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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 #225 on: September 22, 2014, 10:30:46 PM »
never been to puerto rico. Im looking for a nice hotel (all inclusive will be nice) something with good pools and near beaches as always the point of going away isnt to spend time in the hotel room. (singles getaway) ive been looking at the El San Juan.
how is the location there? is it in main part of the city? any other hotels or tips?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #226 on: September 23, 2014, 11:14:23 AM »
never been to puerto rico. Im looking for a nice hotel (all inclusive will be nice) something with good pools and near beaches as always the point of going away isnt to spend time in the hotel room. (singles getaway) ive been looking at the El San Juan.
how is the location there? is it in main part of the city? any other hotels or tips?
the el san juan is in the main city. not to far from the old city. pretty old but decent hotel(check a few posts ago on this thread) for more attractions ideas check wiki or start reading this thread from the beginning. there are some good recommendations.

i have been to the ritz carlton(right next to the el san juan) i am a big fan of that hotel. beutiful and the service was amazing.  gorgeous beach too. chabad puerto rice online has very good pricing

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #227 on: September 23, 2014, 12:44:46 PM »
the el san juan is in the main city. not to far from the old city. pretty old but decent hotel(check a few posts ago on this thread) for more attractions ideas check wiki or start reading this thread from the beginning. there are some good recommendations.

i have been to the ritz carlton(right next to the el san juan) i am a big fan of that hotel. beutiful and the service was amazing.  gorgeous beach too. chabad puerto rice online has very good pricing

thank alot, I have read the thread about the El San Juan, some of the reviews online do scare me a bit...
can you explain to me in brief the difference between the old and new city?

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #228 on: September 23, 2014, 05:04:53 PM »
thank alot, I have read the thread about the El San Juan, some of the reviews online do scare me a bit...
can you explain to me in brief the difference between the old and new city?
The old city is mostly a tourist attraction. No hotels over, its just if you are not going to another city then its good to be in the area

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #229 on: September 29, 2014, 10:28:38 AM »
never been to puerto rico. Im looking for a nice hotel (all inclusive will be nice) something with good pools and near beaches as always the point of going away isnt to spend time in the hotel room. (singles getaway) ive been looking at the El San Juan.
how is the location there? is it in main part of the city? any other hotels or tips?
I went back in 2009 and I stayed at the Gran Melia. I still think that it is one of the nicest, most relaxing hotels I've ever stayed at. Perfect for couples. Not too far from the city (take the highway with a toll to avoid TONS of traffic). Gigantic pool with jacuzzi spots in the pool and those "beach chairs" partially submerged in the water. The upgraded rooms have a full big fridge. Not sure about basic rooms. If you are a big spender, we saw the private villas with private pools/jacuzzis off the water. Insane.
I see the hotel with decent prices go on sale from time to time on travelzoo or cheapCaribbean.com
I still dream of going back there but my wife won't go bec she's already done PR.
Also, one of the coolest things I've ever done was kayaking in the Bioilumenecent Bay at night with the light up water. If you go to PR w/o doing this, the trip was a waste.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #230 on: September 29, 2014, 12:03:32 PM »
Also, one of the coolest things I've ever done was kayaking in the Bioilumenecent Bay at night with the light up water.
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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #231 on: September 29, 2014, 12:05:43 PM »

Also, one of the coolest things I've ever done was kayaking in the Bioilumenecent Bay at night with the light up water. If you go to PR w/o doing this, the trip was a waste.
yea was amazing, although read a recent article that there was something going on with it.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #232 on: September 29, 2014, 12:07:29 PM »
yea was amazing, although read a recent article that there was something going on with it.
Like? Was there 2 weeks ago, was beautiful.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #233 on: September 30, 2014, 12:30:48 AM »
Like? Was there 2 weeks ago, was beautiful.

It stopped glowing about a year ago.  I was back up slightly when I was there in December, but it was still far from as bright as it usually is.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #234 on: September 30, 2014, 10:32:32 AM »
It stopped glowing about a year ago.  I was back up slightly when I was there in December, but it was still far from as bright as it usually is.
-1  it stops glowing for a half a month, when the moon is full.  but the smaller the moon the brighter it is

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #235 on: September 30, 2014, 10:36:56 AM »
-1  it stops glowing for a half a month, when the moon is full.  but the smaller the moon the brighter it is
no there was something wrong where it stopped glowing totally. Although it might have been one of the other ones in puerto rico http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/us/puerto-rico-debates-who-put-out-the-lights-in-a-bay.html?_r=0

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #236 on: September 30, 2014, 04:17:59 PM »
-1  it stops glowing for a half a month, when the moon is full.  but the smaller the moon the brighter it is
It doesn't stop glowing for half a month when the moon is full, you just can't see it that good because of the moonlight. I was actually there the night before full moon and even so it was quite bright. At one point during the tour we covered all kayaks with a tarp so we could experience it to the fullest.
no there was something wrong where it stopped glowing totally. Although it might have been one of the other ones in puerto rico http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/us/puerto-rico-debates-who-put-out-the-lights-in-a-bay.html?_r=0
Yeah, that article is about the one off Vieques Island, though it does mention that the one in Fajardo has gone dark as well at some point.

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #237 on: October 28, 2014, 12:22:00 AM »
MY TRIP TO Puerto Rico---Summer of 2013 (PM me for any questions)

1) bio bay in fajardo (if you do nothing else DO THIS!!)

 *do the latest tour they offer
*try to go on a moonless night (ask them for details), when there was lots of sun during the day
*its in fajardo which is 45 min from San Juan
*book early, they run out!

we used kayakng puerto rico, tho their are plenty others and they're all the same

http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/biobay.html
787-435-1665

2) mini boat tour

*take a mini motorized raft into the ocean, go island hopping and snorkeling
*its expensive (150 for 2 ppl)
*driving is a ton of fun and the island you visit feels like out of a movie...literally.
*also beautiful snorkeling!
*full day activity 11-5 or something
they give you some food and drinks, some of the snacks are kosher
*also in fajardo

Mini Boat Island Hop & Snorkel

787-244-2828 (also kayaking puerto rico)

3) Monkey Island



*kayak over to an island w over 1000 monkeys (u watch but cant go on cuz they are dangerous and have HIV...)

private- just us and the male guide

*about an hour west of San Juan (opposite direction of Fajardo)



8)Bacardi Factory

*tour the Bacardi rum factory and get free drinks :)

*tours are FREE

*plain Bacardi mixed w anything kosher (i.e OJ) is kosher lol

*didn't get to do it but ppl say its fun

*in San Juan



9) Water Beach Club Hotel Roof Top Lounge

*super loud music

*beautiful view of the ocean

*fun to do at night (there isnt much to do at night)

FOOD SITUATION

-go on chabadpr.com and you can order groceries, raw meat for BBQ or dinner to go (dinner to go is expensive...)

-bring rye bread cuz they have no normal bread there!

-you can find random Kuf Q bread products in Walmart which is a good hashgacha

-we did 2 BBQs on the beach which was nice :) tho do it before dark or you will be attacked by nasty bugs/dogs (reminded me of the gemarah :) and will have to throw away all your meat ;)

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #238 on: October 28, 2014, 12:28:54 AM »
thanks heading there on Thursday! very helpfull

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Re: Puerto Rico Master Thread
« Reply #239 on: October 28, 2014, 12:57:55 AM »
Nice report. Gotta disagree on taking the latest kayak tour as I can not imagine kayaking through those mangroves for the first time in complete darkness. It ought to be spooky! We went with the earlier tour and when we got to the bay it was already dark, so I don't really see what's to gain by going later.