December 14, 2010

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – San Juan, Puerto Rico

This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to San Juan, Puerto Rico! San Juan is the capital of the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth (which means you don’t need your passport to visit!), and with lots of affordable flights daily from New York, Boston and Florida, there’s little reason not to go.

Old San Juan is a charming place to visit, offers Customer Support Crewmember Ivelisse. There is plenty to see and do in this quaint section of the city, a historic area and the first settlement in Puerto Rico. A mix of centuries old architecture mixed with modern day buildings, and friendly crowds of people make this a special place any time of the day. During the day go see the beautiful architecture just by strolling around the neighborhood. Check out the town’s galleries for beautiful and interesting pieces by some very famous and local artists. Among Ivelisse’s favorite spots is the Puerto Rico Arts & Crafts store where she can always find Puerto Rican artisan pieces. For those who like to shop, there is always the outlet stores like Dooney and Burke, Coach and Ralph Lauren located at la Calle del Cristo (literally translated, Christ’s street).

If the afternoon has turned warm enjoy a frappe with nachos at Maria’s, and for dinner stop for spectacular food at The Parrot Club. For a more casual option go to El Jibarito where you can feast on savory, local cuisine.  At night there is also plenty to do. You can choose from the ambiance of Hotel el Convento or go bar hopping. The island of enchantment has a little to offer every type of vacationer.

Ground Operations Crewmember Christian recommends that adventure-seekers go rappelling at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, kayaking in Fajardo, La Parguera in Lajas (there must be no moon in the sky so you can best see the bio-luminescence in the water!), Playasucia in Caborojo (don’t worry, it’s not dirty as the name implies, but is rather deemed one of the nicest beaches in Puerto Rico, though it’s not terribly easy to get there), or at Flamenco beach at Culebras. At any of  these spots, including right outside the major hotel chains not far from the airport, you’ll find crystal Caribbean waters and friendly people, the smells of delicious, fresh-cooked food and the warm tropical breezes.


For those Spanish speakers, our General Manager for Puerto Rico Luis provides additional information about visiting his island. Puerto Rico es conocido como la Isla del Encanto. San Juan es la ciudad mas grande en Puerto Rico y es donde el Governador tiene su residencia. La Piña Colada fue creada en San Juan y no el Mojito que es de Cuba.

El aeropuerto de San Juan esta situado en Carolina PR. Tiene el nombre de el Governador que comenzo el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico (Commonwealth). La mayoria de los hoteles en Isla Verde tienes casino y casi todos estan abiertos 24 hora. Las playas son publicas y nunca hace frio.

El balneario de Isla Verde cerca del aeropuerto es in buen lugar para pasar el dia y comer comida tipica. El Viejo San Juan. Por la ciudad amurallada de el Viejo San Juan. Toda es de arquitectura española. Por la amabilidad de los puertorriqueños (Puerto Ricans) y nuestra cultura. Raices en el Viejo San Juan es su restaurante favorito. El Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, los museos del Viejo San Juan, la discoteca Brava son algos lugares mas buenos en la cuidad.

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