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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Dine in Style (Really) in San Juan


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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