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2071 Cacique Street, Ocean Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00911, Caribbean

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Palacio Rojo - Old San JuanPalacio Rojo - Old San Juan

Old San Juan StreetOld San Juan Street

San Felipe del Morro in the DistanceSan Felipe del Morro in the Distance

Inside Cathedral of San JuanInside Cathedral of San Juan

Forum Posts

Caribe Hilton/Walking Distance

by jennem1

I'm confused by a discrepancy among reviews. In June we will be staying at the Caribe Hilton for 5 days. Some reviews say it is a "nice walk" to Old San Juan, restaurants, Condado, etc. Others say the big downside of the resort is that "nothing is within walking distance." Which is it? We are New Yorkers, for us "walking distance" is anything within 30 minutes/1 mile at a reasonable pace. Can we walk to restaurants in that time frame?

Re: Caribe Hilton/Walking Distance

by jennem1

Totally confused now. Several people said that Condado is a 20 minute walk...isn't that a retail/restaurant area?

Re: Caribe Hilton/Walking Distance

by Jefie

Hi! I stayed at the Condado Plaza in February, just across the bridge from the Caribe Hilton. It should indeed take you about 15-20 minutes to reach the restaurants located in the Condado area, and there's plenty of choice on Ashford Avenue (I'd recommend Yerba Buena and Waikiki, and someone at our hotel also recommended Ajili Mojili and Ropa Vieja). So even though there isn't much *right next* to the Hilton Caribe, there are plenty of restaurants within what I consider walking distance. As for Old San Juan, it should take you about 30-45 minutes (depending on how fast you walk) to get there. We walked from the Condado Plaza to Old San Juan every day and really enjoyed it. Hope this helps!

Re: Caribe Hilton/Walking Distance

by Dabs

We stayed at the Caribe in January and it took us 30-40 minutes to walk to Old San Juan so I'd estimate that it was closer to 1 1/2-2 miles. I like to walk (helps burn off all those calories!) so I didn't think it was a bad walk, for some people a couple of blocks and they are done.

Before we left some people even suggested to us not to do the walk after dark although we certainly didn't have any problems during the day or early evening. If you are going in June when I assume it will be hotter than in January, it may also be an uncomfortably warm walk if you are not leaving in the early morning.

I think there was also a bus, taxis are a bit pricey in San Juan, fixed rate and geared towards gouging cruise ship passengers.

Re: Caribe Hilton/Walking Distance

by Ysamar

It is like a 40 minute walk, the only problem about walking there is the excrutiating heat during summer time and the uneven cobblestones in old san juan.

Travel Tips for San Juan

Walking around San Juan

by HispanicYob

Just walking around the downtown area is a wonder on itself. It ain't no different from any other big city, but you can smell culture in the air. There's always some good cumbia music playing out of a window somewhere.

Avoid rush hour traffic if possible

by virtualpatrick

With the major roadways into and out of San Juan or any other major cities in Puerto Rico, try to avoid rush hour traffic. It's basically a semi-standstill situation. To avoid traffic within the major cities, travel the major roads between 10:00a - 3:00p, evening, or early morning hours.

Travelling the 20 or so miles from Humacao to Cagua enroute to San Juan along Route 30 took 45 minutes.

In the picture, note that the shoulders of the road is used by the locals as a driving lane when in traffic. Also notice the pickup truck delivering plantains, yum.

visit the San Cristobal...

by pacus3rd

visit the San Cristobal Fort.......
Unlike El Morro fort,whose main job was prevent enemy ships from entering the harbor,San Cristobal protected the land approaches to san Juan from the East.
This massive fortification was first tested in 1797 battle when Sir Ralph abercromy's 7,000 British troops unsuccesfully attacked the city.

Packing for the heat

by Dabs

It was hot, hot, hot when we were in San Juan so pack for warm weather, shorts or capri pants are appropriate during the day, bring along a hat to keep the sun off your head. A good pair of walking shoes is also a must I'm fair skinned so I slather on 50 SPF sunblock, the sun is pretty intense Bring small bills with you for cab fare, it's best to just have the exact amount so you can hand it to the taxi driver

The Guavate Experience

by gdilieto

Every Puerto Rican will object to a weekend day-trip from San Juan to Guavate being an "Off the beaten path" experience, being Guavate probably the most-popular weekend destinations for Puerto Ricans. True, but as a matter of fact for tourists and travelers it might be a very unexpected destination. Like for me, that ended up in Guavate on a Sunday afternoon almost by chance.

The "Guavate Recreational Area" - usually referred to as simply "Guavate" - is the place in the Central Mountains where Puerto Ricans gather on weekend days to enjoy traditional food, Caribbean music and the mountain. It is properly a few-mile-long area packed with family-style eateries serving roasted whole pig along with other delicacies from Puerto Rican traditional cuisine. While the roasted pig gets slowly roasted, salsa and reggaetón flow and time concentrates on having fun.

The road up and through Guavate is lined with those lechoneras (eateries so called because they serve lechón asado) and there is plenty of choices of places to eat and have some good time. I don't have a specific place to recommend, I just stopped by one which was crowded enough to make me comfortable it was a place of choice of the locals. Other than lechón asado you will find on the menus other local specialties such as arroz con grandules (rice with peageon peas), pasteles (tamal-like savory cakes in banana leaves), morcilla (pork blood sausage stuffed with rice), mofongo (mashed fried plantain) and other things. All the eateries are very down-to-earth places with the food served at the counter in cardboard plates and where you will have to find yourself, clean and at the end of the meal clear your table.

Note the traffic can be jammed and the line at the eateries long, so set yourself at a slow pace and allow plenty of time. Guavate is alive in the weekend and holiday days from the morning through the late afternoon/early evening, when the crowd gets on their way back home.

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