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Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

Cary, North Carolina
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Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

We (couple with two sons, 18 & 20, and one son's girlfriend) are planning a spring break trip March 7-11 to Puerto Rico. What area would you recommend? We would like to minimize travel time, have a nice beach (probably ocean front accommodations), nice pool, see some historic sights, eat the local cuisine, buy some local things, enjoy rain forest, hiking, snorkeling, some drinking, a little casinos--we want the kids to have a fun time so they will continue to vacation with us! We've been going round and round and finally decided Puerto Rico would be best, but now have to pick an area and hotel, and I feel we are running out of time. Any advice would be helpful.

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1. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

The place to accommodate all of your interests would be Isla Verde Beach in Metro San Juan. Consider the Intercontinental Hotel. You will need to rent a vehicle to do everything on your list.

Cleveland, Ohio
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2. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

Agreed Isla Verde. There are vacation rentals as well as the Condo Hotel ESJ Towers on the Beach. Hotels will charge you $15/20 a day to aprk a car. Condo usually included a spot. If you are not renting a car you can take the Bus over to Old San Juan, Cabs are also available at the hotels. For anything outside of San Juan, you will want to rent a car.

Boston, MA
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3. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

Hi Allison, You might also want to consider the El San Juan in Isla Verde, basically the same water front location as the intercontinental. They both have great pools and share a beach where the water sports ( jetskis, para sailing and banana boat ) are located. The El San Juan however, has a much better casino and great nightlife for both parents and kids. Brava, the onsite nightclub is very hot for your sons age group and hotel guests skip the line and the cover charge. Additionally, there are more good restaurants at the El San Juan, altho Ruth's Chris is at the Intercontinental. You can easily take a day trip to the Rain Forest and luquillo beach or take the bus to the historic districty, Old San Juan

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4. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

Th two hotels are right next to each other and you can walk over from the Intercontinental if you wish. I believe the Intercontinental gets better reviews on TripAdvisor.

Mays Landing, New...
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5. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

Remember Puerto Rico is not a big spring break area.

So don't be thinking it will be like Florida at spring break.

Boston, MA
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6. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

True, the hotels are side by side, but if you are not a guest at the El San Juan, you can stand in a long line for Brava. It was always a comfort to us, when our kid was 18 -20, that we knew he was partying onsite. How many of the reviews for either hotel are written by people 18-20?

Edited: 9:10 am, February 14, 2014
7. Re: Spring break trip to Puerto Rico

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