27 Feb Planning Your Wedding Welcome Dinner or Rehearsal Dinner in Rincon PR
Planning a destination wedding can be a lot of work. Scratch that, planning any wedding can be a lot of work. But destination weddings in particular pose some unique challenges for couples, especially destination weddings taking place on a small island in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico has long been a top destination wedding choice for couples all over the world, and for good reason. Puerto Rico is a short, relatively inexpensive flight from the mainland United States and does not require a passport for travel. And the island’s balmy weather, world-class beaches, cerulean waters, and rich history and culture certainly don’t hurt. However, when couples opt for a destination wedding in Puerto Rico, they often have to rely on someone who is on-site to help with the planning process and details, which is where a professional wedding coordinator comes in handy.
Top Spots for Your Rincon PR Rehearsal Dinner
The last thing you want to have to do after planning your destination wedding is fret over planning the perfect rehearsal dinner. Rincon Puerto Rico is a hot spot for destination weddings and while some couples prefer a formal, sit-down dinner, many opt for a more casual rehearsal dinner that brings everyone together to meet and mingle, and also doubles as a welcome dinner. Wedding welcome dinners are becoming more and more popular, especially for destination weddings, where the majority of the guests will be traveling a great distance to attend. And with Rincon’s natural beachy, laid-back vibe, there are dozens of excellent options to choose from, whether you prefer a casual seaside restaurant, a more upscale restaurant/hotel combo, or an open-air bar and grill. Some of our favorite local spots for wedding welcome dinners and rehearsal dinners in Rincon Puerto Rico include the following:
Tamboo Bar & Seaside Grill
Located beachfront at Sandy Beach, Tamboo is a favorite food and drink spot for locals and tourists alike. Good food, creative cocktails, live music, a fun atmosphere and gorgeous ocean views make Tamboo a no-brainer for your rehearsal and welcome dinner. Tamboo was voted “Best Caribbean Beach Bar 2018” by USA Today and features an upper patio deck overlooking Sandy Beach that can be booked for private events.
Harbor Restaurant is a casual seaside restaurant located in the Marina area of Rincon Puerto Rico. The food at Harbor is excellent (think whole Caribbean lobster, Mahi-Mahi filets and fresh red snapper) and the atmosphere is unbeatable. Enjoy your rehearsal dinner in Harbor Restaurant’s main dining room for an upscale meal with local favorites and then cozy up at the beach bar after dinner to watch the sunset with all of your favorite people!
A cozy, farm-to-table restaurant run by a husband and wife team, Estela Restaurant in Rincon PR features locally-sourced ingredients and a creative menu that changes with the tide. If you’re looking for a unique take on local cuisine for your rehearsal dinner, check out Estela’s queen red snapper sashimi with papaya and tiger’s milk or braised short ribs over root vegetable mash. In addition to its main dining area, the restaurant features an outdoor terrace for a more private dining experience.
A relatively new addition to the Rincon PR dining scene, Café 413 is a fun mix of sports bar, coffee shop and healthy restaurant, with craft beers and vegan, raw and gluten-free alternatives. Located in downtown Rincon, this restaurant is a casual, surfer-style spot perfect for a wedding welcome or farewell brunch.
Another great brunch spot in Rincon PR is Isla Restaurant, a casual breakfast and brunch restaurant serving original International-Caribbean fusion dishes featuring fresh, local ingredients and vegan and vegetarian options. Gather your guests for a casual wedding welcome or farewell brunch with mimosas and Bloody Mary’s at Isla Restaurant and they won’t soon forget it!
If you’re looking for a classic Puerto Rican restaurant for your rehearsal dinner, look no further than the Red Flamboyan, a charming, established eatery named for the vivid red flowering trees that line the hillside nearby. Flamboyan is a Rincon PR landmark, known for its fresh fish dishes, specialty cocktails and authentic Criollo cuisine, all of which will welcome your guests to Puerto Rico in the best possible way.
Villa Cofresi may be best known for its Bohio beach bar’s famous “Pirata” coconut drink, but the beachfront hotel also features an upscale restaurant perfect for your rehearsal dinner or wedding welcome dinner. La Ana de Cofresi Restaurant was one of the very first restaurants in Rincon, started in 1965, and it continues to wow guests daily with its delicious Puerto Rican fare and charming atmosphere. Ask about Cofresi’s banquet hall for your wedding event.