(Closed) Anyone been to PUERTO RICO?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

HI.  I used to live there.  You don’t need passports, as long as you don’t venture over to the US Virgin Islands (which are super close, so you may want to consider that).  I don’t think Vieques is worth it, but I’m sure someone will disagree with me.  I do think taking a ferry to spend the day at Playa Flamenco on Culebra (also an island of Puerto Rico) is a much better experience.  Playa Flamenco is consistently in the top 10 of world’s most beautiful beaches.

It sounds like you have a good portion of the fun stuff covered – bioluminescent bay, El Yunque (bring a swimsuit as there is a short hike to a waterfall you can swim in!)…  I’d also recommend Old San Juan and El Morro fort as the Spanish history there is rich and the charm of the old city is very romantic.  If you decide to venture out further, on the other side of the island is Rincon – a gorgeous west coast beach where surfing lessons can be had for cheap.  It has a wonderful, relaxed ex-pat surfer vibe there.

If you do decide to take a day trip to the USVIs, you will need a passport, there is an underwater “trail” for snorkelling along St John that is wonderful (I believe it’s also a National Park).  St Croix’s little main towns have a much better, casual visitor vibe than St Thomas’ main town does (it’s super ouristy in most of St Thomas due to major cruiseship port).  St Thomas does have a great beach, Magen’s Bay, that is a heart-shaped bay.  They also have a beach next to an aquarium (Coral World) that is fun for swimming/snorkeling as the aquarium feeds the fish to keep them close by.  So snorkeling there with the fish all around (and feeding them dogbones!) is a great experience.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would not recommend the Bacardi Rum Tour unless its a ‘must do’ on your list.  I love me some rum, but it was boring and I would’ve spent those few hours out on the beach.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

No passports needed.  Instead of the Bacardi Rum tour we went downtown to old San Juan and looked at Don Q rum.  They pass out free drinks and will chat you up, plus downtown old San Juan is really nice.

I loved Vieques (though I haven’t visited Culebra to compare) but it’s so much nicer than Fajardo.  I’m pretty sure I know which hotel you’re staying at in Fajardo since there’s really only one (though we just camped), but it’s more for the hotel in Fajardo than anything else.  I would say you might want to try out Old San Juan before going to Fajardo. 

My husband felt sea sick on the water taxi over to Vieques so I’m not sure if either of you get seasick, I felt fine, but you might want to sit on the upper part with a piece of gum if either of you might get nauseous.  From what I’ve heard Bio bay is much cooler in Vieques (less light) than in Fajardo. 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I go to PR a lot for work and I think your husband will need to be 21 to drink.  You might want to call your hotel or something and ask specifically if drinking is important to you.  The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 but you’d need a passport. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Sorry, I wasn’t saying anything bad about the hotel.  I was talking about the Conquistador though.  It’s just that Fajardo itself there isn’t much there so you’re mainly going for the hotel, though I guess it could be a good jumping off point for a day trip to El Yunque or Vieques.  I didn’t go in it but my husband did and said it was quite extravagant, very reminiscent of the kinda the las vegas luxury (which isn’t either or our styles).  So nice hotel, decently pretty location, but it’s away from most of the action.  I would look up the reviews on tripadvisor, they seemed pretty honest, and depending on what type of experience you’re looking for, it might be right for you.  But you do have to take a water taxi to the beach, which only runs at certain times so you can’t just take a walk on the beach at night, but you could sit poolside.  There are other beaches around but it would either be a drive or a pretty decent walk.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I went to a conference at the El Conquistador this past fall.  I was mostly in sessions at the conference, but when I did get to enjoy the resort, it was great!  The food there is pretty expensive, so be prepared for that — but there are plenty of options, and you can also go to off-site restaurants.  The pools and hot tubs were really nice at the resort (complete with swim-up bar!), and the best thing was that they have a small private island that is a 15 minute ferry ride away from the resort.  (You can see the island from the resort.)  The private island is great.  It has a beautiful beach, and you can snorkle, horseback ride, or just hang out.  It’s definitely worth spending a day doing that…

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We JUST got back from our PR honeymoon!!!  We stayed over on the east side of the island – Wyndam Rio Mar Resort.  We had a great time!  We did a sailing/snorkeling trip – it was great!  (although we couldn’t find the place with their directions and were late so had to go back next day!)   We were suppose to do a bioluminescent bay kayak tour but got cancelled multiple times due to weather – total bummer!  We went to the rain forest – but went in the wrong side and didnt get to see the info center and any cool things – ziplineing was also cancelled due to weather.   We rented a car and could go anywhere – we drove around part of the island one day – went to old san juan, ate at local restaurants etc.  lemme know if you need any more info!

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