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Old 02-13-2009, 07:53 PM
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We will be in San Juan from 7:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m for departure.

Can you provide some ideas of what we might be able to do on shore in those few hours? What time do things start happening/opening up? Will that be sufficient time to explore the sights of San Juan?

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We will be in San Juan from 7:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m for departure.

Can you provide some ideas of what we might be able to do on shore in those few hours? What time do things start happening/opening up? Will that be sufficient time to explore the sights of San Juan?

Thanks in advance,
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I ADORE San Juan. Not sure if you like photography, but there are plenty of beautiful sights to snap photos of. We've been there twice and it really is one of my favorite ports. The statues, forts, colorful structures and watch towers make for some good pics.

My husband and I like to enjoy ourselves on the cheap in ports, so we printed out a walking tour from the New York Times, and it was good. Try Googling it or searching the NYT web site - it should come up.
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Here are a few tips:

Visit our tuorism department site it can help:
www.gotopuertorico.com
Also you can buy “Frommer’s Caribbean Ports” can find it on Borders is a great help

. You can visit the El Yunque Caribbean National forest in Rio Grande is the only rain forest on the island, also a beautiful place you can see our national parrot and well most people even tell stories about OVNIS and things, I don’t really know much about OVNIS but the tourist guide should know a few… If you want a beautiful place or natural adventures, el Yunque is the place, also they have a few cultural shopping opportunities near by.

• Here is some info of el yunque :

http://topuertorico.org/reference/yunque.shtml

• the luminescence bay is a good natural option, check out my old post about it.

• Old San Juan is as for now a walking place (San Juan Peatonal) you can get a Taxi to get you near some places but is most close for cars since they want to protect its “Adoquines” and history. But there are a few trolleys or buses you can use free of charge.

• Most of the places in San Juan are walking distance; remember you can always use the free of charge trolleys if you don’t want to walk.

OLD SAN JUAN OPTIONS:

o El morro a Spanish fort and also is not expensive place beautiful, rich in history.

o Also there is “La Fortaleza” our gobernator house and is not far from el Morro.

o Capilla del Cristo: a Christian beutiful spanish chapel open on Tuesday only

o San Juan Cathedral: here is where “Juan Ponce de Leon” body is,he is the one that died looking for the fountain of youth.

o Fort of San Cristobal: a huge Spanish fortress part of el morro.

• The Bacardi rum company is not a bad tour, but is to far from the port, maybe you will not have the time.

• If you have the time, and want to try Puerto Rican food, there is one restaurant, the second best in old San Juan; the “Parrot Club” prices are more or less $28 for person depending on what you order, is in the “Fortaleza street” walking distance from the port, if you are with carnival.

• “Café Puerto Rico” is also a restaurant but less expensive and more Puerto Rican is in old San Juan in the “plaza colon in old San Juan”

• As for shopping most of cultural shopping you can do it in Old San Juan, there is a store in “El morro”.

• Most people in the island don’t speak English but they can understand it so have a little patience.
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Thank you both for your help. I appreciate. That helps. We were hoping we would have enough time to experience a little of San Juan.

Thanks, again!
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