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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
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #560 on: December 20, 2015, 04:27:47 PM »
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?
I did the Biobay in Vieques so I am not sure but I would assume you need a car to get there and back. And IME it is not at all scary driving around there at night

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #561 on: December 20, 2015, 07:54:26 PM »
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?

Some hotels provide shuttles and charge it together with a tour option

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #562 on: December 20, 2015, 11:39:22 PM »
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?
i did it driving there and back in the night no problem

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #563 on: December 24, 2015, 12:33:44 AM »
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?

Intercontinental - highly recommend. We got a nice pool view room. Bell boys were friendly and helpful.
They're very Shabbos friendly. True point about warming up the meals.
The beaches in Isla Verde aren't the most beautiful (chabad area).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #564 on: December 24, 2015, 12:35:58 AM »
And is it a scary drive back at night ?

nothing scary

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #565 on: December 24, 2015, 12:48:47 AM »
mini boat tour added to the wiki.
This is a great choice if you can't get to Culebra or Vieques. Beautiful views, white sand beaches, clear blue waters...
3 hour tour, your own mini boat, snorkeling included- with optional underwater pictures.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #566 on: December 29, 2015, 03:15:48 PM »
Still Trying to figure out why so many people bring food along if there is a chabad option?
Can lots of kosher food be found in local grocery like in other US stores ?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #567 on: December 29, 2015, 04:37:01 PM »
They have Walmart.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #568 on: January 05, 2016, 11:26:04 AM »
Can lots of kosher food be found in local grocery like in other US stores ?
yes. There is a big 24 hr supermarket, Peublo, right around the corner from Chabad. They even have a kosher aisle where you might find some kosher lpesach matzos and macaroons!!


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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #569 on: January 15, 2016, 02:11:41 AM »
Im looking at low budget accommodations. I'd prefer something on the beach. does one area have nicer beaches(quieter) than others?
I noticed there are like 6 Hyatt houses in San juan. is there a major diff between one property and the other? I see on VBRO amazingly well priced apartments. Does anyone have experience with that?
It seams like everyone is staying at the RItz or St Regis. Im wondering if anyone looked into other options.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #570 on: January 15, 2016, 11:44:41 AM »
Im looking at low budget accommodations. I'd prefer something on the beach. does one area have nicer beaches(quieter) than others?
I noticed there are like 6 Hyatt houses in San juan. is there a major diff between one property and the other? I see on VBRO amazingly well priced apartments. Does anyone have experience with that?
It seams like everyone is staying at the RItz or St Regis. Im wondering if anyone looked into other options.
i stayed in Hyatt house in San Juan by convention center. We had a very pleasant experience.
We had a car so we were able to get around so we didn't mind not being on the beach

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #571 on: January 15, 2016, 12:01:38 PM »
Im looking at low budget accommodations. I'd prefer something on the beach. does one area have nicer beaches(quieter) than others?
I noticed there are like 6 Hyatt houses in San juan. is there a major diff between one property and the other? I see on VBRO amazingly well priced apartments. Does anyone have experience with that?
It seams like everyone is staying at the RItz or St Regis. Im wondering if anyone looked into other options.
Chabad pr website has discounts on many hotels.
#TYH

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #572 on: January 15, 2016, 01:38:54 PM »
There's a newish Hyatt House in SJ. It's pretty nice.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #573 on: January 17, 2016, 01:18:00 AM »
There's a newish Hyatt House in SJ. It's pretty nice.
prob the one i stayed in.
was 8000 points a night

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #574 on: January 17, 2016, 04:32:16 AM »
prob the one i stayed in.
was 8000 points a night
Thanks! I'll check it out

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #575 on: January 17, 2016, 02:42:18 PM »
prob the one i stayed in.
was 8000 points a night

Yup.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #576 on: February 17, 2016, 10:10:07 PM »
Cheapest hotel with points (IHG, SPG, Hyatt etc.) in SJU area?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #577 on: May 26, 2016, 06:38:25 PM »
Can you write some suggestions for things todo when it rains?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #578 on: May 26, 2016, 07:16:05 PM »
Can you write some suggestions for things todo when it rains?
We actually did old san juan when it was drizzling. Wasn't too bad. But depends which hotel you're at. You can do spa, casino, etc.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #579 on: May 26, 2016, 07:21:54 PM »
We actually did old san juan when it was drizzling. Wasn't too bad. But depends which hotel you're at. You can do spa, casino, etc.
Thank you. We are staying close to old city. Can you suggest some indoor activities in the area other than casino?