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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

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg2616327#msg2616327
« Last edited by yelped on August 02, 2022, 04:21:34 PM »

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #320 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #321 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?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #322 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).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #323 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #324 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #325 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #326 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #327 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)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #328 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #329 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #330 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #331 on: December 25, 2014, 03:19:41 PM »
Dates?

I'm looking at the 3rd wk in Jan

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #332 on: December 25, 2014, 04:11:44 PM »
Anything purim time?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #333 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #334 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #335 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
#TYH

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #336 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #337 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....

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #338 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #339 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.