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trip report: rio mar

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trip report: rio mar

My husband and I just returned from an amazing six days at the Rio Mar Beach Resort. We found a great price on Hotwire ($114/night + $15/day parking). The resort is close to the rainforest which was a plus for us because we enjoy hiking. This well-developed National Forest is very user friendly. We especially loved the La Mina waterfalls. It gets a bit crowded on weekends so a mid-week hike might be preferable. We enjoyed staying at the Rio Mar. All the staff were genuinely friendly and helpful. We ate only two meals at the resort because we enjoy local restaurants more. There is a great, tiny bakery/restaurant, Isamar, at the turn off the main route into the road for the hotel. We had breakfast there one morning, got takeout sandwiches for a picnic lunch on another day, and twice we picked up pastries to enjoy on our balcony overlooking the ocean. The people who work/own the bakery were very welcoming.

In addition to hiking and enjoying the beach at the resort, we spent one very hot but fun day in Old San Juan. The view from the fort was breathtaking. We escaped the heat and had lunch at the Cyrus Persian Grill at 156 Cristo. You go through the gift shop and arrive at a small, cool enclosed courtyard restaurant. The fresh lemonade and spinach 'omelette' (tiny cakes topped with a yogurt dressing) were wonderful.

This trip was a welcome respite from our long and bitter New England winter!

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Hi Patmap- Upstate NYer here- We are going to RioMar Beach in APril- I'm SO glad you liked it! Do you know if you can rent bikes there? We are brining 2 16 yo girls. The bakery tips is great- Thanks! Did you sit at the beach at the resort? How expensive were the drinks? All I want is a Pina Colada sitting on the beach!!! Too much snow up here in NY! Thanks for any info:)

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You can rent bikes in Pinones where you can ride along the beach and through the mangroves -- www.puertoricodaytrips.com/pinones-copi-bike/

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Sounds like you had a great trip! My husband and I are another pair from the Northeast planning a trip to PR in April. We were originally going to spend four nights at the Wyndham Rio Mar and one night at Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan. However, my husband really wanted to go scuba diving and everything we read said that the Southwestern part of the island is better for that so our plan now is to divide our time between the Rainforest Inn (El Yunque) and Mimi's Guest House (Guanica) AND one night at the El Convento.

It would be great to hear of any other places you shopped, ate at or visited while at the Wyndham.

It's 22 degrees outside. April can't get here soon enough!

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To NewYorkArtteacher and toobusytoday,

The Rio Mar beach is beautiful but not what I expected. The beach is on the Atlantic side of the island so the water can be rough … great for bodysurfing but not snorkeling. The sand is a tan color not sugary white. Having said that, we had a great time. You can walk down the beach toward Loquillo Beach to where the Mameye River flows from the rainforest into the ocean. If the current isn’t too strong (consider tides and whether there has been a heavy rainfall), you can wade across the river if you stay on the more solid sand at the ocean edge. The view upriver toward the rainforest is primeval so worth walking that far even if you don’t cross the river.

The food and drinks at the resort are pricey. We ate one ordinary meal at Palio’s and a lunch at the beach bar. We had drinks one night at the Bolero Bar. Cocktails ranged from $9 to $12.

We had a frig in our room so went to Amigos supermarket (on the road to Loquillo) and bought supplies the day we arrived. We like to relax first thing in the morning so other than one morning when we went down the hill for breakfast at the bakery, we had breakfast in our room.

We went to the attached beach shacks at Loquillo one day for lunch and ate at Parilla #2 as recommended by others on this forum. The menu was more of a dinner menu and the prices compared to those at the hotel restaurants. It was enjoyable eating at this open air restaurant, but I wouldn’t highly recommend it.

You asked about shopping, toobusytoday. I didn’t do much shopping but did buy some coconut and mango soap at the kiosk next to the casino in the hotel. After returning home, I wished I had gotten more so checked online. Coqui Stores is near the rainforest so I wish I had known about it. It sounds like a great place for gifts: http://coquistores.com/default.aspx

Also, while the resort itself is beautifully landscaped, it is a different story when you leave the resort and get to the highway, everything from Burger King to Walmart. Even though we had a fun vacation, there were moments I wished it wasn’t an hour drive along the highway to get to Old San Juan or miles up the road to get to the port at Fajardo. Believe me that I am not complaining though. My husband and I were very happy with our stay at the Rio Mar.

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