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“Driving in Puerto Rico”
Review of San Juan Bay

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

I can't believe no one ever mention the crazy driving in PR. We arrived and were constantly lost. Not for lack of directions, but the road signs are vague or nonexistent or the ones we loved were the ones we saw placed after the exit. We even got directions twice from the Sheraton concierge and they were WRONG! She didn't know this but the google map she printed had the wrong highway name. We devised a way to stay on track. We used the google map milage and our trip meter and turned when it was time. This worked 90% of the time. I must add that you can not go to PR and not rent a car. We went north, south, east and west for our day trips and if we were stuck in San Juan I would have been very upset. Just remember to leave with plenty of time to spare and if your partner and you don't get along it will definitely test your nerves!!

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

My wife and I spent 4 days in San Juan in early December 2011, prior to a 15 day cruise on the Princess CL Caribbean Princess. There was much to see and we especially enjoyed the Fort(s). It was interesting to see how people lived in the times the fort was constructed. The view from the fort is awesome. There are many shops around the fort, some very good, some not so good. We both walked about 5 hours and wore blisters on our feet -- in our broken-in walking shoes. You may want to break the excursion up into 2 days. The ferry to the Baccardi Rum factory also leaves from the same area. the factory "tour" really isn't a tour. It is sort of a "museum" thing. BUT, the free rum drinks are good, and they don't really seem to count your trips to get drink tickets -- I know of two people who had 12 drinks (not strong drinks by the way.. The usual "sample drink" mix). The Baccardi "tour" is a fun thing. Go if you can. Oh, and the tour is FREE - and it costs only 50 cents for the ferry to the island the factory is on -- about a 5 minute ride.

Overall the food in San Juan is quite good, and for you fast food fanatics there are the usual fast food places too. The biggest drawback to San Juan is that, unless you are in Olde San Juan, it is a 15-20 dollar taxi ride to get almost anywhere in the city. Just and advisory -- plan your day in advance, it can get pretty expensive if you run back and forth to the hotel.
We had planned to rent a car and drive around the island, and check out all the lighthouses. However, we weere caught up in a small villge festival of some sort and by the time we could "escape" it was much too late for oiur planned drive. If you sholud like to drive here PLAN AHEAD! Also, the traffic in San Juan is awful and the drivers are pretty rude.

All in all the trip was fine. However, I would advise anyone planning to take the Princess 15 day Caribbean cruise to think about it. The trip on the ship got pertty old after the first week AND the second week is a repeat of the first week on the cruise ship (the islands also begin to seem to be all the same) the menu is an exact repeat and the entertainment is also a duplicate of the prior week.

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Reviewed January 13, 2012

The bay is a bay, but the walk at the base of El Morro is something else. It can get hot under the sun and you will be amused by the many feral cats that, if not chomping on donated tins of cat food, are busy stalking small lizards in the evening. Never-the-less, this is one of the more romantic strolls in Old San Juan and worthwhile if you've seen enough of jewelry shops and hawkers of trinkets.

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Reviewed August 18, 2011

When visiting Puerto Rico, make sure to make a stop in Old San Juan. There is always something going on there during the weekends. The major of San Juan provides various outdoor activities for locals which are also enjoyable for tourists. Check out Paseo la Princesa on Saturday or Sunday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There you can hang out and meet artisans, taste different street snacks, and enjoy local culture. This is a popular outdoor activity for Puertorican families on weekends. When Puertoricans leave their country, they become very nostalgic and bring their thoughts back to this enchanting city.

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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We arrived in San Juan as our first port of call on our cruise, it was so beautiful arriving in the early morning to the sun rising, what an interesting place, the people are friendly and helpful, the food was wonderful, the jewellery shopping was great, One of the best places to go to buy Diamonds, Tanzanite - go to Effie Jewellers, they will look after you well, the staff were very helpful and gave us good advise, if you purchase something from this shop and change your mind you can exchange it at another Effie Jewellers at St Thomas, on our next port of call, The best part is it is tax free and duty free.
Will be going back here for sure.

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