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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

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7995.msg2616327#msg2616327
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #540 on: December 01, 2015, 04:08:56 PM »
You don't have regular car insurance? Just show that.
no i dont

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #541 on: December 01, 2015, 07:03:36 PM »
But do I have to buy it?
Sorry - I was confusing this rental with a rental in Costa Rica that I had a week apart. I did not need to buy any extra insurance in PR

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #542 on: December 01, 2015, 07:13:22 PM »
Sorry - I was confusing this rental with a rental in Costa Rica that I had a week apart. I did not need to buy any extra insurance in PR
do you remember the rental company used?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #543 on: December 01, 2015, 09:09:40 PM »
do you remember the rental company used?
Yes I used Charlies

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #544 on: December 02, 2015, 07:01:43 AM »

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #545 on: December 03, 2015, 10:08:08 PM »
Just returned from PR.
If you have any questions, just ask.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #546 on: December 04, 2015, 05:03:46 AM »
Did you have a good time?  ;D

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #547 on: December 07, 2015, 01:45:21 PM »
For someone staying at the Sheraton (in the red area), does anyone know of the "most-Kosher" beach in the area?


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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #548 on: December 07, 2015, 02:40:07 PM »
Your best bet for optimal seclusion without going to the other side of the island is to go about 20-25 minutes west.  There are a bunch of quiet beaches along the 165 on the north shore.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #549 on: December 07, 2015, 02:45:46 PM »
Or if you want really quiet beaches and you have an extra 2-3 days go to one of the islands

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #550 on: December 07, 2015, 02:48:41 PM »
Your best bet for optimal seclusion without going to the other side of the island is to go about 20-25 minutes west.  There are a bunch of quiet beaches along the 165 on the north shore.
Thanks good to hear. Looking at Gmaps, it doesn't look like there are beaches actually along the 165. Is that because they're just not showing up on the map? Any more specific names of beaches or areas to look?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #551 on: December 07, 2015, 03:12:25 PM »
Thanks good to hear. Looking at Gmaps, it doesn't look like there are beaches actually along the 165. Is that because they're just not showing up on the map? Any more specific names of beaches or areas to look?

I was there almost 2 years ago, but this area in the red box is all beach.  It was a little rockier than the south/east/west sides but not bad.  We found a little shop around the green circle that let us park and access the beach. 


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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #552 on: December 07, 2015, 03:35:37 PM »
I was there almost 2 years ago, but this area in the red box is all beach.  It was a little rockier than the south/east/west sides but not bad.  We found a little shop around the green circle that let us park and access the beach. 


Awesome! Thanks for that detail. Much appreciated.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #553 on: December 20, 2015, 03:17:44 PM »
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?
Been scanning the thread and couldn't find answer.
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #554 on: December 20, 2015, 03:24:30 PM »
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?
Been scanning the thread and couldn't find answer.
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
Bacardi Factory tour, but you'll have to drink double for her.  ;)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #555 on: December 20, 2015, 03:24:51 PM »
I stayed at the intecontinental, was fine, nothing terribly amazing. they gave me a fifth floor room pool view (as opposed to city view) room was fairly modern with a fair amount of space. had a couch, desk with one chair, coffee table, small balcony no room for a chair, plenty of outlets as opposed to many hotels i stayed in. used the chabad rate took the middle option for $189. convinced them to give me a fridge for free. they were very informed and helpful about shabbos, i thought i'd have to explain but they knew exactly what i needed.
I should point out, (i dont know if it was mentioned regarding the intercontinental but it was re the ritz) that the restaurant knows about heating up double wrapped kosher meals, they even have a waiver you have to sign regarding diseases etc which specifies kosher... but the bad news is they charge a $10 fee plus tax tip etc...
don't have much to suggest re activities, didn't do much other than relax at the pool and beach and go shopping, there are 2 nice malls in town.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #556 on: December 20, 2015, 03:29:31 PM »
Thanks, may I ask why people bring food to warm if there is the chabad option especially in that part of PR ?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #557 on: December 20, 2015, 03:44:53 PM »
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
El Yunque.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #558 on: December 20, 2015, 03:58:38 PM »
Anyone can recommend or not for that matter the intercontinental ?
Been scanning the thread and couldn't find answer.
Also any suggestions for a activity other then old San juan to do with pregnent wife ?
+1 on the Bacardi tour! How about the Biobay?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #559 on: December 20, 2015, 04:14:54 PM »
Biobay can be done but do I need to rent a car to get there ? And is it a scary drive back at night ? What about taking a cab, will I find one when leaving ?