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2 days in Puerto Rico

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2 days in Puerto Rico

Staying at LaConcha Marriot Renaisance for 3 nights with full 2 days. What to wear? Where to eat? Must do's. Any ideas? Please advise. Alone during day while son works. Will be eating at night with him. Would you advise horseback riding trip. Did one day in Old San Juan on a walking tour last time I took a cruise. Do you recommend any particular service to get from airport to hotel? Prices? Thanks for all input.

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1. Re: 2 days in Puerto Rico

There are taxis lined up at the outside the arrival terminal. Check www.cabspr.com for rates.

Dress up in Condado at night to go out. You will be in an urbanized environment as Metro San Juan is huge. Prices vary on cuisine in San Juan. What is your budget? To go horseback riding you will need to rent a car.

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2. Re: 2 days in Puerto Rico

since you only have 2 day you could do one of the following for fun, adventure or dinner.

If you would like to do the bio bay tour by electric boat in Fajardo the only company that has that is Bio Island PR, their web page is http://bioislandpr.com

There is a company named Segway Tours which offers guided tours of Old San Juan. Their phone number is 787 598-9455, in case you may need further information about their services. They charge $42.00 per person for a 45 min tour and $84.00 per person for a 2 hour tour. If you would like to look at their website it is: www.segwaytourspr.com where you can also see their route map.

Renting bicycles and scooters is another option to wonder through the streets of Old San Juan, go to the beach or visit areas surrounding the old town. Rentals can be done per hour of for the day. You can use the company E & B Tours, www.ebtourspr.com (also offering excursions to the rainforest between others) or Rent the Bicycle (www.rentthebicycle.com). They provide tours as well as just the bicycle rental.

If you would like to do a shopping and eating tour then the option will be Get Shopped Puerto Rico, they have a Mofongo & Mojito Tour. Here, we will get acquainted with a little bit of our history and familiarize with important details of our Puerto Rican culture. Your guide will walk you through important historical sites like Museum of Casa Don Q, the San Juan Gate, the Princess Pathway and Prison, the Roots Fountain, Museum of Doña Fela, the Rogativa statue, Plaza de Armas, San Juan Cathedral and so much more.

Meanwhile you will also enjoy the unique shopping district these ancient streets provide, our guest will be able to purchase the Puerto Rican coffee, arts and crafts, jams and spices, designer clothing and jewelry and unique pieces of art.

Next? The highlight of the tour: The Mofongo and Mojito culinary demo & dining experience. You can’t come to Puerto Rico and not try our Mofongo. This is they we have chosen a beautiful local restaurant that has a unique colonial atmosphere to give you the time to appreciate our Latin flavors. Their staff will welcome you with unique Puerto Rican hors d’oeuvres and their renowned chef will demonstrate how to create the famous mofongo. The mofongo it’s a must-try for first-time visitors who want to claim to have sampled the local fare and for locals it is just something to keep repeating at any craving time. Mofongo is a mashed mound of plantains into which a combination of seafood, meat, or vegetables is added. Become a chef for a day and find out how this incredible Puerto Rican meal is made, then, at the end, enjoy the fruits of your own delicious creation!

Your menu consists of

Appetizer

House Salad

Plantain Mofongo filled with chicken

Mojito cocktail

Soft drink

Delicious dessert

Coffee

Tour will be provided from 9:30 am to 1:30pm.

If this tour is of your interest contact them at https:/… to book the tour. Price: $ 90.00 USD

You can also do some jet Ski touring of the Old San Juan bay with Aquatica their web page is www.aquaticatours.com you can also contact them at aquaticapr@gmail.com their phone number is 787-531-3593.

Other options are taking a Catamaran trip or a horseback riding tour.

East Island Tours provides full day trip to Icacos which is approx. $85per person and it’s more or less from 10 am-3:30pm. To Culebra Island will be $110 approx. from 9:30am to 4pm. (It includes lunch, equipment, drinks and transportation) reservations@eastislandpr.com http://www.eastwindcats.com/

Office 8am - 5pm

(787) 860-3434

After hours 5pm - 9pm

(787) 409-2485

Toll Free (877) 937-4386

For horseback riding I suggest Hacienda Carabalí / www.haciendacarabali.com

They have two options:

* 1 hour tour through the rainforest. The cost is $30 adults / $20 kids

The excursions go on daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

* 2 hour tour through the rainforest with a 30 minute stop on the river so you can bathe on it. The cost is $60 adults / $40 kids

The excursions go on daily at 10:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30 pm

Reservations should be done at least 24 hours in advance and transportation can also be arranged.

Patio del Níspero - Sit under the 360 year old Níspero tree and experience an International/Puerto Rican cuisine made with fresh herbs and spices from Hotel El Convento own garden. Enjoy dinner in a casual atmosphere under the stars and taste dishes that go from root vegetables and “mofongos” to rib eye, duck breast and “arroz con pollo risotto” (rice with chicken) risotto. Also open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Located on the 1st floor interior courtyard of Hotel El Convento.

Dragonfly – A Latin / Asian fusion, with a decade old reputation for a great dinner. It is small but very trendy, and very popular with locals and tourists alike. They have all sorts of Asian dishes (and Sushi), all with their own Latin twist (dishes are made to be shared). It tends to get most crowded between 7 and 9 pm, and they don’t take reservations, but they will put you on a waitlist on a first come first serve basis. The owners have four other beautiful restaurants next to each other, where you may wait for your table at their bars (the hostess will know where you are and come get you). Located on the southern end of Fortaleza St.

Aguaviva – A Seafood restaurant, with international and latin flavors. It’s very beautiful and trendy as well (same owners as the Dragonfly and right next door actually). They have a Ceviche bar with many Ceviche options to choose from, all very creative as well. They have some non seafood options as well (not many). Also open for lunch. Located on the southern end of Fortaleza St.

Marmalade – A more elegant experience, with an International and Creative Menu. It’s a very beautiful and modern restaurant, with a great wine pairing menu, and options for all tastes. The soup, salad, and appetizer selections truly stand out, with very creative and unique world flavors wonderfully combined, making the experience very different from other Old San Juan restaurants. On average a higher price than others, but ultimately, you get what you pay for. Great for wine lovers (They have a 5 course pairing menu). Located on the southern end of Fortaleza St.

Café Puerto Rico – For an authentic Puerto Rican experience, this is one of the best that is open for dinner. It is not a trendy or hip place by any means, but more of a home style café feel, plainly decorated, with a casual and friendly atmosphere. As far as the food is concerned, it’s as good and authentic as Puerto Rican food gets, and certainly easy on the wallet. Also open for lunch. Located on Plaza Colón, right off the southern end of Fortaleza St.

Café Berlin – Vegetarian, open daily from 10 am to 10pm breakfast until 1pm Sunday brunch from 10am until 3pm. Their large menu includes seafood, pasta, poultry vegetarian and Puerto Rican dishes; soups, salads and sandwiches. They also have home made desserts, breads and pastries. Internet wireless access and screen projector; also open for lunch. Located in #407 of the San Francisco St. in front of the Plaza Colon.

Trois Cent Onze- elegant French dining open 7 days a week, invites you to experience the authentic French cuisine complimented by an excellent wine selection. 311's Kitchen is under the renowned Chef Juan Peña, winner of many international and local awards. Chef Peña's refined, delicate cuisine brings all the rich flavors of the French culinary tradition. Located on Fortaleza St.

El Picoteo – When it comes to Spanish tapas, El Picoteo is the best there is. It’s outdoor and casual setting are complemented with the aromas emanating from its open air kitchen. The tapas menu selection is very generous, with plenty for every taste, and although a little on the pricey side, a very good value. El Picoteo is a great restaurant for having Sangrias (some of the best around), paellas and tasting this and that. Also open for lunch. Located on the 2nd floor of Hotel El Convento.

For about scuba diving

- Caribe Aquatic Adventures (787) 281-8858 - they dive behind the Normandie Hotel, which is less than 10 minutes by car from our hotel.

- Scuba Dogs (787) 783-6377- the trip will cost $144 and it includes the equipment and transportation. They dive in Fajardo, which in my opinion, is one of the best areas to dive.

- Ocean Sports (787) 268- 2329- they are located in Isla Verde and they provide transportation if it’s a group of 4 or more.

At this link http://travelandsports.com/di.htm you will find general information of the services they provide along with other companies through the island as well.

As for surfing lessons we recommend surfing instructor William “Chino” Sea-quan from Walk on Water Surfing School (TEL: 787-955-6059 24 hrs a day) they accept credit cards only for making the lesson reservations but payment is cash only, their web page is www.wowsurfingschool.com the rate is 1hr $50.00 1 ½ hr $85.00 the lessons include equipment.

For zip lining and eco adventures there are several companies in Puerto Rico that provide those services, the closest one is in Guaynabo about 30 minutes away from Old San Juan Canopy Tour, The tour consists of 8 traverses and 14 platforms and a rappel and lasts about 2 hours, if you would like to have more information their web site is http://www.canopytourpr.com . Other tour operators are Acampa Nature Adventures they have a diversity of tour that include zip lining http://acampapr.com/index.htm , Rocaliza http://rocaliza.com/index.php , Ecoquest http://ecoquestpr.com/ecoh.html , Campo Rico Ziplining Adventure www.CampoRicoZiplining.com Batey Ziplining Adventure www.bateydelcemi.com , Yunke Ziplining Adventure www.yunkezipline.wordpress.com and my personal favorite Aventuras Tierra Adentro http://www.aventuraspr.com .

If you fell like doing a little kiteboarding then you can go to 15 Knots Kiteboarding School thei web page is http://www.15knots.com/. The only requirements are to be reasonably fit, be abler to swim and to be old enough to follow instructions.

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3. Re: 2 days in Puerto Rico

Hacienda Carabali does not go " through" the Rainforest. They are at the Foothills of the Forest and do trail riding there. I think that statement is a little misleading.

I would suggest a Tour of the Rainforest either hiking or 1/2 day. With such little time, you may want to go horseback riding at Campo Rico Hacienda. It's not that far, you can do either morning or afternoon trip. Another day going back to Old San Juan and see some Museums,the Fort and some shopping. Or you can do a day trip on a Catamaran sailing to Icacos Island.

Edited: 27 November 2013, 14:00
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