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Info for the jewish traveler
http://www.chabadpr.com/


Hotels   (feel free to add suggestions)
   Before booking any hotel check the Chabad website they have very good rates for the popular hotels that are close to them

   Ritz Carlton

   http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SanJuan/Default.htm
        DDF'r Hotel Review
        http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg462832#msg462832
   St. Regis
   http://www.stregisbahiabeach.com/
       DDF'r Hotel Review
       http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg161581#msg161581
   El San Juan
   http://www.elsanjuanhotel.com/default-en.html
   Gran Melia
   http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/puerto-rico/coco-beach/gran-melia-puerto-rico-golf-resort/index.html
         DDF'r Hotel Review
         http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg927319#msg927319


Preferred Car Rental
   http://www.chabadpr.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2370163/jewish/Charlie-Car-Rental.htm


Kosher food
  Old San Juan
   Kosher in Paradise, Israeli style. With panini, falafel and more.  They can deliver to your hotel for a fee
   261 Fortaleza Street.
   787-244-3399
   Chabad (next to The Ritz and El San Juan)
   http://shop.chabadpr.com/   (please someone add info regarding this)


Things to do

   Bioluminescent Bay
   http://www.pureadventurepr.com/adventure_trips/bio_bay_lagoon_tour_excursion/
 
   El Yunque rainforest
   http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147324-d1448148-Reviews-The_El_Yunque_Rain_Forest-El_Yunque_National_Forest_Puerto_Rico.html

   ATV/Horseback Riding
   http://www.carabalirainforestpark.com/atv.php

   Casa Bacardi Distillery Tour- Rum Factory
   http://www.casabacardi.org/

   Explore Old San Juan-
   Castillo de San Cristobal- Old Forts in Old San Juan

   http://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm

   Vieques and Culebra
    2 small islands with fabulous beaches that, IMHO are more interesting than the main island. (and Vieques has its own biobay)

  Mini Boat Adventure
  http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/island_hop_snorkel.html


Trip Reports:

   http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg651144#msg651144

   http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg1063469#msg1063469

Author Topic: Puerto Rico Master Thread  (Read 65343 times)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2012, 01:25:42 PM »
Ok I called and like I thought they said they can't confirm that early check in, but if the room is available....should I take my chances of showing up at 5am and they tell me that I have to wait until 3?
This hotel had problems getting the rooms ready even for slandered check in time in the past (many complaints about this on diff rating sites). I would therefor do what Ergel suggested, and not rely on a room being ready. unless they can confirm it for you the night before...

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2012, 01:29:17 PM »
This hotel had problems getting the rooms ready even for slandered check in time in the past (many complaints about this on diff rating sites). I would therefor do what Ergel suggested, and not rely on a room being ready. unless they can confirm it for you the night before...
Thanks. Gonna try my luck with the $20 trick. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2012, 02:34:28 PM »
Thanks. Gonna try my luck with the $20 trick. Fingers crossed.
Might take a $50 trick in this kind of hotel...
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2012, 02:35:13 PM »
Might take a $50 trick in this kind of hotel...
Aight a $50 it is.

In case anyone wants to know, Verizon considers Puerto Rico roaming while Sprint does not.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2012, 06:50:29 PM »
Does anybody know the Chabad Discount # for the The Ritz Carlton Hotel in PR?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2012, 02:00:08 PM »
I have an option to either make a 5.5 he stopover or 10hr stop in San Juan.
Is there what to see there in that time?  Mostly walking distance?
Or should I just go to Miami for 10 hr stopover? I've been to Miami before, never in SJU

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2012, 02:08:13 PM »
I have an option to either make a 5.5 he stopover or 10hr stop in San Juan.
Is there what to see there in that time?  Mostly walking distance?
Or should I just go to Miami for 10 hr stopover? I've been to Miami before, never in SJU
eh SJU's not worth it for 10 hrs. I'd do MIA and grab a bite.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: September 19, 2012, 09:33:13 PM »
So thr plan is to stay till sunday iyh from tomorrow night.
Staying at a friend for friday and motzei. But thursday i wanna treat myself out to a hotel. Any suggestions?
Up to $200 ill hear though id rather stick with $180 but if major diff then up to $200
I was looking at intercontinantal . Any idea which room to choose? Its just me.
Im new to hotels, havent really been to anything nice.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: December 08, 2012, 06:43:09 PM »
Can anyone comment on what Kosher bread is available in the supermarkets there (San Juan or Rio Grande area)?  Any other DDFers going to be in the SJU area between 12/20 and 12/31? 

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: December 12, 2012, 12:35:49 PM »
Can anyone comment on what Kosher bread is available in the supermarkets there (San Juan or Rio Grande area)?  Any other DDFers going to be in the SJU area between 12/20 and 12/31? 

Anyone with a comment/suggestion?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: December 12, 2012, 03:54:35 PM »
Can anyone comment on what Kosher bread is available in the supermarkets there (San Juan or Rio Grande area)?  Any other DDFers going to be in the SJU area between 12/20 and 12/31? 
Staying at the St Regis?

Theres a Ralphs and Walmart right nearby which have kosher products, not sure about bread.

You can order kosher food and get more info from chabad, http://www.chabadpuertorico.com/

Just to note, St Regis will charge to store and heat up food for you. Surprising at such an upscale hotel but thats what it is.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: December 12, 2012, 04:12:10 PM »
Staying at the St Regis?

Just to note, St Regis will charge to store and heat up food for you. Surprising at such an upscale hotel but thats what it is.

Thanks for the reply.  Staying at Rio Mar in a rented golf Villa -- food would be too much of a hassle with three kids over 11 nights -- need the kitchen.

Doesn't surprise me at all that St. Regis charges for heating food -- same concept as WiFi being expensive in expensive hotels, and free in limited service hotels (Hampton Inn, etc.) 

We planned on hitting the Ralphs and WalMart....I'll report back on what kind of bread we find.

Chabad says we can find bagels and pita (that they see in supermarkets near them) -- but they're not the best ones to ask, as they probably don't buy that bread (I think - but if I'm wrong, suspect one of the Chabadnick DDFers will jump down my throat :)

Last time I was in Cancun, I even found some brand of brown n' serve rolls that were kosher (but staying in a Westin, so no way to bake them), in addition to bagels and pita.  Assuming there will be more to find in PR.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: December 13, 2012, 10:18:43 AM »
IIRC there was zero to no kosher breads to be found. I think we did find some kind of pita or something at the end that was kosher but I can't remember exactly. We stayed in the St. Regis and went to the Ralph's and Walmart several times. No kosher milk either, not even chalav stam.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: December 13, 2012, 11:07:12 AM »
What do you mean no chalav stam
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