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The Barrachina Piña Colada — The Georgetowner

The Caribe Hilton is one of the most well established resorts in all of Puerto Rico. The hotel is set on the edge of San Juan on its own peninsula amid a lush tropical garden and private beach. It rose to prominence in the 1950s for its famous guests, including Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne. It even garnered a mention in Hunter S Thompson’s first novel, “The Rum Diaries.”

The holiday spot has also earned its spot in cocktail history as the birthplace of the piña colada. Before my visit to San Juan, I learned from my Frommer’s guidebook that the piña colada was created in 1954 by bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero at the Hilton’s Beachcomber bar. Marrero spent three months mixing, tasting and discarding hundreds of combinations until he felt he had the right blend. It’s been estimated that some 100 million piña coladas have been sipped around the world since then.

The resort boasts two watering holes — a casual outdoor grill with a swim-up bar and the sleek and stylish Oasis Bar, complete with a floor-to-ceiling glass view of the churning Atlantic sea. However, I thought the most fitting way to sample the piña colada would be to have one delivered by a handsome cabana boy on my beach chair at the Hilton’s exclusive lagoon.

The drink was frothy and sweet. It provided an ample antidote to the scorching Caribbean sun. For a girl who is accustomed to drinking martinis, the recipe was did not pack much of a punch, but its flavor was enhanced by the glamorous beauty surrounding me.

Later in the week, as I wandered through the streets of Old San Juan, I came across the Barrachina restaurant with a plaque mounted outside, boldly stating “The House where the Piña Colada was created in 1963.” Intrigued, I headed inside to a bar in the garden courtyard and ordered one.

According to the Barrachina, the piña colada was invented when the Barrachino’s owner met Spaniard Ramon Portas Mingot, who had worked in some of the finest bars in Buenos Aires, during a trip to South America. Mr. Barrachina hired Mingot as head bartender. While experimenting, Mingot mixed pineapple juice, coconut cream, condensed milk and ice in a blender, creating the drink known as the pina colada. I guess they’re always two sides to history.

The drink at Barrachina was thicker and creamier. The lovely courtyard lined with tropical plants and wrought iron exuded a graceful ambiance that fit in with the charm of Old San Juan. Barrachina’s cocktail had more of a rum kick and the price was bit easier on my wallet. Given a choice between the two, I preferred Barrachina’s version. Still, there’s something to be said for having your cocktails delivered by a suave young man on a private beach.

The Barrachina piña colada
48 ounces pineapple juice
15 ounces of coconut cream
10 ounces water

Blend ingredients, but do not mix with ice. Instead, freeze the mix, stirring occasionally until it reaches a slushy consistency, or by using an ice cream maker. Pour rum to taste in individual glasses and add frozen mix. Decorate with cherry and pineapple.

Ingredients to make a piña colada can be purchased at Dixie Liquor at 3429 M St. in Georgetown.

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Just got back from a trip to the Caribbean, including four days of eating in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mi Casita

Not the greatest pic, but our first meal was a criolla omelette with Puerto Rican bread at Mi Casita. Basic, but tasty and affordable. Located in Isla Verde.


El Alambique beach bar and restaurant

Excellent dinner right on the beach at El Alambique Beach bar and restaurant. First we tried the Puerto Rican ‘national dish’ mofongo, which are fried and then mashed plantains. In this version it was smothered with garlic butter, coriander, chilli sauce and topped with a couple of delicious prawns.

We also had ceviche with plantain chips as well as a couple of unsweetened (no idea why) but still quite good cocktails.

Prices as you can see above were about $10-20 excluding taxes and tips, as in mainland U.S.

Located in Isla Verde, right by the beach and also close to the airport.


Taste from PR

This place sounds so much like the worst tourist trap, but it wasn’t. Various online sources also states it’s closed, which it’s not (March 2018). Location is relatively good in Isla Verde as in accessible, but it’s located next to the road, so if you sit outside you’ll pretty much be in the middle of traffic. Food was really nice though and we tried 1. Carne frita (fried pork) with tostones (plantain fritters) and 2. Grilled chicken with rice and beans. Washed down with cold local Medalla beer. Rustic, inexpensive and delicious.

Located in Isla Verde.


Playa Papaya

A nice place for a good breakfast is Playa Papaya. Also close to the beach in Isla Verde it serves standard American and Puerto Rican breakfast dishes. The place is quite relaxed and prices were decent. Above is one chicken and one Canadian bacon on buns with corn chips, guacamole and chilli mayo. Priced around $10 excluding taxes and tips.

Located in Isla Verde.


Punto de Vista rooftop restaurant

Our favourite restaurant in San Juan during our visit. Had a fantastic “tender, juicy and messy” pulled pork with guava bbq sauce and red cabbage slaw in Puerto Rican slightly sweet Mallorca bread. Deep-fried plantain fritters – tostones – on the side. And a nice mojito too. Views over San Juan came as an added bonus. Prices $10-20 excluding taxes and tips.

Located in Old San Juan.


Cafe Puerto Rico

We had a quick lunch at Cafe Puerto Rico and really enjoyed their chorizo and beef-stuffed fried “empanadas” as well as chicken soup and fried chicken with beans and rice. Prices $6-20. Lunch beer was $4.

Located in Old San Juan.



The alleged birthplace of Puerto Rico’s national drink, the famous Piña Colada! Alleged because the Caribe Hilton, also in San Juan claims the same. The piña colada is made from a pre-made mix, which at first seems sort of dissapointing, but nevertheless it was the best piña colada I’ve had. Service was very nice too and the little courtyard bar is exactly what you’d like for your tropical cocktail. $7.5 for a standard piña colada (and you can also have them to go).

Located in Old San Juan.


06 Apr , 2018

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The fortress and the historical part of San Juan are 850 meters away.


St. John’s Cathedral is a 10-minute walk away. San Juan city center is 4 km away. Barracina Restaurant and Chocobar Cortes can be found 250 meters away. Fortress — Palace of Santa Catalina and Marina Old San Juan are within walking distance.

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Fort and Old San Juan

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Castle Code de la Princess

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The hotel is steps from the Bacardi Distillery Entry and a 20-minute walk from Sixto Escobar Park. The hotel is 2 km from downtown San Juan.This hotel is close to several well-known attractions, including Canvas Art Gallery.

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