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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

Author Topic: Puerto Rico Master Thread  (Read 172935 times)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #580 on: May 29, 2016, 12:05:21 AM »
Bacardi factory

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #581 on: May 29, 2016, 08:23:50 AM »
Bacardi factory
But go early... We went there on a rainy day, and by mid day they were so backed up that they said the weren't accepting any new people for tours.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #582 on: May 29, 2016, 08:35:32 AM »
But go early... We went there on a rainy day, and by mid day they were so backed up that they said the weren't accepting any new people for tours.
Thank you, Bacardi factory is on my list. They have tour operator from the hotel. Weather is not as bad as I expected. It was only raining for an hour yesterday.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #583 on: November 07, 2016, 11:32:21 PM »
Has anyone ever stayed at the Vanderbilt in SJU? Would you recommend that over Ritz?

Whats the next best thing after St Regis?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #584 on: January 16, 2017, 03:46:16 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Where else would you recommend staying

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #585 on: January 16, 2017, 05:32:57 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Where else would you recommend staying
St Regis is amazing.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #586 on: January 18, 2017, 06:28:40 PM »
Is 2 plus a bit days totally unrealistic for PR? I cant really get away for longer w/o the kids. would arrrive at 2:07 pm on a Monday, and have to leave 5:28 on Wednesday. Realistic?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #587 on: January 18, 2017, 09:24:58 PM »
St Regis is amazing.
+1000

Is 2 plus a bit days totally unrealistic for PR? I cant really get away for longer w/o the kids. would arrrive at 2:07 pm on a Monday, and have to leave 5:28 on Wednesday. Realistic?
Depends what you're looking to do. I was there for less and had a wonderful time.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #588 on: January 18, 2017, 10:31:15 PM »
Is 2 plus a bit days totally unrealistic for PR? I cant really get away for longer w/o the kids. would arrrive at 2:07 pm on a Monday, and have to leave 5:28 on Wednesday. Realistic?
Only relaxing then it's doable
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #589 on: January 19, 2017, 03:08:34 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Where else would you recommend staying
We enjoyed the Ritz Carlton near the Airport immensely! the service was amazing.
Chabad had a discount rate at the time. probably still do.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #590 on: February 11, 2017, 10:51:43 PM »
Planning a vacation to Puerto Rico in two weeks , trying to decide which hotel to stay
Ritz Carlton or St. Regis, any input would be appreciated.Also is it safe to rent a car or rather taxi's. And any must thinks to do.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #591 on: February 13, 2017, 11:54:46 AM »
Planning a vacation to Puerto Rico in two weeks , trying to decide which hotel to stay
Ritz Carlton or St. Regis, any input would be appreciated.Also is it safe to rent a car or rather taxi's. And any must thinks to do.
car rental is safe ime

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #592 on: April 04, 2017, 10:31:07 AM »
i just went to PR a few weeks ago. not gonna write a whole TR cuz it was a short trip and we didn't really do much

landed Thursday afternoon. our hotel was 5 minutes from the airport. we stayed at the San Juan Water and Beach Club. it's a cute clean hotel. we were 5 girls so we got 2 rooms. when we booked, we were told we can have a third bed in a room but they gave us some issues when we checked in. after 2 of us had a sleepless night bunking together we made a stink and spoke to the GM. we told him that if we would have known that a third bed wouldn't be possible we would have booked another room. he gave in and we got the third bed. no biggie
thursday night we went to La Placita and had a blast. drinks are cheap and atmosphere is friendly and fun
friday we mostly sat at the beach all day. did some shopping for souveniers and smoothies.
friday night we went to chabad ($50 for night meal, no charge for kiddush by day). food was delicious. typical chabad welcome. they had the most INCREDIBLE mangos. seriously best fruit i've had in my life. the guy that served us told me they're specially grown. he even brought me a couple after shabbos!
friday night we went up to the roof of our hotel. officially it's a cool place but it was more like a restaurant with a live DJ. was ok for a friday night place (shabbos didnt give us too many options) but nothing major.
shabbos morning we went back to chabad for the meal. kiddush is a full spread buffet style. food was excellent.
we spent the rest of the day chilling at the beach glad that there was no pressure to take good pics :)
we ate suedos shlishit in the hotel. they have a small balcony on the 2nd floor with tables and chairs overlooking the beach. was very nice.
we went back to chabad for havdala and ideas for motzei shabbos fun. we were told to go back to La Placita cuz now was when the real fun was happening.
we decided to first check out old san juan. it was boooooring. ye there was a party in the street and cars couldn't go cuz there were so many people and dancing right in the middle of the road but meh...
we uber'd it back to La Placita and drank till we were completely plastered.
sunday we woke up early to catch some more sun. about an hour before we were gonna leave the skies opened up and it looked like it was midnight. it started pouring like crazy so we went to the airport early.
USDA had no problem letting us through with our massive avocados we had picked up at a market. good thing we ate all our mangos cuz those we would not have been able to take along.

all in all we were 5 people and not a single regret (ok the burn i got was bad but that's on me). excellent short trip!

Sorry I don't have too many pics but most of what I took were selfies or drunk videos




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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #593 on: April 13, 2017, 04:40:45 PM »
i just went to PR a few weeks ago. not gonna write a whole TR cuz it was a short trip and we didn't really do much
Nice short TR
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& even Nicer pic.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #594 on: June 09, 2017, 09:37:15 AM »
I imagine that SJU is just like any other domestic airport, correct? Connecting international to domestic will need to go through customs and all that.

Amirite?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #595 on: August 04, 2017, 11:51:03 AM »
How long is recomended to stay in Puerto Rico without getting bored?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #596 on: August 04, 2017, 11:53:16 AM »
How long is recomended to stay in Puerto Rico without getting bored?
Depending on what activities you're looking to do, I'd say 3-4 days should be perfect.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #597 on: August 04, 2017, 12:04:43 PM »
Depending on what activities you're looking to do, I'd say 3-4 days should be perfect.
Unless you go to one of the islands. You can easily spend a couple of days on Vieques or Culebra

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #598 on: August 04, 2017, 01:59:49 PM »
I imagine that SJU is just like any other domestic airport, correct? Connecting international to domestic will need to go through customs and all that.

Amirite?
yes. Only dif. is they give out free drinks in the airport.
If you want to fly international you would have to go thru customs.
flying into SJU was a breeze.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #599 on: January 16, 2018, 03:29:18 PM »
Anyone know how San Juan is doing now with hurricane damage?
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