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Should I take this?-packing questions

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Should I take this?-packing questions

Hi all,

We are headed to Puerto Rico next week for 6 nights in a condo in Rio Grande on the beach plus a night in San Juan.

I'm not sure what the water is like at Rio Mar. Should I bring boogie boards or snorkel gear?! It's all bulky so can't bring both but hate to bring the wrong thing. I've gotta keep the teenagers entertained.

We plan to spend one day at El Yunque hiking. Are hiking boots and poles necessary for the trails there or are regular close-toed shoes (running shoes) O.K.? Again, bulky items.

Thanks!

Rio Grande, PR
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1. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

Hiking boots/poles are not required in El Yunque.

Keens are fine, so are sneakers.

Ohio
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If you are renting the condo from a private owner, contact them regarding the boogie boards & snorkel gear. We always rent condos or private villas when we go on vacation. 50% of the time there is some gear and/or toys there.

Have a great trip!

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3. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

The beach at Rio Mar is perfect for boogie boards. Definetely leave the snorkeling gear.

As far as shoes, sneakers or sporty sandals are the way to go when hiking at El Yunque because the trails are (for the most part) paved.

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4. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

Thanks everybody! This is just what I needed.

Kitchener
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5. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

Thanks everyone as well -- you have helped many of us :)

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6. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

Gundi- I think you are doing a more self-reliant tour. You may want to bring your snorkel/mask.

Kitchener
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7. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

Oh, for sure! It was the footwear in El Yunque I was wondering about. Thanks for watching out for me, Flowerfarm. I love TA!

Edited: 03 July 2012, 12:52
Cruz Bay, St. John
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8. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

The ocean at the Rio Mar is really a disappointment considering all the beautiful beaches in PR

Rio Mar is definitely not a beach for swimming or snorkeling.

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9. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

Regarding Boogie Boards - we have picked them up for $15-20 at the Wal-Mart in Fajardo, a short drive from Rio Mar. A lot easier than lugging them on a plane.

I don't agree with sail445 - the Rio Mar beach is great. It usually has medium waves which are not up for surfing, but just right for a boogie board and swimmable.

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10. Re: Should I take this?-packing questions

WPTArmock,

Before moving to the Caribbean years ago from NY, every beach was amazing to me.

Just seeing Palm trees on a beach blinded me to the water conditions.

I have to agree the water is still cleaner then any beach In Long Island NY except for maybe Montauk Point.

But by PR and Caribbean standards Rio Mar beach doesn't cut the cake for me.