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Beachfront Golf and Casino Hotel

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Beachfront Golf and Casino Hotel

I've looked through the topics and didn't find what I was looking for so am adding a new topic. We are a family of 4 (50, 48, 22 girl, 18 boy) Needing suggestions for a resort/hotel (preferrably a 3 or 4 star) with the following . . . beachfront, casino and golf course (nearby or on resort), with craps and blackjack tables. All inclusive would be nice but not mandatory. First time in Puerto Rico and we plan on spending a week there in June. Shopping isn't real important; and if there's options of resorts would like to be around other restaurants/bars if we're not going the all inclusive route. Our typical day would be get up, go to Beach or golf in the AM, nap in the afternoon, eat and casino in the evenings. Would golf probably 3 days while there. Would like to confirm and legal drinking and gambling age as well in Puerto Rico. Also, if coming from the USA do we have to go through customs? THANKS

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1. Re: Beachfront Golf and Casino Hotel

There are no all inclusives in PR. The Rio Mar in Rio Grande has a beach (very nice), golf course (very expensive) and Casino (very small and non-smoking). A rental car is a must for 4 persons unless you do not care about money. Rent the car at SJU not the resort. SJU is on the East side of San Juan and the Rio Grande is 40 minutes further East so you do not have to worry aboout city driving. The onsite restaurants are very expensive, but there are many restaurants to choose from in the area. I believe the drinking and gambling age is 21 and someone will add a post if I am wrong. There is no Passport requirement as PR is part of the US even though Spanish is spoken as the major language outside of the tourist areas. They use US currency.The Rio Mar is close to the rainforest as well as other attractions that I have not been to like the bio bay.

Other posters will no doubt suggest other resorts with golf courses and beaches, but the Rio Mar is the only one I have stayed at.

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The Rio Mar Resort would be my suggestion. In addition to the hotel rooms, you can rent a beachfront or golf course villa (not available for rent through the hotel, you must rent directly through the owners or an agent see www.resortvillarentals.com )

The Conquistador Resort is another option, but although the resort is waterfront, it is located on a cliff and has no beach. You must take a 15 minute ferry and it takes you to a small nearby island where you can enjoy the beach.

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Personally, I'd pick the Wyndham Rio Mar. The beach has waves and your kids may prefer that. Also, you can go jet skiing, etc. (less money if you book yourself and pay cash at the set up on the beach itself) I think Gran Melia has a casino, but no beach really. As mentioned El Con, you need to take a ferry to the beach and it's quite calm (my son would be bored).

I think you definitley should look into one of the beach villas. You'll have so much more room and price may actually be less that what you'd spend for 2 hotel rooms.

No customs coming thru US, just like flying to Florida. A license was fine for ID.

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4. Re: Beachfront Golf and Casino Hotel

I also say the Rio Mar villas would work out well for you.

Rio Mar has a nice gold course, and is close (5-10mins ) from a couple other courses).

And you have some time before your trip......If you are interested in some budget saving measures, the 2010 San Juan Entertainment Book has B1B1 free coupon for golf at the Rio Mar resort, and a B1G1 for a few of their restaurants too.

Legal drinking age (and for gambling) is 18 years old.

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5. Re: Beachfront Golf and Casino Hotel

We just returned from the RIO Mar and i would concur that it is a good place to bring the family in terms of pools, beach, kids club and golf courses. Ditto to the others on the high cost of food in the restaurants. Also the casino is really paltry if you have experienced many other casinos. There are no craps tables.

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