New Year's Eve in Puerto Rico: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Club Brava puerto rico
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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.

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Illusions New Year's Celebration

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

 Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 787-993-3500

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, five DJs, all-inclusive bars, and a late-night serving of asopao. Tickets to the event start at $90.

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1919 Restaurant

1919 Restaurant

 1919 Restaurant

1055 Ashford Ave, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 787-724-1919

At 1919 Restaurant in Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, you can always count on finding something inventive and delicious—and New Year's Eve dinner is no exception. This year, Executive Chef Juan José Cuevas is serving up a six-course dinner at 5 p.m. and an eight-course dinner at 8:30 p.m. No matter what time you go, you can expect scallops, raviolo, slow-cooked cod, and panna cotta. Sign up for the later dinner, though, and you'll find wine or champagne included in each course. Prices start at $159 a person.

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San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino

San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino Red Coral Lounge

 San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino

1309 Ashford Ave, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 787-722-7000

The beachfront San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino welcomes the new year with an annual bash at the Red Coral Lounge. This year, you can expect hors d'oeuvres, Latin and American music, a midnight champagne toast, and an after-hour asopao. The party starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 3 a.m—so if you're really planning on going wild, think about booking a room for yourself right upstairs.

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El San Juan Hotel & Casino

El San Juan Hotel Lobby Bar

El San Juan Hotel

6063 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 844-863-0331

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. Held ​in the lobby and the elegant ballroom, their annual New Year's Eve party is one of the fancier ways to close out the year on the island. To ring in 2020, the hotel is hosting Latin Grammy winners Manny Manuel and Aymée Nuviola for an unbelievable dance party. When you're feeling hungry, you'll have a wide pick of options, as there will be a sushi and dim sum bar, carving stations, pasta station, and dessert wall. This New Year's bash will start at 8 p.m. and end at 4 a.m. Tickets start at $100, but are complimentary for hotel guests.

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Serafina Beach Hotel

1045 Ashford Ave, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 787-625-6000

For the Audacia 2020 New Year's Eve bash, Serafina Beach Hotel is offering three ticketed events at different price points. The Lavender ticket is complimentary for hotel guests and comes with hors d'oeuvres and a DJ. Those with a Silver ticket get to enjoy a three-course dinner, bottle of sparkling wine, and live music as well. Get the Gold ticket and you'll be treated to an open bar, live music, and even more hors d'oeuvres. All guests will have access to the lobby and pool party, with asopao served at 1 a.m. For non-hotel guests, tickets start at $80.

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Éter Rooftop & Lounge

752 Av. Manuel Fernández Juncos, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 787-998-1176

Since this NYE party is on a rooftop, it goes without saying that you'll get some of the best views of the city's fireworks. For $125, you can indulge in an open bar, champagne, and hors d'oeuvres while you dance throughout the night. Doors open at 10 p.m. on December 31 and close at 4 a.m. on January 1.

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Club Brava

Club Brava Miami

 Club Brava

6063 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico
Phone +1 787-791-2781

This nightclub is also one of the most sought-after places to ring in the year in Puerto Rico. Their annual Bubbles bash is a non-stop party that lasts long into the New Year. Live DJs will spin house and dance music to keep the energy up all night while crowds kick it in the main room or chill out in the Ultra Lounge. If you want to splurge, book a VIP table with bottle service. The party is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. on December 31.

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