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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 #760 on: January 26, 2022, 02:23:26 PM »

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #761 on: January 26, 2022, 06:33:07 PM »
Any unvax ppl here  recently (last few weeks) been to PR and  can share experience of getting thru airport and checking in to hotel? Do they require vax proof? What if stay is less than 7 days, will they let you out?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #762 on: January 26, 2022, 11:16:11 PM »
Does anyone know what the current vaccination requirements are for Puerto Rico?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #763 on: January 30, 2022, 04:52:07 PM »
Hyatt regency vs Hyatt hacienda? Proís and conís

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #764 on: February 09, 2022, 11:36:19 PM »
Has anyone had any experience with kosher breakfast being a globalist at the Hyatt Regency?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #765 on: February 13, 2022, 12:42:41 AM »
Yes. I was there a few weeks ago.

They do it through room service. There's a per meal fee, and there's a form to fill out. If you email them, they'll send it to you.

They were very helpful, though the service was pretty slow (especially on shabbos when we couldn't call every few minutes to check).
Will they keep your stuff in the Fridge or freezer or only freezer?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #766 on: February 21, 2022, 04:42:25 PM »
Get your QR code before arriving, it will save you time.
Also hotel asked for proof of vaccination or negative pcr

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #767 on: April 26, 2022, 03:18:37 PM »
car rental rates are pretty high now. does it make sense to rely on taxis instead? what are prices like?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #768 on: May 19, 2022, 12:15:56 PM »
Booked last minute trip to Puerto Rico with the expiring JetBlue Heroes certificates. Hyatt Grand Reserve the best place to stay? Do you need a car there? Any recommendations for activities? Going for 2 days.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #769 on: June 29, 2022, 12:31:51 PM »
Anyone stayed at the new Marriott Residence Inn near Chabad?

Also- please recommend best rental car agency from San Juan

will be there for 4 days in July

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #770 on: July 25, 2022, 09:46:36 PM »
Fairmont but its not top notch. Unless you stay in the newer rooms not in main tower.
chabad has rates at the royal sonesta. nice proprty on the beach. club rooms first floor have direct access to the pool area which is really nice. deff a more basic hotel

Any recommendations for Fairmont Vs. Royal Sonesta over Shabbos?



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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #771 on: July 26, 2022, 12:15:24 PM »
Any recommendations for Fairmont Vs. Royal Sonesta over Shabbos?
Fairmont is closer

I stayed at royal sonesta. Get a club ground floor room for easy pool access. U do need to ask them to open the club door tho to get to your room.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #772 on: July 26, 2022, 01:10:39 PM »
Fairmont is closer

I stayed at royal sonesta. Get a club ground floor room for easy pool access. U do need to ask them to open the club door tho to get to your room.
Donít mind the walk. Which one is nicer?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #773 on: July 26, 2022, 06:25:50 PM »
Donít mind the walk. Which one is nicer?
I would say Fairmount. Keep in mind these hotels are not Miami standards

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #774 on: August 02, 2022, 01:14:05 PM »
Car rentals are very cheap (my possible dates coincide with hurricane season but I think it's worth the risk), so I'm thinking of doing a Puerto Rico road trip- loop around the island as well as the interior. This would be my first time in Puerto Rico.
I would need a day plus Shabbos in San Juan, a few hours in Ponce, as well as the basics like Bioluminescent Bay and El Yunque. I'm not much of a beach person but I'd hike up to 15 miles a day. Might tack on Vieques and/or Culebra via ferry as well.

Has anyone here done a road trip? Is 10 days too much?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #775 on: August 02, 2022, 01:46:26 PM »
Car rentals are very cheap (my possible dates coincide with hurricane season but I think it's worth the risk), so I'm thinking of doing a Puerto Rico road trip- loop around the island as well as the interior. This would be my first time in Puerto Rico.
I would need a day plus Shabbos in San Juan, a few hours in Ponce, as well as the basics like Bioluminescent Bay and El Yunque. I'm not much of a beach person but I'd hike up to 15 miles a day. Might tack on Vieques and/or Culebra via ferry as well.

Has anyone here done a road trip? Is 10 days too much?
It's a small island. 2 days was more than enough for me. Unless you want to see very nook and cranny 3-4 days is plenty.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #776 on: August 02, 2022, 01:56:21 PM »
It's a small island. 2 days was more than enough for me. Unless you want to see very nook and cranny 3-4 days is plenty.
Thank you.
You drove around the island? Or just day trips from San Juan?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #777 on: August 02, 2022, 02:39:56 PM »
Thank you.
You drove around the island? Or just day trips from San Juan?
Should really write a TR lol.

Drove around to the east side of the island mostly and to El Younique (was not that impressed, but whatever). I did love the Bioluminescence tour. I did right before sunset, so we had an hour before sunset and then waited in the bay as it got dark and we could see the water light up. We kayaked back at night.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #778 on: August 02, 2022, 02:59:05 PM »
Should really write a TR lol.

Drove around to the east side of the island mostly and to El Younique (was not that impressed, but whatever). I did love the Bioluminescence tour. I did right before sunset, so we had an hour before sunset and then waited in the bay as it got dark and we could see the water light up. We kayaked back at night.
Gotcha.
So I'm thinking 2 days East, 2 days San Juan (Shabbos), 2 days West/interior (hiking), a day or two for Vieques and/or Culebra.
Looks like 7 or 8 days should do it.
Thanks!

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #779 on: August 02, 2022, 03:18:41 PM »
Car rentals are very cheap (my possible dates coincide with hurricane season but I think it's worth the risk), so I'm thinking of doing a Puerto Rico road trip- loop around the island as well as the interior. This would be my first time in Puerto Rico.
I would need a day plus Shabbos in San Juan, a few hours in Ponce, as well as the basics like Bioluminescent Bay and El Yunque. I'm not much of a beach person but I'd hike up to 15 miles a day. Might tack on Vieques and/or Culebra via ferry as well.

Has anyone here done a road trip? Is 10 days too much?
I did the road trip, but only half the island.  We spent about a week, and if it were just me, I could've easily spent another 3 days returning to El Yunque. I see that I still have an email I had written, so I'll post the TR, although this was many years ago, so doesn't really reflect what's available today.  Hurricanes take out a lot of the infrastructure, and some things improve over time, while others fall apart.  One thing I remember clearly is that driving often took much longer than we had planned due to the condition of the roads.