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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 170836 times)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #620 on: September 10, 2019, 02:36:45 PM »
i will be arriving to SJU on a wednesday at 5:30 pm and departing the following tuesday at 7:30. my main objective for this trip is privacy and relaxation. After reading thru the board, it seems like vieques or culebra is the way to go. as im tied to the ferry schedule and theres nothing past 6pm to culebra it seems like vieques might be the only option to go to after arrival. i would return to mainland monday to be on time for the tuesday am flight. am i thinking this thru properly or is there some other better way to plan this?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #621 on: October 02, 2019, 09:00:29 PM »
Looking at hotels here, why is it that the Ritz is showing no availability the whole October? Any other great hotel options?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #622 on: October 12, 2019, 08:53:53 PM »
They never recovered since last hurricane.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #623 on: October 12, 2019, 09:07:26 PM »
Has anyone been to the El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #624 on: November 07, 2019, 02:39:38 AM »
Considering a trip in March. Is that a good time to go?

Also, looking at the Courtyard Isla Verde (Bonvoy Cat 4, have a few anniversary nights...) and the Hyatt "Resort at Coco Beach" for 12k points/night. Thoughts?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #625 on: November 10, 2019, 10:11:45 AM »
Considering a trip in March. Is that a good time to go?

Also, looking at the Courtyard Isla Verde (Bonvoy Cat 4, have a few anniversary nights...) and the Hyatt "Resort at Coco Beach" for 12k points/night. Thoughts?

March is great, but I strongly recommend going to Vieques and/or Culebra. They are by far the nicest parts of PR.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #626 on: November 10, 2019, 12:45:12 PM »
March is great, but I strongly recommend going to Vieques and/or Culebra. They are by far the nicest parts of PR.

Thanks for your input! When you say "go," you mean stay or visit? If stay, any recommendations?

Thanks!

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #627 on: November 10, 2019, 04:51:32 PM »
March is great, but I strongly recommend going to Vieques and/or Culebra. They are by far the nicest parts of PR.
Is there a chabad or kosher food in either of those two locations?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #628 on: November 10, 2019, 09:43:52 PM »
Is there a chabad or kosher food in either of those two locations?
Not that I know of, but the Chabad caterings/takeout in San Juan is 10 minutes from the airport.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #629 on: November 12, 2019, 05:41:28 AM »
Chabad is in S. Juan. Vieques and Culebra are two small islands off of Fajardo, which is about an hour drive from S. Juan.
When I went, it was a a bit last minute, so there wasn't much available on the islands in terms of where to stay. I ended up staying in Fajardo, and taking the ferry to the islands.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #630 on: November 24, 2019, 05:51:54 PM »
Those who stayed at St Regis, did you go to Chabad for Kosher food? They charge a whopping $70 for food delivery since its so far? Making me second guess if its worth staying there.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #631 on: November 24, 2019, 06:04:12 PM »
Those who stayed at St Regis, did you go to Chabad for Kosher food? They charge a whopping $70 for food delivery since its so far? Making me second guess if its worth staying there.
You need to bring your own food or rent a car.
It's far.

Unfortunately there are no nice hotels anymore near Chabad.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #632 on: December 01, 2019, 09:09:01 AM »
Anyone ever stay at the coco beach and or margaritaville and have a preference

I am thinking of staying in margaritaville because they have a regular fridge and I am bringing food with me.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #633 on: December 14, 2019, 11:07:26 PM »
Can your bring meat and dairy??? No issues since it is basically US??

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #634 on: December 15, 2019, 08:24:29 PM »
Can your bring meat and dairy??? No issues since it is basically US??

brought meat no problem.

keep in mind when I visited 2-3 yrs ago that Chabad operated a small "grocery" store where you could buy quite a few stuff. in addition they also had a "restaurant" (meat & dairy). their hrs were limited but iirc there was pizza on sat night :)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #635 on: December 15, 2019, 08:27:40 PM »
Can your bring meat and dairy??? No issues since it is basically US??
Strange thing. Twice my luggage with food "got lost" on different airlines to PR (Delta and JetBlue).  Clothing made it, food didn't.
Never had any issues when I took the food as carry-on.
Might just be my bad luck, but be careful.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #636 on: December 24, 2019, 12:33:29 PM »
Has anyone every gone in January or is going for yeshiva week  (this year).

I Am strongly considering to go but i am hearing the beaches have very strong waves/current and it is not the ideal time to vacation there.

any advice would be really helpful.

also looking for a kid friendly hotel.

i read through the thread as much as i can and didn't find much advice.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #637 on: December 26, 2019, 07:55:43 PM »
I'm noticing the Caribe Hilton has 500 dollar basic rooms for 50k points a night.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #638 on: December 27, 2019, 01:53:29 PM »
I'm noticing the Caribe Hilton has 500 dollar basic rooms for 50k points a night.
That didn't last long. All availability taken down now. Anyway to get a hotel to open availability?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #639 on: January 02, 2020, 12:57:07 PM »
Has anyone every gone in January or is going for yeshiva week  (this year).

I Am strongly considering to go but i am hearing the beaches have very strong waves/current and it is not the ideal time to vacation there.

any advice would be really helpful.

also looking for a kid friendly hotel.

i read through the thread as much as i can and didn't find much advice.

We're a bunch of adults and kids going for yeshiva week. Coco Beach. Didn't do much research, but looks nice/new and only 12K a night, so booked 4 rooms.