a few hotspots where you can celebrate the new year in Puerto Rico, but just be sure to book plans well in advance of New Year's Eve as events tend to sell out fast.
Hosted by Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, Illusions is one of the most exciting and in-demand destinations on December 31. The party includes four main areas with a variety of ambiances to enjoy, DJs, all-inclusive bars, and a late-night serving of asopao.
At the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, you can always count on finding something inventive and delicious at the 1919 Restaurant and New Year's Eve dinner is no exception. Find out what the chef plans to whip up on this majestical occasion. Previous New Year's menus at 1919 have featured, caviar, lobster, ravioli, canapés, chestnut soup, and shortbread. Typically, each course is paired with the chef's selection of wines and champagnes.
The beachfront San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino welcomes the new year with an annual bash at the Red Coral Lounge. Here you can enjoy live salsa music, champagne, and party favors until the break of dawn. If you're really planning on going wild, think about booking a room for yourself right upstairs.
The retro-chic El San Juan Hotel & Casino is always a good place to be during a holiday, as its lobby and casino are among the most entertaining hangouts in town. For previous years, the hotel has hosted its Black & Silver New Year's Gala. Held in the lobby and the elegant ballroom, this has been one of the fancier ways to close out the year on the island.