Salsa! Make a Few New Moves on Vacation

Salsa Lessons

One thing you will quickly learn about Puerto Rico is that the people here like to dance! And they can really move! There are all different types of dance clubs, but you will always find Salsa music being played somewhere. And where there’s music, there’s almost always dancing!

Salsa is so popular in Puerto Rico that the World Salsa Congress & Salsa Open is held here every year in July and we fill Hiram Birthorn Stadium with dancers for National Day of Zalsa (Salsa) every March. Salsa is a sexy and fast dance — it is amazing to watch couples, who know what they are doing do this dance.

What? You Say You don’t know how to Salsa?

Then you need some lessons! Bars and clubs offer lessons at different times throughout the week. They’re open to everyone — from beginners to experienced salseros — and you don’t have to worry about making a fool of yourself.

Let me tell you a little about myself …

  • I have no rhythm and am a horrible dancer!
  • I have lived in Puerto Rico a number of years now, and have attended a number of parties where people assume I know how to Salsa — which I don’t!
  • I finally got tired of sitting it out at parties, looking like a party-pooper and decided to find some dance lessons and at least learn some of the basics. We went to a local dance club in Naguabo which offered salsa/bachata dance lessons .

So if I can learn it, so can you!

Basic Salsa Dance Steps NOTE- THINGS CHANGE SO QUICKLY- Call ahead to make sure info is still accurate. Check out this Facebook site for Cambio en Clave . They have daily listings on all the latest Salsa places.

Lessons in the San Juan / Old San Juan Areas

There are a number of places in the tourist areas that have Salsa music and bands on different nights of the week, but not too many lessons are offered for beginners. You may want to try lessons by renting a DVD or downloading from YouTube before arriving in Puerto Rico, just to brush up on your steps!

Clubs & Bars with Salsa Music

For all you salseros out there, who know what you are doing and are looking for some Salsa music, try these clubs. Remember to dress to impress (i.e no sneaker, shorts, etc.).Also note that things change all the time, so CALL FIRST for current information.

Saturday and Sundays

  • Guavate in Cayey. A number of lechonerias that all have live Salsa music during the day- from around 1pm -??. Lots of locals dancing, very casual.

Monday

  • LA Factoria – 148 Calle San Sebastian, Old San Juan. Call (787) 412-4251 for info. Latin music in the back room. After 10pm. Facebook page .
  • Wednesday

    • Tardes de Salsa con Aroma de Café (Salsa Nights) Music with Salsa Masters and friends. First Wednesday of the month at Plaza Santiago R. Palmer, Caguas. 6pm. Tel. 787-744-8833 ext.1833/1840.

    Thursday

    • Cafe 8 at Bahía Urbana (in Old San Juan) Live Salsa band. Free admission. Door open at 7pm with drink specials. Live music from 9:30pm.
    • La Respuesta, Cafe Tonita and/or Taberna Los Vazquez or others in La Placita, Santurce in Río Piedras. Dance music begins after 5:00pm.
    • SJ Marriott Resort/Stellaris Casino in Red Coral Lounge. Red Coral Lounge Call 787-722-7000 for info. Live dance music begins at 8:00pm.
    • Vaca Brava in Calle Recinto Sur in Old San Juan. DJ/Dance music begins at 8:30pm . (787) 723-3700

    Friday

    • Adoquin Jamming Nights in Old San Juan plazas. Variety of music/dancing, usually some with salsa. Facebook page. Live dance music begins at 7:30pm.
    • SJ Marriott Resort/Stellaris Casino Red Coral Lounge. Call 787-722-7000 for info. Live dance music begins at 8:00pm.
    • Cafe Tonita (and others) in La Placita, Santurce in Río Piedras Call 787-725-4826 for info. Dance music begins at 5:00pm.
    • Noches de Salsa at Intercontenental, in Isla Verde. Music from 9:00pm . Call +1-787-791-6100 for more info
    • Hotel El San Juan in Isla Verde, lobby bar , different latin music, sometimes live salsa bands. Call for more info 787-791-1000.

    Saturday

    • SJ Marriott Resort/Stellaris Casino Red Coral Lounge. Call 787-722-7000 for info. Live dance music begins at 8:00pm.
    • Hotel El San Juan in Isla Verde, lobby bar , different latin music, sometimes live salsa bands> Call for more info 787-791-1000.

    Sunday

  • SJ Marriott Resort/Stellaris Casino Red Coral Lounge . Call 787-722-7000 for info. Live dance music begins at 8:00pm.
  • Courtyard by Marriot Picante Lobby Bar in Isla Verde. Call 787-368-8032 for info. Latin music begins at 7pm.
  • LA Factoria – 148 Calle San Sebastian, Old San Juan. Call (787) 412-4251 for info. Latin music in the back room. After 10pm. Facebook page .
  • Cafe la Princesa on Paseo la Princesa in Old San Juan. Call 787-724-2930 for info. Dance music from 3:00pm until 5:00pm

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Antojitos in Rio Grande has beginner salsa classes thursday and i believe Tuesdays (reconfirm) $5 per person and starts at 7pm.

Comment by janae scott on 05 Oct 2019

You would have to check with each company - do a Google search for Dance class puerto rico.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Oct 2016

Hey, What are the prices for a privat lesson in a Salsa school in Puerto Rico ?

Comment by Franka on 27 Oct 2016

thanks- I added Thursday and now Friday too!

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Aug 2016

You missed Thursday's at CODE!

Comment by Teresa Longobardi on 28 May 2016

Sorry, I do not know. But try https://www.facebook.com/cambioenclave/?fref=ts on Facebook. These people know everything about Salsa going on here.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Mar 2016

Estoy buscando un lugar en Bayamon para tomar clases de salsa o en HR luego de mi trabajo de l a v luego de las 6 por favor contesten

Comment by Ivelisse on 23 Mar 2016

Great classes every Saturday at Art Gallery cafe Trigo! (Calle Loiza 2016) Instructor is a professional dancer and teacher. 8-9 Pm / $12 for 1 class. She teaches L.A. Style, her # is 787 430 1449. If enough students and visitors they continue into Social Dancing. Definitely had a lot of fun here and learned a lot.

Comment by Cinderella on 29 Sep 2015

I took lessons @ Let's Dance Studio, a one on one instructor Yessenia Benavides, she's great, patient and is certified in salsa, bachata, merengue, tango, and ballroom dancing. Recommended here's her # 787-647-8377

Comment by Javier on 17 Jun 2015

Every Tuesday, Oceano lounge in Condado offers free salsa classes as well. Giovanni is an awesome instructor! They have more information on their facebook page

Comment by Dmitry on 05 Feb 2013

Hotels? Not the best choice for salsa. Last place I would choose in fact, unless there's a really big salsa event. Clubs are the best to catch salsa in PR. In OSJ, Nuyorican Cafe is best and in Piñones El Balcón del Zumbador is a sure bet.

Comment by Wildaly on 08 Jan 2013

I just got back from Puerto Rico, the acclaimed Salsa Capitol. Very, very disappointing. We stayed at the Intercontinental who claimed to have salsa dancing. They acutally only pay lip service to the idea. We went next door to the El San Juan Hotel and Casino. The salsa situation was much better but you need to bring your own partner. There is no one to dance with. I will throw one compliment; the music was great both the live and the piped in music. If I had not been there with my wife I would have been out of luck.

Comment by Nick on 12 Sep 2010

I took these classes and enjoyed them a lot. I learned the steps easyly, thanks to Mr. Jose Lozada. He is an excellent instructor. I also need to congratulate you, Gwenn, for your article, I give you a A+. It was nice finding this page.

Comment by Eli on 05 Jan 2010

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