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Great hotel for an active family on a budget?

by jennem1

I am looking at Puerto Rico packages and am flustered by the hotel choices! We are two parents and a six-year-old and are very active--swimming, hiking, kayaking, eating out, historical stuff. We want to be on or very close to the beach, at a hotel with a pool. Not interested in casinos or Myrtle-Beach-Touristy strip mall areas. We want to see Old San Juan and the rainforest, and would like to eat at local non-hotel restaurants. We'll rent a car if parking at the hotel is reasonable and can get to Old San Juan/rainforest in an hour, unless we're at a place with easy transportation. So what hotel is the best bet, in terms of easy access to what we want to do? Give me recommendations and I'll check prices!

Re: Great hotel for an active family on a budget?

by grandmaR

Old San Juan is walkable and there is a trolley. But the El Yunque Rainforest is a good long trip outside the city especially at high traffic times. Maybe an hour or hour and a half. We left the city about 1030 on a Friday (we were in a van which picked us up from the docks at 0930 but we had to pick up some people from various hotels) and we got to the Visitor's Center by 1115 but we left to come back after lunch at about 1330 and did not arrive back at the docks until 1515. It was Sociable Friday you see.

Unfortunately I can make no hotel recommendations because I've only been by cruise ship.

Re: Great hotel for an active family on a budget?

by monica71

Have you considered checking out the following sites and look for an apartment?
You can get a really nice apartment for around $100 per night. We always rent apartments since you get more space for the money and they come with a fully equipped kitchen. Sometimes eating in your room is very nice after an active day. I think you will also appreciate the extra room you will have in the apartment since you have a 6 years old with you.

I can tell you that we will rent again here:

Travel Tips for San Juan


by LoriPori

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth of the United States of America. It is also the oldest city within U.S. territory. Puerto Rico is the smallest and easternmost island of the Greater Antilles, which also includes Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica.
The island is rectangular in shape, covering an area of over 3,400 square miles. It measures 110 miles from east to west and 35 miles from north to south. Puerto Rico has 272 miles of coastline with many gorgeous beaches.
There are about 3.7 million people on the island and nearly 1.5 million in San Juan.

Tourist information office

by Waalewiener

The Little House ( ''La Casita '' )home of the Puerto Rico Tourism ,Co.Information Center.
Open monday - wednesday 8.30 am -8 pm.Thurs & Friday until 5.30 Saterd& Sunday
9am - 8pm. Tel 787.722-1709. Everything we saw that day left a very good memory.

See the lighthouse .......that...

by pacus3rd

See the lighthouse .......that have stood on el morro fifth level.
the first one was constructed in 1846, the second lighthouse replaced in 1876 and the third 1899-1900.
El morro Lighthouse took a direct hit during the Spanish-American war bombardment,but the brick foundation was salvaged and reused to erect the lighthouse in use here today.
This aid to navigation still serves to help ships to enter San Juan Harbor,one of the busiest port in the caribbean.

Some things u must have

by LaFlaka

I brought 1 carry on and 1 large suite case, and it was too much! Depending on when u go, I went in June...thats not the best time at all to go. We did because we had no choice. anyways I wore alot of tank tops during this time. Clothes that your body can breathe in..linen, cotton, deffinately no clothes with spandex in them or'll be over heated. Oh, and even in jean shorts...gets too hot! Dress light Mosquito spray for sure! And a cream for bug bites for when u get to itchy! Lots of Sunblock. And something for headaches! Anykind will do.....Who wants to drag around all kinds of equipment...unless thats what ya do...I didn't....Your too busy going from place to place its just a pain to have alot with around with less...make it simple! Obviously bathing suite, extra one as well. Few big beach towels...depends on when u go weather u need a light jacket or not, December to February maybe a jacket at night. When ya go through the Mountains to see the river, make sure you keep your camera put away when not in use, or your cell phones (I dont use on vacation) I seen a guy trying to hike in the mountains while climbing a rock he dropped his phone in the water!!! And their towels dragged through the streams! Keep everything put away until u get to where u want to be! Just be wise : ) Bring enough to drink and enough food that you think you will need....U can never have enough liquids....Bring lots! Becareful! Bring also the right shoes make sure they have good traction! I made the mistake of wearing sandals because we weren't told ahead of time...The locals just go barefoot when climbing.

Driving through the El Yunque Rain Forest

by wilocrek

Driving through the rain forest is a unique and exhilarating experience! The roads are extremely narrow and they weave around the rain forest like a snake. The sharp curves in the road will make you feel like a race car driver but I would caution against driving like one as there are numerous blind spots. So take it easy on the gas and enjoy a ride through the lush, green, dense rain forest of El Yunque, its definitely one of the highlights of visiting Puerto Rico!


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