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Old 01-16-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Hi,

My wife and I are going to PR next month for the first time. We are pretty active and don't like to lay around the beach our whole vacation. We like to hike, see historical sites, eat different kinds of food, bars, music, etc. We really want to explore the whole island.. see different beaches, islands, bioluminescent bays, etc.

Here's my question. Should we make a home base somewhere and drive to places and come back the same day? Or should we break it up and get a couple hotels at different parts of the island?

We don't want to spend our vacation rushing around but we also don't want to spend it laying around on the beach everyday. A little help and advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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If you are arriving via San Juan airport. I'd stay 3 nights on the west coast and explore that area there first then I'd book 3 nights in the east and cover San Juan and other parts in that area for the remainder of the stay. I traveled to Puerto Rico last year and stayed at a friends condo on Isla Verde, can't beat the location on the beach with the hotels and casinos nearby, it is also very close to SJU airport. Maybe some locals will chime in with more information. Have a great trip, that island is wonderful.

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Old 01-16-2010, 08:34 PM
 
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I would stay in a couple of places if it were me. Fajardo is a good base to see the rain forest and bio bay and take a ferry to Culebra. Old San Juan is a must see so you might want to spend at least one night and day there. I would also recommend driving in the interior which is the prettiest part of the island in my opinion. Since February is a good month for whale watching you might want to stay a night in Rincon. There are also great beaches in the Cabo Rojo area. If you come to Ponce (south central) area, I would recommend the Indian ruins (Tibes), downtown Ponce, a tour of a coffee plantation (current or historical) which is nearby and if you have time take the ferry to Caja de Muertos. If you drive from the west to Ponce I would recommend you stop (not to stay just to look) at a really picturesque town called Yauco. I hope you have a nice trip!
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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Thank you all for your help. We went through priceline and got a great deal at the Caribe Hilton.. $99/night. So we caved in and will be staying there the whole trip. That being said, we'd still like to venture out for a couple days. Is it best to rent a car? Can we get around San Juan pretty easy from the Caribe Hilton w/out a car? Any idea what taxis cost to go to the east coast? We'd like to go to Luquillo beach/ isle of vicques or Culebra? Which of those 2 islands is the best.. in terms of pretty beaches, snorkeling, food?
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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Both Vieques and Culebra are worth seeing. Cheapest to rent a car but be carefull driving.
Your best route would be...get a local to drive you around. Ask the hotel concierge.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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I would rent a car if you are brave enough to drive in San Juan.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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I would rent a car if you are brave enough to drive in San Juan.
lol, brave is a good adjective. . .be prepared to yield, yield, yield and give everybody the right of wayI've seen many folks riding their bicycles on the highwayand cutting right across, yikes
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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We picked up a cruise ship in san juan and i thought the airport was dirty and riding from airport to the docks,san juan seemed dirty,graffiti on the buildings,gang type area, old rundown.me personally i would'nt be driving around aimlesly in SJ.It doesn't appear safe to me.I know you can't judge the whole island by a small area but if it's like most other carribean islands ive toured its like touring getthos of major US cities.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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Take time to visit El Yunque Rain Forest!

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Old 01-19-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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You will like the Caribe Hilton! They also have the Mayaguez Hilton on the west part of the island, if you want to see that side too.
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