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Sprockets
03-28-2012, 06:13 AM
I think we've decided to spend 5 or 6 days in Puerto Rico mid May of this year. I've read everything from it's a sh**hole to paradise. I've also been reading up on Tripadvisor and talked to a friend who is from there.

The plan is to stay away from the cities. I've looked into flying into Aguadilla and staying in Rincon and flying into San Juan and making our way to Vieques. I would do Vieques if I was confident in the ferry system, but I don't want the added cost of the flight if we go that route. I've also looked into staying in the Fajardo area and maybe taking a day snorkel excursion to Culebra to check it out.

We want to snorkel, fish one day, hang on the beach, ride horses, etc. No need for a city-type party atmosphere. I plan to rent a car and the driving doesn't bother me. After driving in Costa Rica I'm ready for anything.


Uncle John
03-28-2012, 08:20 AM
Make sure you take a trip to the the rain forest also. El Yunque.

BottomPicker
03-28-2012, 08:49 AM
I stayed at the El Conquistidor 10-15 years ago. It was very nice Jeff, but the 2 hour ride from the airport to the resort passed through some of the worst slums I've ever seen. Be careful.


capecuddy
03-28-2012, 08:57 AM
I actually put a big radar in for the Navy up on Pico Del Este up in El Yunque. What a ride that road was everyday!

Rio Mar was the place I stayed...I guess that's Rincon...near Fajardo. I saw on Google Maps that its owned by a chain now...Wyndham? That was a nice place.

I liked Puerto Rico....was there about half-time for several years. Puerto Rico works best when you get to know folks down there and a little Spanish.

I think you have a good plan. I used to fly to Vieques either on a rickety seaplane they put out of business or on a Navy chopper. Good times!

appfan99
03-28-2012, 09:05 AM
We stopped in Old San Juan on a cruise and I think a day there was worth it, just to explore and see the old fort etc. Do a segway tour. We had a blast. Wouldnt want to stay there though.

the_gooch
03-28-2012, 10:29 AM
Stay at Villa Montana in Isabela. http://www.villamontana.com/ ---Got married here and everyone in the wedding went back a year later for our anniversary, that's how much everyone loved it.
Fly in to Aguadilla. Take the trek out to San Juan and visit there, stay out West in Isabela. San Juan is great for a day.

Go to the caves in Camuy.
Must do El Yunque

Horseback riding on the beach in Isabela. Great times. There is a reef right off the beach of Villa Montana to snorkel at. Rincon is a short 15 min car ride away.

Sprockets
03-28-2012, 11:26 AM
Stay at Villa Montana in Isabela. http://www.villamontana.com/ ---Got married here and everyone in the wedding went back a year later for our anniversary, that's how much everyone loved it.
Fly in to Aguadilla. Take the trek out to San Juan and visit there, stay out West in Isabela. San Juan is great for a day.

Go to the caves in Camuy.
Must do El Yunque

Horseback riding on the beach in Isabela. Great times. There is a reef right off the beach of Villa Montana to snorkel at. Rincon is a short 15 min car ride away.

I'll check this place out as this is the area we are looking at. We may fly into San Juan, spend a day or 2 then head to the Rincon/Isabel area and fly out of Aguadilla. I'm also PM'ing with THT member tunaorlater who has a rental in Rincon.

Regarding the driving part, I love it! A couple of years ago we drove all over Costa Rica. 30 mile dirt roads between towns, no street signs, crazy drivers and livestock.

Dillard88
03-28-2012, 11:40 AM
If you want to go to Vieques. Fly to San juan then fly Cape Air to Vieques.---ALSO I'll throw this in... Stay in Old San Juan one or two nights. The women love all the old crap and it is pretty cool to see. Makes for less time in the airport in case of a lay over. OSJ is a very safe area.

GeauxFester
03-28-2012, 12:01 PM
Definitely check out El Yunque, Old San Juan and the forts and get in on some Tarpon fishing near San Juan. Magic tarpon service (or something like that) was very good, very professional, nice gear.

edale99
03-28-2012, 12:06 PM
If you stay in San Juan for a couple of days there are a few good hotels. In Isla Verde the Ritz Carlton is right on the beach, El San Juan is close by. In Condado I stay at the Conrad and the Marriott in Condado is also just as nice. Old San Juan is just a short taxi ride away.

capecuddy
03-28-2012, 12:56 PM
Regarding the driving part, I love it! A couple of years ago we drove all over Costa Rica. 30 mile dirt roads between towns, no street signs, crazy drivers and livestock.

One thing I recall vividly from all my time in Puerto Rico was the driving was as close to Boston (especially Sumner/Callahan Tunnel days) as any place I've been. (Amsterdam flipped me out with bicycles all over the place and Taipei, Taiwan hands down scariest driving to me...like DeathRace 2000).:mad:

slickster
03-28-2012, 05:08 PM
The whole island is about 150 mi by 50 mi so driving around isn't all that tough, just stay alert as anything can happen on the roads there...the cumoy caves, the phosphorous bay, (SW corner), beaches everywhere, all great except the rain forest was kind of a bummer IMO...hit Vieges sp?....we stayed at a little condo in Aquadilla for 50 bucks a night...old town San Juan for sure....



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