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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Dine in Style (Really) in San Juan

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4. Insider's Tip


Sunset at Playa Balneario Luquillo.  

Though San Juan's new boîtes could keep you busy for days, those in search of real Rican cuisine should head out of town. A mere twenty miles from San Juan is the lush Playa Balneario Luquillo, a government-run beach where offshore reefs disappear into an azure lagoon and numerous smoke-spewing food stalls line nearby Route 3. Stop for a cold drink and a platter of tasty comida criolla snacks like piononos, plantain slices wrapped around beef stew and flash fried in a crisp farina crust, or bacalaitos, deep-fried salt-cod pancakes spiked with garlic and oregano.


Published on Jan 10, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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