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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 #150 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) :

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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.   

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: December 31, 2013, 12:58:30 PM »
hi, does anyone know if any of the attractions need to be booked in advance?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #152 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
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #153 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 ?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #154 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #155 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #156 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #157 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #158 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #159 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #160 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #161 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

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Hotel in Puerto Rico
« Reply #162 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

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Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
« Reply #163 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

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Re: Hotel in Puerto Rico
« Reply #164 on: January 30, 2014, 10:00:13 PM »
Thought this would be the better place to ask for vouchers etc