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


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

   Ritz Carlton

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


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


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


Things to do

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

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

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

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

   http://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm

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

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


Trip Reports:

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

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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #105 on: June 11, 2013, 12:31:44 PM »
Anyone know any activities to do in PR that are infant friendly?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #106 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #107 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #108 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.
Quaerite et Invenietis.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #109 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.   

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #110 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #111 on: June 13, 2013, 03:38:33 PM »
I assume you know the chabad discount for hotels?
Yes

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #112 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #113 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #114 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #115 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #116 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #117 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #118 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #119 on: July 31, 2013, 10:27:07 AM »
Anyone going to be interested in a TR of the St Regis?

Please let me know.