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Old 7 October 2009, 23:15
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San Juan, Puerto Rico?

So my parents and I are thinking about going to San Juan, Puerto Rico for four days(Would be longer, but my dad can't miss work and I can't miss too many classes) for my 21st birthday in February.

I'd like to do something high adventure since it's my birthday. I've been looking at ziplining.

Anything else you all could suggest? Rock climbing, etc.? Keep in mind that it can't be too over the top, as I don't want to exclude my mom.

Any other suggestions such as hotels, restaurants, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 8 October 2009, 08:28
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Great vacation spot and US territory so no hassle. Still bring passport and ID stuff due to new travel guidelines.
Mostly beach (sun and sand) and good cultural sights (El Yunque (forest) and El Morro Castle/Fort). There are quite a few hotels close to the airport and you can see them so the hop is easy but may be too touristy!
If you want more mainland amenities, stay close to the airport.

If you are more adventerous, move away from the capital.
I ususlly do on-line reservations so you can search do same to see what is available and to the family liking!

You will quicker find mountain climbing in places (more or less safe) in South America as opposed to Central America or the Caribbean. Uruguay, Bolivia (less safe) Chile and Paraguay have great amenities for climbing!
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Old 8 October 2009, 09:34
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Stayed in San Juan for a few days then drove around the island and stayed in Rincon for a few days about 15 years ago. Did not care much for San Juan to crowded loved Rincon though secluded and had most of the beach to ourselves.
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SCUBA...sometimes you need to leave Mama behind. Try a Day/Resort course, You'll kick yourself in the buttox later on if don't take advantage of it while you're there.
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Old 8 October 2009, 15:39
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The Black Angus is gone isn't it?

Otherwise, I'd say check it out. You'll wanna leave mom at the hotel though.....
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Old 8 October 2009, 19:22
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The Black Angus is gone isn't it?

Otherwise, I'd say check it out. You'll wanna leave mom at the hotel though.....
Not sure if its still there or not. I did a quick search and came up with a review here. Not sure how reliable the reviews are. One is from September 8, 2009 and the guy said he went there in the early 1990's.

If it was still there, I would expect to find a real website for it or even a travel site with it listed.

I think SCUBA is out of the question. Not going to be there long enough to really enjoy it and I would probably spend half my time getting certified. (Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm guessing.)

BTW, I don't drink.
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LMAO you didn't go to the Angus to drink dude...

The idiot that said the girls were hot must have been drinking though. The lady I spent time with was 50 if she was a day, and uglier than a homeless Meth-addict in downtown Portland...It was a pretty interesting place though, that's for sure.

I was only there once, when C Co 1/75 went to P.R. in '95...It was interesting...
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Old San Juan is a must see, the shops, ect. Between the airport area hotels (expensive) and Old San Juan there are hotels next to the Lagoon. Ambassador was my favorite.

There is a road that circles the island, and a almost interstate type road that goes south thru the center of it. That highway passes thru the rain forest. Where the road ends at the south end of the island there is some nice places, Hilton Resort & Casino for one.

If you drive from San Juan east then south towards Rosy Roads there are some inexpensive hotels off the road, but not visable from the road. La Ceiba (sp?) is one. Then on south past Rosy Roads is as golf course resort with horse riding. Basically, the good places are off the road that circles the island and each area is a different type of environment.

I have not been there since 2001, so some of this may not stil apply. I spent most of 1999 on the island. Loved it.
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We went there for a week in July. Absolutely loved it. I'd throw some pics up if I could.

Old San Juan is a lot of fun. My husband and I really liked the forts; the food is incredible, there is a rum distillery you can visit as well.

Day trips are easy. We had a little more time than you and we went to the island of Vieques for a much different feel than the city; the max speed there is 30 and it feels FAST on the twisty, crazy roads, you can have an entire beach to yourself, and the residents have a very low key and interesting character. A guy we met at a beach bar/restaurant one day (Duffy's), dressed in raggedy clothes and flip flips, turned out to have a couple of advanced degrees and own the largest construction company on the island - only offered that when we started asking him if he knew anything about the real estate market. No pretention. We did a bioluminescent bay trip - the water glow around you when you move, due to bazillions of microorganisms - and we also did about a half day horseback ride through the mountains and beaches. Incredible.

For a shorter trip, El Yunque is amazing, even if you only have time for a small dose. You can make it to the top and back of one of the peaks in 3 hours. My husband has been to other rainforesty places in South America and he said it was very different and very interesting to compare. Fun hike.

In one day we also did a day trip to the Camuy Caves and the Arecibo Observatory...the scenery out there is gorgeous.... then drove back to SJ with time to play in Old San Juan more and then go out for the night. There are some fun casinos, we dabbled and I doubled all of 30 bucks, but we're not too into gambling.

Well I guess I can shut up now. I'd go back in a heartbeat. There's a lot to choose from and all of it is worthwhile.
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The Black Angus is gone isn't it?

Otherwise, I'd say check it out. You'll wanna leave mom at the hotel though.....



LMFAO......went there in 88 or 89. Funny shit but there were definitely some beautiful women in there when I went long ago. I think it closed down years ago.
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Old 14 November 2009, 19:31
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Since everyone else told you about the good...

Just make sure to ask someone where to avoid because there are some serious "No Go" areas for gringos.

I was stationed there for three years. Soon after getting there, a few guys and I went to a bar -- can't think of the name -- and apparently, after a certain hour, it's suppose to be only Puerto Rican's -- we didn't know. We were leaving on our own accord when we were spotted and a fight ensued. We got out of there but this happened to several others I know down there too.

Also, don't be surprised to see American Flags upside down in a few bars in San Juan. A lot of P.R.'s want to be independent of America but want US protection as well as other US benefits.

In my experience, the further away from San Juan you got, the nicer things were as well as the people.
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Old 14 November 2009, 21:10
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Skydive in Arecibo with Xtreme Divers. If you are not a skydiver, Jason (DZO) is an awesome tandem instructor. I have made many jumps in PR and the view is great. You may not have time to SCUBA but a jump is definitely a go for the short time you will be there!

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