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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Modern Style in San Juan

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4. Insider's Tip

Pork-loving travelers repair to the mountainside town of Guavate, 30 miles south of San Juan, to work their way through the Ruta del Lechón (hog highway), a steep country road filled with lechoneras, or open-air cafeterias selling juicy spit-roasted pork with the usual trimmings: rice and beans, fried plantains, piña coladas. But if you’re not up for the drive, you’ll find the same traditional flavors and folksy atmosphere right in the city at Santurce BBQ (115 Degetau Street. 787/727-0341), a modest eatery next to a bare-bones cement patio where whole pigs are roasted every weekend for lunch.

Published on Feb 27, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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