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.
In Puerto Rico, there is an island-wide curfew of 9 p.m. through New Year's 2020–2021. As such, many events and parties have been canceled or scaled back. Reach out to individual event organizers to confirm the most up-to-date details.
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. On December 31, 2020, executive chef Juan José Cuevas is serving up a six-course meal with two seatings: one at 3:30 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.
Regardless of the time you eat, the New Year's menu for 2020 includes lobster with polenta and truffles, grilled quail with pickled ají chile, and short ribs or branzino bass as the main dish. For dessert, enjoy a traditional Puerto Rican tembleque with an haute cuisine touch. Having a meal at 1919 is one of the most elegant ways to end the year in Puerto Rico.
Fairmont El San Juan Hotel
The retro-chic Fairmont El San Juan Hotel 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.
The 2020–2021 party takes place from 5:30–8:30 p.m. and is open to hotel guests as well as non-guests. The bash is hosted by celebrity DJ Sam Blacky, and includes an unlimited buffet of food and open bar libations.
Éter Rooftop & Lounge
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. On December 31, 2020, you can indulge in an open bar, champagne, and hors d'oeuvres while you dance away the afternoon.
San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino
The beachfront San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino typically welcomes the new year with an annual bash at the Red Coral Lounge. However, the 2020–2021 celebration has been modified and is a two-day concert that hotel guests can enjoy from their balconies. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. on December 31, 2020, and January 1, 2021.
Illusions New Year's Celebration
The Illusions celebration at the Sheraton is canceled for New Year's 2020–2021.
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.