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Old 01-23-2017, 12:52 PM
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Default Trip to Puerto Rico next month

Wife once again won a company trip to Puerto Rico. We went last year but did not venture off the property. We are staying at El Conquistador.

Any must see places? We have a free day on Saturday so we can venture off then.
No rainforest hikes or sketchy beach tours, please

Thanks in advance
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Do a half day fishing trip with Capt. Omar Oracca. He specializes in tarpoon fishing in San Juan lagoon.
Google him and get the info. You and your wife will have a great time.
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Bacardi factory used to be a fun trip. But that was 25 years ago.
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I used to go there on 3-4 day business trips years ago and would occasionally bring the wife & daughter. We always stayed at Palmas del Mar due near Humacao due to its proximity to where I had to go. IMHO, forget the rainforest. We did it and wish we hadn't. I have friend who are into the "Old San Juan" thing but we would rather spend our time at a beach or doing watersports. Most interesting thing I ever did there was get lost driving south from San Juan. Missed an exit and stayed on rt. 52 and ended up near Ponce. All I had was one of the tourist maps but followed the south coast and eventually made it back. Saw some beautiful scenery along the way. Don't know if it's still there but there used to be a place called El Tenedor Steak House in Juncos. It was a converted sugar mill and the food was the best around.
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1/2 day self guided tour of old San Juan.

If a few days or more to kill, go to Vieques or Culebra. The caves at Camuey are a nice day trip. The Rincon area is a great little beach town. I try to get down there at least once a year.
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Two suggestions, go up to the mountains in Cayey for the best roast pork you will ever have. It will be easy to find and if I remember, about a 45 minute ride from San Juan. Second would be a half day charter. My long time friend runs DoubleHook Charters about 15 minutes east of where you will be staying. February is the time for big Dolphin there. They will average well over 40 pounds. I may still go next month for a long weekend. PM with your e-mail and I'll send you the pics and his number if you like.
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Thanks for the tips on fishing, not going to be able to do that this time. Is Old San Juan worth the drive? It's about an hour and a half from the resort?
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
Thanks for the tips on fishing, not going to be able to do that this time. Is Old San Juan worth the drive? It's about an hour and a half from the resort?
The El Conquistador in Isla Verde? Should only be 30 min tops. Just saw they have a resort in Farjardo. That's where you catch the ferry for Vieques and Culebra. Definitely go to Vieques and do the bioluminescent bay. That is amazing.
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The El Conquistador in Isla Verde? Should only be 30 min tops.
thats in Fajardo ^^

You may be thinking of the San Juan Intercontinental hotel which is right in Isla Verde
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You are going to be close to the ferry (lancha) terminal in Fajardo.

Get there VERY early to get tix to Culebra or Vieques.

There are some absolutely stunning beaches.

If you could spend the night then I would say Vieques and hit the bio bay (mosquito lagoon) if there is little to no moon that is the time to go.

For a quick day trip there's a lot of choices but if you want to lounge on a nice beach with some services (like umbrella/chair rentals food kisokos etc) ferry to Culebra and get a taxi to playa flamenco.

Spend a while there and then taxi over to tamarindo to snorkel with the turtles.

There is lots to do from the Fajardo area. Snorkeling trips, fishing charters etc.

But without a doubt I'd be going to Culebra or Vieques!
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Bio bay in fajardo
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atv tour through rain forest. guided trip but had a blast
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
You are going to be close to the ferry (lancha) terminal in Fajardo.

Get there VERY early to get tix to Culebra or Vieques.

There are some absolutely stunning beaches.

If you could spend the night then I would say Vieques and hit the bio bay (mosquito lagoon) if there is little to no moon that is the time to go.

For a quick day trip there's a lot of choices but if you want to lounge on a nice beach with some services (like umbrella/chair rentals food kisokos etc) ferry to Culebra and get a taxi to playa flamenco.

Spend a while there and then taxi over to tamarindo to snorkel with the turtles.

There is lots to do from the Fajardo area. Snorkeling trips, fishing charters etc.

But without a doubt I'd be going to Culebra or Vieques!
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Thanks again for the suggestions. I showed them to the boss and she is opting for the day trip Vieques and I am leaning towards the ATV tour in the rainforest.

Good restaurant or beach bars in Vieques?
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Check Tripadvisor.com they have loads of restos, hotels and activities which are reviewed, download the app and use it on the road before you do anything to make sure it's not a rip off or tourist trap!
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
Thanks again for the suggestions. I showed them to the boss and she is opting for the day trip Vieques and I am leaning towards the ATV tour in the rainforest.

Good restaurant or beach bars in Vieques?
Trade winds is a nice open feel.
El Quenepo is fancy.

ohhhhhh there is really good BBQ joint near the airport but cant remember the name.

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