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BryAnn
Bainbridge Island

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Where to stay for extra nights in San Juan and what should we see?

I'm staying at the El San Juan Resort & Casino for business. Then staying for 5 more days. Should we move to a different hotel? Which one? 

 Prefer $200-250 nightly 

 Also best tips for our visit?


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answered first by
Eric from Tampa

If you're staying in San Juan, then you may as well stay there, its a nice place. Main tip - be cautious at night, Puerto Rico can be a bit rough in terms of getting mugged, but usually not too bad in nicer neighborhoods. Problem is San Juan borders nice and not so nice areas. Otherwise a few of the other cities can be a good bit of fun, like Rincón (Puerto Rico)Dorado and a few others. Some smaller (but still fun) towns are a little harder to deal with if you don't speak spanish well.

There's lots of fun things to do, many of them require a rental car, or finding one of the tour buses. Its more fun with a rental car as you don't have to be at the mercy of schedules. My favorite things to do there are Bacardi Distillery Entrywhich is something I visit every trip. The Arecibo Observatory is amazing, but a bit further of a drive, up a mountainsideThe Parque Nacional Cavernas del Rio Camuy is pretty fun too, very prettyThe Museo de Arte de Ponce
And finally, particularly if your 5 days coincides or is near a new moon, its worth it to go to Vieques or Fajardo for one of the Bioluminescent Bay kayaking trips. words or pictures cannot do it justice, and there are very few places on the planet you can do this. note that if you're going to Vieques, you'll need to find a hotel there to overnight in as its an island and the ferry stops in the evening, before its dark.


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answered by
Melissa from San Juan, Puerto Rico

You should visit the forts in Old San Juan... Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristóbal, you'll be walking on 200 year old streets with the buildings kept in shape, they still hold their original designs.. plenty of bars, clubs, sight seeing, cathedrals,.. for a 5 day stay i will be worth it.. theres a hotel in old san juan a San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino... all these things are walking distance if you stay there...


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Dustin from DeLand

I would recommend getting out of the city and going to either Rincón (Puerto Rico) or Culebra. Rincon is a pretty low key area with beautiful beaches and great surf. Culebra is exceptional though. Unbelievable views, snorkeling, diving, and many  other activities. Rent a scooter and explore the island, you wont regret it. Both options are outside typical tourism so finding a hotel under $200 a night shouldn't be a problem at all. Enjoy. 


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Hernan from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hotel El Convento is a must...it is settled in the middle of the cobble-stoned city and will take you back in time to the time of Pirates and Conquistadors. Another must is the famous El Conquistador Resort Golf Club where the views are out of this world. You may get some good deals if you look on the net or stay at a hotel close and spend a day at their private island.


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