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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 #120 on: July 31, 2013, 10:48:55 AM »
Anyone going to be interested in a TR of the St Regis?

Please let me know.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: August 02, 2013, 12:36:51 AM »
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: August 02, 2013, 01:45:33 AM »

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: October 06, 2013, 12:50:00 PM »
Allright.

TR coming up.

Where can I find this?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #124 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #125 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!)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #126 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #127 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.


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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #128 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #130 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: October 10, 2013, 12:31:59 PM »
anyone who goes to puerto rico should go to the Bio Bay it was absolutely amazing.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: October 10, 2013, 12:36:41 PM »
anyone who goes to puerto rico should go to the Bio Bay it was absolutely amazing.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #133 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #134 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.