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Palomino Island

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Address: 1000 El Conquistador Ave, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787 863 1000
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Activities: Scuba diving
Description: A private island where Wyndham El Conquistador guests are often ferried...
A private island where Wyndham El Conquistador guests are often ferried for more water activities.
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Great Snorkeling - Staff at the Restaurant - Rude Late in the Day

Love the ferry over to Palomino Island. Snorkeling was excellent and the price for renting fins for the day was very reasonable, even though we could have rented for the week off... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Chapel Hill, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Love the ferry over to Palomino Island. Snorkeling was excellent and the price for renting fins for the day was very reasonable, even though we could have rented for the week off property for less $. If you have kids make sure to do the Scout About scavenger hunt. The downside is that the bartender at the restaurant was extremely... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My experience there was just awful. You might as well just go to Luquillo beach. Palomino Island is filled with sharp rocks that will hurt your feet. There is a nice view tho, but no shade so you better bring sunscreen. They also make you spend 15 minutes on a sickening boat ride to get there. SO not worth it...... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If staying at El Conquistador, you must spend at least one day on the island. The beach is lovely, the servers from the restaurant are helpful and gracious and the views are not to be missed! Plan for a whole day of laying in the sun, playing in the water and relaxing.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Palomino Island's Iguana Cafe was a great little spot for a quick bite on the beach. The staff was extremely personable and even the wait staff that was not waiting on our table stopped to talk to my son about the shells he found while snorkeling. The pizza was a good size for kids at approximately 8 inches. The fruit... More 

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Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stayed at the El Conquistador and the free ferries over to the island were very convenient. The island had iguana's roaming freely and climbing trees - which impressed my 8 year old. There is a beach area with many lounge chairs some of which are in the shade. They have a restaurant, bar, horseback riding, wave runners, kayaks, snorkeling... More 

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Monteal, Quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Semi-private island with a surprisingly good quick eatery - lots of chaises in both sun and shade - and a selection of 'beach' games. You can hike to the top of the 'hill' to enjoy the view - and there's an OK reef off to the right as you stand on the dock that offers pretty nice snorkeling. As guests... More 

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Redlands, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The swimming and snorkeling are fine here. The island is small and has a few fun restaurants where you can sip a rum drink after a swim. The water is clear and a beautiful blue color. Snorkeling I saw a myriad of creatures including a sand shark. There is even a hike to the top where there is a 360... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We took a ferry to Palomino Island from the El Conquistador Resort. It was roughly a 10 min trip ( not far at all) Beach was okay but the horse back riding was pretty cool. They took us to the top of the mountain and we could see St. Thomas from where we were. Horses were friendly as well as... More 

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Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Did not love the beach, but the staff was really friendly, had a good time in the sun, the ferry is free from the hotel and the views are very good.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Loved the peacefulness of Palomino. From the Ferry Ride over to the Relaxing time on the beach. While the food was just okay I really can't complain. The sea and sand and drinks more than made up for it. The service and water sports were wonderful. We spent most of our time in PR on the island. Highly recommended!

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