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El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 4.0

Fajardo, Puerto Rico

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  • Quiet, isolated location and spectacular ocean views
  • Pristine beaches and water sports on a 100-acre private island
  • Kid-friendly amenities such as an on-site water park and horseback riding
  • Adult-friendly amenities such as a martini lounge and golfing
  • Excellent, 26,000-square-foot spa
  • A plethora of restaurants and bars
  • Private 35-slip marina
  • Large, decent fitness center


  • Expansive grounds require trams and long walks to navigate
  • Expensive on-site dining
  • Beach only accessible by ferry
  • Extra fees for water park use and parking
  • Some facilities beginning to a show a little wear and tear

Bottom Line

El Conquistador's reputation tends to precede it. The 984-room cliff-side resort provides some of the most epic views in the Caribbean, and its modern, beach-chic rooms are bright and clean, with plush white bedding, balconies, and sleek, spacious bathrooms. The hotel's beach is pristine and located on a private island (accessibly by a free ferry). But nightly rates are steep, and the remote location makes it hard for guests to venture off-site for cheaper dining and entertainment options. Guests that don't want to spend all of their time on property should consider renting a car.

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Located in the very northeast corner of Puerto Rico, with panoramic views of the ocean and rainforest

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El Conquistador is located in the northeast corner of Puerto Rico, about a 50-minute drive from the airport in San Juan. The area is densely populated inland, but is surrounded by gorgeous rainforest and secluded beaches. It provides a much more low-key Puerto Rican experience than staying in San Juan.

Fajardo is known for its seafood and proximity to the small Palomino Islands (the resort's 100-acre island is the largest of these). Many local companies host day trips to Culebra and Vieques for snorkeling and scuba diving. Surrounded by calm waters that are crystal clear, Fajardo is a superb destination for snorkelers and divers. For years, boating has also been a popular activity in the region.

  • 50-minute drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • 8-minute ferry ride to Palomino Island
  • 5-minute drive to swimming in a bioluminescent bay at Cabezas Nature reserve
  • 5-minute drive to Las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse, in operation since 1882
  • 30-minute drive to El Portal Rain Forest Center in El Yunque National Forest
  • 1-hour drive to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan
  • 2-hour drive to Arecibo Observatory, home of the world's largest radio telescope (as seen in the films Goldeneye and Contact)
  • 2-hour and 45 minute drive to world famous surfing in Rincon

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1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo 00738, Caribbean

Room Types

  • Garden View Room
  • La Marina Ocean View Room
  • Las Brisas Ocean View Room
  • Las Olas Ocean View Room
  • La Vista Ocean View Room
  • Ocean View Room
  • One Bedroom Ocean View Suite
  • Partial Ocean View Room
  • Two Bedroom Ocean View Suite

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