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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 #440 on: July 27, 2015, 10:59:49 PM »
Sorry, he's 4 months old BL"A. I'm going next week B"H.
Hm not sure what your best options are. Would el yunque rainforest hike with a baby carrier work? I found a cool activity that gives a discount if you rent a car through charlies. Its called mini boat island hop and snorkel. Basically you can take your own boat out to a nearby island. Not sure if its a good idea with a 4 month old. Gonna call tomorrow for details.
Ps - Im also going next week. Are you staying for the following Shabbos?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #441 on: July 27, 2015, 11:01:54 PM »

Hm not sure what your best options are. Would el yunque rainforest hike with a baby carrier work? I found a cool activity that gives a discount if you rent a car through charlies. Its called mini boat island hop and snorkel. Basically you can take your own boat out to a nearby island. Not sure if its a good idea with a 4 month old. Gonna call tomorrow for details.
Ps - Im also going next week. Are you staying for the following Shabbos?
Nope, flying back on Thursday.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #442 on: July 27, 2015, 11:09:11 PM »
Hm not sure what your best options are. Would el yunque rainforest hike with a baby carrier work? I found a cool activity that gives a discount if you rent a car through charlies. Its called mini boat island hop and snorkel. Basically you can take your own boat out to a nearby island. Not sure if its a good idea with a 4 month old. Gonna call tomorrow for details.
Ps - Im also going next week. Are you staying for the following Shabbos?
I did it last summer- was fine.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #443 on: July 28, 2015, 03:11:26 PM »
Which one of the marriott brands, are the nicest options in PR ?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #444 on: July 29, 2015, 12:00:12 AM »

Which one of the marriott brands, are the nicest options to book  in PR ?
Ok I boiled it down to the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador. I'm trying to figure out whether to book in the standard Waldorf, or a villa in las casitas. From online reviews both seem like great options. Anybody care to chime in ?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #445 on: July 29, 2015, 02:10:47 AM »
Besides the embassy suites, anybody know if there any hotel options, where a standard room will have 2 separate bedrooms in it ? I don't want to book 2 rooms, if I don't have too.
I booked the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, was a 1 BR suite. Pull out couch in a separate room.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #446 on: July 29, 2015, 02:11:29 AM »
Is there a national emerald aisle at SJU ?

Yes, but mainly Wranglers available. Not much else there that was nice.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #447 on: July 29, 2015, 03:37:02 AM »

Yes, but mainly Wranglers available. Not much else there that was nice.
Seems from flyer talk that they don't have an aisle. Have you been there recently ?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #448 on: August 03, 2015, 07:01:38 PM »
I have a honeymoon trip planned for next week from sun night- thursday.
any ideas where to stay?
i have 30000 spg points and 90000 UR that i can transfer.
is a car recommended for PR?
i also don't have the slightest clue about PR which area to stay or which beaches are nice.
all info is welcome.
 

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #449 on: August 03, 2015, 08:20:40 PM »
You probably will want a car. I found Charlie car rental thru Chabad to be the cheapest

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #450 on: August 03, 2015, 08:30:36 PM »
You probably will want a car. I found Charlie car rental thru Chabad to be the cheapest
do they give any nice cars with the chabad rate?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #451 on: August 03, 2015, 08:47:45 PM »
do they give any nice cars with the chabad rate?
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #452 on: August 03, 2015, 09:13:25 PM »
do they give any nice cars with the chabad rate?
Not sure. Look on their site or PUTPAC
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« Reply #454 on: August 03, 2015, 11:52:59 PM »
Seems from flyer talk that they don't have an aisle. Have you been there recently ?
Was there in the end of June. Paid for much less than an SUV...
And def picked it up from the Executive aisle
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« Reply #455 on: August 03, 2015, 11:54:44 PM »
I have a honeymoon trip planned for next week from sun night- thursday.
any ideas where to stay?
i have 30000 spg points and 90000 UR that i can transfer.
is a car recommended for PR?
i also don't have the slightest clue about PR which area to stay or which beaches are nice.
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I stayed at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar. Nice hotel. Cost 25k a night, but only $180 a night for a 1 BR suite.

I booked revenue...
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #456 on: August 03, 2015, 11:58:01 PM »
Just a btw bec I am not writing a TR.

Did the bio-luminescent tour, was really nice/cool. Definitely better to go with the motor boat than the kayak.

At first I wanted to do kayak, but was really glad we didn't. By going on the motor boat, you get to see the good part without having to work hard for it! :D
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #457 on: August 04, 2015, 08:11:41 AM »


Just a btw bec I am not writing a TR.

Did the bio-luminescent tour, was really nice/cool. Definitely better to go with the motor boat than the kayak.

At first I wanted to do kayak, but was really glad we didn't. By going on the motor boat, you get to see the good part without having to work hard for it! :D
Never went by motor boat, but there's no way I'd have enjoyed it more than the kayak. Yes, with the kayak you do work harder to get there, but the experience is probably 10 X as rewarding.

The point isn't always to just see something and cross it off the list, but rather immerse yourself in the experience.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #458 on: August 04, 2015, 09:28:45 AM »
I stayed at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar. Nice hotel. Cost 25k a night, but only $180 a night for a 1 BR suite.

I booked revenue...
I read reviews of that Hyatt that there's a lot of construction and the beach is not so nice and the rooms were tired.
What's your opinion about that? Thinking of going in a few weeks but after reading reviews I was
having second thoughts staying there.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #459 on: August 04, 2015, 09:35:14 AM »

The point isn't always to just see something and cross it off the list, but rather immerse yourself in the experience.

Actually best bio bay was in Cayman where you can actually immerse yourself!
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