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.
This is the main tourism website of Puerto Rico.
For what to see and do in Puerto Rico. Website is in various languages and contains telephone numbers and websites for more info.
For detailed city maps and major tourist areas in Puerto Rico. Maps are annotated with major attractions. Their Old San Juan map is all you need to do your walking tour.
Que Pasa! magazine is a monthly publication which tells you what's going on in Puerto Rico. You can go to the website to download an electronic version of the magazine OR you can pick up your copy of Que Pasa! as soon as you land in San Juan airport - just go to the Puerto Rico Tourism Information Desk near the baggage claim area.
This site gives a pretty good practical info on San Juan.
Drive north on 987 until the road ends. There is a little park there with easy parking, nice little cement benches and a view east. It is lovely to sit there and let the warm trade winds blow on you while you snuggle with a loved one after dark, eat a picnic lunch, savor a cup of coffee in the morning, etc.
Plenty of families and kids running around, but it was not 'noisy'.
Fondest memory: The trade winds from the east. Always warm, always from the east and always about 15 mph. If you close your eyes, breathe deeply and imagine you can almost smell Africa.
Favorite thing: Fajardo is a perfect 'middle of the road' carribean vacation spot. Not the nicest, not the cheapest, not the most beautiful. But, not the worst either. If you want a cheap (kinda) place to crash for a couple of days of fun and sun, check it out.
Take the flight to St. Thomas. Ride in a native owned taxi.
Fondest memory: Two or three things are fond memories of Fajardo. Firstly, I spent my 50th birthday there. Secondly was my flight to St. Thomas, and being stranded there. Thirdly, the resort didn't offer free pick-up at the airport and we had to get a ride back. We flagged a local taxi. The headliner was hanging down, almost in our faces. The sliding door was closed with the pull of a rope which a friend held on to on the ride back. The paint was of many colors. We were given a tour few tourist see - right through the slums of Fajardo. To top the day off we hoped we'd not be delivered to the very front enterance - no such luck. He drove right up like all the big black limos and opened the door. All the red caps turned their heads like they didn't see anything. We were all laughing so we could hardly stand.