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TripAdvisor users pick 3 Puerto Rican B&Bs as among best in Caribbean

By on March 5, 2018

SAN JUAN – Three Puerto Rican lodging establishments ranked this year among the 25 best Bed & Breakfasts in the Caribbean, according to the 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards of the renowned travel site TripAdvisor.

The award winners were determined based on “the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide,” according to the site. “The hallmarks” of the winners are “remarkable quality, service and value.”

The recognized Puerto Rican establishments were Casa Sol Bed & Breakfast in Old San Juan, Casa Flamboyant in Naguabo and Blue Boy Inn, in Rincón.

The interim executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Carla Campos, said the first two were certified by her entity’s bed and breakfast management program.

“We congratulate the Bed & Breakfasts that received this important distinction–for their excellent work, quality service and the hospitality they provide to their guests–which makes Puerto Rico visible to the thousands of travelers who consult TripAdvisor to decide their travel destination or plan their visit,” Campos said.

Casa Sol Bed & Breakfast in Old San Juan (Courtesy)

The bed and breakfast (B&B) concept provides visitors a personalized experience in a family environment. These small lodgings contribute to the diversity of tourism offerings, thus the Tourism Co. has a program focused on supporting and promoting the development of the B&Bs around the island.

“Small lodgings of all kinds, including Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, Paradors and others, allow us to offer a broad portfolio of experiences to our visitors. Likewise, we bet on the small Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who, by inserting themselves in tourism, contribute to positioning Puerto Rico as an authentic and diverse destination,” the interim director added.

A B&B is the smallest type of lodging, usually a residence that has a minimum of three rooms. The resident of the property is typically the host and operator of the property, where breakfast is provided as part of the stay rate.

The following are part of Tourism Co.’s B&B Program: Casa Sol in Old San Juan; Casa Castellana in Condado; Casa Flamboyant in Naguabo; Casa Isabel in Condado; Dos Ángeles del Mar in Rincón; San Sebastián B&B in San Sebastián; Villa Las Palmas in Vega Alta; Rainforest Inn in Río Grande; and the new Dos Aguas B&B also in Río Grande.

TripAdvisor is widely regarded as the largest travel site, with more than “600 million reviews and opinions” covering about  “7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants,” according to the company. The site also compares prices from “more than 200 hotel booking sites,” and has “455 million average monthly unique visitors.”

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