There’s no denying the impending gloom of winter in Boston. If you’re seeking a quick refuge, Caribe Hilton in San Juan is only a 3-hour and 50-minute flight from the city, with airline rates starting from just $150 each way.
Instead of icy roads and below freezing temperatures you’ll be welcomed to turquoise waters, white sand beaches, palm trees, and plenty of sunshine!
The Caribe Hilton beachfront resort sits on the island of Puerto Rico in the capital of San Juan. As a U.S. territory, you don’t even need a passport or VISA to get to the tropical oasis! Learn more about the incredible Caribe Hilton Resort in the city of San Juan.
About Caribe Hilton in San Juan
Caribe Hilton faces three bodies of water, the sparkling Sargasso Sea, San Juan Bay, and the Condado Lagoon! As the largest capacity resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the secluded peninsula has 17-acres of beach-front tropical gardens! Plus, Caribe has its own secluded beach, 3-tiered oceanfront pools, outdoor tennis courts sponsored by Olympian Monica Puig (Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medalist), a full-service spa and several restaurants on the property. You could easily spend your entire trip here transitioning between the natural beauty and on-site entertainment.
Amenities and experiences at Caribe Hilton resort
The 17-acre 652-room resort is an entire country in itself. There are boundless adventures to be had right on the property, where you can experience the natural beauty and culture of San Juan! Below are some of the best things to do at Caribe Hilton in San Juan Puerto Rico!
Piña Colada experience
If you like Piña Coladas…
The resort’s Caribar is one of the most popular and famous restaurants in Puerto Rico. It’s the birthplace of the Piña Colada!
The resort was built in 1949, making it the first international Hilton Hotel. Soon after, in 1954, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero introduced the Piña Colada to the world and it eventually became the official drink of Puerto Rico. Today, the Piña Colada is the most popular mixed beverage on earth.
Caribe offers a Piña Colada Experience where they make your beverage oceanfront using fresh pineapple and coconut juices straight from the island! You haven’t indulged in a real Piña Colada until you’ve tried this original one.
Snorkeling and sea trekking with Aqua Adventures
Caribe Hilton offers various underwater excursions right on the property. The Aqua Adventure activities take place at the resort’s secluded beach. You can go snorkeling and discover brittle starfish, yellow snappers, and more beautiful creatures. You might even have a rendezvous with Crush and Dory!
Plus, your underwater guide makes sure to get several complimentary underwater photos of you exploring! Snorkeling and sea trekking take place on-site on the secluded beach which reaches depths up to 20-feet. You can also practice your free dives here!
Aqua Adventure also offers a scuba diving experience to explore San Juan’s underwater caves or the waters of Culebra Island!
Secluded beach and floating diving pad
One of the highlights of a stay at Caribe Hilton is the expansive secluded beach. You can see all the way to the bottom of the resort’s incredibly well-kept and pristine waters. They also have an anchored floating dock at sea which guests can use to flaunt their most impressive dives and back flips!
Puerto Rican gastronomy adventures
The resort offers eight unique dining properties right on-site. Many serve up authentic Puerto Rican cuisine like Mofongo-smashed plantains with garlic and herbs, Tostones-smashed plantain chips with green pea dip, or island Ceviche made with local fruits and veggies! Bagua, the resort’s oceanfront dining experience has half-submerged seats so you can dine while relaxing in a refreshing pool!
On-site tropical gardens
Puerto Rico has no shortage of stunning marine and tropical wildlife. You might even spot a few iguanas, lizards or cats as you’re exploring the property. Don’t be alarmed-they’re all harmless and adorable. But the resort also has a private tropical garden with swans, turtles, iguanas, and soon, a family of peacocks! Guests can admire the wildlife at any time!
Things to do in San Juan and Puerto Rico
While you can spend the entire duration of your stay at Caribe Hilton and never run out of things to do, the optimal location provides easy access to the rest of Puerto Rico’s natural wonders and abundant history. The Caribbean Sea island measures just 110 by 40 miles. It’s larger than Rhode Island, but smaller than Connecticut.
With boating, biking, car rental and rideshare opportunities it’s easy to explore the different parts of Puerto Rico while visiting. The resort offers services to set you up with proper transport in just minutes. Here are some of the best things to do in Puerto Rico!
The bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is home to the “brightest bioluminescent bay in the world” according to Guinness World Records. These bays have special organisms in them called Dinoflagellates, or Dinos for short.
Best witnessed at night on a moonless night, the Dinos magically light up to an iridescent indigo color when they sense movement. Whether swimming, kayaking, or simply dipping a hand in the water, a blue aura will glow all around.
The closest bioluminescent bay is the Laguna Grande, which is about a 55-minute trip from San Juan’s Caribe resort by car. The most famous and brightest bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico is Mosquito Bay. It doesn’t have any mosquitos as the name suggests and is a 30-minute charter or 1-hour ferry from the mainland to the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques! You can reserve a bio bay tour with Wanderlust PR.
Exploring downtown Old San Juan
The historic Old San Juan is conveniently just an 8-minute drive from the property (and with no traffic)!
You can also take a glorious 12-minute bike using the Bird bikeshare docks right outside the hotel. You’ll take the bike lane past historic forts, San Juan’s capital building, and the stunning Escambron Beach!
Old San Juan was founded in 1508 by Juan Ponce de Leon, making it the oldest city in the United States and territories.
It’s 122 years older than Boston! There’s so much to do from exploring the cobblestone streets lined with rainbow houses to enjoying delicious authentic Puerto Rican food at one of its many restaurants! While at Caribe Hilton, the San Gerónimo Fort, built in the 17th century, is adjacent to the resort’s Wave Wing and another historic must-see!
Surfing with Spectrum at Isla Verde
San Juan offers a mix of flat swimming bays and excellent swell for those seeking an unforgettable surf session. Beginning and intermediate surfers need to check out Isla Verde for some great waves! It’s about a 15-minute drive from Caribe Hilton. You can book a lesson with Spectrum Surf School to learn how to surf in Puerto Rico!
More advanced surfers can check out Rincón which offers some of the largest swells in all of Puerto Rico!
Ride a natural waterslide at El Yunque
El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System! El Yunque is just a 40-minute car ride from Caribe Hilton and well worth it. You’ll discover exotic wildlife, natural swimming pools and waterslides, glorious waterfalls, and have the opportunity to go on a hike or do a rope swing.
San Juan is the perfect winter getaway for Bostonians! Just hop on a direct flight and you’ll be transported to a whole other word! Reserve your winter getaway!
Find Caribe Hilton at
1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan, PR 00901
Reserve your stay online!