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  • Walking

    San Juan Favorites

    Walk, walk, walk. I would recommend that you park the car at the municipal parking lot located at the 'Paseo de la Princesa' and start your wandering through the wonderful streets in Old San Juan. Wandering around Old San Juan through the old cobblestone streets and the small quaint alleyways. For more pictures of streets found here in Old San...

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  • Weather

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    Get used to the weather of Puerto Rico. It sometimes rain early in the morning and then the whole afternoon it becomes sunny. Before our group left for Puerto Rico, we invited a Puerto Rican guy to give us information about the weather of Puerto Rico. He told us that growing up in Puerto Rico, they used to play with the rain since it rains almost...

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  • El Yunque Rainforest

    San Juan Favorites

    One of the main things I wanted to do when we were in San Juan was to visit this rainforest. It is unique in the Caribbean and in the National Park/Forest system of the US. You should stop at the Visitor's Center first to find out about the park. They have a film (both in Spanish and English) narrated by Jimmy Smits Unfortunately it is really hard...

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  • Getting around Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    Driving in Puerto Rico is a lot of fun. A lot of people warned me that Puerto Ricans drive badly but the reality is that they drive in the subjective. That is to say, they drive as if the rules of the road are a bit fuzzy or open to interpretation or common sense. Instead of saying something like "You must stop for a red light" you should think of...

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  • Forts

    San Juan Favorites

    El Moro is the predominant fort that most people notice as it is a big landmark in the harbor, especially if you approach or leave by cruise ship. It also has it's own site on Virtual Tourist. But there is another big San Juan fort and my guide convinced me that this fort was very worthy of a visit. It is not only a part of the a San Juan National...

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  • Local flora/fauna

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    The flora and fauna in Puerto Rico is gorgeous. They have beautiful mountains crowded with lush trees! And, those trees and flowers are beautiful... I just loved taking pictures of the wild flowers

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  • Plazas

    San Juan Favorites

    Located in Old San Juan's main square on San Jose' Street is PLAZA DE ARMAS or ARMS SQUARE. It features four statues representing the four seasons and has served as a social meeting place for generations.

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  • Architechture

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    El Morro was awesome. There is no doubt that this is a must see in Puerto Rico. The history is amazing and the views are breathtaking! Walking the grounds of El Morro and the adjoining Cemetery are a photographic dream!

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  • "Adoquines"

    San Juan Favorites

    Since I was a child I had always wondered about these "blue brick streets" and while on my last visit to Old San Juan I asked my mom. Mom told me that the cobble stoned streets in Old San Juan are paved with these beautiful blue stones called adoquine. They are blue stone cast from furnace slag which were brought over on Spanish ships as ballasts....

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  • View from women's bathroom

    This is crazy I know, but the view from the porch in the women's bathroom in El Morro is amazing! It is high enough and there is nothing in front to block a complete view. I'd say it is the best view at El Morro!

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  • Class system in Puerto Rico

    There is still an existing class system in Puerto Rico- meaning that the rich have their own maids/helpers. This is a remnant from the Spanish regime. The landowners (hacienderos) have their own helpers/workers (not considered employees) in their plantations.The rich people (the older ones) do not eat in the same place as their workers.The rich...

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  • Managing your time in Puerto Rico

    Travelling with a big group is really difficult and a real challenge because each one has their own agendum. If you are travelling with a group and you know that each one is very responsible, it is better to have a meeting place that is at the center of San Juan and that it is easy to find and divide the group into two or three's or four's...

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  • The flora and fauna in Puerto Rico

    The flora and fauna in Puerto Rico is gorgeous. They have beautiful mountains crowded with lush trees! And, those trees and flowers are beautiful... I just loved taking pictures of the wild flowers

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  • The food in Puerto Rico

    The food in Puerto Rico is so great. I had the best Spanish rice! Their tamales are also great! And, those fried planteens are delicious! The best thing about the Spanish food is that they mix their rice with black beans or pigeon peas. This is very healthy. I also like the idea of having planteens as the side dish! The food is wonderful! I love...

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  • The Cocqui Noise

    The first night in Indiera, Maricao, I slept fine because I was extremely tired from travelling. That night, the Cocqui noise didn't bother me at all. Cocqui is a small frog and they make this noise that sounds like Ko-ki. There are so many of them and they make this very loud noise. The second night, the Cocqui noise was louder and it gets...

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  • The weather in Puerto Rico

    Get used to the weather of Puerto Rico. It sometimes rain early in the morning and then the whole afternoon it becomes sunny. Before our group left for Puerto Rico, we invited a Puerto Rican guy to give us information about the weather of Puerto Rico. He told us that growing up in Puerto Rico, they used to play with the rain since it rains almost...

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  • Enjoy the drive

    Driving in Puerto Rico is a lot of fun. A lot of people warned me that Puerto Ricans drive badly but the reality is that they drive in the subjective. That is to say, they drive as if the rules of the road are a bit fuzzy or open to interpretation or common sense. Instead of saying something like "You must stop for a red light" you should think of...

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  • A Caribbean surprise

    One thing that slowly dawned on me over the course of our visit, was that Puerto Rico is not very touristy. Old San Juan is, but the city and island as a whole are not. Puerto Rico is a wowrking and comparatively thriving island economy, with the business of finance and education, government and commerce taking place in San Juan and most...

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  • Weather Watch

    Correct! So, just be prepared for the worst (e.g., torrential rains, heavy downpours, gloomy skies, etc.) around then, but also that the weather may be on your side this August as the climate is changing with "global warming." We may never know. Let's hope for the best. Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Puerto Rico!

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  • Things to SEE & DO in Puerto Rico

    There are surprisingly many things to do & see in Puerto Rico. And it is just more than beaches, crazy parties, rums and casinos. I had the wonderful privilege of being "toured around" by locals and had seen pretty much everything the island has to offer through their eyes. I have a list of year-round events, but I don't have the file with me right...

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  • Puerto Rico Weather and Feasts

    I just had a long conversation with my good PR friend about the concerns you've raised here regarding the weather. Similar to what was noted in the above on-line link re: temperature, the subjective conclusion of people who know PR the best because they come from there is that the tropical weather of PR makes it an ideal location year-round as it...

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  • Attempts to save very rare Green Parrot...

    You might see in the trees of El Yunque these metal objects, huge pipes which are being used for conservation efforts for the green parrot. These are a bit rusty and snugly situated in the trees. You will also notice that there are camouflaged decks from which the scientists can observe the birds if they do use the pipes for nesting.Why save them?...

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  • Immigration Check when coming from USA...

    Regarding your question about what immigration papers they check in Puerto Rico if you're arriving from NY or NJ: Just arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday and nothing was checked...as in nothing. We just got our luggages and that was it...no immigration...Of course we had our US pasports, birth certificates for the kids and driver's licences but they...

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  • El Morro

    El Morro was awesome. There is no doubt that this is a must see in Puerto Rico. The history is amazing and the views are breathtaking! Walking the grounds of El Morro and the adjoining Cemetery are a photographic dream!

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  • Street Food: Cheap Dining Alternative

    Food from local food/fruit vendors is quite cheap in Puerto Rico! We drove all over Puerto Rico and stopped for food/fruits sold in street corners/stands. The chicken/pork pinchos (meat skewered in sticks or barbecue) are delicious and very inexpensive. I'd say budget around $15-20/day for food per person for this kind of travel-related dining...

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  • Que Pasa!

    If you want the straight story on what to see and do in Puerto Rico, pick up your free copy of Que Pasa! This magazine is available all over San Juan, in shops, restaurants, hotels, and other public places. It contains a useful map of the island, one of San Juan, and a plethora of advertisements for tour groups. For more information, go...

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  • Wild Dogs

    They are everywhere. Roaming with the toungue dangling, dripping dry. On the constant hunt for food rations. Nipples worn out swaying low for years of sucking. On mountain passes, they get more crooked and broke, hobbling tri-pods of blind turns. Mutted beyond belief.

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  • Mail and the current state of...

    It must be a huge custodian key pile dangling from Mr. Mailman. The jiggle of all those keys must attract a couple of mountain-road stray dogs. I don't want to deliver mail in Puerto Rico.

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  • The Fauna

    Driving a paper-thin two lane road through swaps on the way out of Piñones we come to a halt. A clan of goats are being coralled by a jalopy, piloted by a wrinkly tanned-skin one toother man. He pulls adjacent to our open window, grinning and making kiss sounds to the goats. I exchanged the "I speak no spanish but like your humor" smile back at...

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  • These birds

    In a rush to Piñones we parked the car shoreside. No rules, you can pull you car right into the water if you have the amphibious type. No designated parking spots, just pull between the trees. Get out walk, onto the sand and swim for a minute. Do submerge your skin, than look around in the bushes you might find one of these bastards.

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  • Beautiful Beaches and Lovely...

    To savor the local food. Alot of the local food is seasoned with a mixture of spices called Sazon. Roadside stands are everywhere, and the food is cheap- and oh so awesome.The beaches-Crashboat, and Luquillo Beach are my two favorite Walking along the beach, listening to the ocean crash against the sand, collecting shells. What a peaceful, and...

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  • North Shore must see

    There is really no one thing, but the thing everyone should do is drive around the north shore. Travel books you read, say that the south is the best. Although the currents are rougher on the north coast. The huge rocks have formed small secluded pools were the waters are safe and there are no waves. The beaches, and the food. Oh and the coffee...

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  • Drinks

    For beer a great drink in Puerto Rico try Medalla. It is a light beer white a good flavor. A great drink for a hot day on the beach.For rum try Don Q. It is the drink of choice with locals. Don Q Crystal or clear rum is the most popular. They also have Don Q Gold and Don Q Limon as well.A great drink to take to the beach for a day is limoncillo....

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  • Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

    A hurricane ripped through the eastern side of the island in 1989. The islanders credit the rainforest for acting as a buffer system; preventing much of the island from major damage. Also, this year a tropical storm system passed through doing significant damage to the island. Clean up crews are magnificent, but damage is likely to still be visible...

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  • Iguanas are Everywhere!!!

    Just wanted to let everyone know to expect an encounter with an iguana if you are traveling outside of metropolitan San Juan. I thought it was awesome to see these creatures crawling around unabashedly to get the best spot in the sun. If you are afraid of them do not worry they are pretty harmless. Most of them will scurry away if approached and...

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  • Map of Puerto Rico

    Here is a map of the island which highlights not only cities, but El Yunque, and other points of interest.

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  • Enter into the general...

    Enter into the general party atmosphere. You will find music and dance all over the Island. The plena and bomba are 'typical' Puertorican music forms that have their roots in the spanish/african/indigenous mix of the Puerto Rican people.The tune being played here is 'seis' written for the Puertorican stringed instrument - the cuatro.

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  • Avoid rush hour traffic if possible

    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 along...

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  • Best Puerto Rico Websites

    www.gotopuertorico.comThis is the main tourism website of Puerto Rico.www.travelandsports.comFor what to see and do in Puerto Rico. Website is in various languages and contains telephone numbers and websites for more info.www.travelmaps.comFor detailed city maps and major tourist areas in Puerto Rico. Maps are annotated with major attractions....

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  • Spanish is definitely useful:)

    Before I went to PR, everyone told me I could get by without knowing Spanish. Keep in mind that I only knew very basic words--I'm much more of a German/Russian speaker, which isn't saying too much. So, in San Juan, there was no problem. Then I got a rental car. EVERYTHING written is in Spanish and in Fajardo, to communicate with people, you should...

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  • Days of the Week

    Abbreviations for Days of the Week. I have no idea why Tuesday is represented by a K.D domingo - SundayL lunes - MondayK martes - TuesdayM miercoles - WednesdayJ Jueves - ThursdayV viernes - FridayS sabado - Saturday

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  • Visiting J.D. in January, 1991

    After I earned the free ticket from my misadventures from the Washington, DC area to Madrid, I spent all summer 1990 wondering where (within the USA) I would go. Mama suggested I give it to Grandma so she could visit Aunt Natalie in California. That couldn't be done as it was non-transferrable. However, when I got back to university that autumn,...

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  • El Morro

    El Morro, officially known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay.

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  • have a tour of the BACARDI RUM...

    have a tour of the BACARDI RUM factory. They say that this is the original one that the family started. The ones in Mexico and Cuba came later. Find out what the bat symbolizes! :-)www.bacardi.comBacardi-site

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  • take a look at some links...

    take a look at some links LINKS: www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/caribbean/puerto_rico/index.htmLonely Planetwww.caribbeansupersite.com/puertorico/sanjuanaccom.htmIsland Connoisseur www.prhta.org/main.htmHotel and Tourism Associationwww.prtourism.com/aboutus.htmPuerto Rico Tourism Companywww.buscame.com/citiview/cvhomepage010.htmCitiview of...

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