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San Juan, Caribbean
Private Authentic Puerto Rican Food Tasting with Cooking Lesson

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Don’t leave sampling the best of San Juan’s classic cuisine to chance, ensure you pleasure your palate on this half-day food tour. Ideal for food lovers, this excursion showcases the best of San Juan’s casual culinary scene. Feast on snacks from local family-owned kiosks in Los Pionones and spend free time relaxing on Luquillo Beach. Snacks and bottled water will be provided and the best part is you eat what you cook.
  • Ideal for food lovers wanting to sample authentic Puerto Rican cuisine
  • Choose to purchase street food from local family-owned kiosks in Los Pinones
  • Relax on the white sands of Luquillo Beach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
  • Food samples are included
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Pineapple and Passion Fruit
Local Coffee and Pastry
Bottled water
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

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10:30 AM
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Your tour begins with pickup from your San Juan hotel. After boarding an air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll head straight for the food markets of La Placita de Santurce. On your visit, you will get to learn and taste some of our delicious treats such as quenepas, papaya, apple bananas, sweet pineapples, plantains, and more. 

The second stop is just a few steps away from Isla Verde, Los Pinones kiosks where local family-owned stalls exude tempting aromas. Here you will learn how to create dishes such as alcapurria, pastellios, and mofongo.

After lunch, choose between relaxing on the white sands of the nearby Luquillo Beach after Los Pinones’ arrays of stalls sell everything from crisp fritters and fresh seafood to Italian-inspired pasta dishes or returning back to your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Real PR Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "The tour started an hour late and instead of being a 4-6 hour tour, it was 2 hours and 20 minutes." See review


29 Reviews

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This is not the Puerto Rico I know.
, Mar 2022
I realize that the world is not perfect however if you want to celebrate a destination, you wouldn't include cooking in an unsanitary environment. The tour guide was uninformative and most of the tour was driving highways.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello Raymond, we apologize you feel this way, we strive to support our local businesses and take all necessary health precautions. Some locations are further away since they are not touristic locations. We hope you will be able to enjoy and explore Puerto Rico in the future. Thank you for your review.
Avoid this tour!
, Dec 2021
This tour was the worst food tour we have ever taken, and we’ve taken many. It started with our guide Stephanie being 45 minutes late; so she recommended we get breakfast while we are waiting for her to arrive. Breakfast before the food tour??? We rode on the car in total silence for most of the time. The vendor was not ready when we arrived, so Stephanie took us to see a cave, which we were not really interested to see, and where our guide had facts wrong while telling a story about the cave. There was much more standing around and waiting back at the vendor. We didn’t get a real cooking lesson as promised as well. We didn’t prepare any of the ingredients or even watched them bring prepared. We just sealed a dumpling and put a mixture of meat and plantain into a form. Nothing was explained to us about the history of culinary traditions of the island. Overall it was just a terrible waste of our time and our money. They misadvertise! The description of the tour says visiting nearly 60 kiosks with food. We visited one. Snacks were promised—we got none. The tour was supposed to last for 3-3.5 hours, ours was less than 2. At the end we only eat two small fritters at one food kiosk. At the end our guide had the nerve to suggest that we go on our own to old San Juan to experience authentic cuisine, after we paid $540!!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
As, the owner of the company I will greatly apologize on the lack of service that was provided to you this day by our guide. We completely understand your frustration and agreed that you weren't given the service that was you paid for which is why we refunded $200 dollars of your money. However, you failed to mention the way that you mistreated our guide who was trying to make up for not only being late but also for our vendor not being ready. Also you guys turned your nose up at the local area that you were taken to when this is an area that not only locals visit regularly, but also Jimmy Kimmal has filmed in this local area. Our company informs how much we support local small business and we have been taking people to this area for over the course of 4yrs. We do agree that the service provided to you could of been better, but we also believe people shouldn't be belittled or mistreated for their mistakes.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Enjoyed going and trying authentic food
, Nov 2021
Nice food tour. Enid was wonderful and she always made sure we were ok and taken care of. Food was great.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi , we are happy Enid made your experience a memorable one! Thank you for booking with us and we hope to see you again soon! 🇵🇷❤️
1 traveler found this review helpful
Must book
, Sep 2021
We had steph for the time and she was nothing short of amazing. She had excellent conversation- helped us get souvenirs- suggested great places. Helped with food prep and was engaged with us the whole time. I recommend you ask for her specifically when you book. If I could give 10 stars I would just for her alone. Food was tasty - alcapurrias were my favorite !
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
WOW! Thank you Kristina for this amazing review. We are so pleased that you had fun in Puerto Rico and with Steph. We hope you come back and have more adventures with us. Blessings! -Real PR Tours
Very frustrating
, Aug 2021
I contacted the travel company multiple times times and they never showed up to pick us up. We kept being told we would "hear from them soon". After 90 minutes we were told they couldn't find the tour guide, so the trip never happened.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Eve, we completely understand your frustration and we deeply apologize for the lack of communication. Unfortunately our guide had a family medical emergency in the middle of the night and was unable to communicate with our staff in time to find someone to cover her tour. We definitely do not intend on leaving clients waiting, so we did make an attempt to try a find an available guide last minute and unfortunately, we couldn’t get one. Our apologies once again.
Food was amazing. Ask for Yuma
, Jul 2021
One of the best tours on the island. Yuma was absolutely amazing. She took her time and allowed us to shop and really enjoy the food and culture. She explained everything perfectly and was filled with knowledge and information. Thanks Yuma u made my trip even better.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
YAYY! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with Yuma. It's a pleasure to serve you. We can't wait to see you again. Blessings. -Real PR Tours
Not as described
, Jan 2020
This tour wasn't really what we were expecting. Our guide was friendly and personable, most of the food we ate was delicious, and Los Pinones was a cool place we wouldn't have seen otherwise. However, a lot was off. First, we received no response to our attempts to communicate until 14 minutes before the tour was supposed to start, so we were wondering if it was even happening. The text we received asked if we were still interested, even though we'd already paid. The tour started an hour late and instead of being a 4-6 hour tour, it was 2 hours and 20 minutes. Granted, some of that was because we couldn't go to the beach due to a high surf. In Los Pinones we went to exactly one food stall, not 60; we didn't even walk around. We were hoping to get an idea of what and maybe where to eat for the rest of our trip, trying small pieces of different things. We ate the entirety of three things and a couple of fruits. It wasn't a bad experience, but certainly not what we paid for.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi good morning, Iet me first apologize for the communication issues. I’m not sure if you’re aware of the on going earthquakes here on the island but it has caused a very unreliable communication system here in the island, but someone should of had reached out to you at least 24hrs prior. Also I think that there was a little misunderstanding regarding the tour that you choose. The tour that was chosen was the half day food tour w/beach clean up. Which consists of a local farmers market, cooking & tasting in Pinones and the 40 min beach clean up..and with the weather being very bad the volunteering was not an option. This tour is generally should be 3.5-4hours long. Our tour the that is up to 6 hours with the 60 different kiosks would be a full day tour. So I’ll make sure to specify that a little more clearer on our ad. We truly do appreciate you’re honest feedback so we can make the necessary changes. Thank you again for your input.
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