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Guidebook for San Juan

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Guidebook for San Juan

Parks & Nature
It is a beautiful park. Great for kids. The beach is right there. All the houses in that area are impressive.
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Parque del Indio
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It is a beautiful park. Great for kids. The beach is right there. All the houses in that area are impressive.
These are natural hotsprings. Puerto Ricans claim it heals all. I normally stop by there on my way to Ponce :)
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Baños de Coamo
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These are natural hotsprings. Puerto Ricans claim it heals all. I normally stop by there on my way to Ponce :)
Narrated Historic Boat Tours, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Jetski, Flyboards, fishing tours, boat tours. Pier 6 Old San Juan 787-624-6295 www.sanjuanwatertours.com
San Juan Water Tours
Narrated Historic Boat Tours, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Jetski, Flyboards, fishing tours, boat tours. Pier 6 Old San Juan 787-624-6295 www.sanjuanwatertours.com
www.explorecombatebeach.com
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Combate Beach Resort
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www.explorecombatebeach.com
Sightseeing
"El Morro - The fortress can be visited every day from 9 am to 6 pm. The entrance fee is FIVE dollars for adults. When you visit El Morro, you can sit and watch a short movie about the battles and construction of the forts. It runs continuously all day and is shown in English on the hour and ½ hour, and Spanish on the ¼ and ¾ hour. You can also attend a free 20-30 minute Orientation talk every hour on the hour in English and on the ½ hour in Spanish." There is a trolley that takes you from the street to the entrance of the fort. May run every 15 mins. Hard to tell. There is an underground parking lot right before El Morro in a plaza that has a Totem poll. Make a left after you see the totem poll. It will be on your left. CASH ONLY!
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El Morro
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"El Morro - The fortress can be visited every day from 9 am to 6 pm. The entrance fee is FIVE dollars for adults. When you visit El Morro, you can sit and watch a short movie about the battles and construction of the forts. It runs continuously all day and is shown in English on the hour and ½ hour, and Spanish on the ¼ and ¾ hour. You can also attend a free 20-30 minute Orientation talk every hour on the hour in English and on the ½ hour in Spanish." There is a trolley that takes you from the street to the entrance of the fort. May run every 15 mins. Hard to tell. There is an underground parking lot right before El Morro in a plaza that has a Totem poll. Make a left after you see the totem poll. It will be on your left. CASH ONLY!
Must do. Kayaking is a great experience and so is the electric boat. You must make reservations ASAP. If you decide to kayak wear water shoes!! Bring towels in the car.
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Laguna Grande
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Must do. Kayaking is a great experience and so is the electric boat. You must make reservations ASAP. If you decide to kayak wear water shoes!! Bring towels in the car.
Bring water shoes in case you decide to hike up to the waterfalls. Bring towels, umbrella, raincoats!! It is a rainforest after all.
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El Yunque National Forest
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Bring water shoes in case you decide to hike up to the waterfalls. Bring towels, umbrella, raincoats!! It is a rainforest after all.
Food Scene
An experience. Eat PR food at the top of a mountain. Leave the car at the bottom and take a ride in military vehicle for $5. Fun! Bring your camera!
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El Cerro de Nandy (Cash-only)
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An experience. Eat PR food at the top of a mountain. Leave the car at the bottom and take a ride in military vehicle for $5. Fun! Bring your camera!
I love it! The staff is dressed as it was in the past. Very cute.
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Raíces
315 Calle Recinto Sur
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I love it! The staff is dressed as it was in the past. Very cute.
Great food. Great prices. Inside is like a replica of Old San Juan.
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El Jibarito
282 Calle Sol
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Great food. Great prices. Inside is like a replica of Old San Juan.
I love it there. Great food. Great prices. Great ambience.
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Cafe Manolin
251 Calle San Justo
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I love it there. Great food. Great prices. Great ambience.
The place gets packed! Make sure and make reservations. They offer valet parking.
En Boga
308 Av. de Diego
The place gets packed! Make sure and make reservations. They offer valet parking.
Next to the beach. Has bathrooms :) Open24hours
Burger King
Next to the beach. Has bathrooms :) Open24hours
3 short blocks away. Their website says open 24 hrs. Address: 1025 Ashford Ave, Condado I, PR 00907 Phone:+1 787-721-4244
Subway
1407 Ashford Avenue
3 short blocks away. Their website says open 24 hrs. Address: 1025 Ashford Ave, Condado I, PR 00907 Phone:+1 787-721-4244
SUPER NICE! Great burgers, beer, etc. CLOSED ON MON & TUE Address: 1374, 1364 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico Phone:+1 787-998-4209 Hours: Sunday 11:30AM–10PM Monday Closed Tuesday Closed Wednesday 11:30AM–10PM Thursday 11:30AM–10PM Friday 11:30AM–12AM Saturday 11:30AM–12AM
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The Place
1364 Ashford Ave
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SUPER NICE! Great burgers, beer, etc. CLOSED ON MON & TUE Address: 1374, 1364 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico Phone:+1 787-998-4209 Hours: Sunday 11:30AM–10PM Monday Closed Tuesday Closed Wednesday 11:30AM–10PM Thursday 11:30AM–10PM Friday 11:30AM–12AM Saturday 11:30AM–12AM
Haven't been.
Chili's
1451 Ashford Avenue
Haven't been.
My latest place favorite. Shorts okay to wear. Outdoor restaurant almost on the beach. Admired by locals and visitors alike, Oceano offers unique dining experience. The venue is open for lunch 12pm – 4pm, Monday through Saturday and dinner on Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm and Sun: 5pm-10pm. The Live Jazz Brunch is available on Sundays: 11am-3pm (with jazz band 1pm-3.30pm). Reservations may be made daily 10am-5pm by calling at 787.724.6300 / 787.724.6315 or online through Open Table.
Calle Vendig
My latest place favorite. Shorts okay to wear. Outdoor restaurant almost on the beach. Admired by locals and visitors alike, Oceano offers unique dining experience. The venue is open for lunch 12pm – 4pm, Monday through Saturday and dinner on Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm and Sun: 5pm-10pm. The Live Jazz Brunch is available on Sundays: 11am-3pm (with jazz band 1pm-3.30pm). Reservations may be made daily 10am-5pm by calling at 787.724.6300 / 787.724.6315 or online through Open Table.
Best Mojitos ever!!! Live music Monday nights Open Mondays to Sunday from 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm Reservations 787-721-5700 Info in their website: YerbaBuena known as “La Cuna del Mojito Cubano en Puerto Rico” (where the Mojito was born in Puerto Rico), the Mojito, the house drink specialty was made famous by Ernest Hemighway while living in Cuba back in 1950’s YerbaBuena also offers a unique entertainment experience, during weekdays you can enjoy musical videos from famous cuban artists and on weekends live cuban music that has made YerbaBuena the favorite hang out place for local and international artists.
Yerba Buena
1350 Ashford Avenue
Best Mojitos ever!!! Live music Monday nights Open Mondays to Sunday from 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm Reservations 787-721-5700 Info in their website: YerbaBuena known as “La Cuna del Mojito Cubano en Puerto Rico” (where the Mojito was born in Puerto Rico), the Mojito, the house drink specialty was made famous by Ernest Hemighway while living in Cuba back in 1950’s YerbaBuena also offers a unique entertainment experience, during weekdays you can enjoy musical videos from famous cuban artists and on weekends live cuban music that has made YerbaBuena the favorite hang out place for local and international artists.
Clean bathrooms, great food, great prices, great hours...El Parque del Indio and beach is 3 short blocks from the apartment. Right past SuperMax. Stay on Calle Wilson changes name to Calle Loiza. They have parking behind the restaurant.
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Bebo's Café
1600 Calle Loíza
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Clean bathrooms, great food, great prices, great hours...El Parque del Indio and beach is 3 short blocks from the apartment. Right past SuperMax. Stay on Calle Wilson changes name to Calle Loiza. They have parking behind the restaurant.
Excellent Lasagna!! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Interesting décor 1210 Ashford Ave, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00908 Restaurant Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Friday to Sunday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am Night Life Ours Second level @ Di Zucchero Friday to Sunday 10:00 pm - 05:00am Late hour food menu available For Reservations call: 787-946-0835
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Di Zucchero
1210 Avenida Ashford
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Excellent Lasagna!! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Interesting décor 1210 Ashford Ave, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00908 Restaurant Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Friday to Sunday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am Night Life Ours Second level @ Di Zucchero Friday to Sunday 10:00 pm - 05:00am Late hour food menu available For Reservations call: 787-946-0835
This is a dive (not pretty) BUT it is open 24 hours and they serve delicious Puerto Rican food at great prices. Bathrooms not so pretty so be prepared. It is one of my family's favorite places to eat. hahahaha. There is parking around the building and the street. The place is very popular so good luck finding parking.
Diana's Pizza
151 Av. De Diego
This is a dive (not pretty) BUT it is open 24 hours and they serve delicious Puerto Rican food at great prices. Bathrooms not so pretty so be prepared. It is one of my family's favorite places to eat. hahahaha. There is parking around the building and the street. The place is very popular so good luck finding parking.
Fresh seafood creole and Puerto Rican cuisine Phone: +527878602662 Great restaurant at Villa Marina Yacht Harbor. Closed Mon & Tue.
El Varaderl
Fresh seafood creole and Puerto Rican cuisine Phone: +527878602662 Great restaurant at Villa Marina Yacht Harbor. Closed Mon & Tue.
Local food. Delicious! Fresh! Great prices! CASH ONLY. I stop here every chance I get. Yum. Bathrooms not so good...Always have hand sanitizer and toilet paper as you travel around the island.
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El Verde BBQ
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Local food. Delicious! Fresh! Great prices! CASH ONLY. I stop here every chance I get. Yum. Bathrooms not so good...Always have hand sanitizer and toilet paper as you travel around the island.
Lot of restaurants by the river Dos Bocas. Here is the name of one of them: Rancho Marina Restaurante www.ranchomarina.com 787-894-8034 / 787-630-2750
Utuado
Lot of restaurants by the river Dos Bocas. Here is the name of one of them: Rancho Marina Restaurante www.ranchomarina.com 787-894-8034 / 787-630-2750
This restaurant was recommended to me by a guest.
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Marmalade
317 Calle Fortaleza
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This restaurant was recommended to me by a guest.
Everything Else
If you have an emergency, this hospital is very close.
Ashford Medical Center
1451 Ashford Avenue
If you have an emergency, this hospital is very close.
Essentials
Walgreens!
1130 Ashford Avenue
1130 Ashford Avenue
Walgreens!
Grocery store with a variety of healthy fresh productions. Hours posted online: Sunday 7AM–10PM Monday 7AM–10PM Tuesday 7AM–10PM Wednesday 7AM–10PM Thursday 7AM–10PM Friday 7AM–10PM Saturday 7AM–10PM
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Freshmart Condado
1310 Ashford Ave
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Grocery store with a variety of healthy fresh productions. Hours posted online: Sunday 7AM–10PM Monday 7AM–10PM Tuesday 7AM–10PM Wednesday 7AM–10PM Thursday 7AM–10PM Friday 7AM–10PM Saturday 7AM–10PM
SuperMax is open 24hrs. If you buy more than $50 worth of groceries and THEIR Van is there, they will take you home for free if you show them the receipt.
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SuperMax
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SuperMax is open 24hrs. If you buy more than $50 worth of groceries and THEIR Van is there, they will take you home for free if you show them the receipt.
Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm 787-725-7220
1462 Calle Wilson
1462 Calle Wilson
Monday-Saturday 7am-6pm 787-725-7220
Drinks & Nightlife
Nice
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San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
1309 Ashford Ave
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Nice
"La Placita of Santurce" is just around the corner. This is where the locals hang out Friday & Saturday night. Walking directions: Leave the apartment and go to the left, go to the second street which is Primavera and make a left. Go straight, pass the tunnel and let the fun begin.
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La Placita
154 Calle dos Hermanos
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"La Placita of Santurce" is just around the corner. This is where the locals hang out Friday & Saturday night. Walking directions: Leave the apartment and go to the left, go to the second street which is Primavera and make a left. Go straight, pass the tunnel and let the fun begin.
Beautiful! Has a fancy restaurant.
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La Concha Resort
1077 Ashford Ave
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Beautiful! Has a fancy restaurant.
Nice! Pick up taxi here. Bathrooms available.
105 Avenida José de Diego
105 Av. De Diego
Nice! Pick up taxi here. Bathrooms available.
There is no location but this app forces me to choose one. If you like to party and visit Chinchorros (small bars, food, karoeke), no need to worry about driving. Call 787-988-5466. There are 7 routes. Center: Morovis, Orocovis, Barranquitas. North: Toa Baja, Dorado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Manati, Barceloneta. Northeast: Pinones, Loiza, Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo. South: Caguas, Cayey, Salinas, Juan Diaz, Santa Isabel, Ponce. Southeast: Guayama, Arroyo, Patillas, Maunabo, Yabucoa. Mountain: Cayey, Aibonito, Barranquitas, Naranjito. West: Arecibo, Haitillo, Quebradillas, Isabela, Aguadilla, Anasco, Mayaguez.
Chinchorreando En Hato Rey
67 Cll Bolivia
There is no location but this app forces me to choose one. If you like to party and visit Chinchorros (small bars, food, karoeke), no need to worry about driving. Call 787-988-5466. There are 7 routes. Center: Morovis, Orocovis, Barranquitas. North: Toa Baja, Dorado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Manati, Barceloneta. Northeast: Pinones, Loiza, Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo. South: Caguas, Cayey, Salinas, Juan Diaz, Santa Isabel, Ponce. Southeast: Guayama, Arroyo, Patillas, Maunabo, Yabucoa. Mountain: Cayey, Aibonito, Barranquitas, Naranjito. West: Arecibo, Haitillo, Quebradillas, Isabela, Aguadilla, Anasco, Mayaguez.
You can drive there or take a taxi or take a ferry from Old San Juan, then a shuttle to the factory. Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm Phone: (787) 788-8400 • Email: info@visitcasabacardi.com Address: Carr. 165 Km. 6.2, Cataño, Puerto Rico http://www.visitcasabacardi.com/tours/historical-tour/
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Bacardi Distillery Entry
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You can drive there or take a taxi or take a ferry from Old San Juan, then a shuttle to the factory. Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm Phone: (787) 788-8400 • Email: info@visitcasabacardi.com Address: Carr. 165 Km. 6.2, Cataño, Puerto Rico http://www.visitcasabacardi.com/tours/historical-tour/
Entertainment & Activities
Want to try it. Great reviews in trip advisor. Monday to Sunday: 1 hour Paddleboard Rental $25 Per Person Operating hours at our Condado Lagoon location Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Stand Up Paddleboard tours All Tours Include: •Private instructor that will teach you how to paddleboard and accompany you throughout the entire tour •Tour Guide that will offer you a narration of the history of the main areas visited on the tour •Ground transportation from the end of the tour point to the starting point at the Condado lagoon •Photos of the tour downloadable from our Facebook page 24 hours after the tour •Bottled Water •Minimun 2 people per tour •Maximun 12 people per tour •For groups larger than 12 please call 787-470-9099 to discuss options
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VIP Adventures Puerto Rico
860 Av. Ashford
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Want to try it. Great reviews in trip advisor. Monday to Sunday: 1 hour Paddleboard Rental $25 Per Person Operating hours at our Condado Lagoon location Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Stand Up Paddleboard tours All Tours Include: •Private instructor that will teach you how to paddleboard and accompany you throughout the entire tour •Tour Guide that will offer you a narration of the history of the main areas visited on the tour •Ground transportation from the end of the tour point to the starting point at the Condado lagoon •Photos of the tour downloadable from our Facebook page 24 hours after the tour •Bottled Water •Minimun 2 people per tour •Maximun 12 people per tour •For groups larger than 12 please call 787-470-9099 to discuss options
Professional island tours. I have seen great reviews online. Papo is a childhood friend of mine 787-314-5665
Sunset Tours Puerto Rico
Professional island tours. I have seen great reviews online. Papo is a childhood friend of mine 787-314-5665
Family friend, Poncho. Fish for Tarpon, Jack Crevali, Kingfish as well as other species within the limits of San Juan Bay (no sea sickness). 787-361-0356 www.sanjuanbayfish.com
San Juan Bay Marina
482 Avenida Manuel Fernández Juncos
Family friend, Poncho. Fish for Tarpon, Jack Crevali, Kingfish as well as other species within the limits of San Juan Bay (no sea sickness). 787-361-0356 www.sanjuanbayfish.com
Walking Tours of Old San Juan; Night Legends and Spanish-Speaking Ghosts; Religious Sites Tour; Capitol and Fort Tour 888-366-6121 www.touroldsanjuan.com
Tour Old San Juan
1519 Avenida Juan Ponce de León
Walking Tours of Old San Juan; Night Legends and Spanish-Speaking Ghosts; Religious Sites Tour; Capitol and Fort Tour 888-366-6121 www.touroldsanjuan.com
I loved the Mini Boat Island Hop & Snorkel! From their website: Business Hours are from Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm Atlantic Time. 787.244.2828 Schedules The "Island Hop & Snorkel" Mini Boat Excursion runs (twice daily) Monday thru Saturday – year round. Departure times are: •8:30am - Morning Tour •1:00pm - Afternoon Tour Reservations are required. Book your Mini Boat Excursion online. Rates: You can either have a boat of your own, or share it with friends and family: Maximum - (4) four persons per boat •Single (the steering wheel is all yours!): $170 •Double $85 per person / $170 total •Double Plus One $85 per person / third person - price $45 / $215 total •Double Plus Two $85 per person / third & fourth persons - price $45 ea. / $260 total Transportation Available For our Mini Boat excursions, round trip transportation runs for a flat rate of $20 pp. Pick up locations include all Hotels in San Juan, Carolina, Humacao and the East Coast Area. Cruise Piers are also included. Pick ups from the San Juan/ Isla Verde area are scheduled one hour and a half before trip departure. For example a tour with 1:00 pm check in, will expect to be picked up by 11:30 am. Pick ups in the Rio Grande and Fajardo areas - expect to be picked 45 minutes before trip check in. If you require Transportation / Pick-Up please indicate on our Reservation Form Note: Transportation service is subject to a minimum of 7 guests requesting transportation for the same trip. This doesn’t mean that you have to have all seven guests in your party; you can simply join other guests from other groups that need transportation as well. In the event that the minimum amount required is not met, you have the option of renting a car or pay for the spots that are not filled. Payment Methods Accepted: Cash: US$ Credit Card: Visa or Mastercard
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Marina Puerto Chico
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I loved the Mini Boat Island Hop & Snorkel! From their website: Business Hours are from Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm Atlantic Time. 787.244.2828 Schedules The "Island Hop & Snorkel" Mini Boat Excursion runs (twice daily) Monday thru Saturday – year round. Departure times are: •8:30am - Morning Tour •1:00pm - Afternoon Tour Reservations are required. Book your Mini Boat Excursion online. Rates: You can either have a boat of your own, or share it with friends and family: Maximum - (4) four persons per boat •Single (the steering wheel is all yours!): $170 •Double $85 per person / $170 total •Double Plus One $85 per person / third person - price $45 / $215 total •Double Plus Two $85 per person / third & fourth persons - price $45 ea. / $260 total Transportation Available For our Mini Boat excursions, round trip transportation runs for a flat rate of $20 pp. Pick up locations include all Hotels in San Juan, Carolina, Humacao and the East Coast Area. Cruise Piers are also included. Pick ups from the San Juan/ Isla Verde area are scheduled one hour and a half before trip departure. For example a tour with 1:00 pm check in, will expect to be picked up by 11:30 am. Pick ups in the Rio Grande and Fajardo areas - expect to be picked 45 minutes before trip check in. If you require Transportation / Pick-Up please indicate on our Reservation Form Note: Transportation service is subject to a minimum of 7 guests requesting transportation for the same trip. This doesn’t mean that you have to have all seven guests in your party; you can simply join other guests from other groups that need transportation as well. In the event that the minimum amount required is not met, you have the option of renting a car or pay for the spots that are not filled. Payment Methods Accepted: Cash: US$ Credit Card: Visa or Mastercard
Island Adventure - Enjoy a Natural Reserve Economic: Includes round-trip ticket Children 4-11 years: $23.50 Adults (12 and over): $28.00 (IVU is included) Deluxe: Includes round-trip ticket 12 tickets to consume food and bar (snacks, hot dogs and chicken skewers) Children 4-11 years: $43.00 Adults (12 and over): $60.00 (IVU is included) www.islandadventurepr.com 787-842-8546
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Caja de Muertos
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Island Adventure - Enjoy a Natural Reserve Economic: Includes round-trip ticket Children 4-11 years: $23.50 Adults (12 and over): $28.00 (IVU is included) Deluxe: Includes round-trip ticket 12 tickets to consume food and bar (snacks, hot dogs and chicken skewers) Children 4-11 years: $43.00 Adults (12 and over): $60.00 (IVU is included) www.islandadventurepr.com 787-842-8546
Explora Multi-Adventure 787-900-7755 www.explorapr.net -Body Rafting & Caving -Rappeling & River Journey -Rock Climbing Guided Trip Great reviews on TripAdvisor
EXPLORA
65 Carazo St
Explora Multi-Adventure 787-900-7755 www.explorapr.net -Body Rafting & Caving -Rappeling & River Journey -Rock Climbing Guided Trip Great reviews on TripAdvisor