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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 170233 times)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #700 on: June 10, 2021, 05:31:10 AM »
Has anyone been to Culebra and can give advice about getting around there? I'm flying there for the day and car rentals are $72 for the day. I know that there's a shuttle that goes to Flamenco for $5 but is it worth renting a car to explore other beaches?

There are a bunch of golf cart rentals for about $40 per day. Flamenco is definitely the nicest, but also by far the most crowded.  The island is small, so you can get to most places within  20 minutes or so with golf cart. I don't know about Uber - I went before it was widespread.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #701 on: June 15, 2021, 07:47:00 PM »
What is the nicest points hotel near Chabad (I think Ritz is still closed)?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #702 on: July 01, 2021, 07:58:42 PM »
do you need passport to go to Puerto rico?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #703 on: July 01, 2021, 08:01:41 PM »
do you need passport to go to Puerto rico?
No

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #704 on: July 19, 2021, 09:11:45 PM »
@Lou Bob @Aerial Dag What is the current situation in terms of attractions and Covid? Is everything more or less open and accessible? I am trying to go there within the next couple weeks.

Any recommendations of things to do while Im there?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #705 on: July 20, 2021, 09:23:52 AM »
Everything that I went to was open. If you're going to El Yunque make sure you book spots as soon as they open up. If you miss that, you can book a spot on the morning before (that's what I did).

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #706 on: July 20, 2021, 12:45:33 PM »
Everything that I went to was open. If you're going to El Yunque make sure you book spots as soon as they open up. If you miss that, you can book a spot on the morning before (that's what I did).
agreed. They open up 50 slots exactly 24 hours before. Have to be signed into the website and ready to go right away. Slots are gobbled up in 30 seconds.

Masks were really only enforced inside stores and hotels.
Always use an Amex, you'll thank me one day.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #707 on: July 21, 2021, 01:18:51 AM »
Does the st Regis work with SNAís? Is there customs in Puerto Rico  that could make problems with meat etc?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #708 on: July 21, 2021, 08:20:19 AM »
Does the st Regis work with SNAís? Is there customs in Puerto Rico  that could make problems with meat etc?
yes and no

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #709 on: July 27, 2021, 03:23:20 PM »
Anyone know a drivers number here in Puerto Rico? How does anyone get back from bioluminescent bay kayaking If ubers are spotty?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #710 on: July 28, 2021, 12:28:16 AM »
Anyone know a drivers number here in Puerto Rico? How does anyone get back from bioluminescent bay kayaking If ubers are spotty?
to answer my own question Ubers are spotty and if you donít book a round trip taxi, youíll run into issues.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #711 on: August 11, 2021, 01:49:31 PM »
Has anyone stayed At the Hyatt House San Juan and can answer some questions for me?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #712 on: August 12, 2021, 09:58:29 AM »
Would someone pregnant be able to do the bio bay kayaking tour?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #713 on: August 12, 2021, 10:11:23 AM »
Would someone pregnant be able to do the bio bay kayaking tour?
Some places have specific exclusions for pregnant woman. If you have a strong partner that can do most of the paddling, I would think its pretty safe. I personally went with my non pregnant wife and did most of the paddling.   
See links
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https://pureadventurepr.com/elements/faq/

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #714 on: August 12, 2021, 11:45:17 AM »
Some places have specific exclusions for pregnant woman. If you have a strong partner that can do most of the paddling, I would think its pretty safe. I personally went with my non pregnant wife and did most of the paddling.   
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Thanks, I called them and they gave a definite NO regarding pregnant women. We booked with Bio Island instead which uses a motorboat and allows pregnant women.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #715 on: August 12, 2021, 11:53:03 AM »
Would someone pregnant be able to do the bio bay kayaking tour?
NO. I couldnt go when my wife was pregnant. I think also something with the mosquitos as well. besides the physical work
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #716 on: August 12, 2021, 12:44:58 PM »
NO. I couldnt go when my wife was pregnant. I think also something with the mosquitos as well. besides the physical work

Were you able to go to El Yunque with her? What activities did you do there?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #717 on: September 23, 2021, 05:51:48 PM »
Anyone stay at Hyatt regency grand reserve? Looking to go December time with 3 month old

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #718 on: September 24, 2021, 10:00:26 AM »
Anyone stay at Hyatt regency grand reserve? Looking to go December time with 3 month old
Yeah I stayed there. It's definitely family friendly.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #719 on: September 24, 2021, 01:39:59 PM »
Thanks

Does it feel like a luxury hotel or pretty basic?