My wife and I and our 3 year old and 6 month old are planning a trip to Puerto Rico in April. The current plan is to spend a week at a rental (somewhere in Santa Maria) for a week. And spend 4 or 5 days on the mainland in either Fajardo or Luquillo. On the mainland we want somewhere that would work well as a base camp (el yunque, old town SJ, las cabezas) but still be near the beach. My main question is about logistics - do I start in the mainland or fly from Boston to SJ to Vieques and then do the mainland on the way back. It seems like flying to SJ, then getting my rental car and driving to Fajardo for a few days, and flying to Vieques from Ceiba one way; and then after a week, getting a one way back to Isla Grande or SJU. Or even back to Ceiba and taking a car service back to SJU. What do people recommend? Its not really a budget thing, more of a convenience thing, especially with the two young ones.
I also have a question about Santa Maria and Bravos de Boston - is that area safe? I am looking at some rentals right on the beach (casita del sol y mar, or los cocos, or one of the Bravos boyz rentals - any thoughts on these) - are the beaches in Santa Maria swimmable? Most people seem to think not, but I guess it would depend on Surf. How is the surf in early to mid April?
Last question, maybe this is the wrong forum, but is Fajardo or Luquillo close enough to day trip to old town San Juan. Any thoughts on good base camp spots if we are spending a week in Vieques as well?
thanks in advance for the help,