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Old 04-23-2007, 06:40 PM
Location: Gulfport, MS
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My mom's boyfriend is making noises about taking us all to Puerto Rico sometime this summer. He's a licensed captain and he has his own boat (it's a BIG boat. One with cabins) and he wants us to take the trip in his boat from the MS Gulf Coast to Puerto Rico. I think this sounds like a fabulous adventure but I've never been to PR and I don't really know what kind of attractions they have there. Any recs? Sights to see? Not to be missed attractions?
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:20 PM
Location: Dayton OH
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Hello Mississippienne, I enjoy reading your postings here. I hope your Mom's BF has a whole bunch of maritime experience. Sailing boat or motor yacht on this trip? This distance from MS to Key West is 500+ miles, and Key West to PR is an additional 800+ miles - these are just round numbers. This is quite a voyage! Seems like it would take several weeks each way.

I would be a bit hesitant about taking a long sea voyage in this area during the summer on a privately owned sailing ship or motor yacht, unless I was confident the skipper of the craft was really experienced and the craft was loaded with electronic gear and extremely seaworthy. That's peak hurricane and tropical storm season, I don't need to say any more, you live in MS. Once leaving Key West southeast to PR, it's rough open ocean and the only safe ports along the way are north coast of Cuba or a few of the southern Bahamas. Note, take passports just in case a stop in one of those places is needed!

PR is a great place to visit, San Juan is one of the oldest cities in Western Hemisphere. Wonderful place to explore by foot. If you like tropical / salsa music and dancing till early in the morning, doesn't get much better. Rent a car and drive around the island for a few days, go to Ponce and Mayaguez and small towns in between. If you decide to go, enjoy the adventure.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:54 AM
Location: Gulfport, MS
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Hi recycled! I'm not too concerned, this guy is an experienced captain, he used to pilot Exxon Mobile ships. I think we might put off the trip until late summer or early autumn, he's going to get a new paintjob for the boat. I am hyped to go to PR, and even if we end up not going in the boat, I think I might pop down for a vacation one day.
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