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Old 09-23-2007, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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okay, here is a very rough itinerary I've scraped together for my PR trip in December. Any ideas, warnings, tips, or suggestions would be eagerly accepted!

We (myself, my mother, and my brother) fly into San Juan on the 4th. I'm thinking we spend 4-5 touring San Juan and then we rent a car and go to Fajardo. Fajardo seems to be pretty close to El Yunque and there's a bioluminescent pool there that I don't want to miss. We spend a day at Fajardo and El Yunque and then head back to San Juan to catch our flight on the 7th. Does that sound workable? Or should we spend two days at Fajardo and El Yunque? We only have four days. My mom is 55 and not up for hardcore hiking, so we won't be tromping all over the rainforest for three or four days.

Also, can the Puerto Ricans tell me something about the native treats? I'd like to know some tasty dishes to order at local restaurants.

 
Old 09-23-2007, 02:43 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Mississippienne,
1. Get a good map and instructions on how to get to where you want to go.
2. Might want to check if there are any tour operators that can take you to the places you want to go.
3. Be aware of you surrondings.
4. Drive safely.
5. Have fun and enjoy.
You are going to be busy.
 
Old 09-23-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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Mississippienne,

If possible, I would suggest staying longer. You're only going to have 2 full days in which you aren't losing part of the day preparing to then actually travelling. In other words, you're not going to get much enjoyment out of the 4th when you arrive or the 7th when you depart. I think it would be better to maximize the value of your plane tickets by staying longer. Not only that, but you might even be able to knock some money off the price of those plane tickets by staying longer. As it is now, you are departing on a Friday (which a lot of people do) and therefore Friday departures are often more expensive. It's worth checking into but even if the price is the same, I still think it would be worthwhile to get more out of the price of those airline tickets than such a short stay. Either way, enjoy your trip!

P.S. - The one thing I've heard all the time is about how crazy the drivers are in PR. So, if driving under such circumstances is going to make you agitated and spoil your fun, I'd suggest seeking alternatives to renting a car/driving yourself.
 
Old 09-23-2007, 05:56 PM
 
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Also, can the Puerto Ricans tell me something about the native treats? I'd like to know some tasty dishes to order at local restaurants.
Here are some traditional dishes that are delicious:
Arroz con gandules
Pernil
Pasteles
Carne guisada
Habichuelas (frijoles) guisadas
Tostones
Amarillos
Asopao
Alcapurrias
Piononos
Mofongo con carne frita
Drinks: Coquito
Dessert: Arroz dulce, tembleque, flan

ETA: If you like seafood, try a seafood dish (e.g., chillo (fish). Crabs are delicious there too.
 
Old 09-24-2007, 11:25 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Mississippienne,

If possible, I would suggest staying longer. You're only going to have 2 full days in which you aren't losing part of the day preparing to then actually travelling. In other words, you're not going to get much enjoyment out of the 4th when you arrive or the 7th when you depart. I think it would be better to maximize the value of your plane tickets by staying longer. Not only that, but you might even be able to knock some money off the price of those plane tickets by staying longer. As it is now, you are departing on a Friday (which a lot of people do) and therefore Friday departures are often more expensive. It's worth checking into but even if the price is the same, I still think it would be worthwhile to get more out of the price of those airline tickets than such a short stay. Either way, enjoy your trip!

P.S. - The one thing I've heard all the time is about how crazy the drivers are in PR. So, if driving under such circumstances is going to make you agitated and spoil your fun, I'd suggest seeking alternatives to renting a car/driving yourself.
I was thinking the same thing after I read the itinerary again. Will be very busy and hectic and I agree with seeking an alternative method of transportation.
 
Old 09-24-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I was thinking the same thing after I read the itinerary again. Will be very busy and hectic and I agree with seeking an alternative method of transportation.
Miss, do you speak any Spanish at all? Many of the road signs are not bilingual, and the San Juan traffic is unbelievable. I know there are a lot of reviews on PR out there - you would probably be okay to drive once you got out of San Juan, but I'd check on tours. San Juan is pretty wild! And don't forget old San Juan, absolutely gorgeous...you'll love it!
 
Old 09-24-2007, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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I have already purchased the plane tickets, and any way, I don't want to bankrupt us by staying and paying for hotel rooms for a week or more. I realize it's a lot to fit into a few days but that's just how it worked out. I inquired about buses, etc. before, but the response I got was that it's better to rent a car in PR. I don't speak Spanish, but I'm sure I can learn enough between now and December to order food and ask directions and that kind of thing. I do definitely want to see El Yunque (probably the only chance me or any of my family will ever have to see a real rainforest).
 
Old 09-26-2007, 11:42 AM
 
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okay, here is a very rough itinerary I've scraped together for my PR trip in December. Any ideas, warnings, tips, or suggestions would be eagerly accepted!

We (myself, my mother, and my brother) fly into San Juan on the 4th. I'm thinking we spend 4-5 touring San Juan and then we rent a car and go to Fajardo. Fajardo seems to be pretty close to El Yunque and there's a bioluminescent pool there that I don't want to miss. We spend a day at Fajardo and El Yunque and then head back to San Juan to catch our flight on the 7th. Does that sound workable? Or should we spend two days at Fajardo and El Yunque? We only have four days. My mom is 55 and not up for hardcore hiking, so we won't be tromping all over the rainforest for three or four days.

Also, can the Puerto Ricans tell me something about the native treats? I'd like to know some tasty dishes to order at local restaurants.
Hopefully your flight will arrive before noon. You can walk around Old San Juan and see some of it. The next morning you can finish touring Old San Juan, make sure you don't miss El Morro, then head to Fajardo. Make sure you time it so you miss rush hour. That night visit the bioluminescent bay. The next morning go to El Yunque and try to go to La Mina waterfall. It can be quite a hike but worth it, you can swim in it. After that that go to Luquillo beach and try some of the fried seafood turnover/pies. Maybe head back to San Juan for a relaxing evening before heading back the next day. El Convento Hotel is a good place for a couple of drinks and a relaxing dinner. It's not the cheapest but worth the visit. For a cheaper meal, try to find El Jibarito. Any other questions, let me know...
 
Old 10-18-2007, 06:26 AM
 
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Puerto Rico do it better. Visit us and enjoy.
 
Old 10-18-2007, 10:10 AM
 
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Puerto Rico do it better. Visit us and enjoy.
Negron.
Where do you live in PR and where do you work?
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