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Title: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: prouddanfan on June 06, 2011, 10:13:33 AM
I am going to be visiting the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico at the end of june. Any tips, ideas, or discounts from someone who has stayed there?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: rochelliot on August 03, 2011, 12:16:11 PM
Hi...i happen to be going there with my wife next in a few days....can u please give me some good trip advice at and around the st regis bahia beach- Puerto Rico...etc?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: AJK on August 07, 2011, 04:35:54 AM
I, too, am interested in PR. How is the jewish community? kosher food availability, etc?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: BrooklynCPA on August 08, 2011, 10:30:35 AM
There is a chabbad house right near the Ritz and El San Juan. Their meals are very good, reasonably priced and they deliver to Hotels.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: beny on August 08, 2011, 04:08:59 PM
Going to the st regis in few weeks as well. Can we pls get some tips from those that visited?
How are they with room upgrades to spg gold members? (Does it pay to call ahead and speak to any specific reps at the property?)

Btw there are some really nice reviews at FT, but would like to hear from some in this community..

Also it seems that all the negetive reviews on tripadvisor were written within the first few months since openning, and it did take them some time to get their act together. But I can only confirm from my own experience...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: BrooklynCPA on August 08, 2011, 04:23:33 PM
Sounds like there will be a Minyan at the St Regis :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: AJK on August 08, 2011, 05:19:38 PM
I'll be there for an interview on Aug. 16th...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: beny on August 08, 2011, 05:32:18 PM
I'll be there for an interview on Aug. 16th...
What sort of interview?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: AJK on August 09, 2011, 12:01:07 AM
What sort of interview?

Clerking for a federal judge.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: beny on August 17, 2011, 02:38:32 PM
Would any of the previous commenters care to share their experience? upgraded?
is a car rental worthwhile there? if yes, where did u rent from?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: BAHayman on September 27, 2011, 04:32:43 PM
Would any of the previous commenters care to share their experience? upgraded?
is a car rental worthwhile there? if yes, where did u rent from?

+1, and kosher etc?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico
Post by: AJK on September 27, 2011, 04:34:43 PM
Was only there for 8 hours, but AFAIK, there is no kosher restaurant there, but there is a chabad that has kosher food.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: es21729 on October 23, 2011, 10:25:40 PM
Hi I just posted separately, but can any of you that visited the St. Regis Bahia Beach share your experiences? Is the hotel/area nice? How were the rooms and is it possible to get upgraded there?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2011, 10:27:41 PM
Hi I just posted separately, but can any of you that visited the St. Regis Bahia Beach share your experiences? Is the hotel/area nice? How were the rooms and is it possible to get upgraded there?
ROFL'ing right now :D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: es21729 on October 23, 2011, 10:39:44 PM
:-)

I did do some research on my own, I see some decent places out there (this St Regis being one of them) but wanted to know of people's experiences as far as flights, rentals, deals, upgrades, food, what to do etc.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: seemorehabs on October 31, 2011, 11:51:04 PM
any 2 days getaway deal in PR from NY area?
Hows weather in PR usually in Jan or FEb?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: karen on November 01, 2011, 09:11:46 PM
any 2 days getaway deal in PR from NY area?
Hows weather in PR usually in Jan or FEb?
It was around 80 degree when I was there during Christmas and New Year week last year.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: seemorehabs on November 02, 2011, 09:44:08 PM
which airport in nyc  to and from  PR is usually the best $'s to fly into
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beny on December 25, 2011, 06:39:10 PM
Would like to share my experience at the St. Regis Bahia Beach in short.

property is superb. very unique. private (good for the frum community). beach is 2 miles long, all private, so you can comfortably take a stroll without bumping into many ppl. the hotel has only about 140 rooms in 12 separate "casa's" or buildings, only 3 floors tall at most.

staff was great. you really get driven around in a golf cart every time you wanna go somewhere. we did it many times a day, and they did it every time gladly.

rooms have extra large fridge, so we were there for 4 days, and were able to store all our food in the fridge. - the food from chabad is very far and would cost like $80 just to taxi it over. we froze meat and milk and stayed good for our flight from NY. also worth it to stop off and stock up on fresh food and water at Ralph's around the corner from the hotel.

we were there during hurricane Irene this summer, but we still had a great experience. got upgraded to a beautiful suite after the hurricane. but even before that the regular room was very spacious with a separate kitchen room.

the hotel is only a half hour from the rain forest which seems to be the only major attraction IMHO. otherwise the hotel can really keep you entertained for your whole stay. between biking, gulfing, tennis, boating etc.

anyhow, that's it for now. for more info please reply or PM me. I'll be glad to help.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: es21729 on December 29, 2011, 09:31:33 PM
Hi I saw your post. I'm looking to take my wife for 3-4 days sometime in February (flying from NY as well). We've never done an island before as we were always hesitant with the food situation, so we usually just end up in Florida because it's easy. Did that work out well for you? I have plenty of starwood points to spare so I'm looking for a really nice resort. I checked out the website for this hotel it looks nice but doesn't blow me away...is it really that nice, maybe the pictures just don't do it justice? What about the surrounding area, is it decent, or do I not even care? I'm not one that needs tons of activities on my vacation, the pool/beach/spa should keep us busy most of the time, but over 4 days I would need something else to do not to go nuts. Is there any nightlife? What else can you tell me I'm clueless when it comes to this. Thanks!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beny on January 10, 2012, 12:36:03 PM
Hi I saw your post. I'm looking to take my wife for 3-4 days sometime in February (flying from NY as well). We've never done an island before as we were always hesitant with the food situation, so we usually just end up in Florida because it's easy. Did that work out well for you? I have plenty of starwood points to spare so I'm looking for a really nice resort. I checked out the website for this hotel it looks nice but doesn't blow me away...is it really that nice, maybe the pictures just don't do it justice? What about the surrounding area, is it decent, or do I not even care? I'm not one that needs tons of activities on my vacation, the pool/beach/spa should keep us busy most of the time, but over 4 days I would need something else to do not to go nuts. Is there any nightlife? What else can you tell me I'm clueless when it comes to this. Thanks!
the food situation worked out just fine. We had a grill on our George Forman every night. Just went to the restaurant once fore drinks and change of scenery.

this is category six, so it was 8000 points and $150 plus a whopping $60/night resort fee. (they waived 3 of the 4 nights resort fee for me, due to the bad weather). If your gonna do just points, I would suggest five nights, cuz 5th night is free.

the resort is truly amazing. YouTube it and you'll find some nice pics of it. No breathtaking views but really unique and secluded. When you enter the property you drive for like 3 minutes till you get to the front desk.... Service is amazing. If you picture a clear blue beach like the pics of some islands, this isn't it... Its decent, but the main beauty is the rain forest you feel like your in.

the activities they have to offer can keep you on the grounds for a few days, but you most probably will want to go to the el-yonque rain forest, relatively close by.

no nightlife at all there, that's the island feel.

you could get more info from flyer talk. Some ppl describe in detail their whole experience. Just beware, a lot of negative reviews about service, it seems that it took some time to get their act together when they first opened about a year and half ago, when I was there it was absolutely great. Btw this property charges in this season about $1200 a night for the most basic room, just to give you a feel of the place...

hope you enjoy!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on March 19, 2012, 03:07:39 PM
Have reservations for the St Regis for chol hamoed. Have a 11:59pm flight Sunday night and arriving to SJU at roughly 4am Monday morning. That is too early to check in and I was forced to redeem cash&points from the night before (Sun night).
Should I rather stay at a dumpy hotel near the airport to get some rest and save on the 8k *wood points+$150+$60 resort fee?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 19, 2012, 03:28:49 PM
Did you ask when's the earliest they would allow you to checkin?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on March 19, 2012, 03:31:50 PM
Did you ask when's the earliest they would allow you to checkin?
Check-in time is 3pm and I have basically no status (gold)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 19, 2012, 03:32:48 PM
PUTPAC a manager.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on March 19, 2012, 03:34:55 PM
PUTPAC a manager.
As of now I have the day before reserved if he sees that he's obviously gonna say to keep the reservation for the night before.  And if I cancel I will lose it in the event that he says no, as the hotel no longer participates in cash&points.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 19, 2012, 03:52:18 PM
As of now I have the day before reserved if he sees that he's obviously gonna say to keep the reservation for the night before.  And if I cancel I will lose it in the event that he says no, as the hotel no longer participates in cash&points.
So don't call and you definitely won't get what you want.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on March 19, 2012, 04:07:07 PM
So don't call and you definitely won't get what you want.
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?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on March 19, 2012, 08:01:32 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?

I would go for it.  It's a St. Regis -- customer service should be pretty darn good on property.  If you show up at 5:00 AM, and say, "Good Morning -- I know I'm super early.  Is there any chance I can check into a room?" -- if it's available, I'll bet they will let you check in.

And if no room is available, they'll help you get settled some other way, so you can change and enjoy the day.

Otherwise, stay in the Sheraton Old San Juan, Cat 3 for the one night.
Title: Re: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 19, 2012, 08:47:49 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?
I would call before you take off and ask if they will have a room and if they don't book a room at the airport for a short rest
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beny 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...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan 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...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Finckmyster on September 13, 2012, 06:50:29 PM
Does anybody know the Chabad Discount # for the The Ritz Carlton Hotel in PR?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dvol on September 13, 2012, 07:09:18 PM
http://www.chabadpuertorico.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/804639/jewish/Special-Rates.htm
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Cbs 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
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mocha 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Cbs 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B 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? 
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B 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?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dvol 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 13, 2012, 11:07:12 AM
What do you mean no chalav stam
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dvol on December 13, 2012, 12:02:16 PM
ou-d
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 13, 2012, 02:06:32 PM
All plain milk manufactured in the USA is cholov stam.
If it was supervised it wouldn't be 'stam' anymore.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 13, 2012, 02:43:27 PM
ou-d

Not necessary
 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8154.msg95299#msg95299

http://www.oukosher.org/index.php/common/article/10386
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 14, 2012, 10:39:52 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.

dvol - thanks for the first-hand info.  I'll report back what I'm able to find.  Amigo is supposed to be a big, decent supermarket in that area, as well as ECONO in the same shopping center as WalMart (unless that is Ralph's)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 22, 2012, 06:13:36 PM
Posting from Rio Grande, PR.  Shavua Tov...

AMIGO supermarket is owned by WalMart -- lots of packaged kosher products you would find in the US (and many Great Value products with Hashgacha), cookies, crackers, pasta, pasta sauce, etc., etc.

In the Econo supermarket (same shopping center as WalMart), there were Toufayan kosher bagels, as well as several varieties of Pita from Toufayan -- whole wheat, regular, pocketless.  There was also Kontos Pocketless Pita, as well as 'pizza crusts'

All the supermarkets also have a decent selection of Morningstar Farms and other manufacturers' vegetarian frozen products -- veggie burgers, chicken cutlets, hot dogs, sausages, etc.
 
A different kind of bagels were available in the AMIGO supermarket.  ALL the supermarkets have soft tortillas from several manufacturers with a Hechsher -- almost all the soft tortillas (and there is a huge selection of them) are kosher, imported form the US, CRC, OU, and others.

Chalav Stam is available everywhere -- if you won't drink the local brands, there is lactaid and Skim Plus with OU

I'll update more as I find more....but so far, plenty to buy here at prices pretty similar to back home (if not cheaper in certain cases).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: K on December 23, 2012, 08:01:11 AM
Hands down, the best thing to do in PR ia BIO BAY. (http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/biobay.html)

There is not much to do besides casinos and golfing....but BIO BAY was awesome. If you dont know what it is, read up on it and try to book for a night when the moon will not be out. the darker, the better.

worth the drive if you have a rental car and its only a few minutes from the el conquistador.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 23, 2012, 09:47:57 AM
Hands down, the best thing to do in PR ia BIO BAY. (http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/biobay.html)

There is not much to do besides casinos and golfing....but BIO BAY was awesome. If you dont know what it is, read up on it and try to book for a night when the moon will not be out. the darker, the better.

worth the drive if you have a rental car and its only a few minutes from the el conquistador.

Thanks for the tip....we're already at a half moon now...heading toward mid-month and full moon so may not be the best time to go.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mow on December 23, 2012, 11:28:12 AM
Thanks for the tip....we're already at a half moon now...heading toward mid-month and full moon so may not be the best time to go.
still worth it it is amazing

also buy the $100 bottle of bacardi you can only get it there by the bacardi factory
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 23, 2012, 06:30:39 PM
also buy the $100 bottle of bacardi you can only get it there by the bacardi factory

Regular Bacardi is literally $10.50 in the supermarket or WalMart....

Please let me know what makes the $100 bottle so special??
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 12, 2013, 10:53:28 PM
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.
I spoke to the hotel and asked if i can have a microwave in the room and they said np
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 12, 2013, 10:56:33 PM
Aight a $50 it is.
Did it work? What are my chances as a platinum for a upgrade?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 16, 2013, 05:49:15 PM
Did it work? What are my chances as a platinum for a upgrade?
Update!
I did get a upgrade but not the one I was looking for!
Will bln write a trip report at a later date
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 21, 2013, 02:04:03 AM
I'm not very good at writing a trip report but will give it a shot.
We packed up food and left early morning to SJU where I rented a car from hertz at the airport and decided to drive down to the St regis.
As we where driving through the city of Rio grade it kinda reminded me of malga Spain anyway we finally arrived to the hotel and wow was i impressed with the staff, grounds and the cleanliness of the entire area.
I went to check in and asked for a suite upgrade and they checked and told me that the suite isn't available (to my bemusement the suite next to my room was available) So they upgraded me to the ocean view room and I asked for a microwave oven and they sent it right away. I left my luggage in the lobby and went for a walk on this beautiful 2 miles of beach that was empty (I asked later if there was a shark somewhere? As no one sat by the beach) then I went up to the room that was huge in nyc it would be a 2 bedroom apartment.
The bathroom was luxurious and spacious the bathtub was bigger than a mikva. And the beds where extremely comfortable.
The views and the hotel grounds are simply breathtaking.
But it's very pricey a can coke from the mini bar is 5$ and in the bar its even more a shot of Scotch was 16 pringles the small container was 8$
The must experience is the spa and the massages (male and female masseuse available) I would fly back just for the massage and the grounds of the spa is like a mini paradise.
All in all its a real luxurious retreat and really worth every penny
Anything I missed writing about?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 12, 2013, 08:05:12 AM
Has anyone stayed at the W in PR? How does it compare to the St. Regis?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on March 12, 2013, 10:10:16 AM
Has anyone stayed at the W in PR? How does it compare to the St. Regis?

For starters, the W is on Vieques Island, off the NE coast of PR.  So you have to take a boat from Fajardo, or a small plane from SJU to get there.  Beyond that, W is a W, and St. Regis is a St. Regis....consistent with the brands...both are resort settings
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 12, 2013, 11:42:43 AM
Which other hotels would you recommend in PR in addition to the St. Regis. The St. Regis is 30k per night when I want to go for a total of 120k points. Don't have enough points yet for that.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on March 12, 2013, 11:47:40 AM
Which other hotels would you recommend in PR in addition to the St. Regis. The St. Regis is 30k per night when I want to go for a total of 120k points. Don't have enough points yet for that.

I've stayed at La Concha and really liked it (as did the vast majority of tripadvisor). Its a Renaissance, so uses Mariott points.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on March 12, 2013, 12:16:15 PM
Which other hotels would you recommend in PR in addition to the St. Regis. The St. Regis is 30k per night when I want to go for a total of 120k points. Don't have enough points yet for that.
Not sure if the Ritz takes points or not...  I stayed there and thought it was very nice.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: wierdal832 on March 12, 2013, 12:38:37 PM
Not sure if the Ritz takes points or not...  I stayed there and thought it was very nice.
If u goto the riz u can get the chabab rate which is so cheap compared to the reg rate
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 12, 2013, 02:13:45 PM
I stayed in El San Juan and it was really nice.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Afight4ever on April 14, 2013, 09:45:50 PM
my first trip report.
I stayed in PR with my wife and 13 month old. we stayed at the Sheraton Convention center which was really nice and away from the beaches. stayed in club lever overlooking the little airport and the cruise port. Chabad had minyanim every day for both Shachris and Minch/Marriv. food at chabad is quite pricy but nothing else available for dinner there. We ate at the new Falafel place in old San Juan and it was pretty good. its was $8.50 for a falafal plate which was pretty good. the special fries with sauce and cheese was great too. they sell popcorn at the same place but its not cholov yisroal. we didn't do too much in PR except the boat ride and tour of the Bacardi rum distillery. There are many activities available but without a babysitter we just relaxed most of the time. everything is mostly in spanish and its a very different feel then the USA even though no passport needed to go.
very nice place to just go and relax for a few days.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on April 14, 2013, 10:57:30 PM
my first trip report.
I stayed in PR with my wife and 13 month old. we stayed at the Sheraton Convention center which was really nice and away from the beaches. stayed in club lever overlooking the little airport and the cruise port. Chabad had minyanim every day for both Shachris and Minch/Marriv. food at chabad is quite pricy but nothing else available for dinner there. We ate at the new Falafel place in old San Juan and it was pretty good. its was $8.50 for a falafal plate which was pretty good. the special fries with sauce and cheese was great too. they sell popcorn at the same place but its not cholov yisroal. we didn't do too much in PR except the boat ride and tour of the Bacardi rum distillery. There are many activities available but without a babysitter we just relaxed most of the time. everything is mostly in spanish and its a very different feel then the USA even though no passport needed to go.
very nice place to just go and relax for a few days.

There is a Kosher falafel place in OSJ?  WHen did it open, and under what Hashgacha?  Sorry if I missed it on this thread previously....
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jimbob on April 15, 2013, 01:42:59 AM
If u goto the riz u can get the chabab rate which is so cheap compared to the reg rate

+1. It's well worth the money spent there. I think this is one of the nicest hotels I've ever been to.
Hotel, spa, and casino, ON THE BEACH! can't beat that... and it's a ritz, which means amazing service (at least
in my experience)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on April 15, 2013, 10:23:36 AM
If u goto the riz u can get the chabab rate which is so cheap compared to the reg rate
How do you get the chabad rate and how much is it?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on April 15, 2013, 10:25:06 AM
How do you get the chabad rate and how much is it?
http://www.chabadpuertorico.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/472158/jewish/El-San-Juan.htm
 
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on April 15, 2013, 01:49:29 PM
There is a Kosher falafel place in OSJ?  WHen did it open, and under what Hashgacha?  Sorry if I missed it on this thread previously....

Here is the link with more information (and a menu) of the Kosher felafel place in Old San Juan -- apparently opened by Chabad PR

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on April 15, 2013, 01:59:53 PM
Here is the link with more information (and a menu) of the Kosher felafel place in Old San Juan -- apparently opened by Chabad PR

Enjoy!
Link?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on April 15, 2013, 04:20:49 PM
http://www.chabadpuertorico.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/472158/jewish/El-San-Juan.htm
This doesn't seem like the Ritz Carlton...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on April 15, 2013, 04:41:23 PM
This doesn't seem like the Ritz Carlton...
http://www.chabadpuertorico.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/472160/jewish/The-Ritz-Carlton-Hotel.htm
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dginz on April 15, 2013, 05:44:57 PM
Hi, if someone would be kind enough to chime in on security and safety in the area near the Chabad house and surrounding, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 21, 2013, 09:21:56 PM
Has anyone here stayed at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 10, 2013, 12:24:16 PM
Anyone ever stayed at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino?

It looks pretty nice. I can't see myself shelling out 30k for the St Regis.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on May 14, 2013, 11:17:51 AM
Anyone ever stayed at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino?

It looks pretty nice. I can't see myself shelling out 30k for the St Regis.

Look back about 10 posts or so to the TR posted by someone....they stayed there.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 14, 2013, 04:25:31 PM
I think I'm going to go with the St Regis. With AAA it comes out to be $420 including all T&Resort fees ($60 a night is a real killer) plus the SPG double promo, it ain't so bad.

Hope it all works out :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on May 17, 2013, 01:50:36 PM
Anyone ever stayed at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino?

It looks pretty nice. I can't see myself shelling out 30k for the St Regis.

I did not stay at the Sheraton but checked it out and found it old a run down. St. Regis is a great choice but if you want to be near chabbad I would highly recommend the Ritz, especially for only $189 a night.


Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 17, 2013, 01:56:05 PM
I did not stay at the Sheraton but checked it out and found it old a run down. St. Regis is a great choice but if you want to be near chabbad I would highly recommend the Ritz, especially for only $189 a night.
Thanks for the info.

It doesn't seem that St. Regis is so far from Chabad by car.

I'm not going to be there for Shabbos so it should work. It seems that the Ritz has horrible reviews.

What's the story with a car there. I need one? Is there parking by the St. regis?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on May 17, 2013, 01:58:54 PM
Thanks for the info.

It doesn't seem that St. Regis is so far from Chabad by car.

I'm not going to be there for Shabbos so it should work. It seems that the Ritz has horrible reviews.

What's the story with a car there. I need one? Is there parking by the St. regis?
I stayed there and was really nice IMO.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on May 17, 2013, 02:01:13 PM
Thanks for the info.

It doesn't seem that St. Regis is so far from Chabad by car.

I'm not going to be there for Shabbos so it should work. It seems that the Ritz has horrible reviews.

What's the story with a car there. I need one? Is there parking by the St. regis?

I was never at the St. Regis but heard good things. If you stay at the Ritz you do not need a car as it is a 2 minute walk from Chabbad. I am sure that the St. Regis is a lot nicer but you will pay more than twice as much and need a car. I rented a car for one day when we toured the rain forest which was no more than a nice hike and wasn't impressed.

I would recommend this activity as it is the only tour that is unique to PR. (it is offered by other companies too)

http://www.pureadventurepr.com/adventure_trips/bio_bay_lagoon_tour_excursion/
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on May 17, 2013, 02:12:52 PM
Thanks for the info.

It doesn't seem that St. Regis is so far from Chabad by car.

I'm not going to be there for Shabbos so it should work. It seems that the Ritz has horrible reviews.

What's the story with a car there. I need one? Is there parking by the St. regis?
We stayed in the SR and loved it. We didnt rent a car (based on advice from friends who stayed there before us). It is aprox 30-40 min drive from St Regis to Chabad, depending on time of day/traffic.
The SR charges daily parking.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 17, 2013, 02:42:57 PM
I was never at the St. Regis but heard good things. If you stay at the Ritz you do not need a car as it is a 2 minute walk from Chabbad. I am sure that the St. Regis is a lot nicer but you will pay more than twice as much and need a car. I rented a car for one day when we toured the rain forest which was no more than a nice hike and wasn't impressed.

I would recommend this activity as it is the only tour that is unique to PR. (it is offered by other companies too)

http://www.pureadventurepr.com/adventure_trips/bio_bay_lagoon_tour_excursion/
I agree with you, but as i hold status with SPG and they are running some awesome promos that are stackable during my stay, it doesn't come out so much cheaper. Besides the fact that I just plan and relaxing at the hotel.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 17, 2013, 04:58:53 PM
I agree with you, but as i hold status with SPG and they are running some awesome promos that are stackable during my stay, it doesn't come out so much cheaper. Besides the fact that I just plan and relaxing at the hotel.

which promo is currently running aside from Double take (https://www.spgpromos.com/doubletake/?EM=spgpromosredir) (which i don't think i would classify as "awesome")
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 17, 2013, 05:06:41 PM
which promo is currently running aside from Double take (https://www.spgpromos.com/doubletake/?EM=spgpromosredir) (which i don't think i would classify as "awesome")
https://www.spgpromos.com/elitegift2013/?action=main.home
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 17, 2013, 06:09:02 PM
https://www.spgpromos.com/elitegift2013/?action=main.home
Oh. i got that one too. $25.00 off my next stay.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 19, 2013, 05:53:36 PM
Anyone here ever stay at the El Conquistador? Trying to decide between that and the Ritz Carlton...they are the same price
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 19, 2013, 09:31:15 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
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma 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
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 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
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur 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...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on May 19, 2013, 10:29:01 PM
anyone ever stay at la concha https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjubr-la-concha-renaissance-san-juan-resort/
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: shtickel 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 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?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 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?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 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).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 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).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 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?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 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).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dvol 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.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 11, 2013, 12:31:44 PM
Anyone know any activities to do in PR that are infant friendly?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on June 13, 2013, 03:02:21 PM
Anyone know any activities to do in PR that are infant friendly?
I have not been there yet but I am going next week with a 4 month old, maybe someone who has been there can comment.
What I found so far: Old san Juan, the fort. The free tour of the Bacardy rum factory, Maybe a walk through the rain forest.
The Bio luminescent tour unfortunately will not be possible unless I can find a babysitter.
Then of course there is relaxing.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 13, 2013, 03:06:50 PM
I have not been there yet but I am going next week with a 4 month old, maybe someone who has been there can comment.
What I found so far: Old san Juan, the fort. The free tour of the Bacardy rum factory, Maybe a walk through the rain forest.
The Bio luminescent tour unfortunately will not be possible unless I can find a babysitter.
Then of course there is relaxing.
Where are you staying?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 13, 2013, 03:20:17 PM
I have not been there yet but I am going next week with a 4 month old, maybe someone who has been there can comment.
What I found so far: Old san Juan, the fort. The free tour of the Bacardy rum factory, Maybe a walk through the rain forest.
The Bio luminescent tour unfortunately will not be possible unless I can find a babysitter.
Then of course there is relaxing.
You can walk around the old forts they have.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on June 13, 2013, 03:21:04 PM
Where are you staying?
This is not final but these are my thoughts.
2 days at the W resort on vieques island.
2 Nights including Shabbos near the chabad house I am still undecided, I am considering El San Juan or Inter Continental, maybe the Ritz.
Then 2 nights at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, It doesn't seem like the nicest rooms although they are big, but I have some free nights expiring soon.   
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 13, 2013, 03:30:33 PM
This is not final but these are my thoughts.
2 days at the W resort on vieques island.
2 Nights including Shabbos near the chabad house I am still undecided, I am considering El San Juan or Inter Continental, maybe the Ritz.
Then 2 nights at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, It doesn't seem like the nicest rooms although they are big, but I have some free nights expiring soon.
I assume you know the chabad discount for hotels?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on June 13, 2013, 03:38:33 PM
I assume you know the chabad discount for hotels?
Yes
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on June 13, 2013, 04:26:15 PM
Does anyone know if the rental company will allow you take a car on the ferry to vieques island?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on June 13, 2013, 10:09:22 PM
I think I found the answer to my own question.
Most car rentals will not allow you to take your car over to vieques but they have a place to park at the ferry terminal.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 10, 2013, 06:31:42 PM
This is not final but these are my thoughts.
2 days at the W resort on vieques island.
2 Nights including Shabbos near the chabad house I am still undecided, I am considering El San Juan or Inter Continental, maybe the Ritz.
Then 2 nights at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, It doesn't seem like the nicest rooms although they are big, but I have some free nights expiring soon.

Where did you end up staying in PR for Shabbat? Planning on going for a long weekend and looking into the Ritz or El San Juan. Is the Ritz worth the extra $50 per night?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on July 11, 2013, 08:49:12 AM
Where did you end up staying in PR for Shabbat? Planning on going for a long weekend and looking into the Ritz or El San Juan. Is the Ritz worth the extra $50 per night?
I stayed at the Intercontinental because the Ritz and El San Juan was full when I tried making my reservation 6 days in advance.
The Ritz is the nicest from the 3 hotels. if you go to the El San Juan make sure to get one of the newly renovated rooms since not all the rooms are so nice from what I hear.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on July 11, 2013, 11:59:05 AM
Where did you end up staying in PR for Shabbat? Planning on going for a long weekend and looking into the Ritz or El San Juan. Is the Ritz worth the extra $50 per night?
IIRC After taxes and fees it's more than a $50 diffirence
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on July 11, 2013, 02:40:12 PM
IIRC After taxes and fees it's more than a $50 diffirence
Based on my experience you will pay about 25% in taxes and fees wherever you stay.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 15, 2013, 01:34:08 PM
I stayed at the Intercontinental because the Ritz and El San Juan was full when I tried making my reservation 6 days in advance.
The Ritz is the nicest from the 3 hotels. if you go to the El San Juan make sure to get one of the newly renovated rooms since not all the rooms are so nice from what I hear.

Which would you recommend if traveling with 2 kids ages 5 and 2?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 31, 2013, 10:27:07 AM
Anyone going to be interested in a TR of the St Regis?

Please let me know.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on July 31, 2013, 10:48:55 AM
Anyone going to be interested in a TR of the St Regis?

Please let me know.

Always interested in a TR!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2013, 12:36:51 AM
Always interested in a TR!
+1
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 02, 2013, 01:45:33 AM
Always interested in a TR!
+1
Allright.

TR coming up.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on October 06, 2013, 12:50:00 PM
Allright.

TR coming up.

Where can I find this?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 06, 2013, 12:51:08 PM
Where can I find this?
I havent had tome to write up a TR but if you have any questions feel free to ask
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: jack on October 06, 2013, 01:26:48 PM
For starters GPS had the wrong address before u leave do urself a favor and print verified directions (or don't rent a car!)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on October 06, 2013, 08:53:40 PM
Where can I find this?
Sorry, been very busy and didn't have a chance to write this up.

I will give you a brief summary now, but not sure how much it will help.

I flew Southwest straight from BWI to SJU. It was our first flight with our 2 month old and b"h it was great. We were able to get bulk head, even though we boarded after "A".

I rented a car from National which was around $45 a day. I reserved an economy and they upgraded me to a Rogue (an older model). I also had a ressy be Hertz which I went to see what they would give, but seems like status doesn't matter there.

We stayed at the St. Regis, which is a 45 minute to an hour drive from the airport. Even though we didn't leave the hotel once, it was still cheaper to rent a car then to take a taxi.

At the hotel, we were upgraded to a Suite. I called before and requested an upgrade which was granted at check in with out a problem.

We brought our own food, which we were able to heat up in the microwave. The hotel itself is stunning and service was amazing. My wife and I were able to go swimming at night as there was no one at the pool. During the day we went to the beach which was also completely empty.

I would suggest the St. Regis if you want to just relax and enjoy the magnificence grounds and relax by the pool and beach.

At night, they have torches that light up the entrance of the hotel, which is pretty cool.

Sorry for not the most detail report.
Please ask any questions and I will try to answer.

If anyone wants a more detail report about the flights and hotel, as we didn't do much in PR itself. Please let me know I will try to write it up.

Thanks for reading.     

Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 07, 2013, 08:21:36 PM

If anyone wants a more detail report about the flights and hotel, as we didn't do much in PR itself. Please let me know I will try to write it up.


Duh, of course.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on October 08, 2013, 08:11:31 PM
Any recommendations of a hotel that has suites for 3 people?  I'm travelling with my mother and sister so a 1 BR suite with a sofa bed in a separate living room is fine. So far I'm just coming up with the Embassy Suites.  I'd like to use points if possible; I have UR, TY, and I think some Marriott points.  Probably some others I'm forgetting too.

Also, does the Chabad offer food during the week, or just on Shabbos?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mek on October 08, 2013, 10:03:01 PM
http://www.chabadpuertorico.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2121882/jewish/Kosher-Puerto-Rico.htm
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on October 10, 2013, 11:27:01 AM
I rented a car from National which was around $45 a day. I reserved an economy and they upgraded me to a Rogue (an older model). I also had a ressy be Hertz which I went to see what they would give, but seems like status doesn't matter there.

Thanks for the TR. I am going to PR tomorrow morning. Going to be the first time flying SW with my CP  ;D

I found that the best rates for car rentals in PR were with Enterprise. You can also use your National account for the rental credits but you don't get the benefits of the National status.

We will be staying by the El San Juan since I wanted to be near Chabad for Shabbat.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 10, 2013, 12:31:59 PM
anyone who goes to puerto rico should go to the Bio Bay it was absolutely amazing.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 10, 2013, 12:36:41 PM
anyone who goes to puerto rico should go to the Bio Bay it was absolutely amazing.
Start a Wiki?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on October 10, 2013, 01:22:28 PM
anyone who goes to puerto rico should go to the Bio Bay it was absolutely amazing.

Would love to except I am going with a 2 year old which rules the Bio Bay out. Also going during the full moon which is the worst time to go.

I guess with us not being able to do the Bio Bay, El Yunkque or the Forts in Old San Juan (both closed due to the govt shutdown) we have a good reason to go back again.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on October 10, 2013, 04:38:27 PM
Thanks for the TR. I am going to PR tomorrow morning. Going to be the first time flying SW with my CP  ;D

I found that the best rates for car rentals in PR were with Enterprise. You can also use your National account for the rental credits but you don't get the benefits of the National status.

We will be staying by the El San Juan since I wanted to be near Chabad for Shabbat.

Let me know how the EL is.  I've heard reports ranging from horrible to excellent.  It looks like we're going to stay at the Embassy Suites, as of now.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on October 10, 2013, 08:52:21 PM
Round two.

As I needed to be in Baltimore Monday night and back for Shabbos, I decided to take my first vacation with our 2 month old. We wanted to go somewhere short and direct. As I've been to Florida many times I wanted something more exotic. I checked Southwest website and found direct flights from BWI to SJU.

The cost of the ticket was about 14,000 Southwest miles per a person and since PR is part of the US, a lap child is free. Also, Southwest allows you 2 free suitcases, but we only ended up taking one each.
,
As far as the hotel was concerned, I looked around and it seemed that most people stay the Ritz. The Ritz is right near the airport and  Chabad. Since we were travelling with our baby, I wanted to stay some where real nice. As we weren't really going to leave the hotel that much. So even though the Ritz was a better location and was only $200 a night plus taxes, I still wanted to stay at the St Regis as the grounds were a lot nice, it would be more relaxing and a lot better chance of getting upgraded. I don't remember the exact cost, but with the AAA rate, double take promo, 500 points booking with SPG app and all the SPG points I would be earning during my stay (including valet parking and $60 resort fee) the total price came out to around $350 a night which is a bargain compared to the 30k they charge a night not including parking and resort fee. Trust me, it was worth every penny. I'm sure there a lot nicer hotel out there, but for only traveling 4 hours away, I don't think you can beat it (CMIAAW). I will try to give more detail about the hotel later.

We had a 8:00am flight, departing from BWI, so we decided to stay at the Aloft near BWI for 2,000 Starwood points plus $40. I decided since I wouldn't have to pay for parking and I would get stay credit etc. it was worth it. We didn't end up checking into the hotel till 1am and needed to get up at 5am, to daven etc. Since it was our first time flying with our daughter, I wanted to be at the airport extra early. The airport shuttle comes around the hotel every minutes and I believe we ended up leaving the hotel 6am with the hotel shuttle.

The night before I freaked out, as I thought we left our daughters birth certificate at home, till my wife realized it was buried in her wallet. I called up Southwest and they told me all I need is some type of document with her birth day and I will be fine. I ended up giving them the copy of her birth certificate (which they asked for), but not sure if I needed it. On the way back, I gave them her insurance card with her birthday on it, which they told me they need the birth certificate. So I'm not completely sure (CMIAAW), but when going to PR I would suggest taking your kids birth certificate.

Check in and security went as smooth as possible, as the UBV is breeze to take apart and put through the X-ray machine. With plenty of time to kill we sat around by the gate, as the lounge is in a different terminal, we has no patience to start schlepping around. We bought some Bagels from Goldbergs New York Bagel shop the day before (my favorite bagel store), which were amazing (as usual).

Southwest doesn't work like most airlines, where each person is assigned a seat. They divide everyone into 3 groups "A", "B", and "C". You are able to check-in online 24 hours before your flight and they start putting you in group "A" and once "A" is full then "B" etc. So Even though we were in group "C", meaning the last group that boards. Since we have a child under the age of 4 we got to board right after group "A". Since it was a full flight they made us gate check our car seat, which we brought up till the plane. Surprising, the first 2 seats (bulkhead) were empty, which the extra leg room helped having a lap child. All in all the flight was a lot better than I and my wife thought it would be. Our daughter only cried for a minute or two during the whole flight (that's what happen when you hold her the whole time). 

To be continued...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on October 10, 2013, 09:11:26 PM
I was waiting for your TR, Meir :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 10, 2013, 09:13:38 PM
the ritz with spg color me confused
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 10, 2013, 09:37:14 PM
the ritz with spg color me confused
+ a million
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on October 10, 2013, 09:54:43 PM
the ritz with spg color me confused
Fixed it.

Let me know if I should still touch it up.

Sorry, I'm not the best writer in town.

Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: jmoski on October 27, 2013, 08:13:21 PM
can anyone compare the ritz, caribe hilton, and intercontinental in regards to vacation with toddler. playgrounds, beach, toddler pool etc. staying a few days at el conquistador, but planning on switching hotels mid - vacation. thanks in advance
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 05, 2013, 03:34:12 PM
Round two.


To be continued...

Anytime.. :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 05, 2013, 05:04:47 PM
Let me know how the EL is.  I've heard reports ranging from horrible to excellent.  It looks like we're going to stay at the Embassy Suites, as of now.

The El San Juan was OK. We had a decent experience (unlike the horrible reviews online) but would not recommend the hotel especially if staying with young kids.

The hotel is basically a large club which is nice if you want to party but not so great it you are there with kids on a family vacation. A lot of people complain about the staff and the noise. I was pleasantly surprised by most of the staff who were very nice and helpful. We were on the 7th floor so we didn't have an issue with loud music but I was woken up at 4am one night from people the the hallway on the way back from their room. Other people that I met in the lobby were complaining to me about the noise but I guess I was too tired to hear most of it.

We were upgraded to a Jr Suite which was very spacious for 2 adults and 2 kids even with a roll-away and crib. My biggest complaint was that the room was not cleaned well. Didn't bother me much but my wife wasn't happy. The also said that the room doesn't come with a fridge(even though the website says it does) and wanted to charge me $26/day for the fridge. They sent it and never charged for it so I didn't have to fight that one. They must have charged someone else as I was charged over $100 for charges that weren't mine. They took it off when I went to the front desk but it was still annoying.

The pool and grounds were nice overall and we had a good time but would not recommend the hotel.

I picked this hotel over the Ritz because it was $50 less per night with the Chabad rates but if I were to go to PR again (which I probably won't) I would stay at the Ritz.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: daveb on November 10, 2013, 03:08:32 PM
hi  does anyone  know the hashgacha status of  the restaurant in san juan? I don't have any problems with any it I just dont  know anything about it.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 03, 2013, 01:32:48 PM
Hi, im planning a san juan vacation.  i got a cyber monday marriott deal. wanted to know if anyone went with a baby. and which places are a must-see(besides the beach 8) ).  thanks!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on December 03, 2013, 04:13:26 PM
Hi, im planning a san juan vacation.  i got a cyber monday marriott deal. wanted to know if anyone went with a baby. and which places are a must-see(besides the beach 8) ).  thanks!

My buddy went with a 1-year old a few months ago.  I have his itinerary if you'd like it.  Shoot me a PM with your email and I can send it over.  He traveled with a relative as a babysitter so they can also do non-kid-friendly activities.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2013, 04:21:04 PM
Why not just post it?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on December 03, 2013, 05:19:56 PM
I didn't want to post it because it's not the most organized.

Either way, here y'all go:

Thursday night:
8:35pm - Fly out, arrive late, rent car @Avis and unpack.

Friday:
A)   bike along the beach $39 two hours (with baby seat) (https://sites.google.com/site/rentbicycletours/)
or do the tour of the city or the boardwalk (https://sites.google.com/site/rentbicycletours/rental--tours)
B)   get ready for shabbos

Shabbos
at chabad in morning, board games, motzai shabbos – (big parties) – casino?

Sunday:
Old San Juan etc:
•   free trolley around El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) –
o   http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/old-san-juan-walking-tour-1/
•   walking tour of 2 castles (Castillo San Cristobal & Castillo San Felipe del Morro)
•   kite flying? and Calle Del Cristo (tourist shopping)
o   + children’s museum of Old San Juan (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147320-d149919-Reviews-Museo_del_Nino-San_Juan_Puerto_Rico.html)
•   if bored, do Bacardi ferry?

Monday:
A.   Barefoot Travelers Kayak Tour to Monkey Island
a.   (For Dina: kid’s waterpark 1 mile away)
B.   Drive back then possibly Bacardi tour or Don Q store?
a.   http://www.casabacardi.org/content.aspx?section=welcome
i.   arrive via ferry from old san juan? http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/catano-ferry/
C.   night tour of old san juan? http://www.legendsofpr.com/nighttales.htm

Tuesday:
Driving Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/CKE1L (approx 1.25 hours)
•   El-yunque Rain forest – La Mina waterfall trail (paved) hiking (ranger tour @11am or self guided)
o   (overview: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/el-yunque-overview/)
•   Luquillo Beach – 20 minutes away, snorkeling at beach / lunch.
o   http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147324-d148049-Reviews-Luquillo_Beach-El_Yunque_National_Forest_Puerto_Rico.html
o   do the Balenario Monserrate (next to luqillo to the right after kiosk to the pay-parking)
•   Bio Baby Bay tour in evening http://bioislandpr.com/service_excursion.html (electric boat )

Wednesday:
Arecibo: 1.5 hour drive, Directions - http://goo.gl/maps/wkIil
A)   Arrive EARLY (at 8:30) w/ sneakers @ Rio Camuy Cave Tour (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1383492-d147952-Reviews-or10-Rio_Camuy_Cave_Park_Parque_de_las_Cavernas_del_Rio_Camuy-Arecibo_Puerto_Rico.html#REVIEWS)
(overview: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/rio-camuy-caves-park/)
B)   Arecibo Observatory http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1383492-d147943-Reviews-Arecibo_Observatory-Arecibo_Puerto_Rico.html

Thursday:
A)   Back to Old San Juan to finish up walking tour?
B)   Beach day / rain-makeup day and /or shopping  - Plaza las Americas (bowling, movies, shopping) (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147320-d274582-Reviews-Plaza_las_Americas-San_Juan_Puerto_Rico.html)
C)   Jetskiing for Dina… https://www.facebook.com/pages/KNO-Jet-Ski-Rental-Banana-Boat-and-Fishing-Charter/153339038033415
D)   horseback riding by the beach: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g2721197-d2658965-Reviews-Horseback_Riding_Puerto_Rico-Manati_Puerto_Rico.html

Friday: return car and flying back early in the morning.
(YAY.) (because it’s awesome)

parking in OSJ
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147320-i72-k5995689-Trick_to_parking_lots_in_OSJ-San_Juan_Puerto_Rico.html
jetskiing:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147320-i72-k6153811-Jet_ski_rental_in_Condado-San_Juan_Puerto_Rico.html
night tour?
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147320-d584016-Reviews-Legends_of_Puerto_Rico-San_Juan_Puerto_Rico.html#REVIEWS
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 03, 2013, 08:38:18 PM
Thanx!! first time going on vacation with my 8 month old, wanted to do the most possible with a baby.  i will try to post the outcome after i finish my trip :D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 04, 2013, 11:35:37 AM
Thanks great info!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on December 19, 2013, 02:52:19 PM
Just got back.  We rented an apt in Ocean Park that we found on AirBNB.  It wasn't the Ritz, but it was nice and crazy cheap.  Here's what we ended up doing (the itinerary included notes from TripAdvisor and other review sites; my notes are in red) :

Quote
Sunday:

Bacardi Factory Tour - http://www.casabacardi.org/content.aspx?section=welcome

Tours
Monday-Saturday
from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(Last tour at 4:15 PM)
Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Last tour at 3:45 PM)

From San Juan take Highway 22 west to the Cantaño exit, Road 165. The plant is visible on the right about a mile from the exit on Road 165, Km 2.6, Int. 888, at the Bay View Industrial Park in Cantaño.

This was cool, with two free drinks, but don't expect to see any rum being produced.  It's mainly a tour about the history of the company.

Tour/free trolly around old San Juan.  – The three trolleys run continuously 7am-7pm Mon-Fri, and 9am-7pm Sat-Sun. They are free to use, and you can hop on or off at any of the trolley stops.

Parking in OSJ:  As stated above, parking lots are easy to find . What is difficult is to find a spot on the street. If you use the lots by Recinto Sur they will be cheap. If you use the ones uphill by El Morro, then be prepared to pay a hefty fee. If you travel during rush hour, don't use the highway as explained above.

We just used Waze to get into the city and then found parking pretty easily.  There's a row of garages down by the cruise ship docks


Monday:

hiking/ waterfalls in El Yunque
   Do not skip the lookout tower, the view is priceless.
We started with La Coca and Yokahu Tower, very different views and both incredible. We also enjoyed hikes to La Mina Falls and Britton Tower. We arrived around 10 and stayed until around 2.

Skip the visitor center.  It's just a way for them to charge you money and give you a map.  Just drive up the road straight to La Coca falls.  We climbed around the fence and up the rocks to the falls which was really cool and wouldn't be allowed on the mainland.  Also, we thought this falls was nicer than La Mina, but La Mina has more water to go into, if you're into that.  Definitely do the lookout tower too, the views are incredible.  Then we hiked the Big Tree Trail to La Mina, and got caught in a bunch of storms.  The hike takes about 25 minutes each way.

Maybe do JungleQui:  Ziplining

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1006845-d3215038-Reviews-or20-JungleQui_Rainforest_Ecoadventure_Park-Rio_Grande_Puerto_Rico.html#REVIEWS

They were closed due to having the lines inspected.

BOOKED  5pm – Bio Bay

787-202-6551
http://www.pureadventurepr.com/adventure_trips/bio_bay_lagoon_tour_excursion/
   Duration: 2 hours (Weather permitting)
   Meeting times: 5:00pm & 7:00pm
   Launch Site: Las Croabas, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
   Trip rate: $51.36* per person ($45 in cash)
*For groups of 12 adventurers and more a deposit will be required. Rates valid up to August 31st, 2014. Tax included.

We went with Pureadventure and were really happy.  It was a full moon so they brought tarps to cover ourselves to see the glow, which was pretty cool.  USE A LOT OF BUG SPRAY.  They offer it.  Use it.

http://www.yokahukayaks.com/tours_Bio.html
•   Tours at 6pm and 8pm (subject to change).
•   $45

Tuesday:
BOOKED  9am – Horseback Riding at Campo Rico – 787-629-0222 - http://www.camporicotrailrides.com/countryside-horse-back-ride/ 

We ended up with a private tour which was nice, but 2 hours was too long.  I would recommend an hour.


Toro Verde Nature park: - http://www.toroverdepr.com/

Highlight of our trip!  The views driving up there are incredible.  It's all the way up in the central mountains.  We did the 8 line trip, so we didn't do the Beast which I kind of regret.  The lines were really awesome.

Wednesday:

Horseback riding - Rancho Buena vista Sunday or Wednesday- 1 or 2(expert) hours in Humacao –
We are open from Wednesday to Sunday. We have for beginners or little experience riders we have an hour tour for $35.00 +tax per person and an hour and half tour for $45.00 + tax. Our tours hours are: 9am, 1pm and at 3pm
For reservations you can call (787) 479-7479 or send an email to info@ranchobuenavistapr.com.


BOOKED  9:30am – Kayaking - Barefoot Travelers monkey island, Humacao – 787-850-0508

http://www.barefoottravelersrooms.com/index.php

They canceled due to weather which was unfortunate as we were really looking forward.  Instead, we went back to the old city and visited the Morro Fort, which was pretty cool and has a lot of history.  We also went to the El San Juan and killed time at the casino before our flight back (2 out of the 3 of us made money :) )

We ate at the Chabad welcome center in Old San Juan twice.  Food was pretty good but expect it to take some time to get made.

The above itinerary has some stuff that we didn't end up doing also.   
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 31, 2013, 12:58:30 PM
hi, does anyone know if any of the attractions need to be booked in advance?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on December 31, 2013, 03:16:56 PM
hi, does anyone know if any of the attractions need to be booked in advance?
iirc, kayaking to the glowing water needed some advance booking.  Maybe a week.  Could be cuz I went in the summer
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: 972sg212 on January 14, 2014, 12:02:32 AM
Anyone have a Review of the Intercontinental San Juan ?
 Booked it on Priceline for $102 a night , with name your price . I read a review that they have a resort fee ,anyone know how much it is ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 14, 2014, 02:29:32 PM
Anyone have a Review of the Intercontinental San Juan ?
 Booked it on Priceline for $102 a night , with name your price . I read a review that they have a resort fee ,anyone know how much it is ?
Did you try their website? Im sure they have a phone number as well
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: yas on January 14, 2014, 06:28:09 PM
Anyone have a Review of the Intercontinental San Juan ?
 Booked it on Priceline for $102 a night , with name your price . I read a review that they have a resort fee ,anyone know how much it is ?
When I stayed there in the summer I payed 34.02 resort fee + 24.53 occupancy tax.

For $102 in the winter you got yourself a great deal.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: 972sg212 on January 14, 2014, 11:04:08 PM
Did you try their website? Im sure they have a phone number as well

Thanks for your input
 I was asking as i haven't received a straight answer
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dvol on January 15, 2014, 03:54:29 PM
Thanks for your input
 I was asking as i haven't received a straight answer

http://hotels.travelocity.com/hotel/HotelDetail.do?propertyId=21713&tab=features

What you should know:

    A daily resort fee of 18% taxable at 11% (total of 19.98%) is collected at time of booking for this property
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: dvol on January 15, 2014, 03:55:07 PM
I believe almost all hotels in PR charge resort fee. Easiest way to find out the exact amount would be to call and give your reservation number.

1.888.614.1750
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: 972sg212 on January 15, 2014, 10:59:51 PM
http://hotels.travelocity.com/hotel/HotelDetail.do?propertyId=21713&tab=features

What you should know:

    A daily resort fee of 18% taxable at 11% (total of 19.98%) is collected at time of booking for this property

I believe almost all hotels in PR charge resort fee. Easiest way to find out the exact amount would be to call and give your reservation number.

1.888.614.1750

Thanks
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 01:42:48 AM
We stayed at El conquistador resort in the Las Casitas Villas. Place was quite, nice, fantastic service by the staff, amazing scenery and great rooms. We did not use points, so I dont have any information about that.
We took along prepared meals from Pomegranate and it worked out great. We did not get any kosher food in San Juan but the local Walmart had basics like cereals, chips etc.
There are a lot of attractions and things to do, beautiful beaches which you get to via ferry, hiking the El Yunque, atv rentals by the rainforest, and kayaking in the bio bay. We did some water sports like para sailing, jet skiing etc.
Trip was really great and would definitely recommend it
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rivkyw on January 22, 2014, 01:45:00 AM
hi, does anyone know if any of the attractions need to be booked in advance?
We had our hotel book the kayaking for us a day in advance. ATV rentals and para sailing we booked on the spot
Title: Hotel in Puerto Rico
Post by: Cshah85 on January 30, 2014, 04:11:29 PM
Would like to stay at the intercontinental - would love to grab a good deal, or other recommendations on great deals.  Dates: March 25- April 2
Title: Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 30, 2014, 05:54:10 PM
Would like to stay at the intercontinental - would love to grab a good deal, or other recommendations on great deals.  Dates: March 25- April 2
Seriously? ::) ::) Why not post in the PR thread...or better yet, read that thread and see what you find
Title: Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
Post by: Cshah85 on January 30, 2014, 10:00:13 PM
Thought this would be the better place to ask for vouchers etc
Title: Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
Post by: 972sg212 on January 30, 2014, 10:02:54 PM
Would like to stay at the intercontinental - would love to grab a good deal, or other recommendations on great deals.  Dates: March 25- April 2

I just named my own price on Priceline for $102 last week
Title: Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
Post by: Cshah85 on January 30, 2014, 11:36:33 PM
which hotel did you get?
Title: Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
Post by: 972sg212 on January 31, 2014, 12:26:36 AM
which hotel did you get?
intercontinental san juan
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: sml67 on February 26, 2014, 10:00:56 PM
Just booked at the Condado Plaza Hilton using Priceline for $122/night
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Cshah85 on February 27, 2014, 03:04:21 PM
paid 175 a night through hotwire

march 25-april3

for 4 people per room
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on February 28, 2014, 11:17:13 AM
We stayed at El conquistador resort in the Las Casitas Villas. Place was quite, nice, fantastic service by the staff, amazing scenery and great rooms. We did not use points, so I dont have any information about that.
We took along prepared meals from Pomegranate and it worked out great. We did not get any kosher food in San Juan but the local Walmart had basics like cereals, chips etc.
There are a lot of attractions and things to do, beautiful beaches which you get to via ferry, hiking the El Yunque, atv rentals by the rainforest, and kayaking in the bio bay. We did some water sports like para sailing, jet skiing etc.
Trip was really great and would definitely recommend it

We did the same a few weeks ago. I thought the service and ambiance at Las Casitas was infinitely better than the main resort, which is just huge and nice to have access to. Everyone I've spoken with who has visited Las Casitas received an upgrade to a casita, which has a full kitchen, and living room/dining room. We did priceline name your own price at $237(5 star resort) for a weekend in February and were upgraded the day before check in. This resort is great value for families and couples, and mirrors some of the views you'd find on the lush Island of Kauai. Parking is free. Starbucks and Haagen daaz in the Main resort. South Casitas are more recently updated than the north casitas, but are a further walk from the resort facilities. 40 Mins from San Juan and close to Bio Bay and El yunque rainforest.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on March 13, 2014, 02:06:55 AM
We did the same a few weeks ago. I thought the service and ambiance at Las Casitas was infinitely better than the main resort, which is just huge and nice to have access to. Everyone I've spoken with who has visited Las Casitas received an upgrade to a casita, which has a full kitchen, and living room/dining room. We did priceline name your own price at $237(5 star resort) for a weekend in February and were upgraded the day before check in. This resort is great value for families and couples, and mirrors some of the views you'd find on the lush Island of Kauai. Parking is free. Starbucks and Haagen daaz in the Main resort. South Casitas are more recently updated than the north casitas, but are a further walk from the resort facilities. 40 Mins from San Juan and close to Bio Bay and El yunque rainforest.
I never saw 5star on priceline only 4 star - did u put in for a suite? I went in aug 2012 & stayed in main resort for 90$ using priceline . Maria del
Mar is another amazing resort on that side of island - doesn't have same views but had much nicer grounds & rooms 
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on March 13, 2014, 02:55:22 PM
I never saw 5star on priceline only 4 star - did u put in for a suite? I went in aug 2012 & stayed in main resort for 90$ using priceline . Maria del
Mar is another amazing resort on that side of island - doesn't have same views but had much nicer grounds & rooms

Yep. 5 star regular room in Fajardo area.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on March 13, 2014, 03:38:17 PM
Yep. 5 star regular room in Fajardo area.
Cool never noticed it. Is there a pricline name your price thread?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moishatdansdeals on March 19, 2014, 03:17:37 PM
I am going to San Juan PR ansd want to rent a vehicle large enough for 6 adults. Is there a specifi company that is best - and should I use a specific credit card for bonuses, discounts etc?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 09, 2014, 06:02:33 PM
Confirmed with OU Kosher that the Milk in PR is in fact under FDA auspices and is fine to drink (Cholov Stam obviously)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on May 18, 2014, 02:46:50 PM
Anyone here been to vieques island?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: elieman on May 23, 2014, 11:32:16 AM
Has anyone been to the Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Isla Verde, Puerto Rico? Any reviews? Thanks
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on July 30, 2014, 11:39:07 AM
Is puerto rico too hot to visit in August?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mek on July 30, 2014, 11:41:56 AM
Is puerto rico too hot to visit in August?

No.  Constant temperature year round. Though late August is hurricane season
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on August 01, 2014, 08:37:44 AM
No.  Constant temperature year round. Though late August is hurricane season

Is it rainy otherwise?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 01, 2014, 09:12:12 AM
It's always rainy
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 01, 2014, 09:26:27 AM
It's always rainy
always as in year round?
because i was there in jan. and bright sun every day
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 01, 2014, 11:52:35 AM
I was there in July
But I heard from people that there is always a hour of rain
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on August 01, 2014, 11:59:10 AM
I was there in July
But I heard from people that there is always a hour of rain


But the rest of the day is sunny, no?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 01, 2014, 12:08:25 PM
Yes
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mek on August 01, 2014, 01:47:45 PM
I was there in July
But I heard from people that there is always a hour of rain

Classic Caribbean. A few minutes of rain but the rest of the day is beautiful
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on August 01, 2014, 01:55:43 PM
Is puerto rico too hot to visit in August?
I was there late July/early August had very nice weather. Didn't rain once.

#justsaying
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on August 01, 2014, 03:27:34 PM
It's always rainy
I went last year summer with jetblue 90% off Sale...
First day rained/storm all day (all main roads closed from flooding) . Rest of the 5 day trip was beautiful.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 17, 2014, 12:42:54 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino? Or at the Four Points?

Also, I would love to hear any ideas of activities to do in PR that are infant-friendly that haven't yet been mentioned in this thread.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jay s on August 17, 2014, 06:03:45 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino? Or at the Four Points?

Also, I would love to hear any ideas of activities to do in PR that are infant-friendly that haven't yet been mentioned in this thread.

Thanks!
I actually just stayed at the sheraton hotel and casino pretty nice hotel and the casino adds a nice touch . I passed by the sheraton old San Juan looks okay it's nice that it's right off the bay and it's in old san
Not sure of activities that are infant friendly
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 17, 2014, 10:26:57 PM
I actually just stayed at the sheraton hotel and casino pretty nice hotel and the casino adds a nice touch . I passed by the sheraton old San Juan looks okay it's nice that it's right off the bay and it's in old san
Not sure of activities that are infant friendly
Thanks. Anything cool to do in old san juan? We'll be staying there in the end. Leaving tues morning.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jay s on August 17, 2014, 10:40:07 PM
Thanks. Anything cool to do in old san juan? We'll be staying there in the end. Leaving tues morning.
Walk to the bay there's always huge cruise ships,there's a few cute shops there too.
There's a fortress there which is the main attraction costs $5 a person pretty stupid in my opinion or you could just hop on a trolley that goes arnd the town for free.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 17, 2014, 11:47:51 PM
Walk to the bay there's always huge cruise ships,there's a few cute shops there too.
There's a fortress there which is the main attraction costs $5 a person pretty stupid in my opinion or you could just hop on a trolley that goes arnd the town for free.
Sounds good, thanks.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 18, 2014, 10:47:19 AM
Sounds good, thanks.
Make sure to stop in to the small shops. I found very interesting souvenirs.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 18, 2014, 08:58:48 PM
Make sure to stop in to the small shops. I found very interesting souvenirs.
Cool, any in particular?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 18, 2014, 09:08:15 PM
Cool, any in particular?
In the old city there are many souvenir shops. I stopped in to many of them. I don't remember any in particular
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 19, 2014, 02:11:44 PM
I am putting together all the info for the wiki. if you have any specific hotel which you think that should be included pls pm the details. or any specific info which you think i should include that was helpful on your trip.
Thanks
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: curly on August 19, 2014, 02:37:12 PM
St Regis is fantastic. Highly recommend
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 11:15:43 AM
St Regis is fantastic. Highly recommend
I'm at  the sheraton in Old San Juan now. Not so fantastic.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jay s on August 20, 2014, 11:25:18 AM
I'm at  the sheraton in Old San Juan now. Not so fantastic.
How many days are you planning on staying?
Try sherraton hotel and casino 10k spg a night
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 20, 2014, 11:53:44 AM
I'm at  the sheraton in Old San Juan now. Not so fantastic.
Is it that bad? I'm booked there in 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 11:54:15 AM
How many days are you planning on staying?
Try sherraton hotel and casino 10k spg a night
Will be here for another week. I'm non refundable until sunday, maybe I'll switch then. It's much better there?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 20, 2014, 11:54:57 AM
Will be here for another week. I'm non refundable until sunday, maybe I'll switch then. It's much better there?
what u doing in puerto rico for so long?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 11:56:53 AM
Is it that bad? I'm booked there in 2 weeks.
Its not terrible, no. Just very...average and plain. Great service so far, though, and my room was very clean.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 11:58:07 AM
what u doing in puerto rico for so long?
I just got here. A week is so long??
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 20, 2014, 11:59:24 AM
Its not terrible, no. Just very...average and plain. Great service so far, though, and my room was very clean.
Oh <relief>. We're gonna be there for a short weekend and I mostly just wanna see the island.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 12:25:07 PM
Oh <relief>. We're gonna be there for a short weekend and I mostly just wanna see the island.
Ya, for that it should be just fine.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 20, 2014, 03:11:49 PM
Ya, for that it should be just fine.
I'd love to know how the hotel was during Shabbos (Food preparation, doors, etc.), I'd appreciate if you can report back after Shabbos on your experience.

Also, is there anyway around the $20 parking? Perhaps there's available parking in the area?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 11:30:55 PM
I'd love to know how the hotel was during Shabbos (Food preparation, doors, etc.), I'd appreciate if you can report back after Shabbos on your experience.

Also, is there anyway around the $20 parking? Perhaps there's available parking in the area?
We arent going to be here for shabbos, we are going to a hotel near chabad with a full kitchen for those two nights. Sorry...

About the parking, i tried circling for a while, but there is extremely limited parking in the area. I've never found a spot yet...i eventually gave in and used the.hotels parking. At least it's $20 for 24 hours, not just overnight, so you can come and go as much as you want. There are two lots very close by but they dont really come out cheaper.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on August 20, 2014, 11:36:13 PM
We arent going to be here for shabbos, we are going to a hotel near chabad with a full kitchen for those two nights. Sorry...

Which is that?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 20, 2014, 11:42:06 PM
Which is that?
ESJ Towers
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 20, 2014, 11:49:25 PM
We arent going to be here for shabbos, we are going to a hotel near chabad with a full kitchen for those two nights. Sorry...

About the parking, i tried circling for a while, but there is extremely limited parking in the area. I've never found a spot yet...i eventually gave in and used the.hotels parking. At least it's $20 for 24 hours, not just overnight, so you can come and go as much as you want. There are two lots very close by but they dont really come out cheaper.
Thanks for the info. Is there a non-automatic door to exit the hotel?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 21, 2014, 12:06:30 AM
Thanks for the info. Is there a non-automatic door to exit the hotel?
I don't remember. I'll check tomorrow morning and report back.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 24, 2014, 09:26:22 PM
Thanks for the info. Is there a non-automatic door to exit the hotel?
Didnt look like there was one, certainly not in the front of the hotel. Truth is, though, i think you would probably be able to go in and out through the casino or one of the restaurants. I guess just call the hotel...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on September 21, 2014, 12:41:55 PM
any all inclusive hotels anyone can suggest?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ethana on September 21, 2014, 08:50:40 PM
Is the el San juan a nice hotel?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on September 21, 2014, 09:45:13 PM
Is the el San juan a nice hotel?
Really depends on what you are comparing to, it's a very subjective question. But yes, it's a fine hotel. Nice, clean, etc.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ethana on September 21, 2014, 10:16:21 PM
A lot of the recent reviews said there's a major bug problem
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on September 22, 2014, 12:22:49 AM
A lot of the recent reviews said there's a major bug problem
Don't know about that. But my friend stayed there 3-4 weeks ago and had no problem.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: penina on September 22, 2014, 03:00:09 AM
any all inclusive hotels anyone can suggest?

El conquistadors is be a dutiful. It's not in San Juan. It's a bit further near fanatic but worth the trip
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: penina on September 22, 2014, 03:00:46 AM
Sorry about the spelling. Beautiful
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: penina on September 22, 2014, 03:01:25 AM
And it's near fajardo
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on September 22, 2014, 03:19:16 AM
El conquistadors is be a dutiful. It's not in San Juan. It's a bit further near fanatic but worth the trip

Sorry about the spelling. Beautiful

And it's near fajardo
You can modify your post up to 3 hours after posting by clicking on 'modify' in the upper right corner of your post.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on September 22, 2014, 11:00:16 AM
Is the el San juan a nice hotel?

The El San Juan was OK. We had a decent experience (unlike the horrible reviews online) but would not recommend the hotel especially if staying with young kids.

The hotel is basically a large club which is nice if you want to party but not so great it you are there with kids on a family vacation. A lot of people complain about the staff and the noise. I was pleasantly surprised by most of the staff who were very nice and helpful. We were on the 7th floor so we didn't have an issue with loud music but I was woken up at 4am one night from people the the hallway on the way back from their room. Other people that I met in the lobby were complaining to me about the noise but I guess I was too tired to hear most of it.

We were upgraded to a Jr Suite which was very spacious for 2 adults and 2 kids even with a roll-away and crib. My biggest complaint was that the room was not cleaned well. Didn't bother me much but my wife wasn't happy. The also said that the room doesn't come with a fridge(even though the website says it does) and wanted to charge me $26/day for the fridge. They sent it and never charged for it so I didn't have to fight that one. They must have charged someone else as I was charged over $100 for charges that weren't mine. They took it off when I went to the front desk but it was still annoying.

The pool and grounds were nice overall and we had a good time but would not recommend the hotel.

I picked this hotel over the Ritz because it was $50 less per night with the Chabad rates but if I were to go to PR again (which I probably won't) I would stay at the Ritz.

Although now I wouldn't recommend staying in that part of town unless you want to be near Chabad for shabbat. Not the nicest part of PR.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on September 22, 2014, 10:30:46 PM
never been to puerto rico. Im looking for a nice hotel (all inclusive will be nice) something with good pools and near beaches as always the point of going away isnt to spend time in the hotel room. (singles getaway) ive been looking at the El San Juan.
how is the location there? is it in main part of the city? any other hotels or tips?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on September 23, 2014, 11:14:23 AM
never been to puerto rico. Im looking for a nice hotel (all inclusive will be nice) something with good pools and near beaches as always the point of going away isnt to spend time in the hotel room. (singles getaway) ive been looking at the El San Juan.
how is the location there? is it in main part of the city? any other hotels or tips?
the el san juan is in the main city. not to far from the old city. pretty old but decent hotel(check a few posts ago on this thread) for more attractions ideas check wiki or start reading this thread from the beginning. there are some good recommendations.

i have been to the ritz carlton(right next to the el san juan) i am a big fan of that hotel. beutiful and the service was amazing.  gorgeous beach too. chabad puerto rice online has very good pricing
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on September 23, 2014, 12:44:46 PM
the el san juan is in the main city. not to far from the old city. pretty old but decent hotel(check a few posts ago on this thread) for more attractions ideas check wiki or start reading this thread from the beginning. there are some good recommendations.

i have been to the ritz carlton(right next to the el san juan) i am a big fan of that hotel. beutiful and the service was amazing.  gorgeous beach too. chabad puerto rice online has very good pricing

thank alot, I have read the thread about the El San Juan, some of the reviews online do scare me a bit...
can you explain to me in brief the difference between the old and new city?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on September 23, 2014, 05:04:53 PM
thank alot, I have read the thread about the El San Juan, some of the reviews online do scare me a bit...
can you explain to me in brief the difference between the old and new city?
The old city is mostly a tourist attraction. No hotels over, its just if you are not going to another city then its good to be in the area
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: arid on September 29, 2014, 10:28:38 AM
never been to puerto rico. Im looking for a nice hotel (all inclusive will be nice) something with good pools and near beaches as always the point of going away isnt to spend time in the hotel room. (singles getaway) ive been looking at the El San Juan.
how is the location there? is it in main part of the city? any other hotels or tips?
I went back in 2009 and I stayed at the Gran Melia. I still think that it is one of the nicest, most relaxing hotels I've ever stayed at. Perfect for couples. Not too far from the city (take the highway with a toll to avoid TONS of traffic). Gigantic pool with jacuzzi spots in the pool and those "beach chairs" partially submerged in the water. The upgraded rooms have a full big fridge. Not sure about basic rooms. If you are a big spender, we saw the private villas with private pools/jacuzzis off the water. Insane.
I see the hotel with decent prices go on sale from time to time on travelzoo or cheapCaribbean.com
I still dream of going back there but my wife won't go bec she's already done PR.
Also, one of the coolest things I've ever done was kayaking in the Bioilumenecent Bay at night with the light up water. If you go to PR w/o doing this, the trip was a waste.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on September 29, 2014, 12:03:32 PM
Also, one of the coolest things I've ever done was kayaking in the Bioilumenecent Bay at night with the light up water.
+1
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 29, 2014, 12:05:43 PM

Also, one of the coolest things I've ever done was kayaking in the Bioilumenecent Bay at night with the light up water. If you go to PR w/o doing this, the trip was a waste.
yea was amazing, although read a recent article that there was something going on with it.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on September 29, 2014, 12:07:29 PM
yea was amazing, although read a recent article that there was something going on with it.
Like? Was there 2 weeks ago, was beautiful.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on September 30, 2014, 12:30:48 AM
Like? Was there 2 weeks ago, was beautiful.

It stopped glowing about a year ago.  I was back up slightly when I was there in December, but it was still far from as bright as it usually is.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on September 30, 2014, 10:32:32 AM
It stopped glowing about a year ago.  I was back up slightly when I was there in December, but it was still far from as bright as it usually is.
-1  it stops glowing for a half a month, when the moon is full.  but the smaller the moon the brighter it is
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 30, 2014, 10:36:56 AM
-1  it stops glowing for a half a month, when the moon is full.  but the smaller the moon the brighter it is
no there was something wrong where it stopped glowing totally. Although it might have been one of the other ones in puerto rico http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/us/puerto-rico-debates-who-put-out-the-lights-in-a-bay.html?_r=0
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on September 30, 2014, 04:17:59 PM
-1  it stops glowing for a half a month, when the moon is full.  but the smaller the moon the brighter it is
It doesn't stop glowing for half a month when the moon is full, you just can't see it that good because of the moonlight. I was actually there the night before full moon and even so it was quite bright. At one point during the tour we covered all kayaks with a tarp so we could experience it to the fullest.
no there was something wrong where it stopped glowing totally. Although it might have been one of the other ones in puerto rico http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/us/puerto-rico-debates-who-put-out-the-lights-in-a-bay.html?_r=0
Yeah, that article is about the one off Vieques Island, though it does mention that the one in Fajardo has gone dark as well at some point.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: sburgs on October 28, 2014, 12:22:00 AM
MY TRIP TO Puerto Rico---Summer of 2013 (PM me for any questions)

1) bio bay in fajardo (if you do nothing else DO THIS!!)

 *do the latest tour they offer
*try to go on a moonless night (ask them for details), when there was lots of sun during the day
*its in fajardo which is 45 min from San Juan
*book early, they run out!

we used kayakng puerto rico, tho their are plenty others and they're all the same

http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/biobay.html
787-435-1665

2) mini boat tour

*take a mini motorized raft into the ocean, go island hopping and snorkeling
*its expensive (150 for 2 ppl)
*driving is a ton of fun and the island you visit feels like out of a movie...literally.
*also beautiful snorkeling!
*full day activity 11-5 or something
they give you some food and drinks, some of the snacks are kosher
*also in fajardo

Mini Boat Island Hop & Snorkel

787-244-2828 (also kayaking puerto rico)

3) Monkey Island



*kayak over to an island w over 1000 monkeys (u watch but cant go on cuz they are dangerous and have HIV...)

private- just us and the male guide

*about an hour west of San Juan (opposite direction of Fajardo)



8)Bacardi Factory

*tour the Bacardi rum factory and get free drinks :)

*tours are FREE

*plain Bacardi mixed w anything kosher (i.e OJ) is kosher lol

*didn't get to do it but ppl say its fun

*in San Juan



9) Water Beach Club Hotel Roof Top Lounge

*super loud music

*beautiful view of the ocean

*fun to do at night (there isnt much to do at night)

FOOD SITUATION

-go on chabadpr.com and you can order groceries, raw meat for BBQ or dinner to go (dinner to go is expensive...)

-bring rye bread cuz they have no normal bread there!

-you can find random Kuf Q bread products in Walmart which is a good hashgacha

-we did 2 BBQs on the beach which was nice :) tho do it before dark or you will be attacked by nasty bugs/dogs (reminded me of the gemarah :) and will have to throw away all your meat ;)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on October 28, 2014, 12:28:54 AM
thanks heading there on Thursday! very helpfull
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 28, 2014, 12:57:55 AM
Nice report. Gotta disagree on taking the latest kayak tour as I can not imagine kayaking through those mangroves for the first time in complete darkness. It ought to be spooky! We went with the earlier tour and when we got to the bay it was already dark, so I don't really see what's to gain by going later.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: sburgs on October 28, 2014, 01:45:01 PM
Half the fun was kayaking in pitch dark, and seeing the water light up while rowing! And bumping into everyone :)
Note; look deep into the water for fish...as they swim through they light up. So flipping cool!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 28, 2014, 01:57:45 PM
Half the fun was kayaking in pitch dark, and seeing the water light up while rowing! And bumping into everyone :)
Note; look deep into the water for fish...as they swim through they light up. So flipping cool!
I did the 5pm tour, so the way out was light and we were the first tour, the way back in was crowded and we were bumping into everyone. It definitely was fun!!
I enjoyed the 2hr kayak chill, the glow was cool, but was only for a short time. We had a great relaxing time.
The tour guides were funny too!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 28, 2014, 02:49:51 PM
Half the fun was kayaking in pitch dark, and seeing the water light up while rowing! And bumping into everyone :)
We had that on the way back. That's kinda my point that with the earlier tour you get to experience both.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 28, 2014, 03:48:32 PM
We had that on the way back. That's kinda my point that with the earlier tour you get to experience both.
+1
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on October 28, 2014, 05:32:03 PM
+2

We did the twilight tour out and it was pitch-dark when we got there.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on October 29, 2014, 04:43:39 PM
Which hotels are on the beach in San Juan or surrounding areas?  None of the Starwood hotels are on the beach in except for the one on the island?  Can someone recommend hotels with beaches?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 29, 2014, 04:58:43 PM
Which hotels are on the beach in San Juan or surrounding areas?  None of the Starwood hotels are on the beach in except for the one on the island?  Can someone recommend hotels with beaches?

afaik Ritz carlton and el san juan have a beach
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 29, 2014, 09:18:02 PM
Which hotels are on the beach in San Juan or surrounding areas?  None of the Starwood hotels are on the beach in except for the one on the island?  Can someone recommend hotels with beaches?
There are some in the condado area. I liked this area the best, it's the more upper-class neighborhood and is nice and clean (just a few homeless sitting on the corners). Don't think there are any starwoods hotels there though.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 29, 2014, 11:55:55 PM
There are some in the condado area. I liked this area the best, it's the more upper-class neighborhood and is nice and clean (just a few homeless sitting on the corners). Don't think there are any starwoods hotels there though.
sounds like he is looking for a hotel in the city.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 29, 2014, 11:57:16 PM
sounds like he is looking for a hotel in the city.
It's right across the bridge from old San Juan. Maybe a 15 min walk. You can see the old city from there.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 30, 2014, 12:02:02 AM
It's right across the bridge from old San Juan. Maybe a 15 min walk. You can see the old city from there.
Didn't know that. Now that you tell me I remember the location your talking about. But not familiar with the hotels over there
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on October 30, 2014, 11:39:19 AM
What about the Sheraton in Old San Juan?  It looks like it's on the bay or beach?  I can't really see the pool though, is it nice?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:53:32 AM
What about the Sheraton in Old San Juan?  It looks like it's on the bay or beach?  I can't really see the pool though, is it nice?
It's on the bay.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on October 30, 2014, 12:03:55 PM
Any recommendations for hotels on the beach with good rates on "family size" rooms/suites, either with chabad discount or otherwise?

thx
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 30, 2014, 12:05:14 PM
Any recommendations for hotels on the beach with good rates on "family size" rooms/suites, either with chabad discount or otherwise?

thx
check chabadpr.com you can see which hotels have special rate
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 30, 2014, 12:08:55 PM
The W in Vieques looks beautiful, and that island hold the Guinness world record for the most powerful bioluminescent bay in the world.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 30, 2014, 12:10:02 PM
The W in Vieques looks beautiful, and that island hold the Guinness world record for the most powerful bioluminescent bay in the world.

lotta rules regarding touching those
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:11:10 PM
lotta rules regarding touching those
No need to touch  :D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 30, 2014, 12:15:50 PM
No need to touch  :D

who said anything about need??? holding bacteria that lights up is on my bucket list!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:21:37 PM
who said anything about need??? holding bacteria that lights up is on my bucket list!
JK. Are their different rules on the Vieques one than on the Fajardo bay?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 30, 2014, 12:24:39 PM
i may have "fallen" out of my kayak in the bay.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:27:05 PM
i may have "fallen" out of my kayak in the bay.
Poor you ;D

Either way, I believe they can't really enforce touching the water, swimming OTOH isn't allowed at the other bays either.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 30, 2014, 12:28:40 PM
it was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on October 31, 2014, 01:17:49 PM
Can anyone provide any current/recent feedback on staying (with family) in the Rio Grande area at either Gran Melia or Wyndham? It seems that most people around here have stayed closer to the city, but both of these hotels seems to have very nice facilities, and I see great "mystery hotel" deals for them on hotwire and travelzoo (as low as $145/nt including taxes and fees).

thx
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on October 31, 2014, 02:09:48 PM
Can anyone provide any current/recent feedback on staying (with family) in the Rio Grande area at either Gran Melia or Wyndham? It seems that most people around here have stayed closer to the city, but both of these hotels seems to have very nice facilities, and I see great "mystery hotel" deals for them on hotwire and travelzoo (as low as $145/nt including taxes and fees).

thx
I just stayed at Gran Melia for 2 nights. We got it on express deals on priceline for about $115. (there aren't many options in that area, so if you know how to work priceline you'll know which hotel your getting. We knew before we booked that we would get that hotel.)
The hotel is a couple minutes from any other civilization, but the grounds are really nice.
Room is decent size, was clean and there was plenty of room for a rollaway. View from room was really nothing. They wanted to charge an extra $150 for ocean view which didn't seem like there was any major view anyways. You need to request a refrigerator and they bring this thing they call a minibar, it worked OK. We had to switch rooms due to the ac not working well (new room didn't work great either), service was not to great, room did have a slight smell with old furniture.
But the grounds are really nice with an awesome huge pool that was pretty empty most of the day and night. The beds that they have in the pool were heavenly!
For the chilling out style vacation with factoring in the price that we paid we enjoyed.

From seeing the pictures I thought I was getting a gorgeous room, I was pretty let down with it when I arrived. After I switched rooms and my mindset it was a nice stay
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: curly on November 10, 2014, 01:21:02 PM
The W in Vieques looks beautiful, and that island hold the Guinness world record for the most powerful bioluminescent bay in the world.

Yes, and there is also a really high cancer rate for Vieques.

Google it. Scary stuff.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Danny29 on November 17, 2014, 02:43:26 PM
I am going to be staying in the Intercontinental the week of 12/7. I booked using the Chabad special rate for 149, which includes complimentary breakfast for 2, as stated on the chabad website. Does anyone know if this is a kosher breakfast? (If not, I don't really understand what the perk for the Chabad special)??
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Danny29 on November 17, 2014, 05:10:39 PM
Anyone?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 17, 2014, 05:23:29 PM
I am going to be staying in the Intercontinental the week of 12/7. I booked using the Chabad special rate for 149, which includes complimentary breakfast for 2, as stated on the chabad website. Does anyone know if this is a kosher breakfast? (If not, I don't really understand what the perk for the Chabad special)??
to save money??? ::)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Danny29 on November 18, 2014, 09:36:27 AM
Not that much cheaper than the regular rate. Few bucks
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on November 19, 2014, 03:55:07 PM
I am considering either the Embassy Suites (San Juan) or the Hampton Inn (San Juan) for a family trip (with kids), since they seem to be the only two hotels with reasonably priced suites or large rooms for a family. They both seem to have very similar rooms and are in the same general area.  Can anyone provide any input on either or both of these hotels, and which one might be better for a family stay with young kids.

Also, would appreciate any suggestions on finding the best rate for these (other than conventional hotel sites or Hotwire/Priceline).

Thank you
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on November 19, 2014, 06:18:00 PM
I am considering either the Embassy Suites (San Juan) or the Hampton Inn (San Juan) for a family trip (with kids), since they seem to be the only two hotels with reasonably priced suites or large rooms for a family. They both seem to have very similar rooms and are in the same general area.  Can anyone provide any input on either or both of these hotels, and which one might be better for a family stay with young kids.

Also, would appreciate any suggestions on finding the best rate for these (other than conventional hotel sites or Hotwire/Priceline).

Thank you

Can't directly answer your question, but we looked at those when I took my mom and sister and ended up using Airbnb for a 3br.  It worked out perfectly.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Lunatic on November 19, 2014, 07:48:43 PM
I am considering either the Embassy Suites (San Juan) or the Hampton Inn (San Juan) for a family trip (with kids), since they seem to be the only two hotels with reasonably priced suites or large rooms for a family. They both seem to have very similar rooms and are in the same general area.  Can anyone provide any input on either or both of these hotels, and which one might be better for a family stay with young kids.

Also, would appreciate any suggestions on finding the best rate for these (other than conventional hotel sites or Hotwire/Priceline).

Thank you
Embassy suites usually gets you two separate rooms, which is nice with kids
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on November 20, 2014, 03:08:55 PM
Can't directly answer your question, but we looked at those when I took my mom and sister and ended up using Airbnb for a 3br.  It worked out perfectly.

We just booked a beautiful looking 3 bedroom apartment in Fajardo through VRBO.  At $155 per night its a small fraction of what a comparable option in a hotel would cost.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on November 20, 2014, 03:11:53 PM
Does anyone know a way to purchase a "day pass" for the El Conquistador water park for someone who is not a guest at the resort?  It looks like this was an option years ago but their website now says only guests can get in.  Any advice would be appreciated. 
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on November 20, 2014, 03:34:09 PM
We just booked a beautiful looking 3 bedroom apartment in Fajardo through VRBO.  At $155 per night its a small fraction of what a comparable option in a hotel would cost.

Does that come with a pool?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on November 20, 2014, 04:22:27 PM
We just booked a beautiful looking 3 bedroom apartment in Fajardo through VRBO.  At $155 per night its a small fraction of what a comparable option in a hotel would cost.

 :D

VRBO/AirBNB are great when needing multiple rooms.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on November 20, 2014, 04:24:16 PM
Does that come with a pool?

The apartment is in a gated complex with multiple pools.  You can see pictures of the apartment I reserved below, but there are many apartments in this complex (Pena Mar) available on VRBO.

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p254969?utm_source=SYS&utm_medium=email&utm_term=20141030&utm_content=hascpropid_text_o_lprop&utm_campaign=VRBO_replied
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on November 20, 2014, 05:46:41 PM
The apartment is in a gated complex with multiple pools.  You can see pictures of the apartment I reserved below, but there are many apartments in this complex (Pena Mar) available on VRBO.

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p254969?utm_source=SYS&utm_medium=email&utm_term=20141030&utm_content=hascpropid_text_o_lprop&utm_campaign=VRBO_replied


It does look nice. But you booked my nights  >:(
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on November 20, 2014, 06:29:56 PM
It does look nice. But you booked my nights  >:(

Lucky for you there are plenty of other nice apartments available in the same complex:

http://www.vrbo.com/398502
http://www.vrbo.com/594413
http://www.vrbo.com/281418
http://www.vrbo.com/489295
http://www.vrbo.com/293922
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on November 20, 2014, 07:50:03 PM
Lucky for you there are plenty of other nice apartments available in the same complex:

http://www.vrbo.com/398502
http://www.vrbo.com/594413
http://www.vrbo.com/281418
http://www.vrbo.com/489295
http://www.vrbo.com/293922


I know. I would love to stay there, but my "boss" wants to be in/near the city.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Danny29 on November 24, 2014, 10:39:36 AM
Does anyone know what the story is with Verizon cell phone/data service in Puerto Rico? Is it just like the U.S.? Or will I get charged for roaming? It is not clear after speaking with representatives and researching online?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 24, 2014, 11:03:06 AM
Does anyone know what the story is with Verizon cell phone/data service in Puerto Rico? Is it just like the U.S.? Or will I get charged for roaming? It is not clear after speaking with representatives and researching online?
IME there's no roaming charges.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: curly on November 24, 2014, 07:01:43 PM
IME there's no roaming charges.
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Yup just like US
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on November 25, 2014, 12:56:42 PM
Does anyone know a way to purchase a "day pass" for the El Conquistador water park for someone who is not a guest at the resort?  It looks like this was an option years ago but their website now says only guests can get in.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Bump.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 25, 2014, 12:58:37 PM
Bump.
did you try calling?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on November 25, 2014, 03:14:07 PM
did you try calling?

I did and they said they no longer sell day passes to non guests.  Hoping to connect with someone who will be staying at the resort during Yeshiva week who would be willing to let us purchase tickets through them.  Would also love to hear from anyone who has had success doing this in the past.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Danny29 on November 25, 2014, 04:01:29 PM
I may be there (PR, but not that hotel) for Yeshiva week. Depends when yeshiva week is??
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 03, 2014, 10:27:38 AM
I may be there (PR, but not that hotel) for Yeshiva week. Depends when yeshiva week is??

iirc, yeshiva week is jan 18 - 25
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 03, 2014, 10:49:30 PM
What's yeshivah week?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 04, 2014, 01:05:24 AM
What's yeshivah week?

Like it sounds. A week (or a bit more) when Yeshiva's have sort of a mid-winter break, can be in late January or early February.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 04, 2014, 12:21:15 PM
Like it sounds. A week (or a bit more) when Yeshiva's have sort of a mid-winter break, can be in late January or early February.

Sounds more like "no-yeshiva week". Where I come from, they call it midwinter vacation.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 04, 2014, 05:15:52 PM
ESJ Towers

what did you think of it?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 04, 2014, 05:17:09 PM
Although now I wouldn't recommend staying in that part of town unless you want to be near Chabad for shabbat. Not the nicest part of PR.

what area do you suggest?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 04, 2014, 06:27:22 PM
We just booked a beautiful looking 3 bedroom apartment in Fajardo through VRBO.  At $155 per night its a small fraction of what a comparable option in a hotel would cost.

why did you decide on that area?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 04, 2014, 06:29:35 PM
I know. I would love to stay there, but my "boss" wants to be in/near the city.

what are the advantages to being in the city?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 04, 2014, 06:51:01 PM
what are the advantages to being in the city?

kosher food
Then again, my "boss" has never been there before, so she probably doesn't have the best sense of the pros and cons.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on December 04, 2014, 07:42:00 PM
kosher food
Then again, my "boss" has never been there before, so she probably doesn't have the best sense of the pros and cons.
Kosher food is nothing to stay in old San Juan for.
If you want a more downtown area as opposed to a report, then I found condado to be the nicest.

The daily minyan and chabad (possibly kosher food as well, if you order in advance) is in Isla Verda. Not the most beautiful place.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on December 05, 2014, 10:25:56 AM
im going to be in the SJ area for 2 days of the following what should be my priority?
El Yunque Rainforest 
Old San Juan area/Forts
ATV/Horse back riding
Can i do all that in 2 days and still have time to stay on beach??
How ling do i need for the rainforest and for the Old SJ area?

Thanks
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 05, 2014, 10:34:57 AM
Don't forget about Bioluminescent bay at evening and the Bacardi rum tour.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 05, 2014, 11:03:56 AM
im going to be in the SJ area for 2 days of the following what should be my priority?
El Yunque Rainforest
Old San Juan area/Forts
ATV/Horse back riding
Can i do all that in 2 days and still have time to stay on beach??
How ling do i need for the rainforest and for the Old SJ area?

Thanks

Don't forget about Bioluminescent bay at evening and the Bacardi rum tour.

these you wont find anywhere else
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on December 05, 2014, 11:08:16 AM
Thanks

im doing bio day from vieques
I'll have to squeeze the Bacardi tour in there.
Approx how long is tour?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on December 05, 2014, 11:50:03 AM
Thanks

im doing bio day from vieques
I'll have to squeeze the Bacardi tour in there.
Approx how long is tour?

I want to say budget for 2 hours.  Also, I didn't find the fort to be that amazing.  I would skip it.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on December 05, 2014, 01:15:29 PM
why did you decide on that area?

Very nice looking and reasonable vacation rentals.  Right next to Waldorf Astoria El Conquistodor resort, which has an amazing waterpark.  Not far from San Juan.  Not planning on relying on Chabad for food as options are limited and prices are high.  Just going to bring alot of meat and cheese and buy everything else there at Walmart.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 05, 2014, 01:37:03 PM
Very nice looking and reasonable vacation rentals.  Right next to Waldorf Astoria El Conquistodor resort, which has an amazing waterpark.  Not far from San Juan.  Not planning on relying on Chabad for food as options are limited and prices are high.  Just going to bring alot of meat and cheese and buy everything else there at Walmart.

u stayed there over shabbos as well?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 05, 2014, 02:20:49 PM
im doing bio day from vieques

Staying at the W? Post a TR please :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on December 05, 2014, 02:22:21 PM
u stayed there over shabbos as well?

Haven't stayed there yet.  I am booked for January.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 05, 2014, 02:43:04 PM
Haven't stayed there yet.  I am booked for January.

me too. yeshiva week by any chance?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 06, 2014, 07:52:50 PM
I'm travelling to PR in January with 3 kids (btwn 1-9yrs old). Will probably stay in Isla Verde for a few nights over shabbos, but am considering staying somewhere else for remaining 2 days.

1. Can anyone suggest some hotels/areas that would have great facilities for kids? (Does it make sense to book a couple of days at the Waldorf El Conquiscador just for their water park? Are the Rio Grande hotels worthwhile for their facilities?)

2. Can anyone recommend activities and attractions that would be good and feasible for young kids (around San Juan and elsewhere)?

thank you
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on December 06, 2014, 09:25:14 PM
Staying at the W? Post a TR please :)

Yes. Is it worth the 20K points per night?
will post when i get back
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on December 07, 2014, 04:43:50 PM
me too. yeshiva week by any chance?

Yup - week of the 18th.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on December 08, 2014, 06:32:08 PM
I'm travelling to PR in January with 3 kids (btwn 1-9yrs old). Will probably stay in Isla Verde for a few nights over shabbos, but am considering staying somewhere else for remaining 2 days.

1. Can anyone suggest some hotels/areas that would have great facilities for kids? (Does it make sense to book a couple of days at the Waldorf El Conquiscador just for their water park? Are the Rio Grande hotels worthwhile for their facilities?)

2. Can anyone recommend activities and attractions that would be good and feasible for young kids (around San Juan and elsewhere)?

thank you
Gran Melia was very nice. Check it out
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on December 09, 2014, 02:53:48 PM
I'm going Presidents week in February with my wife and 2 kids( 2.5 yr and 5 month old) We're staying at the Sheraton in San Juan and Embassy Suites in Dorado.  We plan to do the beach and pool the whole time, but are there any activities in the evening for kids?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 09, 2014, 03:55:18 PM
I was wondering the same thing (though we'll be there one month earlier).  We're also doing a few days in San Juan, and I'm trying to decide where to go for the remaining two days. How did you decide on the Embassy Suites/Dorado. Did you consider the Grand Melia or Wyndham in Rio Grande?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 09, 2014, 09:18:09 PM
will be in PR from 1/15 - 1/18 and was thinking about renting an Apt in the Isla Verde area (near Chabad).

can ppl share with me what are some reasons why i wouldn't want to be in that area and/or where else should i be staying for those days?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 09, 2014, 09:23:39 PM
what did you think of it?
Was a little dated, but decent and clean. Was extremely good for Shabbos (kitchen in the room), and excellent location regarding both Chabad and the beach.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 09, 2014, 09:28:21 PM
Was a little dated, but decent and clean. Was extremely good for Shabbos (kitchen in the room), and excellent location regarding both Chabad and the beach.

can you please clarify what you're referring to. i only mentioned an area, not specific place.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 09, 2014, 09:46:51 PM
can you please clarify what you're referring to. i only mentioned an area, not specific place.
You asked about ESJ Towers.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 09, 2014, 09:55:00 PM
You asked about ESJ Towers.

I did? I not recall, but thanks anyway.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 09, 2014, 10:08:46 PM
ESJ Towers

what did you think of it?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on December 09, 2014, 10:20:07 PM
I was wondering the same thing (though we'll be there one month earlier).  We're also doing a few days in San Juan, and I'm trying to decide where to go for the remaining two days. How did you decide on the Embassy Suites/Dorado. Did you consider the Grand Melia or Wyndham in Rio Grande?

I chose the Embassy Suites because I'm using my Hilton honor points. I chose he sheraton bc I'm using Starwood points. Let me know if you find anything for kids when you're there.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 10, 2014, 11:43:57 PM
I know. I would love to stay there, but my "boss" wants to be in/near the city.

kosher food
Then again, my "boss" has never been there before, so she probably doesn't have the best sense of the pros and cons.

when you say in the City, do you mean where chabad is located or in old San Juan or ..... ?

Any regrets on staying in that area?

Which area would you recommend staying in?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 16, 2014, 03:09:40 PM
when you say in the City, do you mean where chabad is located or in old San Juan or ..... ?

Any regrets on staying in that area?

Which area would you recommend staying in?

I'm going in a month. Staying over the weekend at Embassy Suites in Isla Verde (near Chabad). Then may go to Grand Melia in Fajardo for a couple of days. Seems to be a good deal on Grand Melia through BookIt.com (assuming I'm right about the "4.5-Star Rio Grande Beachfront Mystery Resort" that they're offering).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 16, 2014, 04:03:22 PM
I came across this local groupon-type of site http://www.gustazos.com/ which seems to have some good deals on hotels, events, etc., including tickets for a Matisyahu concert on 1/31.  I noticed some of the listings say local residents only, so watch out for that, but odds are no one enforces that anyway.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on December 22, 2014, 11:43:48 AM
Anyone go to Vieques recently? Did you go by airplane or by Boat?
I hear the boat situation is pretty bad.

Thanks
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 22, 2014, 11:51:13 AM
Anyone go to Vieques recently? Did you go by airplane or by Boat?
I hear the boat situation is pretty bad.

Thanks

How much more money is the plane?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 22, 2014, 12:17:47 PM
for those that went kayaking in the Bio-luminescent Bay, did they do it in the Fajardo area or Vieques? Can anyone elaborate on the differences?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 23, 2014, 09:58:35 AM
I'm going in a month. Staying over the weekend at Embassy Suites in Isla Verde (near Chabad). Then may go to Grand Melia in Fajardo for a couple of days. Seems to be a good deal on Grand Melia through BookIt.com (assuming I'm right about the "4.5-Star Rio Grande Beachfront Mystery Resort" that they're offering).

If it's not Gan Melia, it's the Wyndham Rio Mar, which is a good bet as well (much nicer beach at Wyndham than at Gran Melia)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on December 23, 2014, 10:58:50 AM
How much more money is the plane?

boat is $4 (one way for 2 people) plus cab will prob be $40
flight is $72 (one way for 2 people) plus cab will be $75

But flight is a lot more reliable.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 25, 2014, 01:07:17 PM
If it's not Gan Melia, it's the Wyndham Rio Mar, which is a good bet as well (much nicer beach at Wyndham than at Gran Melia)

There's no way it's the Wyndham - They wouldn't offer it that cheap. But Bookit is now showing the mystery resort for $104, and the Grand Melia for $109. I booked a cancellable ($19.95 penalty) reservation at $109.

This site http://www.gustazos.com/ (similar to groupon) also seems to be offering pretty good deals on different hotels. They email you their new offers every day if you sign up.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 25, 2014, 02:43:11 PM
There's no way it's the Wyndham - They wouldn't offer it that cheap. But Bookit is now showing the mystery resort for $104, and the Grand Melia for $109. I booked a cancellable ($19.95 penalty) reservation at $109.

This site http://www.gustazos.com/ (similar to groupon) also seems to be offering pretty good deals on different hotels. They email you their new offers every day if you sign up.

Dates?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 25, 2014, 03:19:41 PM
Dates?

I'm looking at the 3rd wk in Jan
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 25, 2014, 04:11:44 PM
Anything purim time?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 25, 2014, 06:53:58 PM
There's no way it's the Wyndham - They wouldn't offer it that cheap. But Bookit is now showing the mystery resort for $104, and the Grand Melia for $109. I booked a cancellable ($19.95 penalty) reservation at $109.

when do you find out exactly which hotel it is?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jack11223 on December 26, 2014, 01:56:10 PM
I'm planing a trip to San juan, has anyone stayed in the intercontinental, what do you think?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 27, 2014, 06:48:29 PM
I'm planing a trip to San juan, has anyone stayed in the intercontinental, what do you think?
many have. Just search upthread, or type in the search box intercontinental
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 29, 2014, 03:26:17 PM
Does anyone have any angles for a good deal on on the El Conquistador (other than the priceline/hotwire route, which doesn't seem that great)?

thx
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on December 29, 2014, 04:11:15 PM
Does anyone have any angles for a good deal on on the El Conquistador (other than the priceline/hotwire route, which doesn't seem that great)?

thx

Don't know how you could beat Priceline. That's usually the cheapest the hotel will accept....
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 30, 2014, 11:21:03 AM
Don't know how you could beat Priceline. That's usually the cheapest the hotel will accept....

I'm pretty sure that bookit.com is cheaper than priceline for the Gran Melia
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on December 30, 2014, 09:26:40 PM
I'm pretty sure that bookit.com is cheaper than priceline for the Gran Melia

Not cheaper than name you're own price.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 30, 2014, 09:47:36 PM
Not cheaper than name you're own price.

maybe for a 2, 3 or 3.5 star hotel. but i can't imagine that a 4 star hotel using priceline will be less then the $109/ night advertised on bookit.com
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on December 31, 2014, 12:15:55 PM
maybe for a 2, 3 or 3.5 star hotel. but i can't imagine that a 4 star hotel using priceline will be less then the $109/ night advertised on bookit.com

I tried priceline - I couldn't get a price even close to $109 for the dates I was looking at.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 31, 2014, 07:36:48 PM
I tried priceline - I couldn't get a price even close to $109 for the dates I was looking at.

i assume you tried priceline for your upcoming trip, correct?

what were your search parameters, in terms of area and # of stars?

how low did you go?

was thinking about doing priceline as well to get ~$100/night like bookit, except was hoping to be able to stay in another area (vs Rio Grande where Gran Melia is located).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on January 01, 2015, 12:14:06 AM
i assume you tried priceline for your upcoming trip, correct?

what were your search parameters, in terms of area and # of stars?

how low did you go?

was thinking about doing priceline as well to get ~$100/night like bookit, except was hoping to be able to stay in another area (vs Rio Grande where Gran Melia is located).

I was looking specifically for hotels in that area.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 01, 2015, 05:54:34 PM
Don't forget about Bioluminescent bay at evening and the Bacardi rum tour.

which one?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 03, 2015, 08:03:59 PM
any suggestions (not hotel names) on where to stay in puerto rico?

from reading thru posts, it seems that most ppl just pick a hotel and the area is irrelevant. since i am renting an Apt, i have much more flexibility. therefore, i was hoping that some ppl who have been to PR, can offer suggestions on which area to stay in. some of the names that have been talked about are: rio grande, old san juan, fajardo, vieques, isla verde etc.....
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: zevi on January 03, 2015, 08:19:17 PM
any suggestions (not hotel names) on where to stay in puerto rico?

from reading thru posts, it seems that most ppl just pick a hotel and the area is irrelevant. since i am renting an Apt, i have much more flexibility. therefore, i was hoping that some ppl who have been to PR, can offer suggestions on which area to stay in. some of the names that have been talked about are: rio grande, old san juan, fajardo, vieques, isla verde etc.....
I stayed in Palmas del Mar its a beautiful area.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on January 03, 2015, 10:50:13 PM
Is anyone staying at the El Conquistador during Yeshiva week (week beginning 1/18/15)?  We will be staying in the area and are looking for someone who would be kind enough to allow us to purchase tickets to the water park.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Wolfbalden on January 04, 2015, 12:08:56 AM
any suggestions (not hotel names) on where to stay in puerto rico?

from reading thru posts, it seems that most ppl just pick a hotel and the area is irrelevant. since i am renting an Apt, i have much more flexibility. therefore, i was hoping that some ppl who have been to PR, can offer suggestions on which area to stay in. some of the names that have been talked about are: rio grande, old san juan, fajardo, vieques, isla verde etc.....

depends a lot on what you are most interested in. If you want to be close to Chabad - for minyanim or to avoid delivery fee for food - you want to be in Isla Verde. There are prettier places than there though. The Old San Juan area is very pretty and quaint but limited options for food and davening
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 04, 2015, 01:52:24 PM
depends a lot on what you are most interested in. If you want to be close to Chabad - for minyanim or to avoid delivery fee for food - you want to be in Isla Verde. There are prettier places than there though. The Old San Juan area is very pretty and quaint but limited options for food and davening

no need to be near Chabad, and will be bringing my own food. will be in PR from Thurs - Sun.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 04, 2015, 01:53:21 PM
I stayed in Palmas del Mar its a beautiful area.

did you rent a car? did you find Palmas del Mar a convenient jumping off spot when touring?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: zevi on January 04, 2015, 02:15:24 PM
did you rent a car? did you find Palmas del Mar a convenient jumping off spot when touring?
we rented from Dollar. Yes it was very good on average it was 20/25 min drive to the attractions but Palmas del Mar has some really nice houses and its a gated area if your worry about safety.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on January 04, 2015, 11:54:18 PM
Nice place...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 05, 2015, 09:19:11 AM
we rented from Dollar. Yes it was very good on average it was 20/25 min drive to the attractions but Palmas del Mar has some really nice houses and its a gated area if your worry about safety.

should i be worried? what areas should i sat away from?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on January 06, 2015, 12:33:13 AM
should i be worried? what areas should i sat away from?
La Perla
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: tt on January 06, 2015, 10:12:00 PM
I'm meeting some friends in San Juan in a few weeks. The earliest flight I can take after work would get me to SJU around 12am. How safe is it to travel myself from the airport to the hotel in San Juan? Is there a trusted taxi/airport shuttle/transfer that's reliable and safe to travel alone with?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 07, 2015, 11:28:28 AM
I'm meeting some friends in San Juan in a few weeks. The earliest flight I can take after work would get me to SJU around 12am. How safe is it to travel myself from the airport to the hotel in San Juan? Is there a trusted taxi/airport shuttle/transfer that's reliable and safe to travel alone with?
you get out of the terminal and there is a taxi stand that will give you a paper that says how much your ride will be. the driver will not ask you for more. this is very reliable.  this is the taxi system in whole san juan
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: tt on January 07, 2015, 12:18:41 PM
ok thanks. I am not familiar with San Juan is it safe to take the taxi a short distance to the hotel myself at that time. I am girl traveling alone for just that drive.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 07, 2015, 12:20:45 PM
ok thanks. I am not familiar with San Juan is it safe to take the taxi a short distance to the hotel myself at that time. I am girl traveling alone for just that drive.
i think should be safe.  they have many protocols to follow.  but if you get kidnapped please don't hold me accountable ;)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mkramer on January 07, 2015, 01:39:50 PM
Has anyone stayed in The W Hotel Retreat? What is the beach like there? Would you recommend going with a 20 month old baby?  If not which hotels would you recommend? Im looking for pretty beaches and a nice place that would cost around $170 a night.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 11, 2015, 12:17:15 PM
Has anyone been to the Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Isla Verde, Puerto Rico? Any reviews? Thanks

Bump.... Anyone stayed here?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 11, 2015, 12:25:09 PM
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.

I know that this post is a couple years old, but seems to be the only info here

What time of year were you there? Was it busy? Did you get upgraded? Was the pool busy?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 13, 2015, 08:07:51 PM
anyone ever rented from E-Z rent-a-car before? i am getting a quote of $11.44 per day (incl all taxes/fees) from orbitz for a Nissan Sentra or similar? seems crazy cheap and am a little skeptical.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Geshmakeh Chulent Fresser on January 15, 2015, 10:16:29 PM
Is anyone staying at the El Conquistador during Yeshiva week (week beginning 1/18/15)?  We will be staying in the area and are looking for someone who would be kind enough to allow us to purchase tickets to the water park.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Bump
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on January 16, 2015, 11:18:32 AM
Does anyone know of any drivers or cab companies in Puerto Rico to drive me, wife and 2 toddles from airport to hotels and back?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 16, 2015, 11:22:34 AM
Does anyone know of any drivers or cab companies in Puerto Rico to drive me, wife and 2 toddles from airport to hotels and back?
from the airport. they have strict protocols and price is agreed by the cab station before you leave the airport.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 16, 2015, 03:32:24 PM
anyone ever rented from E-Z rent-a-car before? i am getting a quote of $11.44 per day (incl all taxes/fees) from orbitz for a Nissan Sentra or similar? seems crazy cheap and am a little skeptical.

now having rented from them - am telling everyone to stay away (as well as Allied Car/trunk rental), no matter the cost. they are toxic.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 16, 2015, 04:17:50 PM
now having rented from them - am telling everyone to stay away (as well as Allied Car/trunk rental), no matter the cost. they are toxic.
care to explain?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on January 17, 2015, 06:57:57 PM
care to explain?

i think this explains it. what made me miss it was that on orbitz, its only listed as EZ car rental NOT allied.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/allied-car-and-truck-rental-san-juan-2
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on January 28, 2015, 08:34:24 PM
Recommendation for rental car directly from the airport?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 28, 2015, 08:36:54 PM

Recommendation for rental car directly from the airport?
its way cheaper from locations 10 minutes outside the airport. $20 cab ride will save you a lot.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: curly on January 28, 2015, 09:11:56 PM
Costco travel got me a rate of about $10/ day with taxes at an on airport location. Think it was dollar. Highly recommend.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on January 28, 2015, 09:30:48 PM
how did you get a rate of $10 a day.  It is giving me a rate of $28 day. 
I just want a place that wont hassle me with long waits and telling me the car is scratched when it comes back.

I see Chabad PR mentioned Charley's rentals.  I had a reservation with payless for $11 day but it had awful reviews.  Got that one on priceline, so cancelled the reservation.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: curly on January 28, 2015, 11:10:57 PM
You went through costco? It was weird because when I played with the times of pickup it went from like 26 dollars to 10.
Don't go with an off name car rental. Did it once in Miami what a nightmare and took about 3 hours to pick up the car. I kid you not
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on January 29, 2015, 12:33:47 PM
I got a very good rate too with Dollar. Everyone's rates seem to fluctuate alot even up to the day of rental. Best to check a comparison site periodically and look for price drops.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 29, 2015, 04:53:38 PM
If I want to be as near the kosher falafel and pizza place as possible which hotel would be best to stay at?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 29, 2015, 06:29:52 PM
If I want to be as near the kosher falafel and pizza place as possible which hotel would be best to stay at?
Depends what you're looking for in a hotel, but the Sheraton is a 5 minute walk.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 29, 2015, 06:35:02 PM
Have hyatt points so thinking about hyatt house. Google maps says 10 min drive from chabad. Know anything about that hotel?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on February 03, 2015, 01:23:03 PM
What's the cheapest car rental place in Puerto Rico?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 03, 2015, 01:55:37 PM
What's the cheapest car rental place in Puerto Rico?
http://www.chabadpr.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2370163/jewish/Charlie-Car-Rental.htm

this should be cheap
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: milechazzer on February 04, 2015, 04:29:52 PM
http://www.chabadpr.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2370163/jewish/Charlie-Car-Rental.htm

this should be cheap

I would suggest comparing rates will all the other car rental companies, which could be higher or lower. I got a very good rate from Dollar.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 04, 2015, 04:32:52 PM
I would suggest comparing rates will all the other car rental companies, which could be higher or lower. I got a very good rate from Dollar.
i compared it last year. charlie was pretty cheap with the chabad rate. but i was too young for him
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on February 11, 2015, 02:33:34 PM
Going to PR next week and staying at the Sheraton in San Juan for a few days then to Dorado. Does anyone know if you're able to walk from Sheraton San Juan to Old Juan?  I tried finding out on google maps and I'm not sure if thats a walking bridge or a highway.  I'm thinking about biting the bullet and renting a car.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 11, 2015, 02:43:50 PM
Going to PR next week and staying at the Sheraton in San Juan for a few days then to Dorado. Does anyone know if you're able to walk from Sheraton San Juan to Old Juan?  I tried finding out on google maps and I'm not sure if thats a walking bridge or a highway.  I'm thinking about biting the bullet and renting a car.
dont know about your question. but i went with taxis everywhere and was extremely convenient
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on February 11, 2015, 04:27:31 PM
Going to PR next week and staying at the Sheraton in San Juan for a few days then to Dorado. Does anyone know if you're able to walk from Sheraton San Juan to Old Juan?  I tried finding out on google maps and I'm not sure if thats a walking bridge or a highway.  I'm thinking about biting the bullet and renting a car.

Im pretty sure it is possible to walk. Although it did seem like a pretty far walk. (i drove it, so i cant say forsure)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on February 11, 2015, 09:27:01 PM
Going to PR next week and staying at the Sheraton in San Juan for a few days then to Dorado. Does anyone know if you're able to walk from Sheraton San Juan to Old Juan?  I tried finding out on google maps and I'm not sure if thats a walking bridge or a highway.  I'm thinking about biting the bullet and renting a car.
It's pretty far. But i think it's walkable.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on February 14, 2015, 08:52:29 PM
Trip Report:
Arrived in Puerto Rico on Sunday 2/8
Flew American using British Airways points..free checked bag using AA credit card.
Uneventful flight, lucky to get out before flights were canceled.

Beautiful weather  ..temps in the 80s. Quick rain showers in the afternoon. Dries up right away.
Windy day on Tuesday...water was very choppy so no snorkeling or scuba diving.
I rented a car from Enterprise at the airport using Costco.  Just wanted a rental car on site at the airport so paid a bit more.  It was $145 for 5 days and that included an upgrade for me to the next to smallest car.  It was fine.

Sunday:  Checked into Las Casitas reserved via VRBO.  1 BR condo for $249.  On the property of El Conquistador.  Rented through owner.  She got us passes to get onto Palomino Island.  The grounds of El Conquistador are very pretty.

Stocked up on groceries and swam in their gorgeous infinity pool.
This is located in Fajardo about an hour and a quarter from the airport.
There is a Ralphs grocery in Fajardo that had plenty of stuff.   Walmart had some basics as well.  There is a Walgreens and CVS there too.
There is an Amigo in Rio Grande that I passed on Route 3 but didnt go in.

Checked out the Pueblo in Isla Verde. You can get whatever you want there..not cholov yisrael..but cottage cheese, yogurt, cereals, PollyO string cheese.  I did notice no fresh milk with the OU so bought boxed milk.. Was fine.  Pueblo even had some fresh bread with a hechsher on it.

Monday was a busy day:
Hiked El Yunque.  Drove to La Coca Falls...took the photo op pictures.  Drove to Yokahu Tower and climbed it for a sensational view.  Drove to the La Mina Falls trail and hiked down and back.  Alot of steps and slippery at spots but not too bad.
Was getting late and we didnt feel like doing another full hike to Mt. Britton...next time.

Did ATV at Carabali.  Not impressed.  We did the 1 hour trail.  Could be that there was another couple and they were just city folk.  There is a digital speedometer on the ATV ...I hit 20 at one point.  Most of the time it was 10-11 MPH.  Not the heart pumping ATV ride I had in Israel but pretty enough.

At night did the first session of the Bio Luminescent Kayak Tour.  Did this with Kayaking with Puerto Rico.  Went out when it was still light outside so we could see where we were going.  When we hit the bay, they tied all the kayaks together while the guide went over what we would be seeing and described the organisms.  That kept us all together.  They had about 4 guides along with us.  Going back was pitch black.  You cant see a thing.  You follow the kayak in front of you which has a cyalume stick attached.  However, if the kayak in front of you is in the mangroves, you will find yourself there as well :). 
When we returned, they had some granola bars and some fruit and drinks and they took a group picture.  They also photograph you on the ride and post on their facebook page.

There is a movie theater in Fajardo and the movies are $6.  Caught up on our movies..saw 3 movies.  That was our evening activity.

I brought my own food in microwaveable containers so that was our dinners.  Breakfast I made omelets, had cereal, yogurt, etc.

Sandwiches for lunch, snacks, fruit, held us till dinner.

Tuesday:  Hung out on Palomino Island.  This was the only day with heavy wind.  It was in the 80s just windy.  We were planning on going snorkeling or scuba diving.  Didnt get to do that.
They also have jet skiing on Palomino Island, you can rent a raft, you can rent snorkeling equipment.  They provide towels and water.  Very nice beach.  There is a ferry that you take from El Conquistador to Palomino Island.  It is reserved for the guests of El Conquistador.  They had a large chess game, ping pong tables..They have horseback riding too there.

Wednesday:  Drove into Old San Juan.  Toured the two forts/castles and walked around for quite a few hours.  Took the trolley from one fort to the other.  Found Ben & Jerry's..Yummy.  Also went to Kosher in Paradise, the tiny Chabad food stand that had fries and falafel.  nice to have a place to go too.  Checked out the cruise ships..shops...etc.

Thursday:  Drove to the Bacardi factory and did the tour.  Interesing. $12 admission entitles you to a hard plastic glass and a drink.  They go through the history of the factory.
Then off to the airport to fly home.
Flight home uneventful..got in 40 minutes early.  Flight was half empty so plenty of room to spread out.

Lots of stuff to do in Puerto Rico that we didnt get to or didnt have any desire to do.
I think these are listed above as well:
Arecibo Observatory in the center of Puerto Rico, Large radio telescope
Toro Verde - ziplining
EL Yunque has ziplining too
Fajardo Lighthouse..but we didnt find it
Horseback riding by Campo Verde
Surfing in Rincon
I saw kite surfing on Palomino
They have paddleboarding places...etc.
Anyway..leaving NY in freezing temps..it was really nice to get away to temps in the 80s for a few days.

Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on February 14, 2015, 08:54:42 PM
If you want to go scuba diving I would mention Sea Ventures in Fajardo.  They seemed very nice although we didnt get to go this time due to the weather on the day we had planned to.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 14, 2015, 09:18:52 PM
Nice report, thanks!

Did they start charging $12 admission at Bacardi? When we were there in September it was free.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on February 14, 2015, 09:30:25 PM
Nice report, thanks!

Did they start charging $12 admission at Bacardi? When we were there in September it was free.
+1 Was gonna ask that - it must be a new fee. Loved that place - went with my wife and we had a very nice tour guide who gave us quite a few extra drink coupons. And my wife wasn't drinking so...  ;D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on February 14, 2015, 11:44:27 PM
Guess it is a new fee. No extra drink tokens for us. You pay the fee. They give you two tokens for free drinks and 2 plastic glasses. After the tour you turn in the tokens to get the drinks.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on February 17, 2015, 02:01:04 PM
Anyone here stayed at the Hyatt House in San Juan?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on March 02, 2015, 01:16:17 AM
I'll be there tomorrow night iy"H.

What are the best few hikes/drives/sights in the rainforest?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beachbum on March 03, 2015, 02:11:11 PM
Trip notes from Puerto Rico- We went from 2/17-2/23.  The weather was beautiful!! It was 85 degrees during the day and 75 during the night.  It only rained a few times at night.  We stayed in San Juan at the Sheraton convention Center for a few days.  When we left the airport, there's a taxi line and a person comes up to you to see how many people and luggage you have.  We had our 2.5 yr old and 5 month old, so they ordered us a van and I was able to install both car seats.  We brought our own food with us and were able to eat breakfast at the hotel(cereal, yogurt, fruit...)  One day we took a bus(10 min) to Old San Juan and walked all around, really cool city.  We brought our 2.5 yr old and 5 month old so we were able to bring the strollers on the bus.  We went to Kosher In Paradise for dinner, it was pretty good, but a hole in the wall.  After a few days at the Sheraton, we went to the Embassy Suites in Dorado.  The hotel was pretty good, but the pool was gorgeous!  It's also on a beach, so we switched off between the pool and beach.  We brought food with us and were able to eat breakfast at the hotel.  There's a walgreens and CVS about 15 min walk from the hotel, so we walked there to get some more food/junk.  Overall we had an amazing time.  The food options weren't so great, so make sure to bring a sandwich maker, or mini grill and food.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on March 20, 2015, 06:09:50 PM
I was there recently. Stayed in Fajardo, and went to Vieques, Culebra, El Yunque, and Old San Juan. I'm not much of a TR writer, but I'll be glad to answer any questions I can.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 25, 2015, 12:11:28 PM
Anyone stayed at the Radisson?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 30, 2015, 10:15:52 AM
Points hotels (besides the RC) that are walking distance to Chabad?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 30, 2015, 10:21:23 AM
Points hotels (besides the RC) that are walking distance to Chabad?
IC and courtyard by marriot
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 30, 2015, 10:24:59 AM
IC and courtyard by marriot
Thanks! Looks like a decent use of IC free nights. (Decent as in the property, not as in point/dollar value.)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on March 30, 2015, 12:48:03 PM
From my personal experience, I would recommend anyone that goes to PR to go to Vieques and Culebra. Besides checking out Old San Juan and El Yunque, I don't think PR has much to offer. It didn't even feel like being on an island to me. But Vieques and Culebra are really nice. If you can't find accommodations on those islands, you can stay in Fajardo and take the ferry.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 30, 2015, 12:50:23 PM
From my personal experience, I would recommend anyone that goes to PR to go to Vieques and Culebra. Besides checking out Old San Juan and El Yunque, I don't think PR has much to offer. It didn't even feel like being on an island to me. But Vieques and Culebra are really nice. If you can't find accommodations on those islands, you can stay in Fajardo and take the ferry.
-1

i know you had a good experience on Vieques but IMHO there is a lot to do on the main Island as well
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on March 30, 2015, 12:59:01 PM
Like what? And I actually enjoyed Culebra more than Vieques :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 30, 2015, 01:00:50 PM
Like what? And I actually enjoyed Culebra more than Vieques :)
you can have the island relaxing feel and you can have the city/old city feel seeing the culture
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on April 11, 2015, 10:17:03 PM
Which hotel has the best pool for a toddler?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on April 13, 2015, 08:02:08 PM

when are you going ?

Do they change pools monthly?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: zevi on April 13, 2015, 08:06:40 PM

Do they change pools monthly?
lol was wondering if you will be going this week
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on April 13, 2015, 08:11:55 PM

lol was wondering if you will be going this week

No. December.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on April 15, 2015, 10:18:52 PM
I'm going in the summer, Id like to stay by a Hilton, there are a few which ones are good?

And the rental car situation from sju?

TIA
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on April 15, 2015, 10:20:13 PM

I'm going in the summer, Id like to stay by a Hilton, there are a few which ones are good?

Haven't been to either but I'm looking for myself and I was deciding between El Conquistador and Hilton Caribe, seem like the best 2 Hilton options.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: zevi on April 15, 2015, 10:21:40 PM

I'm going in the summer, Id like to stay by a Hilton, there are a few which ones are good?

And the rental car situation from sju?

TIA
charlies car rental is a 5 min shuttle ride from SJU and they are very cheap go to Chabadpr for a discount.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on April 15, 2015, 10:44:28 PM
Haven't been to either but I'm looking for myself and I was deciding between El Conquistador and Hilton Caribe, seem like the best 2 Hilton options.
interesting, id prefer a Hilton as well (due to diamond status)  And I was deciding between the El Conquistador and the El San Juan.

what do you think is the best Hilton option?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on April 15, 2015, 10:55:45 PM

interesting, id prefer a Hilton as well (due to diamond status)  And I was deciding between the El Conquistador and the El San Juan.

what do you think is the best Hilton option?

I'd prefer a Marriott but otherwise was looking at Hilton
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on April 15, 2015, 10:58:18 PM
I'd prefer a Marriott but otherwise was looking at Hilton
And the best hilton?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 11, 2015, 08:01:10 AM
The only stopover I could consider is in PR - something like an early afternoon flight STT-SJU, spend a couple of hours in SJU, and then continue on to NY.

Does that even make sense? Is there anything worth doing in SJU for a couple of hours in the afternoon?

Posted this in the Caribbean master thread, but probably makes more sense here. Any thoughts?

This is coming from STT.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on May 11, 2015, 08:17:30 AM
Posted this in the Caribbean master thread, but probably makes more sense here. Any thoughts?

This is coming from STT.
Old San Juan sounds perfect.

If you have a little more time, El Yunque would be great.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 11, 2015, 08:27:34 AM
Old San Juan sounds perfect.

If you have a little more time, El Yunque would be great.

Thanks, I'll look into those.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on May 11, 2015, 09:06:19 AM
Old San Juan sounds perfect.

If you have a little more time, El Yunque would be great.
+2
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mek on May 11, 2015, 09:48:21 AM
You probably wont have time for El Yunque. Do old San Juan and the Bacardi tour
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 11, 2015, 09:50:16 AM
You probably wont have time for El Yunque. Do old San Juan and the Bacardi tour
+1  this what the cruise ships do when they dock for a day
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on May 11, 2015, 06:34:28 PM
You probably wont have time for El Yunque. Do old San Juan and the Bacardi tour
With that little time, I'd cut out Bacardi and spend some more time in Old San Juan and the castles. Bacardi wasn't that interesting to me.

(I might be biased as I want to see some nice pics from the castles and I won't gain anything by him getting a free drink ).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on May 12, 2015, 06:05:38 AM
With that little time, I'd cut out Bacardi and spend some more time in Old San Juan and the castles. Bacardi wasn't that interesting to me.

(I might be biased as I want to see some nice pics from the castles and I won't gain anything by him getting a free drink ).

+1
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on May 26, 2015, 02:45:12 PM
Has anybody stayed by the el conquistador? How was it? A neighbor just gave me a terrible review.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 26, 2015, 03:22:56 PM
Has anybody stayed by the el conquistador? How was it? A neighbor just gave me a terrible review.
a quick search found me this
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg748773#msg748773
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on May 26, 2015, 03:36:43 PM
he stayed in the villas, not the hotel.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on July 01, 2015, 10:00:48 PM
I stayed at Las Casitas.  Enjoyed it immensely.  The propery on El Conquistador is lovely.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on July 01, 2015, 11:42:12 PM
I stayed at Las Casitas.  Enjoyed it immensely.  The propery on El Conquistador is lovely.
that's the El conquistador's villas? Or a different place?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on July 02, 2015, 07:52:50 AM
They are on the same property about a 2 minute walk. Not sure if el conquistador has their own villas. I found this one br on vrbo. It was 249 a night last winter when the rooms were all in the 400s.
Was fine for my husband and myself.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on July 16, 2015, 12:22:58 AM
Is anybody in sju or will be tomorrow morning that wants a full bottle of frozen milk?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on July 16, 2015, 12:27:08 AM
Is anybody in sju or will be tomorrow morning that wants a full bottle of frozen milk?
Going in 2 weeks. Wanna hide it somewhere in the airport for me? ;)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on July 16, 2015, 12:30:08 AM
Going in 2 weeks. Wanna hide it somewhere in the airport for me? ;)
What do you think this is, a toaster oven?!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on July 16, 2015, 01:11:02 AM
Going in 2 weeks. Wanna hide it somewhere in the airport for me? ;)
What do you think this is, a toaster oven?!
:)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 21, 2015, 08:15:45 PM
Besides the embassy suites, anybody know if there any hotel options, where a standard room will have 2 separate bedrooms in it ? I don't want to book 2 rooms, if I don't have too.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on July 21, 2015, 08:19:01 PM
Besides the embassy suites, anybody know if there any hotel options, where a standard room will have 2 separate bedrooms in it ? I don't want to book 2 rooms, if I don't have too.
Why not try a condo on homeaway?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 21, 2015, 08:28:25 PM

Why not try a condo on homeaway?
I prefer to not have to spend money, and stick to using points.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 27, 2015, 08:36:46 AM
Is there a national emerald aisle at SJU ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on July 27, 2015, 09:49:25 AM
Is there a national emerald aisle at SJU ?
check flyertalk, iirc yes
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 27, 2015, 06:06:28 PM
Is there a national emerald aisle at SJU ?
No. (https://www.nationalcar.com/en_US/location-details/us/sjut01-san-juan-airport.html)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 27, 2015, 07:31:54 PM
Thanks for that answers, I ended up booking with Charlie's rental using Chabad. Seems to be the cheapest. Anybody have recommendation's on activities that can be done with a 4 month yr. old ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on July 27, 2015, 07:43:34 PM
Thanks for that answers, I ended up booking with Charlie's rental using Chabad. Seems to be the cheapest. Anybody have recommendation's on activities that can be done with a 4 month yr. old ?
I also booked with Charlie's. They were by much cheaper than most and bring you to and from the airport. What dates are you going? And are you looking for activities with a 4 month old or 4 yr old? Your post was a drop unclear ;)
Title: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 27, 2015, 10:53:10 PM
I also booked with Charlie's. They were by much cheaper than most and bring you to and from the airport. What dates are you going? And are you looking for activities with a 4 month old or 4 yr old? Your post was a drop unclear ;)
Sorry, he's 4 months old BL"A. I'm going next week B"H.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on July 27, 2015, 10:59:49 PM
Sorry, he's 4 months old BL"A. I'm going next week B"H.
Hm not sure what your best options are. Would el yunque rainforest hike with a baby carrier work? I found a cool activity that gives a discount if you rent a car through charlies. Its called mini boat island hop and snorkel. Basically you can take your own boat out to a nearby island. Not sure if its a good idea with a 4 month old. Gonna call tomorrow for details.
Ps - Im also going next week. Are you staying for the following Shabbos?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 27, 2015, 11:01:54 PM

Hm not sure what your best options are. Would el yunque rainforest hike with a baby carrier work? I found a cool activity that gives a discount if you rent a car through charlies. Its called mini boat island hop and snorkel. Basically you can take your own boat out to a nearby island. Not sure if its a good idea with a 4 month old. Gonna call tomorrow for details.
Ps - Im also going next week. Are you staying for the following Shabbos?
Nope, flying back on Thursday.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on July 27, 2015, 11:09:11 PM
Hm not sure what your best options are. Would el yunque rainforest hike with a baby carrier work? I found a cool activity that gives a discount if you rent a car through charlies. Its called mini boat island hop and snorkel. Basically you can take your own boat out to a nearby island. Not sure if its a good idea with a 4 month old. Gonna call tomorrow for details.
Ps - Im also going next week. Are you staying for the following Shabbos?
I did it last summer- was fine.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 28, 2015, 03:11:26 PM
Which one of the marriott brands, are the nicest options in PR ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 29, 2015, 12:00:12 AM

Which one of the marriott brands, are the nicest options to book  in PR ?
Ok I boiled it down to the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador. I'm trying to figure out whether to book in the standard Waldorf, or a villa in las casitas. From online reviews both seem like great options. Anybody care to chime in ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 29, 2015, 02:10:47 AM
Besides the embassy suites, anybody know if there any hotel options, where a standard room will have 2 separate bedrooms in it ? I don't want to book 2 rooms, if I don't have too.
I booked the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, was a 1 BR suite. Pull out couch in a separate room.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 29, 2015, 02:11:29 AM
Is there a national emerald aisle at SJU ?

Yes, but mainly Wranglers available. Not much else there that was nice.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 29, 2015, 03:37:02 AM

Yes, but mainly Wranglers available. Not much else there that was nice.
Seems from flyer talk that they don't have an aisle. Have you been there recently ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 03, 2015, 07:01:38 PM
I have a honeymoon trip planned for next week from sun night- thursday.
any ideas where to stay?
i have 30000 spg points and 90000 UR that i can transfer.
is a car recommended for PR?
i also don't have the slightest clue about PR which area to stay or which beaches are nice.
all info is welcome.
 
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 03, 2015, 08:20:40 PM
You probably will want a car. I found Charlie car rental thru Chabad to be the cheapest
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 03, 2015, 08:30:36 PM
You probably will want a car. I found Charlie car rental thru Chabad to be the cheapest
do they give any nice cars with the chabad rate?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 03, 2015, 08:47:45 PM
do they give any nice cars with the chabad rate?
Only a mitzvah tank  :P
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 03, 2015, 09:13:25 PM
do they give any nice cars with the chabad rate?
Not sure. Look on their site or PUTPAC
Only a mitzvah tank  :P
Lol
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 03, 2015, 10:49:08 PM
Only a mitzvah tank  :P
hehe
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 03, 2015, 11:52:59 PM
Seems from flyer talk that they don't have an aisle. Have you been there recently ?
Was there in the end of June. Paid for much less than an SUV...
And def picked it up from the Executive aisle
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 03, 2015, 11:54:44 PM
I have a honeymoon trip planned for next week from sun night- thursday.
any ideas where to stay?
i have 30000 spg points and 90000 UR that i can transfer.
is a car recommended for PR?
i also don't have the slightest clue about PR which area to stay or which beaches are nice.
all info is welcome.
 
I stayed at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar. Nice hotel. Cost 25k a night, but only $180 a night for a 1 BR suite.

I booked revenue...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 03, 2015, 11:58:01 PM
Just a btw bec I am not writing a TR.

Did the bio-luminescent tour, was really nice/cool. Definitely better to go with the motor boat than the kayak.

At first I wanted to do kayak, but was really glad we didn't. By going on the motor boat, you get to see the good part without having to work hard for it! :D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2015, 08:11:41 AM


Just a btw bec I am not writing a TR.

Did the bio-luminescent tour, was really nice/cool. Definitely better to go with the motor boat than the kayak.

At first I wanted to do kayak, but was really glad we didn't. By going on the motor boat, you get to see the good part without having to work hard for it! :D
Never went by motor boat, but there's no way I'd have enjoyed it more than the kayak. Yes, with the kayak you do work harder to get there, but the experience is probably 10 X as rewarding.

The point isn't always to just see something and cross it off the list, but rather immerse yourself in the experience.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 04, 2015, 09:28:45 AM
I stayed at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar. Nice hotel. Cost 25k a night, but only $180 a night for a 1 BR suite.

I booked revenue...
I read reviews of that Hyatt that there's a lot of construction and the beach is not so nice and the rooms were tired.
What's your opinion about that? Thinking of going in a few weeks but after reading reviews I was
having second thoughts staying there.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 04, 2015, 09:35:14 AM

The point isn't always to just see something and cross it off the list, but rather immerse yourself in the experience.

Actually best bio bay was in Cayman where you can actually immerse yourself!
http://caymanseaelements.com




Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2015, 09:56:30 AM
Actually best bio bay was in Cayman where you can actually immerse yourself!
http://caymanseaelements.com
Cool!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 04, 2015, 10:22:43 AM
Actually best bio bay was in Cayman where you can actually immerse yourself!
http://caymanseaelements.com
They used to allow it in PR too. Why can't you just "fall" in?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 04, 2015, 11:38:52 AM
They used to allow it in PR too. Why can't you just "fall" in?
They do sting. We wore wet suits.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 04, 2015, 02:06:11 PM
They do sting. We wore wet suits.
Oh thanx for the heads up!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 04, 2015, 08:44:14 PM
Charlie's special is only for the smallest car. I would look into Vieques/Culebra. They are very nice, and I'm glad I went there instead of the overly-beaten path. If you plan on taking the ferry, you have to know what you're doing.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 04, 2015, 08:56:08 PM
Charlie's special is only for the smallest car.

Who's Charlie?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 04, 2015, 09:58:20 PM
Charlie's special is only for the smallest car. I would look into Vieques/Culebra. They are very nice, and I'm glad I went there instead of the overly-beaten path. If you plan on taking the ferry, you have to know what you're doing.
What do you mean "know what youre doing"? Aside from checking schedule and arriving early to buy tix?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 04, 2015, 09:58:48 PM
Who's Charlie?
Charlies car rental (thru chabad)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 05, 2015, 07:29:34 PM
What do you mean "know what youre doing"? Aside from checking schedule and arriving early to buy tix?

You have to know to arrive early :) like 2 hours early at least. Also, you can buy advance tickets sometimes from the trailer past the regular tickets window. And lastly, make sure to buy rt tickets so you don't need to buy before coming back.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 05, 2015, 07:44:28 PM
You have to know to arrive early :) like 2 hours early at least. Also, you can buy advance tickets sometimes from the trailer past the regular tickets window. And lastly, make sure to buy rt tickets so you don't need to buy before coming back.
ok thanx. ill keep this info in mind. Taking ferry on sunday
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 06, 2015, 01:05:10 AM
I went 1.5-2 hours before departure in the middle of the week in March, and still missed it - I was next in line when the Culebra tickets sold out. I bought Vieques tickets instead, then made a b-line to buy advance tickets to Culebra for the next day. On Sunday, many Puerto Ricans go to Vieques and Culebra as a weekend activity, so you may need to be there even earlier, or try and buy in advance. On Vieques, I recommend going to Sun Bay beach. It's very long and much less crowded than the beaches closer to the ferry dock. On Culebra, Flamenco is the world class beach, but on the flip side it gets much more crowded. It really is amazing though. Zoni beach is another nice one on Culebra, and is practically empty, but in terms of sheer beauty, it doesn't really compare to Flamenco. Renting a golf cart is fun on Culebra, and costs about $40 for the day. If you're going to Zoni, definitely rent one, because the taxi vans don't go there. And even though it really doesn't seem possible when you're at the top looking down, the golf carts CAN make it back up the steep hill before Zoni.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 06, 2015, 08:39:03 PM
One of the locals told me that culebra tix sell out much quicker than Vieques as that's where the locals want to go. Also he told me schools start on Monday here so there shouldn't be a lot of people going to the islands on Sunday. He said they mostly go fri or sat and return on sunday
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 06, 2015, 11:14:26 PM
Ime he was right about Culebra tickets going first, but ime Culebra was more crowded on Sunday.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 09, 2015, 10:04:48 AM
charlie car rental would be $151 for 4 days for under 25 yr old.
anyone find anything cheaper for underage?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 10:23:00 AM
Never went by motor boat, but there's no way I'd have enjoyed it more than the kayak. Yes, with the kayak you do work harder to get there, but the experience is probably 10 X as rewarding.

The point isn't always to just see something and cross it off the list, but rather immerse yourself in the experience.
Yes, the point is to experience it. The experience is to see the water "glow", which we were able to do much better than had we been one of the hundreds of kayaks. We had a great guide and great time. I would highly recommend the motor boat over the kayaks.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 10:23:50 AM
They used to allow it in PR too. Why can't you just "fall" in?
Supposedly subject to major fines if you do go into the water...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 10:26:04 AM
charlie car rental would be $151 for 4 days for under 25 yr old.
anyone find anything cheaper for underage?
National, $48 for 3 days.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 10:28:28 AM
I read reviews of that Hyatt that there's a lot of construction and the beach is not so nice and the rooms were tired.
What's your opinion about that? Thinking of going in a few weeks but after reading reviews I was
having second thoughts staying there.

Hotel next door was in fact vacant. But theyre both on a large private property, with a golf course. So the vacant building didn't bother me. There weren't any squatters/homeless ppl there as far as I could tell.

The hotel is in middle of renvations. The lobby is now squeezed into a small room in the back of the hotel. We were put on the second highest floor, the noise from the construction did not reach us. (spoke with the manager Ivan (crazy name for a latino, right? :D ) and was told we would get a higher room)

The rooms are being upgraded. I was really happy with mine, although some of the décor was weird. (I attributed it to Caribbean style.)

I really enjoyed the stay at the hotel. The main con for me was we were a good 25-30 min drive from SJU and even further from most of the good attractions. Was tough to drive back because I got tired after a long day.

Re the beach. It's not large, but its the only hotel on that part of the beach, so pretty secluded and quiet.
Sand was soft and surf looked nice, though I didn't go in.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 09, 2015, 12:08:30 PM
Yes, the point is to experience it. The experience is to see the water "glow", which we were able to do much better than had we been one of the hundreds of kayaks. We had a great guide and great time. I would highly recommend the motor boat over the kayaks.
Could you touch the water?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 09, 2015, 12:39:41 PM
National, $48 for 3 days.
for 24 year old?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 09, 2015, 07:28:41 PM

charlie car rental would be $151 for 4 days for under 25 yr old.
anyone find anything cheaper for underage?
With the Chabad code, or without ?
National, $48 for 3 days.
How'd You find such a cheap price ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 09, 2015, 07:36:09 PM
With the Chabad code, or without ?
thats w/o.
they said to use the chabbad corp they would charge 33 a day and no underage fee....
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 09, 2015, 08:05:31 PM
Then the price makes sense.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 09, 2015, 09:24:44 PM
thats w/o.
they said to use the chabbad corp they would charge 33 a day and no underage fee....

I'm pretty sure it was 20 per day. I'm 25 though.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 11:12:51 PM
Could you touch the water?
Yes
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 11:13:11 PM
for 24 year old?
Yes
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 09, 2015, 11:23:17 PM
Yes
Nice. Than I guess it is a pretty similar experience.

The motor boat tour I saw advertised seemed like it wasn't anything near the water level and the closest you can get was by agitating the water with a stick.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 09, 2015, 11:54:58 PM
Nice. Than I guess it is a pretty similar experience.

The motor boat tour I saw advertised seemed like it wasn't anything near the water level and the closest you can get was by agitating the water with a stick.
Did use a stick, but had the option of sticking hands or feet in the water.
Which we did.  ;D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 10, 2015, 12:56:21 AM
I'm pretty sure it was 20 per day. I'm 25 though.
Chabad corp code is not 20 per day. Unless I just got ripped off. I just rented from Charlie's @ $25 per day online and I called and asked about Chabad rate and it came out to more expensive then their online deal (which came out to $171 total for 5 days)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 10, 2015, 12:59:22 AM
Did use a stick, but had the option of sticking hands or feet in the water.
Which we did.  ;D
Didn't do the motorboat but I can't imagine it has the same effect as a kayak where every touch of the oar makes the water glow and you can float with your feet hanging into the water and kicking around. As an aside I just went tonight in Vieques with Jak Watersports and it was amazing. They have clear bottomed kayaks so you can see each individual glow like little stars in the water under the boat
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 10, 2015, 01:15:32 AM
I had my feet in the water for as long as I pleased.

Cupped the water in my hands to see individual sparks as well.

I'm glad you enjoyed the kayak tour, I wanted to do that at first but ended up really glad we took the motorboat.
We had a great time.

My point merely is, for those looking to go in the future, you can go on the motor boat and still get the full experience...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 10, 2015, 01:32:47 AM
Didn't do the motorboat but I can't imagine it has the same effect as a kayak where every touch of the oar makes the water glow and you can float with your feet hanging into the water and kicking around. As an aside I just went tonight in Vieques with Jak Watersports and it was amazing. They have clear bottomed kayaks so you can see each individual glow like little stars in the water under the boat

Nice! How did it go with the ferry?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 10, 2015, 09:03:09 AM
Nice! How did it go with the ferry?
Ended up flying and I'm so glad I did! A friend who went right before me told me that the ferry was terrible and his wife was nauseous the entire day after. Decided to splurge the $34 pp on flights from ceiba (near fajardo) and it was such an amazing experience. Worth the money just for the flight (aside from the fact that it takes 10 min and you can show up 15 min before the flight as opposed to the ferry which ends up being a 3 hour ordeal). It's just 6 people on the propeller plane. No security, they didn't even ask me for id! Pilot had his arm dangling out the window. Was really a lot of fun, plus the views were simply amazing. Hopefully I'll post some pics when I get around to a tr
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 10, 2015, 09:04:17 AM
I had my feet in the water for as long as I pleased.

Cupped the water in my hands to see individual sparks as well.

I'm glad you enjoyed the kayak tour, I wanted to do that at first but ended up really glad we took the motorboat.
We had a great time.

My point merely is, for those looking to go in the future, you can go on the motor boat and still get the full experience...
Thanx good to know. My sister wanted to do it but wasn't sure about the whole kayak thing. I will recommend this to her. What company is it?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 10, 2015, 09:32:19 AM
We used Bio Island iinm. Shouldn't be too hard to find online.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 10, 2015, 09:40:11 AM
I might have left my kayak and had a little swim in the bio bay. It also might have been one of the coolest things I have experienced.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 10, 2015, 09:40:41 AM
LOL
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 10, 2015, 10:43:50 AM
I ended up renting from budget.
I got a camaro for 4 days $200.
They charged underage bec I didn't have military id
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 10, 2015, 12:55:47 PM
Ended up flying and I'm so glad I did! A friend who went right before me told me that the ferry was terrible and his wife was nauseous the entire day after. Decided to splurge the $34 pp on flights from ceiba (near fajardo) and it was such an amazing experience. Worth the money just for the flight (aside from the fact that it takes 10 min and you can show up 15 min before the flight as opposed to the ferry which ends up being a 3 hour ordeal). It's just 6 people on the propeller plane. No security, they didn't even ask me for id! Pilot had his arm dangling out the window. Was really a lot of fun, plus the views were simply amazing. Hopefully I'll post some pics when I get around to a tr
34 RT?!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 10, 2015, 07:34:39 PM
34 RT?!
Each way, but no extra for luggage. Officially you get 25 pounds although my wife & I each had 35 and they didn't even say anything
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 10, 2015, 08:43:19 PM
whats the cheapest rate for Bioluminescent bay kayak tours?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 10, 2015, 09:39:55 PM
whats the cheapest rate for Bioluminescent bay kayak tours?
I think I saw it somewhere on Vieques for 35. Not sure where and not sure if it's different in other bio bay. Other than that it seems they are basically all about $50. If you pay in cash it's $45 where I went
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 11, 2015, 03:28:41 AM
Each way, but no extra for luggage. Officially you get 25 pounds although my wife & I each had 35 and they didn't even say anything

Glad it worked out for you - I didn't stay on the islands so the ferry worked out for me. Got just a bit nauseous on my first time just the way there. The rest of the trips I was already used to the boat rocking. There are plenty of people throwing up, and the workers hand out barf bags - very thoughtful. A guy sitting near me was screaming at his wife to "drink those chunks down!" :) Which beach(es) did you go to?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 11, 2015, 04:31:46 AM
Glad it worked out for you - I didn't stay on the islands so the ferry worked out for me. Got just a bit nauseous on my first time just the way there. The rest of the trips I was already used to the boat rocking. There are plenty of people throwing up, and the workers hand out barf bags - very thoughtful. A guy sitting near me was screaming at his wife to "drink those chunks down!" :) Which beach(es) did you go to?
Yea I was happy to avoid the ferry, and I got an extra half day on the island because of it (I would've had to leave on 2:30 ferry= get there at 1 & instead I took a 5 pm flight).
I went to la Chiva (blue beach) the whole first day - I wasn't so into going beach hopping, I just wanted to enjoy myself rather than "get it all in". The 2nd day I went to black sand beach and I did a snorkeling tour.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 11, 2015, 05:00:30 AM
Is La Chiva the one with the very bumpy road that very few people go to?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 11, 2015, 05:02:52 AM
Is La Chiva the one with the very bumpy road that very few people go to?
Yep. Was completely empty when I got there at 10:30 am. Not even one other person. By the time I left at about 2 there were 3 or 4 people there
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on August 11, 2015, 05:33:59 PM
anyone have a number for a place that offers culebra snorkeling tours from the mainland?
i want a reservation for tomorrow. am i to late?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 11, 2015, 05:38:18 PM
anyone have a number for a place that offers culebra snorkeling tours from the mainland?
i want a reservation for tomorrow. am i to late?
I don't have any numbers but I'm sure it's not too late. It's pretty quiet during the week
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 31, 2015, 12:24:52 AM
Anyone ever stay at Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 31, 2015, 12:49:08 AM
Anyone ever stay at Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?
I was supposed to go to PR last week but changed ressie the day before because of storms there and went to Aruba instead and stayed at Ritz. But when I was planning PR I looked into Waldorf but it's so far from everthing. I know someone who stayed at El Conquistador and loved it but it's also far from stuff. I wanted to be more in the middle. Another friend stayed at Marriott Isla Verde which is where I was going to be.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 31, 2015, 01:01:34 AM


I was supposed to go to PR last week but changed ressie the day before because of storms there and went to Aruba instead and stayed at Ritz. But when I was planning PR I looked into Waldorf but it's so far from everthing. I know someone who stayed at El Conquistador and loved it but it's also far from stuff. I wanted to be more in the middle. Another friend stayed at Marriott Isla Verde which is where I was going to be.
What is "everything"? It's close to Fajardo where the bio bay is and it's not far from El Yunque.

And Las Casitas seems to be the same property as El Conquistador, not 2 different properties.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 31, 2015, 01:17:15 AM
Yes, what do you mean by everything?

Is there a reason I need to be closer to the other hotels?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 31, 2015, 01:54:56 AM
The main con for me was we were a good 25-30 min drive from SJU and even further from most of the good attractions. Was tough to drive back because I got tired after a long day.
I was referring to what ayman said because I believe the hotel he stayed at was not too far from Waldorf.
Regarding the bio bay, as I said upthread, Cayman was amazing in that we were able to swim with them. Being in a kayak or motor boat just can't compare. Accidently falling in the water, that's another story. ::)
I'm not sure if they have a beach on property. I think you have to take a boat ride to go to their private beach. The place looks gorgeous but I think it's just too huge for me.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 31, 2015, 03:10:13 AM
It's very close to everything interesting. Besides Old San Juan. Stay 1 day in SJ and checkout the old city, and the rest of the time check out El Yunque, Vieques, and Culebra. IMHO, Vieques and Culebra to the main island is like Waikiki to Kauai.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 31, 2015, 09:17:43 AM
It's very close to everything interesting. Besides Old San Juan. Stay 1 day in SJ and checkout the old city, and the rest of the time check out El Yunque, Vieques, and Culebra. IMHO, Vieques and Culebra to the main island is like Waikiki to Kauai.
+100 spend as much time as you could on the Vieques/culebra. Main island doesn't compare
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 31, 2015, 09:29:11 AM
It's very close to everything interesting. Besides Old San Juan. Stay 1 day in SJ and checkout the old city, and the rest of the time check out El Yunque, Vieques, and Culebra. IMHO, Vieques and Culebra to the main island is like Waikiki to Kauai Kauai to Waikiki.

ftfy (I think?)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on August 31, 2015, 09:32:50 AM
I stayed in the el conquistador, its nice - though not as good as other waldorfs.
Title: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 31, 2015, 09:49:42 AM
Anyone ever stay at Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?
I was just there with my wife, and kid. ( Just started writing up a mini TR ) We personally didn't like it at all, the grounds are nice but that's really it. We found the rooms to be very dated - and even the official newly renovated ones only have some new furniture at best. Both rooms that we stayed in had peeling walls, and old furniture. The pools there are quite small, and there is no beach at the hotel. They have a private island that you go to with a ferry, but you have to shlep all the way to the Waldorf, and then walk a bit to even get to the ferry. If you want to stay in the fajardo area, then the Waldorf itself is definitely the better option.
Title: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 31, 2015, 10:03:12 AM
And Las Casitas seems to be the same property as El Conquistador, not 2 different properties.
-1 there are two properties in El Conquistador. The Main Waldorf resort, and Las Casitas.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on August 31, 2015, 10:43:07 AM
Anyone ever stay at Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort?
Stay at the St. Regis  ;D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 31, 2015, 10:45:41 AM
I stayed in the el conquistador, its nice - though not as good as other waldorfs.

Yeah, that's my impression read reviews. It's only WA in name, but apparently the views are glorious.

I was just there with my wife, and kid. ( Just started writing up a mini TR ) We personally didn't like it at all, the grounds are nice but that's really it. We found the rooms to be very dated - and even the official newly renovated ones only have some new furniture at best. Both rooms that we stayed in had peeling walls, and old furniture. The pools there are quite small, and there is no beach at the hotel. They have a private island that you go to with a ferry, but you have to shlep all the way to the Waldorf, and then walk a bit to even get to the ferry. If you want to stay in the fajardo area, then the Waldorf itself is definitely the better option.

Interesting. I had read the Las Casitas was actually better than the WA.

Stay at the St. Regis  ;D

At 30K SPG per night in PR? Nahhhh
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 31, 2015, 11:18:36 AM
ftfy (I think?)

Yes.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 31, 2015, 11:36:14 AM


Interesting. I had read the Las Casitas was actually better than the WA.
So had I, and that's why we decided to stay there. I didn't manage to check out any of the rooms at the Waldorf, but unless they are downright terrible, I can't imagine them being worse then la casitas. And again the WA pools are definitely bigger, and nicer, and much easier to access the water park, and ferry to the beach.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 31, 2015, 12:34:24 PM
So had I, and that's why we decided to stay there. I didn't manage to check out any of the rooms at the Waldorf, but unless they are downright terrible, I can't imagine them being worse then la casitas. And again the WA pools are definitely bigger, and nicer, and much easier to access the water park, and ferry to the beach.

How far is LS from WA?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 31, 2015, 12:57:34 PM

How far is LS from WA?
I'm assuming LS stands for La Casitas. It's about a 2-3 minute drive, 15 minute walk
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on August 31, 2015, 01:23:16 PM
-1 there are two properties in El Conquistador. The Main Waldorf resort, and Las Casitas.
+1
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 01, 2015, 02:38:45 PM
Recommendations for BioBay tours?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 01, 2015, 03:00:35 PM
Recommendations for BioBay tours?
If you go to Vieques I highly recommend Jak Watersports. I had a very positive experience with them. I enjoyed it so much I went on a snorkeling tour the next day with them which was also great
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 01, 2015, 03:09:19 PM
If you go to Vieques I highly recommend Jak Watersports. I had a very positive experience with them. I enjoyed it so much I went on a snorkeling tour the next day with them which was also great

Thanks. Did you write a TR?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 01, 2015, 04:26:52 PM
Thanks. Did you write a TR?
Not yet.   :( when are you going? I'll try to put it up by then
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 16, 2015, 02:25:36 PM
About to release IC San Juan 1/1-1/3 if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on November 30, 2015, 05:02:03 PM
Does anyone know the local laws regarding minimum liability on rental cars?

In all US states except CA rental companies provide state minimum liability and they sell options for supplementary liability, does PR also require rental companies to provide minimum liability?
Will rental companies force you to show you have liability coverage or force you to buy theirs?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on November 30, 2015, 05:05:16 PM
Does anyone know the local laws regarding minimum liability on rental cars?

In all US states except CA rental companies provide state minimum liability and they sell options for supplementary liability, does PR also require rental companies to provide minimum liability?
Will rental companies force you to show you have liability coverage or force you to buy theirs?
The minimum purchase is 12.95 per day iirc
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on November 30, 2015, 05:37:26 PM
The minimum purchase is 12.95 per day iirc
But do I have to buy it?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 01, 2015, 01:07:01 AM
But do I have to buy it?

I'm 99% sure I didn't buy. I paid a bit over 100 for a week.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 01, 2015, 01:46:06 AM
But do I have to buy it?
I didn't have to.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on December 01, 2015, 09:03:58 AM
which rental company?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 01, 2015, 03:10:42 PM
The chabad affiliated one. I think it was ace?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on December 01, 2015, 03:15:10 PM
I had an issue in Cancun not too long ago where Mexican Law requires rental companies to include minimum liability, and still the rental company forced me to buy their additional liability (I ended up disputing the charge with my CC as the website said clearly it was optional). Apparently in PR there is no minimum liability requirement for rental companies and I don't want to have an issue where I will be forced to pay for it at the counter (the websites aren't clear).
I have travel insurance which covers personal liability so I don't want to pay for any additional liability, but I wont be able to prove the rental counter that I'm covered, and if I don't they might make me pay for ALI/SLI.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 01, 2015, 03:44:41 PM
You don't have regular car insurance? Just show that.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on December 01, 2015, 04:08:56 PM
You don't have regular car insurance? Just show that.
no i dont
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 01, 2015, 07:03:36 PM
But do I have to buy it?
Sorry - I was confusing this rental with a rental in Costa Rica that I had a week apart. I did not need to buy any extra insurance in PR
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on December 01, 2015, 07:13:22 PM
Sorry - I was confusing this rental with a rental in Costa Rica that I had a week apart. I did not need to buy any extra insurance in PR
do you remember the rental company used?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 01, 2015, 09:09:40 PM
do you remember the rental company used?
Yes I used Charlies
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 02, 2015, 07:01:43 AM
Yes I used Charlies
+1
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: happinessNsunshine on December 03, 2015, 10:08:08 PM
Just returned from PR.
If you have any questions, just ask.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 04, 2015, 05:03:46 AM
Did you have a good time?  ;D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2015, 01:45:21 PM
For someone staying at the Sheraton (in the red area), does anyone know of the "most-Kosher" beach in the area?

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Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on December 07, 2015, 02:40:07 PM
Your best bet for optimal seclusion without going to the other side of the island is to go about 20-25 minutes west.  There are a bunch of quiet beaches along the 165 on the north shore.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 07, 2015, 02:45:46 PM
Or if you want really quiet beaches and you have an extra 2-3 days go to one of the islands
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2015, 02:48:41 PM
Your best bet for optimal seclusion without going to the other side of the island is to go about 20-25 minutes west.  There are a bunch of quiet beaches along the 165 on the north shore.
Thanks good to hear. Looking at Gmaps, it doesn't look like there are beaches actually along the 165. Is that because they're just not showing up on the map? Any more specific names of beaches or areas to look?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on December 07, 2015, 03:12:25 PM
Thanks good to hear. Looking at Gmaps, it doesn't look like there are beaches actually along the 165. Is that because they're just not showing up on the map? Any more specific names of beaches or areas to look?

I was there almost 2 years ago, but this area in the red box is all beach.  It was a little rockier than the south/east/west sides but not bad.  We found a little shop around the green circle that let us park and access the beach. 

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Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 07, 2015, 03:35:37 PM
I was there almost 2 years ago, but this area in the red box is all beach.  It was a little rockier than the south/east/west sides but not bad.  We found a little shop around the green circle that let us park and access the beach. 

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Awesome! Thanks for that detail. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Maximus on December 20, 2015, 03:17:44 PM
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?
Been scanning the thread and couldn't find answer.
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on December 20, 2015, 03:24:30 PM
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?
Been scanning the thread and couldn't find answer.
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
Bacardi Factory tour, but you'll have to drink double for her.  ;)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on December 20, 2015, 03:24:51 PM
I stayed at the intecontinental, was fine, nothing terribly amazing. they gave me a fifth floor room pool view (as opposed to city view) room was fairly modern with a fair amount of space. had a couch, desk with one chair, coffee table, small balcony no room for a chair, plenty of outlets as opposed to many hotels i stayed in. used the chabad rate took the middle option for $189. convinced them to give me a fridge for free. they were very informed and helpful about shabbos, i thought i'd have to explain but they knew exactly what i needed.
I should point out, (i dont know if it was mentioned regarding the intercontinental but it was re the ritz) that the restaurant knows about heating up double wrapped kosher meals, they even have a waiver you have to sign regarding diseases etc which specifies kosher... but the bad news is they charge a $10 fee plus tax tip etc...
don't have much to suggest re activities, didn't do much other than relax at the pool and beach and go shopping, there are 2 nice malls in town.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Maximus on December 20, 2015, 03:29:31 PM
Thanks, may I ask why people bring food to warm if there is the chabad option especially in that part of PR ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 20, 2015, 03:44:53 PM
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
El Yunque.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 20, 2015, 03:58:38 PM
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?
Been scanning the thread and couldn't find answer.
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
+1 on the Bacardi tour! How about the Biobay?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Maximus on December 20, 2015, 04:14:54 PM
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 20, 2015, 04:27:47 PM
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?
I did the Biobay in Vieques so I am not sure but I would assume you need a car to get there and back. And IME it is not at all scary driving around there at night
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mek on December 20, 2015, 07:54:26 PM
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?

Some hotels provide shuttles and charge it together with a tour option
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on December 20, 2015, 11:39:22 PM
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?
i did it driving there and back in the night no problem
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: happinessNsunshine on December 24, 2015, 12:33:44 AM
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?

Intercontinental - highly recommend. We got a nice pool view room. Bell boys were friendly and helpful.
They're very Shabbos friendly. True point about warming up the meals.
The beaches in Isla Verde aren't the most beautiful (chabad area).
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: happinessNsunshine on December 24, 2015, 12:35:58 AM
And is it a scary drive back at night ?

nothing scary
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: happinessNsunshine on December 24, 2015, 12:48:47 AM
mini boat tour added to the wiki.
This is a great choice if you can't get to Culebra or Vieques. Beautiful views, white sand beaches, clear blue waters...
3 hour tour, your own mini boat, snorkeling included- with optional underwater pictures.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Maximus on December 29, 2015, 03:15:48 PM
Still Trying to figure out why so many people bring food along if there is a chabad option?
Can lots of kosher food be found in local grocery like in other US stores ?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 29, 2015, 04:37:01 PM
They have Walmart.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: happinessNsunshine on January 05, 2016, 11:26:04 AM
Can lots of kosher food be found in local grocery like in other US stores ?
yes. There is a big 24 hr supermarket, Peublo, right around the corner from Chabad. They even have a kosher aisle where you might find some kosher lpesach matzos and macaroons!!

Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on January 15, 2016, 02:11:41 AM
Im looking at low budget accommodations. I'd prefer something on the beach. does one area have nicer beaches(quieter) than others?
I noticed there are like 6 Hyatt houses in San juan. is there a major diff between one property and the other? I see on VBRO amazingly well priced apartments. Does anyone have experience with that?
It seams like everyone is staying at the RItz or St Regis. Im wondering if anyone looked into other options.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on January 15, 2016, 11:44:41 AM
Im looking at low budget accommodations. I'd prefer something on the beach. does one area have nicer beaches(quieter) than others?
I noticed there are like 6 Hyatt houses in San juan. is there a major diff between one property and the other? I see on VBRO amazingly well priced apartments. Does anyone have experience with that?
It seams like everyone is staying at the RItz or St Regis. Im wondering if anyone looked into other options.
i stayed in Hyatt house in San Juan by convention center. We had a very pleasant experience.
We had a car so we were able to get around so we didn't mind not being on the beach
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 15, 2016, 12:01:38 PM
Im looking at low budget accommodations. I'd prefer something on the beach. does one area have nicer beaches(quieter) than others?
I noticed there are like 6 Hyatt houses in San juan. is there a major diff between one property and the other? I see on VBRO amazingly well priced apartments. Does anyone have experience with that?
It seams like everyone is staying at the RItz or St Regis. Im wondering if anyone looked into other options.
Chabad pr website has discounts on many hotels.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on January 15, 2016, 01:38:54 PM
There's a newish Hyatt House in SJ. It's pretty nice.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on January 17, 2016, 01:18:00 AM
There's a newish Hyatt House in SJ. It's pretty nice.
prob the one i stayed in.
was 8000 points a night
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on January 17, 2016, 04:32:16 AM
prob the one i stayed in.
was 8000 points a night
Thanks! I'll check it out
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on January 17, 2016, 02:42:18 PM
prob the one i stayed in.
was 8000 points a night

Yup.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: high end hobo on February 17, 2016, 10:10:07 PM
Cheapest hotel with points (IHG, SPG, Hyatt etc.) in SJU area?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: insider on May 26, 2016, 06:38:25 PM
Can you write some suggestions for things todo when it rains?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 26, 2016, 07:16:05 PM
Can you write some suggestions for things todo when it rains?
We actually did old san juan when it was drizzling. Wasn't too bad. But depends which hotel you're at. You can do spa, casino, etc.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: insider on May 26, 2016, 07:21:54 PM
We actually did old san juan when it was drizzling. Wasn't too bad. But depends which hotel you're at. You can do spa, casino, etc.
Thank you. We are staying close to old city. Can you suggest some indoor activities in the area other than casino?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on May 29, 2016, 12:05:21 AM
Bacardi factory
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 29, 2016, 08:23:50 AM
Bacardi factory
But go early... We went there on a rainy day, and by mid day they were so backed up that they said the weren't accepting any new people for tours.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: insider on May 29, 2016, 08:35:32 AM
But go early... We went there on a rainy day, and by mid day they were so backed up that they said the weren't accepting any new people for tours.
Thank you, Bacardi factory is on my list. They have tour operator from the hotel. Weather is not as bad as I expected. It was only raining for an hour yesterday.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on November 07, 2016, 11:32:21 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Vanderbilt in SJU? Would you recommend that over Ritz?

Whats the next best thing after St Regis?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Sswang01 on January 16, 2017, 03:46:16 PM
Has anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Where else would you recommend staying
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on January 16, 2017, 05:32:57 PM
Has anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Where else would you recommend staying
St Regis is amazing.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: srulky on January 18, 2017, 06:28:40 PM
Is 2 plus a bit days totally unrealistic for PR? I cant really get away for longer w/o the kids. would arrrive at 2:07 pm on a Monday, and have to leave 5:28 on Wednesday. Realistic?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on January 18, 2017, 09:24:58 PM
St Regis is amazing.
+1000

Is 2 plus a bit days totally unrealistic for PR? I cant really get away for longer w/o the kids. would arrrive at 2:07 pm on a Monday, and have to leave 5:28 on Wednesday. Realistic?
Depends what you're looking to do. I was there for less and had a wonderful time.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 18, 2017, 10:31:15 PM
Is 2 plus a bit days totally unrealistic for PR? I cant really get away for longer w/o the kids. would arrrive at 2:07 pm on a Monday, and have to leave 5:28 on Wednesday. Realistic?
Only relaxing then it's doable
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 19, 2017, 03:08:34 PM
Has anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Where else would you recommend staying
We enjoyed the Ritz Carlton near the Airport immensely! the service was amazing.
Chabad had a discount rate at the time. probably still do.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: sam1345 on February 11, 2017, 10:51:43 PM
Planning a vacation to Puerto Rico in two weeks , trying to decide which hotel to stay
Ritz Carlton or St. Regis, any input would be appreciated.Also is it safe to rent a car or rather taxi's. And any must thinks to do.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on February 13, 2017, 11:54:46 AM
Planning a vacation to Puerto Rico in two weeks , trying to decide which hotel to stay
Ritz Carlton or St. Regis, any input would be appreciated.Also is it safe to rent a car or rather taxi's. And any must thinks to do.
car rental is safe ime
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on April 04, 2017, 10:31:07 AM
i just went to PR a few weeks ago. not gonna write a whole TR cuz it was a short trip and we didn't really do much

landed Thursday afternoon. our hotel was 5 minutes from the airport. we stayed at the San Juan Water and Beach Club. it's a cute clean hotel. we were 5 girls so we got 2 rooms. when we booked, we were told we can have a third bed in a room but they gave us some issues when we checked in. after 2 of us had a sleepless night bunking together we made a stink and spoke to the GM. we told him that if we would have known that a third bed wouldn't be possible we would have booked another room. he gave in and we got the third bed. no biggie
thursday night we went to La Placita and had a blast. drinks are cheap and atmosphere is friendly and fun
friday we mostly sat at the beach all day. did some shopping for souveniers and smoothies.
friday night we went to chabad ($50 for night meal, no charge for kiddush by day). food was delicious. typical chabad welcome. they had the most INCREDIBLE mangos. seriously best fruit i've had in my life. the guy that served us told me they're specially grown. he even brought me a couple after shabbos!
friday night we went up to the roof of our hotel. officially it's a cool place but it was more like a restaurant with a live DJ. was ok for a friday night place (shabbos didnt give us too many options) but nothing major.
shabbos morning we went back to chabad for the meal. kiddush is a full spread buffet style. food was excellent.
we spent the rest of the day chilling at the beach glad that there was no pressure to take good pics :)
we ate suedos shlishit in the hotel. they have a small balcony on the 2nd floor with tables and chairs overlooking the beach. was very nice.
we went back to chabad for havdala and ideas for motzei shabbos fun. we were told to go back to La Placita cuz now was when the real fun was happening.
we decided to first check out old san juan. it was boooooring. ye there was a party in the street and cars couldn't go cuz there were so many people and dancing right in the middle of the road but meh...
we uber'd it back to La Placita and drank till we were completely plastered.
sunday we woke up early to catch some more sun. about an hour before we were gonna leave the skies opened up and it looked like it was midnight. it started pouring like crazy so we went to the airport early.
USDA had no problem letting us through with our massive avocados we had picked up at a market. good thing we ate all our mangos cuz those we would not have been able to take along.

all in all we were 5 people and not a single regret (ok the burn i got was bad but that's on me). excellent short trip!

Sorry I don't have too many pics but most of what I took were selfies or drunk videos

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Dead old San Juan

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Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on April 13, 2017, 04:40:45 PM
i just went to PR a few weeks ago. not gonna write a whole TR cuz it was a short trip and we didn't really do much
Nice short TR
Like Given

& even Nicer pic.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 09, 2017, 09:37:15 AM
I imagine that SJU is just like any other domestic airport, correct? Connecting international to domestic will need to go through customs and all that.

Amirite?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: 1356Abe on August 04, 2017, 11:51:03 AM
How long is recomended to stay in Puerto Rico without getting bored?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2017, 11:53:16 AM
How long is recomended to stay in Puerto Rico without getting bored?
Depending on what activities you're looking to do, I'd say 3-4 days should be perfect.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 04, 2017, 12:04:43 PM
Depending on what activities you're looking to do, I'd say 3-4 days should be perfect.
Unless you go to one of the islands. You can easily spend a couple of days on Vieques or Culebra
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 04, 2017, 01:59:49 PM
I imagine that SJU is just like any other domestic airport, correct? Connecting international to domestic will need to go through customs and all that.

Amirite?
yes. Only dif. is they give out free drinks in the airport.
If you want to fly international you would have to go thru customs.
flying into SJU was a breeze.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on January 16, 2018, 03:29:18 PM
Anyone know how San Juan is doing now with hurricane damage?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 16, 2018, 04:11:42 PM
Anyone know how San Juan is doing now with hurricane damage?
still out of power most of the island
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on January 16, 2018, 05:11:37 PM
still out of power most of the island
Not worth going in February?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 16, 2018, 05:14:14 PM
Not worth going in February?
i dont see how...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on January 17, 2018, 03:24:51 AM
i dont see how...

I'm pretty sure the touristy areas have power, no?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 17, 2018, 06:28:21 AM
I'm pretty sure the touristy areas have power, no?
IIRC some hotels are closed for renovations
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on January 17, 2018, 08:00:42 AM
The San Juan Water and Beach Club is open
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 17, 2018, 08:14:20 AM
But why go to somewhere thats still recovering. Rather wait until all is back to normal
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on January 17, 2018, 09:44:39 AM
But why go to somewhere thats still recovering. Rather wait until all is back to normal
That may take years
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 17, 2018, 09:47:47 AM
That may take years
+1 skip Puerto Rico
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 17, 2018, 09:56:00 AM
That may take years
But if there are other destinations to go until then, then why bother.  PR is a beautiful place, so why go when you can only enjoy it halfways
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 17, 2018, 10:06:59 AM
There are so many options. Unless you did them all and Puerto Rico is the one your missing.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on February 12, 2018, 05:13:19 PM
Im considering Puerto Rico. Hotels are mighty expensive. is there such a demand?
has anyone been there since the hurricane?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on May 16, 2018, 11:51:27 AM
Im considering Puerto Rico. Hotels are mighty expensive. is there such a demand?
has anyone been there since the hurricane?

Did you get any info on this? Whats going on in San Juan these days.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on May 28, 2018, 09:41:43 PM
Not really. Although the other side of the island should have electricity
And now I’m considering Puerto Rico again...
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on October 11, 2018, 12:58:01 AM
Im considering to go in Feb , Do I need to worry about Zika?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on November 25, 2018, 06:08:40 PM
Can anyone comment on how San Juan and vicinity is looking these days... considering a trip in January.  Hotels appear to be at or near occupancy... anyone with first hand experience?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Z56 on January 07, 2019, 05:50:11 PM
anyone going there this season?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 14, 2019, 12:18:32 PM
Can anyone comment on how San Juan and vicinity is looking these days... considering a trip in January.  Hotels appear to be at or near occupancy... anyone with first hand experience?
I know this is a late reply

The island is back up and running
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: theyankel on July 30, 2019, 12:00:44 PM
anyone have recent experience in san juan st regis?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MLM on August 06, 2019, 11:43:09 AM
Anyone have experience with kosher food at the Ritz Dorado beach recently?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on September 10, 2019, 02:36:45 PM
i will be arriving to SJU on a wednesday at 5:30 pm and departing the following tuesday at 7:30. my main objective for this trip is privacy and relaxation. After reading thru the board, it seems like vieques or culebra is the way to go. as im tied to the ferry schedule and theres nothing past 6pm to culebra it seems like vieques might be the only option to go to after arrival. i would return to mainland monday to be on time for the tuesday am flight. am i thinking this thru properly or is there some other better way to plan this?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: emak on October 02, 2019, 09:00:29 PM
Looking at hotels here, why is it that the Ritz is showing no availability the whole October? Any other great hotel options?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on October 12, 2019, 08:53:53 PM
They never recovered since last hurricane.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on October 12, 2019, 09:07:26 PM
Has anyone been to the El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MDU on November 07, 2019, 02:39:38 AM
Considering a trip in March. Is that a good time to go?

Also, looking at the Courtyard Isla Verde (Bonvoy Cat 4, have a few anniversary nights...) and the Hyatt "Resort at Coco Beach" for 12k points/night. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on November 10, 2019, 10:11:45 AM
Considering a trip in March. Is that a good time to go?

Also, looking at the Courtyard Isla Verde (Bonvoy Cat 4, have a few anniversary nights...) and the Hyatt "Resort at Coco Beach" for 12k points/night. Thoughts?

March is great, but I strongly recommend going to Vieques and/or Culebra. They are by far the nicest parts of PR.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: MDU on November 10, 2019, 12:45:12 PM
March is great, but I strongly recommend going to Vieques and/or Culebra. They are by far the nicest parts of PR.

Thanks for your input! When you say "go," you mean stay or visit? If stay, any recommendations?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on November 10, 2019, 04:51:32 PM
March is great, but I strongly recommend going to Vieques and/or Culebra. They are by far the nicest parts of PR.
Is there a chabad or kosher food in either of those two locations?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on November 10, 2019, 09:43:52 PM
Is there a chabad or kosher food in either of those two locations?
Not that I know of, but the Chabad caterings/takeout in San Juan is 10 minutes from the airport.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on November 12, 2019, 05:41:28 AM
Chabad is in S. Juan. Vieques and Culebra are two small islands off of Fajardo, which is about an hour drive from S. Juan.
When I went, it was a a bit last minute, so there wasn't much available on the islands in terms of where to stay. I ended up staying in Fajardo, and taking the ferry to the islands.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on November 24, 2019, 05:51:54 PM
Those who stayed at St Regis, did you go to Chabad for Kosher food? They charge a whopping $70 for food delivery since its so far? Making me second guess if its worth staying there.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on November 24, 2019, 06:04:12 PM
Those who stayed at St Regis, did you go to Chabad for Kosher food? They charge a whopping $70 for food delivery since its so far? Making me second guess if its worth staying there.
You need to bring your own food or rent a car.
It's far.

Unfortunately there are no nice hotels anymore near Chabad.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: almass on December 01, 2019, 09:09:01 AM
Anyone ever stay at the coco beach and or margaritaville and have a preference

I am thinking of staying in margaritaville because they have a regular fridge and I am bringing food with me.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on December 14, 2019, 11:07:26 PM
Can your bring meat and dairy??? No issues since it is basically US??
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 15, 2019, 08:24:29 PM
Can your bring meat and dairy??? No issues since it is basically US??

brought meat no problem.

keep in mind when I visited 2-3 yrs ago that Chabad operated a small "grocery" store where you could buy quite a few stuff. in addition they also had a "restaurant" (meat & dairy). their hrs were limited but iirc there was pizza on sat night :)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 15, 2019, 08:27:40 PM
Can your bring meat and dairy??? No issues since it is basically US??
Strange thing. Twice my luggage with food "got lost" on different airlines to PR (Delta and JetBlue).  Clothing made it, food didn't.
Never had any issues when I took the food as carry-on.
Might just be my bad luck, but be careful.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: almass on December 24, 2019, 12:33:29 PM
Has anyone every gone in January or is going for yeshiva week  (this year).

I Am strongly considering to go but i am hearing the beaches have very strong waves/current and it is not the ideal time to vacation there.

any advice would be really helpful.

also looking for a kid friendly hotel.

i read through the thread as much as i can and didn't find much advice.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: chinagel on December 26, 2019, 07:55:43 PM
I'm noticing the Caribe Hilton has 500 dollar basic rooms for 50k points a night.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: chinagel on December 27, 2019, 01:53:29 PM
I'm noticing the Caribe Hilton has 500 dollar basic rooms for 50k points a night.
That didn't last long. All availability taken down now. Anyway to get a hotel to open availability?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on January 02, 2020, 12:57:07 PM
Has anyone every gone in January or is going for yeshiva week  (this year).

I Am strongly considering to go but i am hearing the beaches have very strong waves/current and it is not the ideal time to vacation there.

any advice would be really helpful.

also looking for a kid friendly hotel.

i read through the thread as much as i can and didn't find much advice.

We're a bunch of adults and kids going for yeshiva week. Coco Beach. Didn't do much research, but looks nice/new and only 12K a night, so booked 4 rooms.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: pbf on January 02, 2020, 12:59:18 PM
When is Yeshiva Week this year?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on January 03, 2020, 08:02:51 AM
When is Yeshiva Week this year?
Think it depends on the community/schools, but anywhere from Jan 16/17-27
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Tzvitheboss on January 21, 2020, 01:08:42 AM
Recommendation for scuba diving for a good price too?
And anything else to do welcome
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Tzvitheboss on January 21, 2020, 02:22:44 PM
And does anyone know what the story with the earthquakes arethere?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on January 21, 2020, 03:36:07 PM
And does anyone know what the story with the earthquakes arethere?
Not sure if there have been any last few days but have not felt anything in and around San Juan and Rio Grande.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 22, 2020, 04:36:10 PM
is it possible to get around without a car?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on January 22, 2020, 06:23:32 PM
is it possible to get around without a car?
Uber
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ponash123 on January 22, 2020, 06:43:41 PM
Anyone do a really great zipling tour in El Yunque?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Tzvitheboss on January 22, 2020, 07:13:41 PM
Anyone know best way to get from san jaun to culbera to go for a day?
And do you need to bring your car there?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Tzvitheboss on January 22, 2020, 07:14:01 PM
Does anyone know good place to go scuba diving for a good price?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 22, 2020, 08:21:04 PM
thinking of going with my 2 daughters is it safe? I will be going without my husband.  if  I don't drive is it still worth it to go? can I uber everywhere? are there any cheap hotels?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: YitzR on January 23, 2020, 02:31:19 PM
Was the pool and beach quiet during the day? I try to only swim not mixed
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on January 23, 2020, 06:36:44 PM
can anyone answer my questions please?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on January 24, 2020, 11:56:16 AM
Recommendation for scuba diving for a good price too?
And anything else to do welcome
I recommend the Bio luminescent bay kayaking at sunset or night time. There are many companies that offer this. I used http://islandkayakingadventure.com/
I also did a full day snorkel trip https://www.eastislandpr.com/tours/culebra-snorkeling-tour/ unlimited Rum and coke on board and they also give Non kosher lunch but they had kosher potato chips which they gave us sealed bag to accommodate our kosher needs.
both were amazing activities.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: YitzR on January 27, 2020, 02:56:09 PM
Can Anyone suggest a home with private pool, ive checked airbnb vrbo and booking.com, but most looked nasty or shared a pool with complex(i dont want to stay at hotel as theres no kitchen and no private pool)
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on January 27, 2020, 05:37:55 PM
Can Anyone suggest a home with private pool, ive checked airbnb vrbo and booking.com, but most looked nasty or shared a pool with complex(i dont want to stay at hotel as theres no kitchen and no private pool)
Hyatt House San Juan has kitchens in some (all?) rooms. Will not help for the private pool.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: YitzR on January 28, 2020, 02:42:40 PM
Can I take a 1 year old on the kayak tour of bio luminescent?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 28, 2020, 05:03:01 PM
Can I take a 1 year old on the kayak tour of bio luminescent?
A lot of mosquitoes so not even sure you would want to
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: YitzR on January 28, 2020, 11:11:41 PM
But officially there's no zika
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: moka on January 29, 2020, 02:57:26 PM
Can I take a 1 year old on the kayak tour of bio luminescent?
I highly doubt a kayak is possible with a one year old.
There are some pontoon type boats that go out to the bio luminescent bay. You can look into that to see if its an option for a 1 year old.
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on January 29, 2020, 03:09:02 PM
But officially there's no zika
I dont think this is true
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: almass on February 05, 2020, 09:44:44 AM
Can Anyone suggest a home with private pool, ive checked airbnb vrbo and booking.com, but most looked nasty or shared a pool with complex(i dont want to stay at hotel as theres no kitchen and no private pool)

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/35706964?source_impression_id=p3_1580913853_zhj9Ubau2xCKdEAY

See if this place is available
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on February 06, 2020, 01:43:39 PM
Any one know of a babysitter in chabad area?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 30, 2020, 09:48:31 PM
united flights leaving from Newark are $33 each way and a decent Airbnb can be had for under $50/night.

please convince me to visit in august for 5-10 days (with or without kids)  ;D
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 31, 2020, 12:41:16 PM
From what age does PR require a negative COVID-19 PCR test
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on July 31, 2020, 12:42:21 PM
From what age does PR require a negative COVID-19 PCR test
Is that REALLY a requirement?
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 02, 2020, 06:20:17 PM
From what age does PR require a negative COVID-19 PCR test
Bump
Anyone with some more info?
Are kids required to get tested
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on August 20, 2020, 02:45:40 AM
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on August 20, 2020, 05:38:17 AM
Wrong thread
Title: Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
Post by: ExGingi on August 20, 2020, 11:55:07 AM
Wrong thread

Indeed. I guess that's what happens when you go to DDF to try and battle insomnia. Confuse a coast for a port and a female noun for a male.