My wife and I are considering taking a trip to Puerto Rico this summer. We live in California and our last island vacation was to Kauai which we loved. What we loved about Kauai was that it was great combination of relaxing on the beach and then getting in your car to enjoy many activities besides just laying on the beach for a week. We also felt pretty safe exploring around Kauai. Although I wouldn't mind going back to Kauai again this year, my wife wants to try a different destination and we thought Puerto Rico may be good destination although further away for us.
I know Puerto Rico is a large Island and we are not the type that have to "see everything". My initial thought is to have about 8 or 9 full days in Puerto Rico.
I know that we would like to explore the San Juan / Old San Juan area, visit the rain forest, do some hiking and also have a few days of relaxing beach time.
We are not opposed to switching hotels to make seeing different parts of the island more convenient.
So here are my questions.
For exploring San Juan and Old San Juan, would it be better to stay in Old San Juan or perhaps in one of the beach hotels in San Juan?
Could we stay in the same hotel in San Juan and still be close enough to drive to the rainforest for the day?
Are there other areas on the main island where we could relocate to that would provide us with more laid back, beach atmosphere for a few days or for that would be better to go over to Vieques?
Any help that you could provide would be appreciated.