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Advice for last-minute family Caribbean trip

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Advice for last-minute family Caribbean trip

My family of four, which includes two teenagers, is planning a last-minute trip to the Caribbean - hopefully leaving in the next week or so! Since we don't have passports, I assume our choices are limited to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands. We like outdoors recreation (snorkeling, biking, hiking, boating), cultural experiences and just plain relaxing. We're not looking for shopping or night life. Which place do you recommend for this kind of family getaway? In the past we've had good luck renting condo units (usually through VRBO) so we get 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. Would this work for either Puerto Rico or USVI? Areas you'd recommend us to stay, or stay away from? Someone just told me he thought there was now a problem getting into even

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1. Re: Advice for last-minute family Caribbean trip

For a family who wants a self-contained resort, I recommend El Conquistador Resort on the east coast. It's a great location for many activities. The resort has it's own water park and is situated on a 300 foot cliff with commanding panoramic views of the ocean. You won't get better views anywhere. They also have their own private white sand beach island and their own water park for the kids. Very close by is one of PR's biobays and the rain forest is not too far away either.

Not sure what your last line was about, but there are no restrictions for U.S. citizens going to Puerto Rico. It would be the same as traveling to any other state. All you need to catch a flight is identification like a driver's license.

Edited: 15 July 2013, 23:36
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2. Re: Advice for last-minute family Caribbean trip

http://elconresort.com/

http://www.eastwindcats.com/

www.biobay.com

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One example:

http://www.vrbo.com/251297

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We stayed at a VRBO condo in Playa Azul in Luquillo and loved it! It looks like the link above is also from a condo at Playa Azul. Our boys ages 12 & 14 really enjoyed the basketball court and the beach out front was awesome for boogie boarding. Convenient location too for many of the activities we wanted to do. We rented this condo at a fraction of the cost of what the El Conquistador would have been but we prefer VRBOs to resorts/hotels. www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p238865 Playa Azul is nice provided you get a rental unit that is updated and in good condition.

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5. Re: Advice for last-minute family Caribbean trip

We had good experiences with VRBO rentals at the Rio Mar Resort. We like El Conquistador as well.

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I think that for your family you will love Rincon. You can fly into Aguadilla, BQN, 30 min away. There are many condo options in Rincon, clasificadosonline.com has short term rental available.

For the outdoor type there are many beaches to do snorkeling, I suggest to bring your own gear just buy a cheap set from Walmart/Kmart. You could use it probably anywhere on the west side of the island.

There are horseback rides in Rincon, kayak rentals and surfing lessons.

Cabo Rojo's light house is just about an hour drive, then off to Playa Sucia (right next to the light house). In Rincon there is another light house (Dome's) to visit and see the surfer way of life.

Also in La Parguera (guanica) you could do boat rentals.

There are some tour providers on the west side that do bike trails with kayaking in mangroves canals. Really neat. This is in the Cabo Rojo area. check out www.quepasa.com

So two towns for your Family: Rincon or Cabo Rojo. (30 min, or 1hr 10 min away from BQN airport)

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We did love the area around Cabo Rojo, but we also loved El Yunque, which we would recommend 2 days for. It's hard to know everything you'll want to do or see ahead of time and walking/looking/hiking for 8 hours in one day gets tiring, but a few hours each in two days is better, plus you have a better idea of it after the first day.

ElCon is great, BUT you are on a cliff which means we had to take their boat to their beach, so to us that was very inconvenient and disruptive. You didn't mention the beach as particularly important so it may be fine.

We didn't do VRBO there, but we did stay at the Rio Mar Resort and loved the place and the general area.

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from what you describe, Vieques is somewhere you should consider.

It is very affordable and there is a huge list of private homes for rent that run from $650 to $3000 a week. You will find what you are looking for.

Besides that, it is quiet and relaxed. the beaches are AMAZING and mostly empty. There is a great array of restaurants. There are many water activities as well as land activities.

And don;t forget the bio bay. its a wonder.

You should at least include Vieques in your research. I hope you do.

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