La perla restaurant puerto rico: Visiting La Perla Neighborhood in Old San Juan

Visiting La Perla Neighborhood in Old San Juan

Aerial view of La Perla neighborhood in Old San Juan.

Explore the Old San Juan neighborhood made famous by «Despacito.»

The music video for the 2017 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee megahit set off a touristic boom in the colorful barrio built outside Old San Juan’s city walls. But long before «Des-pa-cito» got stuck in everyone’s head, La Perla’s residents and local organizations were already driving a profound transformation within their community.

In the years leading up to filming the video, houses were painted bright colors, murals appeared around the squares, and new businesses started to crop up taking advantage of La Perla’s unique vantage point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Today, visitors can experience a different side of the walled city, and community leaders hope tourism can contribute to the growth and development of what has for generations been one of the most underserved and economically disadvantaged sectors of San Juan.

View of colorful houses in La Perla neighborhood.

History of La Perla

In the 18th century, the slaughterhouse was established outside the city wall, next to the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. (The original building called El Matadero still exists and for many years served as a community center.) Slaves had to live outside the city and built the first homes around El Matadero. In the 19th century, the poor of San Juan were forced out and jíbaros, people from the countryside, that emigrated to San Juan also settled in what became La Perla.

In the 20th century, the barrio got a reputation for being dangerous and was neglected by the central government. The community faced pressure from private interests that wanted to develop what is now prime real estate in San Juan, but the community resisted.

Over the last few years, the Junta Comunitaria de La Perla (La Perla Community Board) and other organizations have spearheaded tourism development and restoration projects. The most visible launched in 2017, called «La Perla pinta su futuro» (La Perla Paints Its Future), in which 375 houses were painted bright colors and revitalized. This project is now in its second phase: the development of a microbusiness offering guided tours of La Perla by residents. More projects such as the Carmelo Anthony basketball court renovation, the planting of two community gardens, art and music classes for residents, and even a 5K race have all come forth thanks to community efforts.

View of the Atlantic Ocean from the La Perla neighborhood.

What to See in La Perla

While it’s possible (and recommended) to coordinate a guided tour through the Junta Comunitaria (they can be found on Facebook under La Perla Impacto Comunitario), since «Despacito» many visitors explore on their own.

There are four access points to La Perla, one by the cemetery and three from Calle Norzagaray. The pedestrian entrance in front of the Museum of San Juan takes you straight to Colectivo Perlarte, an art studio that sells and displays artwork created by La Perla residents. They offer art and music workshops as well as host private dinner events. A little bit further on is La Garita, a restaurant serving traditional Puerto Rican cuisine, that has one of the best views overlooking La Perla and the Atlantic Ocean.

Follow that street down to the cemetery and eventually, you’ll come upon the Malecón, a cement boardwalk right along the edge of the water. Here you can get wonderful photos of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in the distance. This stretch of coast is locally known as Guaypao (a phonetic spelling of the English «wipe out»). As the name suggests, surfers take advantage of the rough waves. You’ll also encounter a series of gorgeous murals titled «Ofrenda« (Offering), commemorating those who lost their lives during Hurricane María.

The Bowl at the Pearl is the meeting point for residents of the area.

Continuing along the Malecón you’ll soon arrive at one of La Perla’s main touristic attractions, El Bowl. This is a skate park designed like a bowl and covered in eye-catching (and photo-worthy) designs. On weekends, El Bowl is filled with water and used as a community pool.

The Malecón ends where the fortifications of Castillo San Cristóbal begin. This is the only place where you can see up close the ominous Garita del Diablo, a guardhouse where legend has it guards stationed overnight would disappear.

Go back up into the heart of La Perla and visit one of the chinchorros, or small rustic bars. La 39 is one of the most popular since on Sunday evenings they play live music and people from Old San Juan come down to dance. Next door is the Carmelo Anthony basketball court, donated by the NBA star in 2010. Even here unique examples of the urban art that’s become so prevalent throughout La Perla can be appreciated: the seats of the bleachers are painted to read La Perla and the roofs of the houses next to the court create a giant Puerto Rican flag which can only be seen from above.

Cross the basketball court to the other pedestrian entrance right in front of La Vergüenza on Calle Norzagaray. The third entrance is just a few blocks away and leads to the main square. Here you’ll find a famous photo op: a building with the Puerto Rican flag painted over the facade.

If you do visit La Perla, it’s easy to get swept up with all the beautiful things there are to photograph but remember to be respectful and refrain from taking pictures of people or their houses without their permission. More than a touristic attraction, this is their home.

Along La Perla, you will find colorful murals.

Is La Perla Safe for Visitors?

Visitors interested in seeing the neighborhood La Perla will find it welcoming, for the most part, but like visiting any urban neighborhood, please be respectful of residents and use common sense. A decade ago, the neighborhood was not a place that visitors would typically go, but the area is growing and changing. That said, there’s a difference between taking a walking tour during the day and wandering around the streets alone at night. Using good judgment will help to ensure you have an enjoyable experience.

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Caribe Hotel — La Perla Restaurant and Bar at the Howard Johnson Ponce PR

Pros

  • Just off of PR-1, a 15-minute drive to historic downtown Ponce
  • A five-minute drive to Mercedita International Airport
  • Spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and high-power air-conditioners
  • Restaurant serves breakfast daily, plus a pool bar for casual grill fare
  • Large, outdoor pool deck with kiddy pool and plenty of lounge chairs
  • Small game room with a few arcade games and pinball machine
  • Small business center with computer and printer
  • Coin-operated laundry room
  • Ample on-premise parking
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

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Cons

  • Rooms could use an update
  • Lunch and dinner are only served on select days
  • Fitness center offers extremely limited machines
  • Breakfast comes at a fee and reviews are mixed

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The 120-rooms are spacious, but dated, and feature amenities like flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and high-power air-conditioners. La Perla Restaurant serves a daily breakfast, and traditional Puerto Rican fare for lunch and dinners on select days. Despite a few flaws, there are some nice extras, like a spacious outdoor pool deck with a bar, a game room, ample free parking, and a small business center. Unfortunately the location outside of downtown Ponce means there isn’t much within walking distance. For travelers who want more action, consider Ponce Plaza Hotel and Casino, which has similar amenities and slightly more modern style at a similar price.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

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Simple budget hotel with slightly faded style

There’s not much that makes this hotel any more notable than its budget competitors when it comes to style or substance. It’s a decent place to spend the night, and ticks all the right boxes, even if the package is a little dated. The lobby is spacious and there was a steady flow of guests checking in and out during our visit. The outdoor pool is in the center of the hotel and is the property’s nerve center, with plenty of lounge chairs and tables on offer for guests. It can be busy with families, and there are a few areas near the pool with umbrellas and tables where guests can get away for a little more privacy and quiet. While there is a restaurant, bar, and poolside bar at the hotel, the hours of operation are limited and there isn’t much of a social scene except on weekends. With kid-friendly activities like a game room and pool deck, expect to see more families than couples, along with some business travelers due to the location. 

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Location

A 15-minute drive to the historic center of Ponce

Located on PR-1, outside of historic downtown Ponce, the Howard Johnson is situated near a university and popular with business travelers. However, there’s nothing within walking distance of interest and travelers will need a car to stay here. It’s a 15-minute drive to downtown historic Ponce Square, which is home to the famous Old Fire House Museum, Guadalupe Cathedral, and plenty of vendors selling traditional Puerto Rican street food like pinchos and tostones. La Guancha is a 10-minute drive from the hotel and has a small beach, live music, kayaks, and plenty of restaurants and food kiosks. For golfers, the famous Costa Caribe Golf Course and Country Club is a 15-minute drive from the Howard Johnson. Expect a five-minute drive to Mercedita International Airport, but travelers should allow over 90 minutes to reach San Juan, which is home to much larger Luis Munoz Marin Airport. 

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Rooms

Spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and high-power air-conditioners

There are 120-rooms at the Howard Johnson in Ponce and all of them are spacious, but dated. Decor includes beige bedspreads and bedskirts, blond dressers, and gold curtains. Coupled with the classic silhouettes in furniture and older navy carpets (which sometimes smell moldy), the look isn’t particularly fresh. Beachy wall art at least adds a bit of color, though it’s fairly generic. Standard features include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, and high-power air-conditioning. Rooms have king, double, and queen-size beds with wooden headboards and plenty of pillows. All rooms have a sitting area with armchairs, while some have sofas and writing desks. Lower level rooms provide access to the pool. There’s extra storage space in closets, which is where safes and ironing boards are kept. Rooms in the ‘Office’ category are marginally nicer, with dark wooden furniture, extra sitting space, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Bathrooms are roomy and include plenty of towels, simple toiletries, and ample vanity space. All bathrooms have shower/tub combos (except the accessible bathrooms) plus hairdryers and magnifying mirrors.

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Features

Restaurant, pool with spacious deck and bar, small game room, laundry room, and free Wi-Fi

There are a good number of features to keep everyone happy at the Howard Johnson in Ponce. La Peria Restaurant serves a daily breakfast of eggs, omelets, pancakes, hot cereal, and french toast. It’s not included in room rates and reviews are mixed. The restaurant is open limited days and nights for lunch and dinner, expect to see traditional Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo, empanadas, and tostones, alongside casual grill fare including burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Adjacent to the restaurant is a cocktail lounge with plenty of high-top tables, a big-screen TV, and a full bar. There’s also a pool bar serving hot dogs, barbecue, nachos, and burgers plus frozen cocktails, beers, and specialty drinks. Guests should check the hours at the poolside bar, though, as it’s not open daily

The outdoor pool deck is spacious, with plenty of lounge chairs and tables for guests to relax and socialize. There is a kiddy pool and hot tub on offer as well. Adjacent to the pool deck is a small game room for kids and teens (and adults) that includes arcade games, pinball machines, and a claw toy machine. A fitness center is available, though it only offers a limited number of cardio machines. The small business center and a coin-operated laundry area are nice extras. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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Things You Should Know About Caribe Hotel

Also Known As
  • Howard Johnson Ponce PR
Address

103 El Tuque Industrial Park, Mercedita, Ponce 00728-2803, Puerto Rico

Website

http://www.caribehotel.com

Scene

Simple budget hotel with slightly faded style

There’s not much that makes this hotel any more notable than its budget competitors when it comes to style or substance. It’s a decent place to spend the night, and ticks all the right boxes, even if the package is a little dated. The lobby is spacious and there was a steady flow of guests checking in and out during our visit. The outdoor pool is in the center of the hotel and is the property’s nerve center, with plenty of lounge chairs and tables on offer for guests. It can be busy with families, and there are a few areas near the pool with umbrellas and tables where guests can get away for a little more privacy and quiet. While there is a restaurant, bar, and poolside bar at the hotel, the hours of operation are limited and there isn’t much of a social scene except on weekends. With kid-friendly activities like a game room and pool deck, expect to see more families than couples, along with some business travelers due to the location. 

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Location

A 15-minute drive to the historic center of Ponce

Located on PR-1, outside of historic downtown Ponce, the Howard Johnson is situated near a university and popular with business travelers. However, there’s nothing within walking distance of interest and travelers will need a car to stay here. It’s a 15-minute drive to downtown historic Ponce Square, which is home to the famous Old Fire House Museum, Guadalupe Cathedral, and plenty of vendors selling traditional Puerto Rican street food like pinchos and tostones. La Guancha is a 10-minute drive from the hotel and has a small beach, live music, kayaks, and plenty of restaurants and food kiosks. For golfers, the famous Costa Caribe Golf Course and Country Club is a 15-minute drive from the Howard Johnson. Expect a five-minute drive to Mercedita International Airport, but travelers should allow over 90 minutes to reach San Juan, which is home to much larger Luis Munoz Marin Airport. 

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Location

Rooms

Spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and high-power air-conditioners

There are 120-rooms at the Howard Johnson in Ponce and all of them are spacious, but dated. Decor includes beige bedspreads and bedskirts, blond dressers, and gold curtains. Coupled with the classic silhouettes in furniture and older navy carpets (which sometimes smell moldy), the look isn’t particularly fresh. Beachy wall art at least adds a bit of color, though it’s fairly generic. Standard features include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, and high-power air-conditioning. Rooms have king, double, and queen-size beds with wooden headboards and plenty of pillows. All rooms have a sitting area with armchairs, while some have sofas and writing desks. Lower level rooms provide access to the pool. There’s extra storage space in closets, which is where safes and ironing boards are kept. Rooms in the ‘Office’ category are marginally nicer, with dark wooden furniture, extra sitting space, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Bathrooms are roomy and include plenty of towels, simple toiletries, and ample vanity space. All bathrooms have shower/tub combos (except the accessible bathrooms) plus hairdryers and magnifying mirrors.

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Rooms

Features

Restaurant, pool with spacious deck and bar, small game room, laundry room, and free Wi-Fi

There are a good number of features to keep everyone happy at the Howard Johnson in Ponce. La Peria Restaurant serves a daily breakfast of eggs, omelets, pancakes, hot cereal, and french toast. It’s not included in room rates and reviews are mixed. The restaurant is open limited days and nights for lunch and dinner, expect to see traditional Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo, empanadas, and tostones, alongside casual grill fare including burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Adjacent to the restaurant is a cocktail lounge with plenty of high-top tables, a big-screen TV, and a full bar. There’s also a pool bar serving hot dogs, barbecue, nachos, and burgers plus frozen cocktails, beers, and specialty drinks. Guests should check the hours at the poolside bar, though, as it’s not open daily

The outdoor pool deck is spacious, with plenty of lounge chairs and tables for guests to relax and socialize. There is a kiddy pool and hot tub on offer as well. Adjacent to the pool deck is a small game room for kids and teens (and adults) that includes arcade games, pinball machines, and a claw toy machine. A fitness center is available, though it only offers a limited number of cardio machines. The small business center and a coin-operated laundry area are nice extras. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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Restaurant group La Perla | Fish restaurants in St. Petersburg

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The LA PERLA restaurant group has two fish restaurants in
St. Petersburg, each with its own menu, concept and character. They are united by the main direction — seafood and a bias towards French gastronomy. All restaurants of the group regularly receive high marks from critics. You just have to choose your «laperla»

The restaurant group LA PERLA has two fish restaurants in St. Petersburg, each with its own menu, concept and character. They are united by the main direction — seafood and a bias towards French gastronomy. All restaurants of the group regularly receive high marks from critics. You just have to choose your «laperla».

LA PERLA FISH HOUSE
the first fish restaurant in St. Petersburg. Works from 1999 years! Incredibly delicious
menu, interesting, unique interior design made from a real trawler of the Baltic Fleet, a large selection of sea delicacies. A place for friendly meetings, family holidays and romantic dates in a calm, pleasant atmosphere.

LA PERLA SEAFOOD BAR
has an incredibly light holiday atmosphere. This is a noisy, dynamic bar where life sparkles like champagne splashes. Author’s cocktails, bold menu and brutal design create a certain sophisticated dissonance that acts magnetically. This is a meeting place at the bar, a place of youth and fun with a gourmet twist. nine0003

La Perla Fish House on Marata st.

Igor Meltser, a pioneer of fish gastronomy in St. Petersburg and the founder of the cult club «Khali Gali» with Roman Trakhtenberg as an entertainer. Back in 1999, he opened the first fish restaurant «Matrosskaya Tishina». Since 2014, the institution has been called La Perla Restaurant, but at the same time, everything is also heading towards French gastronomy and is famous for its large selection of seafood. nine0003

IGOR MELTSER

RESTAURANT

The menu of our restaurants focuses on French gastronomy and the latest world trends with the addition of a bright and spicy aftertaste. In all establishments of LA PERLA you will find a large selection of live seafood.
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In LA PERLA FISH HOUSE , the kitchens of the North of Italy and the South of France set the main chords. Various seafood delicacies, a large selection of shellfish, including several types of oysters — this is a paradise for seafood lovers. We even have very rare representatives of the marine fauna. nine0003

At LA PERLA SEAFOOD BAR , the chef loves to «joke» with gastronomic passion, skillfully playing with combinations of flavors and sometimes giving out very bold solutions. Pan-Asian cuisine reigns here in the menu and signature cocktails that are incredible in taste and composition.

The menu of our restaurants focuses on French gastronomy and the latest global trends with the addition of a bright and spicy aftertaste.
In all establishments of LA PERLA you will find a large selection of live seafood.

FINE CUISINE WITH DELIVERY TO YOUR HOME!

Oysters, seafood icy plateau, crab olivier, crab shawarma and other dishes — try all the flavors of the sea without leaving your home. Treat yourself to a real holiday with La Perla! Each restaurant has its own delivery menu — just choose by going to the site!

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