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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 65342 times)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: May 19, 2013, 09:34:14 PM »
The new Ritz Carlton Reserve at Doraldo Beach is supposed to be very nice

FYI, the St. Regis started charging to store and reheat Kosher food recently

Keep in mind that Puerto Rico is not that nice to begin with (compared with Florida and islands nearby) so you may end up disappointed if you are expecting something super exotic
Thanks.
Its almost odd that a ritz carlton and waldorf astoria can each be had at $189/night

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: May 19, 2013, 09:36:29 PM »
Thanks.
Its almost odd that a ritz carlton and waldorf astoria can each be had at $189/night

Ritz Carlton is very average according to my In-Laws (who are not very fussy). Not sure about the Waldorf

Never ever trust TripAdvisor for reviews of Luxury Hotels because for someone who normally stays at Motel Six, a honeymoon at the Ritz may seem like heaven. Its all about perspective

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: May 19, 2013, 10:27:40 PM »
Thanks.
Its almost odd that a ritz carlton and waldorf astoria can each be had at $189/night
It aint your average Ritz...

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: May 19, 2013, 10:29:01 PM »

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: June 07, 2013, 07:34:22 AM »
Has anyone done the bio(luminescent) bay experience in/near Fajardo? Will be staying at the Ritz and wondering if it's worth the trip out there. Also, if so, would you recommend the kayak or motor boat experience?
Any other must-do activities in San Juan?
Thanks.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: June 07, 2013, 10:17:10 AM »
anyone ever stay at la concha https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjubr-la-concha-renaissance-san-juan-resort/

Sorry- i know its a couple weeks after you asked but I just saw this. I really liked the hotel and it was a very pleasant experience. I didnt think that the beach next to it was very nice but the pool made up for it.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: June 07, 2013, 11:00:23 AM »
Sorry- i know its a couple weeks after you asked but I just saw this. I really liked the hotel and it was a very pleasant experience. I didnt think that the beach next to it was very nice but the pool made up for it.
Thanks! What made the beach not nice?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: June 07, 2013, 11:03:55 AM »
Thanks! What made the beach not nice?

I didnt think it was so clean and the beach wasnt so large in that area.

I also stayed at the El Conquistador a bunch of years ago. They have a private beach which is great.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: June 07, 2013, 11:06:02 AM »
I didnt think it was so clean and the beach wasnt so large in that area.

I also stayed at the El Conquistador a bunch of years ago. They have a private beach which is great.
out of curiosity how long ago were you at la concha?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: June 07, 2013, 11:06:54 AM »
out of curiosity how long ago were you at la concha?

Extended weekend (Thursday night to Monday night).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: June 07, 2013, 11:27:03 AM »
Extended weekend (Thursday night to Monday night).
I meant how long ago were you there as in what year did you go.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: June 07, 2013, 12:14:53 PM »
I meant how long ago were you there as in what year did you go.

Sorry i misread. I was there in Feb 2011 (Packers 31 Steelers 25).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: June 07, 2013, 01:47:13 PM »
Sorry i misread. I was there in Feb 2011 (Packers 31 Steelers 25).
lol . Thanks for the info. Anything that isa must do while I'm there?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: June 07, 2013, 01:51:23 PM »
lol . Thanks for the info. Anything that isa must do while I'm there?

There are things that are nice to do there (rain forest, Bacardi Rum factory, Old San juan is nice with cobblestone streets).
IMO, the only must do is to relax (and find some of the nicer beaches).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: June 10, 2013, 12:26:56 PM »
Has anyone done the bio(luminescent) bay experience in/near Fajardo? Will be staying at the Ritz and wondering if it's worth the trip out there. Also, if so, would you recommend the kayak or motor boat experience?
Any other must-do activities in San Juan?
Thanks.

I've done the kayaking in the bioluminescent bay. I would definitely recommend it it was a lot of fun, never tried the motor boat so can't tell you about that one. Also did the El Yunque rainforest, explored Old San Juan and did some ATV'ing, all of which were great.