The free ferry trips to the resort’s private island
Traveling by cable car around the enormous property (especially fun for kids)
The 23 (23!) restaurants ensure you never have to eat at the same place twice
The resort’s cliffside perch means spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean
What To Know
Those in the know call it “El Con”
There’s an all-inclusive package that includes three meals a day, drinks, and free waterpark entry
The 18-hole golf course was designed by Arthur Hills
Sprawling, family-friendly Waldorf Astoria property with sea views and a private island for frolicking in the sun
“Oversize” is the word that applies best to El Conquistador. This resort is overflowing with activities, swimming pools, restaurants—you name it, and there’s more than one of it. A top spot for families, this is vacationing at its easiest, where the most difficult decision you'll have to make is whether or not to splurge on the all-inclusive package. The property encompasses five “villages,” each with slightly different styles of accommodations, though all rooms are spacious and come with a balcony or terrace. Pools and Jacuzzis are serviced by “ambassadors,” who bring snacks and drinks to your lounge chair; there’s also a small water park with slides and a lazy river. The dining scene runs the gamut from Starbucks to steak, with kid-centric options and a couple of fine dining restaurants for romantic evenings. Palomino Island, a short ferry ride away, is where more active guests will want to spend time—the private island has gorgeous beaches and a rum bar, plus horse-riding, catamaran rides, banana boats, and snorkeling.
In the Area
Most guests won’t spend much time off the resort grounds; with a deluxe spa, golf course, and that private island, there’s tons to do at EL Conquistador without venturing further afield. If you do want to add some exploring to your itinerary, the resort offers excursions to the nearby bioluminescent bay, El Yunque rainforest (hiking is superb here, and you can swim under waterfalls to cool off), and to San Juan. The city is about an hour’s drive from El Con, so it’s worth renting a car if you’re planning to do more than one day trip.