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hello everyone 🙂
our honeymoon has been booked (YAY) but i could use some help/tips from all of you! we are going on a cruise that leaves from san juan, puerto rico but we are flying in the night before and need to find a hotel.. looking not to spend much more than 150-175 if possible.. and we’d like it to be close to the port (pan american pier- old san juan)..
any assistance would be great!! thanks 🙂
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@rachie576: how exciting! we are also doing something similar. We are staying at Vila Herencia, in that price point, which is beautiful b&b in the middle of Old San Juan. It gets rave reviews & looks stunning. Although this is not near the pier, it is a short taxi ride away (approx $10 + $1 per bag). We figure that if heading to San Juan, it would be worth doing a little exploring the day we get in & the morning after before we board the ship.
Please come back & do a HM recap!
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@rachie576: What about the Caribe Hilton? My sister just stayed there 3 weeks ago and she loved it! Im going in 3 weeks but staying at the Ritz which is literally right next to the airport.
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We went to Puerto Rico right before christmas in 2011. We stayed at the Courtyard Mariott hotel. It was the cheapest we could find in San Juan and it was a beautiful hotel! It was literally a 15 minute drive to old san juan from the hotel. Here are some pics:
View from our room
Fountain in front of the hotel.
Those are the few pics from the hotel lol. I saved my camera memory for Old San Juan, Arecibo and El Yunque rainforest. Puerto Rico was amazing. This hotel was great, easy parking, there was a casino on the main floor and the beach was right in the back! Loved it.
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thank you all for your replies!!! i was actually looking at villa herencia but the other two i havent looked into yet.. how was el yunque?!?!? i reallyyyy want to go check it out!.. also, when we come back into san juan after the cruise we have allllllll day/night to do things in puerto rico (long story but our flight back home leaves at 3:30 AM and changing it isnt an option at this point).. any suggestions?! i heard of this place about an hr away called bio bay (its a bioluminescence lagoon that looks awesomee) and i didnt know if that would be worth it to try and do?
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We booked our hotel for after our cruise at Casablanca hotel, i’ve read a ton of reviews on trip advisor and nothinbg but good reviews, and it cost us under 120.00 including taxes. It’s a cute little bed and breakfast located right in Old San Juan, and I believe close to port as well! Usually the farther from Old San Juan, the cheaper. There are some nice on the beach bed and breakfasts but those are closer to the airport and not port.
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@Stranger516: thanks for the pics! We are also wanting to do all those things – any chance that you could write a mini recap / review of Puerto Rico? which hotels you stayed in, what tours activities you did? I would LOVE to read about them!
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@Nic01: No problem! Here is in a nutshell what we did while we were there with a few pics:
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot:
Places we went:
- El Morro Fort/Castle in Old San Juan: Pretty cool! This is a picture taken from inside the fort looking out.
- Old San Juan (So much to see there! All these beautiful churches and museums and colorful restaurants and buildings.)
- Arecibo Observatory& Arecibo Lighthouse(SO wanted to see the observatory cause it was in a james bond movie, it is massive!)
- We went Jet Skiing around the southwest coast of Puerto Rico (You can get a brochure from any hotel you stay at and they’ll give you places to go) Below is a picture of our tour guide and his wife ( on the left.) I think they were just random people who owned numerous jet ski’s who would take people out for tours, it wasn’t like a tour company or anything. We found them through google. They were great! He let us stay out an extra hour for free, I think he was having just as much fun as we were lol.
- Kayaked in a bioluminescent bay at night (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!- we went in a 2 person kayak with a tour guide and about 6 other pairs of people and kayaked at night with no lights other than the moon through a channel covered with trees on both sides and over the top(see below at daytime.) The kayaks had glow sticks on the front and backs of them so we were able to follow each other. The water would glow every time there was movement and when you put the paddles in the water or touched the water: I’ve never seen anything like that in my life!)
- El Yunque Rainforest: Wear comfortable shoes! Lots of walking thorugh trails, they also let you swim under waterfalls so bring a bathinsuit!
It was a great time and we only stayed a few days but we got so much done and saw so much!
* Just remember to try and STAY IN TOURISTY AREAS! Puerto Rico is beautiful but like anywhere else it has it’s good places and its bad.*
Post # 10
@Stranger516: thank you!
I’m unable to see the pics 🙁
A couple of quick q’s..
how long did you stay at the Observatory? James Bond is the reason we are going there also…
Do you have the details for the jet ski ppl?
Which company did you use for the kayaking?
Did you do a tour in the rainforest, or did you simply hike the trails?
And…lastly.. did you rent a car, & if so, from whom?
Thanks heaps!! I’m so excited for PR!
Post # 11
@Nic01: Aw man the pics didn’t show up! I don’t know what happened.
We spent a day at the observatory and the lighthouse. Probably 2-3 hours total at the observatory. When we went they give you some time to walk around their museum which was pretty cool, a lot of science/space stuff. Then they make you watch like a 20 minute video on the history of it then take you out back to look at it. After that we went to the lighthouse which was nice, right on the water.
I wish I still had the details for the jetski people but I don’t 🙁 We googled kayaking puerto rico and we chose the cheapest one… their website looked professional and legitimate but once we met them they didn’t really seem so (the husband tour guide brought a bottle of vodka to keep in the compartment of the jetski and every time we stopped at a checkpoint he would take it out and drink some after giving us a history lesson lol) He was very nice and funny though and I am not complaining since again we got a free hour!
For the kayaking: There was a certain restaurant we went to that told us down the road was the bioluminescent bay so at night we went down and there were literally 8-10 kayak companies setting up to take people out, we just picked one that had an empty slot open. I don’t remember the name though but you can just find out where a bioluminescent bay is and see what days of the week they do tours.
We didn’t really do a tour, they let you walk through the trails on your own time so you can stop, take pictures, swim, etc. I am sure there are tours though.
We rented a car from a place called Poplar Auto. They sent a taxi to the airport to pick us up & drop us off.
Hope you have a great time!
Post # 12
@Stranger516: Thank you for all the info!! I’m glad that you had a good time! Enjoy being newlyweds!
Post # 13
@rachie576: Hi… my boyfriend and I went to Old San Juan a couple of years ago and had a fabulous time. You absolutely have to do the bioluminescence bay. It’s amazing and unlike anything you have ever done. It’s about a 2.5- 3 hour kayaking trip to the bay. You go through this narrow river through a forest to get there. The water actually glows blue. Really, you’ve got to do this. Just make sure you make reservations prior to arriving because it books up. We stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and Casino which is right by the pier. It was a nice hotel. There’s a pool on the roof. I don’t remember how much it was, but it definitely wasn’t more than $150/night.
There’s a lot to do in San Juan so you will have no trouble finding activities. We also went to El Yuque. It’s about an hour drive, if I remember, and close to the bioluminescence bay. We did it on the same day. Old San Juan is fun too. There’s a lot of shopping.
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@rachie576: We’re staying in the Villa Herencia! I’ll let you know how it is when we get back!
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@citysparkle: i think we are staying in that hotel the night before our cruise! and i really would like to go to el yunque and bio bay in the same day also, do you remember how you did it/which companies you used? any info on those two things would be amazing!! (i know it wasnt too recent but if you happen to remember)