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Old 06-14-2009, 10:08 AM
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We will be going on CCL next week, what do you recommend we do in San Juan, PR? How are the beaches there? which one do you recommend
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:08 AM
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We will be going on CCL next week, what do you recommend we do in San Juan, PR? How are the beaches there? which one do you recommend
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:05 AM
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Hello Enrique and welcome to cruise-chat. Unforunately, I can't give you any advice on this port, but if you go to Caribbean Port chat heading on the main page you will be able to find some ideas. Click on the find tab and type in San Juan and it will bring up all the topics of San Juan in that category. I hope you enjoy your cruise and please come back and let us know how it went.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:28 AM
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Welcome to cruise-chat, Enrique.

It may sound surprising, but San Juan is not really a "beach" town. Of course there are beaches, but not really close to the docks in the old city, which is most likely where you will be moored.

Our good forum friend Casanova Frankenstein is a citizen of Puerto Rico (but not in San Juan). Hopefully he will see your message and offer some advice.
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You might try Condado or Isle Verde areas just outside of Old San Juan for beaches. They are closer to the airport also.
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:54 PM
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In Old San Juan we visited the old forts,kinda neat. There is a free city trolley that you can ride and it stops at both forts and a couple of other places too.
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Hi enrique, and Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

The beaches are ok, not the best in the Caribbean though. The Condado beach and hotel area is a short taxi or public bus ride over from the pier. I've taken the bus over a few times, and a taxi once. I think the taxi (at the time) was around $12, and the bus 75 cents. If you take the bus, the station is a short walk from the pier. Exact change is required, and when you catch the bus back you need to be at a "Bus Stop/Parada" sign and wave. I think it ran every 30 minutes or so.

Personally, I just like to walk around Old San Juan and soak up the culture and history of this great island. I've found the people to be very friendly. On the next visit I'm going to go on the free trolley that Mike52 mentioned.

El Yunque, the Rain Forest is also an awesome tour, though is a bit time consuming. The Bacardi Rum distillery tour is always nice.

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:01 PM
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the old fort is cool..and we also got to go to the capital building..

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Old 06-16-2009, 05:59 AM
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I was hoping Cas would stop by. We've been to San Juan a few times. I enjoy Old San Juan, the fort, the Condado section, and the Bacardi Factory tour (with samples). We've heard really good reviews of the El Yunque rain forest, too. We stayed at the Condado Plaza once, it was a very nice hotel/casino. Not inexpensive, but very nice. The other times, we stayed with friends in the Condado area. The locals like to go to Ponce for the beach. It's on the other side of the island. But, there's another thought, maybe rent a jeep for the day and tour the island. Lots of people speak English, so you should be able to get around easily. Hope you have a great time!
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:47 AM
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Sorry I did not see this before
Well like Dave beers said San Juan is not a beach kind of town ussually the ony places are the hotels you can still go but is a little far from port.
There are a few good options to go:

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

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

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

o San Juan Cathedral: here is “Juan Ponce de Leon” the one of the pirates of the Caribbean he 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, even from the hotel.

• 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 Sheraton and also from the port.

• “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”

• Most people in the island don’t speak English but they can understand it so have a little patience.

You can visit the El Yunque Caribbean National forest in Rio Grande is the only rain forest on the island(maybe next year 7 wonder of the world), 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
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