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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 #340 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #341 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #342 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).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #343 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #344 on: January 01, 2015, 05:54:34 PM »
Don't forget about Bioluminescent bay at evening and the Bacardi rum tour.

which one?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #345 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.....

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #346 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #347 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #348 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

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #349 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #350 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #351 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #352 on: January 04, 2015, 11:54:18 PM »
Nice place...

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #353 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #354 on: January 06, 2015, 12:33:13 AM »
should i be worried? what areas should i sat away from?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #355 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?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #356 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
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #357 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.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #358 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 ;)
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #359 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.