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Tim
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:15 pm    Post subject: Puerto Rico Mini Tour Reply with quote

Puerto Rico Mini Tour

Perhaps I should have called this one The Old San Juan tour but I added the rain forest. Many cruise ship passengers are able to walk right off their ship and enjoy Old San Juan if they are at the docking area next to the town. Some dock outside the old harbor at another facility and require a cab ride in.

With the long layovers we suffer passing through to Grenada Old San Juan and its two forts provide a nice diversion. There are also some very nice (some quite expensive) restaurants in the old city. Last time there Fred and I discovered the “food court” with excellent Puerto Rico cooking and very reasonable prices. The taxi fare to or from the airport to El Moro is about $20.

Puerto Rico is a US possession but the language of most is Spanish. That said enough speak English that it usually does not become a problem for non Spanish speakers.

For many cruise lines it is a port of departure and most offer tours the end up at the airport and include the luggage transfer. A popular one I have not done is the Bacardi Rum tour. One I have and consider very worthwhile is the Rain Forest tour.

During the daytime Old San Juan is normally very safe but after dark some areas are not and muggings are common. I have walked alone over, around and through the Old City many times without incident but never in the dark.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some years ago, I worked for a company with a manufacturing plant in Guayama, PR. I was sent there to get the plant up and running, and spent 6 months there.

The forts are well worth the visit as is the old city. I spent weekends in San Juan and never felt threatened but was very aware of the surroundings and did not take any chances at night. There were many clubs and bars with music and dancing.

The trip over to the Bacardi Distillery is right from the cruise dock area and just across the bay.

Luquillo Beach on the northeast coast is one of the most beautiful you will see anywhere. I was there on Mothers' Day and absolutely no one else was there. The red firehouse in Ponce is quite a sight as is the southern (Caribbean) coast of PR. Most visitors only see San Juan, take a look at the rest of the island if you have the time.

We used to take our lunch to a deserted beach about 1 mile from the plant, swim for about 30 minutes, eat and return to work for the rest of the day. Au naturale and very idyllic. Even a couple of girls from the office joined us.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can expand porn sites to visit in Puerto Rico? heartbeat Just love voice to text!

Let's see if I can type better: Can the group expand on sites to visit in Puerto Rico?


Reasonable, clean hotels. Cultural foods to try...good seafood restaurants, festivals late July early August. A sixteen year old will be attached to Granddad, best beaches... and oh yes a day sailing cruise with snorkeling is a must. Intend to visit Vieques! Will rent car. A package in lieu of Diamant!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fred, if you are renting a car I can recommend a visit to the Arecibo Observatory -http://www.naic.edu/

When we were last in Puerto Rico we rented a car and apart from visiting Arecibo we also went to Lares a small town in the mountains and discovered an ice cream store called Heladeria Lares which sold ice cream with really weird flavors (in fact it has featured on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmeman) flavours like onion, garlic, beetroot and some even more exotic flavours. Apparently this store has now closed due to the death of the owner but another store has opened up in the town selling the same strange ice cream flavors and is called Heladeria El Grito.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 2008 Bill and I sailed on Arabella on her “Spanish Virgin Islands” itinerary because it included Vieques. The bioluminescence of Mosquito Bay, aka Bio Bay, was amazing. But I read in a weekly news magazine, The Week (5/16/14), that the bay is losing its bioluminescence and has been partially closed to tourists for 2 months so that scientists can study the situation. Some tour companies have stopped taking tourists because the glow has become so faint. Another result of climate change and/or pollution?
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