The sprawling cliff-side Wyndham El Conquistador Resort is a self-contained world of 918 rooms, 13 restaurants, 18 holes of golf, six pools, a casino, and the highly rated Golden Door Spa, featuring products extracted from the nearby rainforest. Spread over four distinct areas, accommodations range from suites with private pools to marina-view rooms. Near Fajardo, the resort is a 45-minute drive from San Juan. From $295. (800) 996-3426, www.wyndham.com
An upscale inn near the surf haven of Rincon, the Horned Dorset Primavera specializes in quiet seclusion. The resort, a two-hour drive from San Juan, just added 22 new bi-level villas stacked up a coastal hill, all with sea views, antique appointments, terraces, and private pools, increasing its appeal as a couples-oriented luxury escape with top-quality food. From $440. (800) 633-1857, www.horneddorset.com
San Juan, Anyone?
If your tastes hew to modern food, lively nightlife, and urban culture, stick around San Juan.