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