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Old 05-26-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Currency? PR is part of the US.

Old town is fun, for a cruise stop. But I was there for two weeks on business once and, I just have to say this, PR is a dump!
Poverty, crime, and more poverty. And the iron fences around all first and second story windows say it all. It would never be my choice for a vacation when there are so many tropical beach choices in the carribean.
Its a commonwealth of the US, but its relatively independent. I didnt know if they used their own currency or not.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but it sounds to me like your experience there was some what limited. Its a beautiful land with so much culture and history. Its not called the Enchanted Isle for nothing.

G Man
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Its a commonwealth of the US, but its relatively independent. I didnt know if they used their own currency or not.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but it sounds to me like your experience there was some what limited. Its a beautiful land with so much culture and history. Its not called the Enchanted Isle for nothing.

G Man
They use US dollars. They are independent of everything in the US except US money, which gets ceaselessly pumped into it to make it a island that is essentially being supported on the welfare of US taxpayers (but that's a political statement that should be disregarded and totally irrelevant to this thread, but the fact remains that 60% of the population is on welfare).

On the contrary I would say it's just the opposite from "limited" as, being there on business for 14 days, I wasn't limited to the tourist destinations and traveled to and from the offices in San Juan, ate lunch in the city, worked with the locals, went out to lunch and dinner with them, etc. If anything I got a view of PR that no toursit would get unless they stayed with a local. I admit however, I was limited to San Juan and that area.

I would say a normal "tourist" visit there, restricted to the resorts and the somewhat artificial old town area, is what I would describe as a limited PR experience. I have been there since, on a pleasure visit, just 5 months ago, and somewhat enjoyed myself - I do love old town and the old fort. Although knowing what was outside those resort areas somewhat soured it for me. But I am not a beach/resort person anyways, so that should indeed be considered as part of my opinion.

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Old 05-26-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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"Are you familar with Mayaguez itself? Any recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, what to see, etc there?"

The Hilton there is a nice hotel, it used to be called the Mayaguez Hilton.
The crashboat beach in Aguadilla, the town next to Mayaguez is really nice.
Rincon, another town near in that west part of the island is the surfing part of PR.
I am from San Juan, and I agree with the previous posters about the western part of the island.
Hope you have fun there!
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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Currency? PR is part of the US.

Old town is fun, for a cruise stop. But I was there for two weeks on business once and, I just have to say this, PR is a dump!
Poverty, crime, and more poverty. And the iron fences around all first and second story windows say it all. It would never be my choice for a vacation when there are so many tropical beach choices in the carribean.
Hmmm, I assume u didnt travel outside of San Juan and its adjacent towns? Did u see my above pics? The rest of the island is amazing. Ive been to beaches on PR that rival all of the other islands in the Caribbean. Having lived there- I wouldnt consider San Juan a great representation in general of Puerto Rico. It has the least natural out of the whole island IMHO.

Cruise ship docking areas are usually in such ugly areas, no matter where u go.
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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Hmmm... there aren't many hotel chains in the area, but yeah, the Hilton (Mayaguez Resort and Casino) and there's a Holiday Inn Hotel and Casino down the street. Yes, US dollar is the currency and u can use ur credit cards/ check cards @ stores as in the US. ATMs the same, etc. (Called ATH)

I'm a beach lover, and there arent any monuments or anything I can think of except lighthouses built by the Spanish (Cabo Rojo, Aguadilla, Rincon- all in the west)... so I suggest looking up maps and finding beaches... also, dont worry abt roadside food stands- Ive NEVER gotten sick from one, everrr...

Puerto Rico - West Coast Tourist Attractions

Not much to see except natural Puerto Rico and it's people...

OH also, in Quebradillas there are some old railway ruins, cool to see, a little tunnel. Right off highway on ur way to Mayaguez. Called 'Tunel Guajataca'... there are signs, and theres a huge PR flag on the road right next to it.

I grabbed this pic from the net.

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Old 05-26-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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This is what some of the beaches on the west side will look like:

What are your favorite things in puerto rico-pr-beach2.jpg
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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Hmmm, I assume u didnt travel outside of San Juan and its adjacent towns? Did u see my above pics? The rest of the island is amazing. Ive been to beaches on PR that rival all of the other islands in the Caribbean. Having lived there- I wouldnt consider San Juan a great representation in general of Puerto Rico. It has the least natural out of the whole island IMHO.

Cruise ship docking areas are usually in such ugly areas, no matter where u go.
Your assumption is indeed correct, most of my experience was in that armpit known as San Juan (outside the tourist areas). I am sure their are better areas of PR and those are great pictures you posted.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Thank you to everyone for the info. This trip isnt until next Feb so if you have any other tips, let me know. Otherwise i'll probably pull this thread back to life in a couple months.

G Man
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Default A video about Puerto Rico


YouTube - Promo Turismo de Puerto Rico 2009
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. We decided to rent a car for the convenience. I'll try to do a little trip report when we get back.
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