Puerto Rico has more bed & breakfasts than any other island in the Caribbean, including many in and around the El Yunque rainforest but also in downtown San Juan, on the island of Vieques, in the surf mecca of Culebra, and in small towns scattered across the mainland. Here's the ones we think are the best of the best in Puerto Rican B&Bs.
Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn, Luquillo Beach
This 17-room guesthouse in the town of Luquillo, Puerto Rico (in the northeast corner of the island) is steps from the ocean and two blocks from the town square. It has hotel-style rooms with a raft of standard amenities, including daily hot breakfast served on a second-floor oceanfront terrace. The El Yunque rainforest in nearby, and La Pared beach -- just outside the front door -- is a surfer's paradise. The inn can arrange activities like tours of the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo or water-sports excursions and lessons.
Mamacitas Guest House, Culebra
Puerto Rico's Culebra Island is home to Mamacita's Guest House, a 10-room B&B with beachview balconies and an attached bar and restaurant. Guests will enjoy air-conditioned rooms with cable TV and have access to the on-property boat dock. Mamacita's restaurant features steak and local seafood, and there's live entertainment and dancing at the canal-side bar.
This one-bedroom villa is perfect for couples or solo travelers visiting El Yunque: Guests can walk to the park entrance from the B&B. Room has a king-sized bed, full bath, and access to an outdoor kitchen. Rates include continental breakfast.
Villa Abby B&B, Quebradillas
Villa Abby is a classic B&B located in the town of Quebradillas on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, a few miles uphill from a onetime smuggler's beach. Three rooms are available for under $100 each per night, including hot breakfast served a la carte and featuring Puerto Rican favorites like pastelillos and arepitas. The town has small bakeries, local restaurants, bars, churches, and domino games in the square -- in short, it's a real small-town Puerto Rico experience.
Casa Cascadas, Vieques
The island of Vieques is a growing destination for Puerto Rico visitors, and Casa Cascades is a unique local landmark -- a ridgetop concrete home in modernistic Japanses Wabi-Sabi style with soothing waterfalls, unique outdoor lounging spaces, and amazing views of the Vieques bays and forests. Guests can enjoy a private pool, meditation garden, peaceful, trellised loggia, and a daily continental breakfast buffet. A stay at this unique B&B requires a three-night minimum.
El Yunque Rainforest Inn Bed & Breakfast
This rustic, secluded inn in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico sits within its namesake El Yunque rainforest, and the national park and Luquillo Beach are nearby. The Rainforest Inn has a chalet, villa, and vacation rental home available for guests; full hot and cold breakfast is included for those who stay in the chalet and villa.
Casa Los Cummins, San Juan
Condado is one of San Juan's biggest resort areas, but Casa Cummins offers a respite from the high-rise hotels on a quiet side street close to the beaches, restaurants, and bars. Four rooms include luxury bed and bath amenities, free WiFi, and access to a rooftop sun deck, private jacuzzi, garden and patio, indoor lounge, free parking, full breakfast, and fresh-baked cookies every afternoon -- yum!
This Loquillo B&B has a one-bedroom loft and a three-bedroom chalet close to the entrance to El Yunque and about 15 minutes from the beach. Hosts are Sue and Bob Roberts; Bob is a certified surfing instructor who offers lessons, rentals, and tours to guests.