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A good 35 minutes from Old San Juan, but beautiful, pristine beaches and lush vegetation abound.
Located on the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico along Coco Beach, the Gran Melia's location feels relaxed and remote. A rental car would be wise, as not much is within walking distance of the resort.
Some of the closest restaurants and bars are sprinkled throughout the area on random roads -- mainly PR-3, which connects a series of coastal towns to inland areas. On the activities front, though, there's plenty to do and see within a short drive from the resort: El Yunque National Forest; boat tours; golfing; canopy tours.
The sprawling, remote Gran Melia Golf Resort is perched along Coco Beach on the northeastern coast on the island. The 486 rooms are decorated in warm golds and oranges, with simple mahogany furnishings. The lower-level rooms could use a few updates, especially to the bathrooms, where some surfaces are beginning to rust. Although the resort is oceanfront, the beach is somewhat rocky, and some guests plan excursions to visit the nicer beaches on Culebra and Culebrita. One of Gran Melia's strengths is its large, lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar that is a regular hot spot for guests; other facilities of note on-site include a small casino, two 18-hole golf courses, and upscale YHI Spa.