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Where should we stay? Family with younger kids

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Where should we stay? Family with younger kids

Hi all,

I am in the process of planning our March/April trip. We are taking a Celebrity cruise leaving from San Juan. We will have 3 nights (arriving at 11pm that first night) before the cruise & 1 day/night after. We are a family of 4 with kids ages 6 & 8.

I am interested in seeing Old San Juan, going to beach & rent car for a day to go to El Yunque & Loquillo. We do not need nightlife/casinos, since we have the kids with us.

We have points with Marriott, Hilton, Priority Club, so we'd prefer to use them for our hotels if possible.

What would you suggest for itinerary & location? It can be 2 different hotels.

My thoughts are:

Day/Night 1 : go from airport to hotel (how?) - it will be late, so right to sleep

Day 2: go to beach (hopefully close to hotel or hotel directly on the beach), hotel pool

Day 3: rent car & take all day to El Yunque & Loquillo. Any hotels that have car rentals on site or very convenient?

Day 4: visit Old San Juan before departing for cruise (not sure if we can check into ship early & then head back out to OSJ since ship departs late)

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Return to San Juan & debark early. Head to hotel that is convenient to getting from port & then to airport next AM. Preferably nearby to something to do for the day (maybe a hotel right in OSJ?)

Thanks so much for any advice!

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1. Re: Where should we stay? Family with younger kids

You can stay at the Caribe Hilton. It is more secluded and family oriented. Has a private beach. Take a cab to OSJ and pier (5min away). Not sure if they have a rental counter.

Otherwise, any hotel in Condado or Isla Verde will be close enough to OSJ and the pier. Celebrity departs from the panamerican pier, which is not walking distance from OSJ.

You can start boarding at around noon, and disembark around 10am.

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2. Re: Where should we stay? Family with younger kids

I think Isla Verde is a better beach. Kids will enjoy it. The El San Juan is a Hilton resort.

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