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Hey what about Humacao?

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Hey what about Humacao?

I plan to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Palmas Del Mar Resort this upcoming May. This will be my first visit to Puerto Rico. My concerns are if I should rent a car or have a cab take me from the airport in San Juan to Humacao and approx. the price? I also understnd its a 45 min. drive...

And if the Sheraton is a good place for a first timer in Puerto Rico? What should I visit while I am there? Any info. would be helpful. I really wnat to enjoy myself while I am there ; )

Thanks

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1. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

to Humacao from San Juan is at least 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic (45min drive is just to Rio Grande from SJ). Check with hotel van service, a regular taxi can be expensive.

It is a nice area with a popular golf course. It is outside the metropolitan area. Good if you are planing for day trips to Vieques or Culebra.

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2. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

I'd rent a car. If you get dropped off at the hotel, you will need transportation to leave Palmas del Mar -- it's quite a drive from the main gate to the hotel.

I just stayed at the Four Points this last October. It's a nice hotel, although not a full scale resort, per se. While the hotel is in Palmas del Mar, many of the resort activities are not included.

Talk to the concierge at the Four Points -- Gina. She is friendly and helpful and will arrange for you to see many closeby activities and tours, such as trips to Culebra and Vieques, snorkeling tours of Icacos, bio-bay tours in Fajardo and horseback riding in the Palmas area.

Also ask her about a very special tour of the Indian Caves in Las Piedras. Gina is from Las Peiedras and is very proud of this ancient Taino site. Her mother is connected with the Caves and will arrange for a special tour. NOT TO BE MISSED.

You can even call her before you leave and make the arrangement now, before you get there.

But, again, get a car -- you will want to leave the hotel for dinners and the like. The hotel has a small casino, great coffee shop and a nice restaurant. Also a great pool.

Be prepaped for the wonderful sounds of Puerto Rico at night at this location. The coquis are so abundant and so magical!

The staff at this hotel is extraordinaly friendly and helpful.

Enjoy!

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3. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

Rent a car. It is an easy drive. Plus you will want to use the car to drive yourself to the sights. From the airport, it should not take you more than an hour. I am not sure which route is CoquiPR using but the easiest route is out of the airport, over the toll ($2.00) Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, and getting on the Luis A. Ferre expressway to Caguas. In Caguas, take expressway 30 to Humacao. As you approach Humacao, you will find road signs to Palmas del Mar Resort. While you will be staying at the Four Seasons (which is quite nice) during our "low" season, there are many "ex-pats" (mainland Americans, Europeans,etc) living in Palmas del Mar and you will surely meet some of them and get some suggestions on where to go. And, of course, do use the concierge services in the hotel. And if you are a golfer, do bring your clubs. There are two world class courses in Palmas del Mar.

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4. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

Its not 1hr or 1hr 30mins to get to Humacao from San Juan.

I come to Palmas del Mar every weekend and without traffic it is about 40mins, with traffic 1hr at most.

Palmas del Mar is a good place to go to. Its not an extremely luxurious hotel location with a jaw dropping beach.

The complex is very nicely taken care of, there are many great restaurants (the newest and quickly becoming very popular being Candelero Restaurant at the Equestrian Center), a beach, horseback riding, tennis, golf, beach club, pools, ...

If you didnt want to leave the resort you wouldnt have to, the people that live there could be a loong time without leaving, there is even a grocery store and weekly mass, etc.

But, I wouldnt recommend coming to Puerto Rico and staying in the resort. You are about 30 mins from El Yunque and the entire Luquillo Beach and Fajardo area (including the docks to Culebra and Vieques).

In short... email me if you want to hoopla_pr@hotmail.com

I grew up in Palmas del Mar and know alot about the area.

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5. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

which route do you take? the last time i went to humacao it took me around 1 hour and 20 something minutes using #3 from san juan.

From caguas i have never driven to humacao.

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6. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

i always go down Luis A Ferre and then #30...

its 45 minutes and less if there is no traffic at all or cops. lol

although, now they are fixing the highway in Caguas and if you are unlucky you could be in traffic for two hours.

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7. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

oh ok, that is good to know!. from san juan to caguas and then #30, and not on rush hours

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8. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

Definitely rent a car. I am leaving for Palmas del Mar in about 7 hours and have been many times (parents have a time share there). You will need transportation so that you are not stuck in one part of the resort. You should check regarding parking fees as I believe it is not free even if you stay at the resort. Perhaps you can negotiate it...

You should call the tourist office and have a copy of Que Pasa magazine sent to you. It will give you a good idea of many of the sites in PR. Although somewhat isolated, Palmas is not too far from many interesting sites and beautiful and varied scenery. There are also some reasonable restaurants outside of the resort.

You can easily do day trips to most of the island except parts of the west island as it is a bit too long a drive.

Not sure if you are on your own or accompanied. Make sure you have good instructions and a map before you leave the airport. One of the earlier respondents'directions were pretty good. Also if you go on the palmas del mar country club website they spell out some of the tricky areas.

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9. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

just to add that if you happen to be a tennis player,Palmas del Mar has one of the (if not the best) tennis centers in the Caribbean, with 20 courts. Most are hard courts but there are also clay courts and a couple with Omni "synthetic grass". These are available to hotel guests for a nominal fee.

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10. Re: Hey what about Humacao?

I really would like to thank everyone for their feedback. I really appreciate it.

Thank you again ; )