Hello to everyone reading! I need *a lot* of itinerary help so I have a lot of questions! Help plan my trip please! :D Things I want to do are:
-Dinner food tour with Flavors of San Juan
-Bio Bay tour?
-Day trip to Culebra?
-Full day tour with Rocaliza
We're flying into San Juan on United Airlines nonstop from Houston and land in San Juan at 3:44pm on a Friday. We're not checking our luggage, aren't planning on renting a car right now, and we're staying at the Condado Plaza Hilton.
I was thinking of maybe trying to make the Signature Dinner Tour by Flavors of San Juan the same day? All it says on their website is that it meets at one of the main plazas of Old San Juan at 5pm. We get more info once we book.
I fly on United a lot and it seems like they have a buffer on their flight times because I almost always arrive 10-20 minutes earlier than their stated arrival time. I was also thinking that if check-in at the hotel takes too long, we could just change in the bathroom real quick and leave our bags with the bellhop.
The Condado Plaza Hilton website says it's 10 minutes from the airport and I don't know how long it takes to get to Old San Juan from there, but it seems pretty close from what I've read.
If we cab it to the hotel from the airport, and to Old San Juan from the hotel, would we be able to make the 5pm start time for the dinner food tour?
We're only in Puerto Rico for 4 days...we land 3:44pm Friday and flight leaves 1:45pm on Monday, so we're trying to do as much as possible. If you think we shouldn't do the food tour the day we arrive, what should we do after we land instead? Should we just do Old San Juan ourselves and skip the food tour altogether?
We also have a full day tour with Rocaliza planned on one of the full days we have there (which is only 2 days-Sat or Sun) and I believe that should be from 9am-3 or 4pm.
On our other full day we have, I want to go to a beautiful beach! I was thinking about going to Culebra because I read we wouldn't have to rent a car once we got there, lol! Would it be too much of a hassle and take too much time to actually get to Culebra ourselves though? Should we rent a car to get to the dock? I read somewhere about getting in line super early for ferry tickets? Are there tours from San Juan that can take us to Culebra?
Or, should we just stay on the mainland instead since we are only here 4 days? Is there a good beach here where we can snorkel? Or is Culebra worth it? I'm not crazy about driving and I'm pretty sure my friend isn't either but I will rent a car if we need to so that we can get where we need to go in Puerto Rico.
Also, I was looking at reviews for bio bay as we will be going at a time where it is optimal because there is no moon. Seems like the one in Vieques is the one to go because it's brighter but it's farther away. Is the one that is closer worth going to? Seems like the people who went to Vieques Bio Bay from San Juan with East Wind hated it because only 20-30 minutes was spent on the water and they didn't get back until 1am?
On our last day in Puerto Rico, what should we do before we leave on our 1:45pm flight? Should we do Old San Juan all morning this day, since we need to be close by?
Sorry so many questions! If you are able to answer any of them, thank you!!!