Puerto Rico Tourist Traps

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Puerto Rico Tourist Traps

  • Hard Rock Cafe

    San Juan Tourist Traps

    Of course, there's a Hard Rock Cafe in San Juan, and so many gringos would rather stay with the tried and true (expensive hamburgers and beers) than dare to try other chow places. Too bad. There are actually very few true Puerto Rican restaurants in the Old City, and not too many souvenir stores run by locals. That's not bad, but there are one or...

  • taxi

    We called a taxi from the Hilton Hotel to the harbour as we had to start our cruise in the caribbean region. Well, after 25 minutes, through the city center, we finally reached the harbour. We spent about 40 dollars if I'm not wrong, and we left the taxi very happy... Well, when we came back, we took again a taxi and...? 2 to 3 minutes later we...

  • The Bacardi Rum tour!

    The Bacardi rum tour is a tourist trap...albeit, one that rewards you with 2 drinks of your choice! The ferry ride is free from San Juan and the tour is free! The only thing you pay for is the taxi ride from the dock to the plant...3.00 if you share with a few people! You can take a local bus for nearly nothing if you don't mind taking a tour of...

  • Tour Packages aren't always better

    You do not have to join a tour to visit the sites! Old San Juan, El Morro, San Christobal, El Yunque, the Rio Camuy caves, Arebico Radio dish are all easily day trips out of San Juan and you do not need to join pricey tours to see them. When we first arrived the concierge at our hotel told us that El Yunque was not accessible by car and that she...

  • Small towns/small stores

    In the big city things will be more costly. Get away to smaller towns & find stores like Pitusa, Kmart or Walmart. They'll usually have somethings puertorican that you can buy to take home with you. The small local clothing stores also have a nice variety of items. Just take out money only what you think you'll need to spend. Then put the rest...

  • Get out of Isla Verde!!

    With a string of hotels come tourist traps. In Isla Verde, there are many of both. The best places to eat are the ones that have the more rundown look. Lupi's on Ave Isla Verde is a popular place among tourist. For this reason, the food is expensive as well as the drinks. It does have a good atmosphere, though. Oyster Bar is another popular place...


    Robbery and theft does happen occasionally as any place else, but you need not be concerned. Just don't be too careless. Women can wear as much jewelry as they want anywhere (as the locals do) with no fear.

  • Best time to go

    The peak tourist season is between December and April, but this has more to do with the climate in U.S. mainland than anything else. The best time to avoid the crowds is the low season between May and November, which is also hurricane season (June-November). Climate and Time An agreeable climate is one of Puerto Rico's most attractive...

  • I think I'm getting old

    I stayed at the Wyndham in Old San Juan and my flight got in late. I thought we were going to experience Pinones, so I didn't eat all day. Because it was so late, all those little stands shut down and I was left with only a few choices. Kina suggested Senor Frogs because it was right behind my hotel. I had only been here for an hour, keep in mind,...

  • Tour Group to El Yunque

    It is hard to resist taking a tour of the rainforest, El Yunque -- not too often you get to see a tropical rainforest. El Yunque itself is quite lovely. The 'trap' is that nearly all the tour vans stop at a roadside stand for a refreshment. Don't get anything in a coconut. It is not as refreshing as you might need if you're hot and thirsty. Also,...

  • Well this isn't exactly a...

    Well this isn't exactly a tourist trap, but I think Old San Juan is a bit overrated. It's worth an hour or 2 of strolling & shopping but that's plenty.

  • PonceSince most people who...

    PonceSince most people who come to Puerto Rico visit San Juan, Ponce is too far away, and is not worth the trip. As compared to the beauty of San Juan, or the multitude of beaches and parks this island has to offer, Ponce does not measure up. I think it's only listed in the guide books because of its' size. The best part of Ponce was the drive from...

  • AreciboThis a large...

    AreciboThis a large observatory run by Columbia University, located in Northern Puerto Rico. If you like techie stuff, or just enjoy observatories, come on in- but otherwise I don't recommend it. There is an intersting museum that goes with it- bit it's not worth your time.

  • the old town can be pretty...

    the old town can be pretty expensive, but what can you do about it ?it cost me $5 bucks ----> just to get this lady to take a konky ride on my azz...

  • Believe it or not, just about...

    Believe it or not, just about all the tourist traps in Puerto Rico can be found around the capital, San Juan. Taxis, scam artists, petty thiefs around the big hotels, etc. Get out into the island, and it all pretty much disappears. It is in the island where you will find how humble the people are, and how proud to show you their island. Their...

  • Old San Juan is overrated, but...

    Old San Juan is overrated, but the old fort is worth checking out. The US National park service oversees it, and it's worth the US$2 admission just to get the map of the fort. Lots of good information.Old San Juan makes a big deal about it's 'historic' buildings. There were just too many cars to really check it out.

  • Avoid eating at fancy...

    Avoid eating at fancy restaurants that are mainly for tourists (the locals would be loca to pay such fee for a meal). My friends and I walked around to find a local restuarant and we walked for awhile despite starvation. We found this great little place (alas, I don't remember the name. Lesson learned - bring a note pad and write things down!). We...

  • There's a lot of drug addicts...

    There's a lot of drug addicts begging for money around the streets or at the traffic lights, DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY!!! they are nasty!! but not everything is bad!! here's a picture of me windsurfing at Punta las Marias!!!

  • You must be very careful when...

    You must be very careful when driving. You can suddenly fall in a crater...I mean, in a dramatic hole. You can also check addresses and directions very well...because here is always so many new constructions, street and avenues can change as fast as a blink of an eye. And last thing about driving rules...when light turns green...you should look...

  • RESTAURANTS... like in any...

    RESTAURANTS... like in any place in the world. the best food is in that cart on the side of the road, or that raggety wooden beach house right on the water and you not need to pay an insane amount of cash for equal or lesser goods...only there can you get a true experince of culture.food and culture go hand in hand and it makes a difference to be...

  • We were very surprised to find...

    We were very surprised to find a Hooters while walking around. While I love their wings, I'm sure it solidifies opions of Americans.This is another photo from the cemetary. I'm not sure why I enjoy going to them so much. I find them peaceful and I enjoy history. Maybe it's something as simple as feeling connected to other people?

  • San Juan proper is a...

    San Juan proper is a suprisingly large city that I think would best be avoided while vacationing...the traffic can get quite hectic, although it was looking OK when I snapped this pic!

  • In season (Dec - March) Hotels...

    In season (Dec - March) Hotels are VERY expensive for what you get. Not that they are bad but just over priced. In the off season - while prices are cheaper - service can be really bad and hotels could be under renovations.

  • WHEATHER: Well, before start...

    WHEATHER: Well, before start see if you are in high season: Caribe is not everlasting sun and in some period or region of Puerto Rico you can have more rain than usual. I was there in hight season but for 'mala suerte' I had bad weather also in April. EXCURSIONS from San Juan are very 'soft' adventures in a domesticated nature, like the rain forest...


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