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. And a typical tradition in the wee hours of Jan. 1 is to work on that hangover with a piping hot bowl of asopao.
Here are just a few hotspots where you can celebrate New Years in Puerto Rico. Because details can change - events get canceled, businesses close -- be sure to contact the places featured on this list well in advance of New Years rather than just showing up.
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Illusions New Year's Celebration
Hosted by Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, Illusions is one of the most exciting and in-demand destinations on the 31st. The party includes:
- Four main areas with a variety of ambiances to enjoy and DJs.
- All-inclusive bars
- A late-night serving of asopao
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Voga Italian Grill
Voga, the Italian fine dining restaurant at the posh La Concha Resort, always has a New Year's Eve banquet planned to close out the year. Contact the restaurant directly if you want to know about the courses it will serve on the holiday night.
If you want to spend a romantic New Year's Eve, then visiting Voga may be the place to go. Especially consider dining out rather than partying on the day, if you're celebrating a wedding anniversary on New Year's, as it's a popular time to tie the knot.
But know that dining out for New Year's isn't cheap. For more information, call (787) 721-7500.
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The food at 1919 is lovely. You can always count on something inventive and delicious. New Year's Eve dinner should be no different. 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.
Each course is paired with a chef's selection of wines and champagnes. The dinner has cost as much as $350 per person previously (including the wine pairing), so be prepared to part with a serious amount of dough if you choose to patronize 1919 for the holiday. For reservations, call (787) 724-1919.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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El San Juan Hotel & Casino
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 New Year's Eves, the hotel has hosted its Black & Silver New Year's Gala. Held at the lobby and the elegant ballroom, this has been one of the fancier ways to close out the year on the island.
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Eternal New Year's Eve
Medalla Light and the Eternal Lobby Lounge at the Condado Plaza Hilton host their annual Eternal New Years Eve Party, with live performances and DJs. You can also enjoy an open bar on select brands.
And the kids are welcome, so you don't need a babysitter to enjoy a night on the town on New Year's. Tickets to the event have cost more than $100 on previous years, so be prepared to dole out some cash to enjoy the festivities. The good news is that there's no admission fee for small children. For more information, call (787) 303-0334