San Juan Journals

San Juan and Beyond

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A July 2003 trip to San Juan by Brenda De Ramus

El Yunque National Forest Photo, El Yunque, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: Four days and nights in San Juan followed by three days and nights in the El Yunque Rain Forest.

San Juan and Beyond

Overview

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A visit to Old San Juan will assure that you get a taste of local flavor and cultural history. There are dozens of restaurants that offer opportunities to try local and Caribbean fare, as well as more trendy places serving familiar Continental and European cuisine.Quick Tips: When making flight arrangements, you should try to get connecting flights through one of Florida's airports (Miami or Tampa are good choices) to increase the available options in the event of flight delays or cancellations. There are several flights a day leaving these airports for Puerto Rico, whereas Chicago's Midway, for example, only has two morning flights per day to Puerto Rico.Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Tres Palmas

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Hotel

Tres Palmas Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Although small in size, Tres Palmas Guest House is somewhat well-known among the locals (i.e. taxi drivers and tourist industry personnel). Just mention the name and everyone seems to know of it ("Ah-h-h, Tres Palmas" is often the response). Tres Palmas has about 12 guest rooms tucked among narrow pathways in a compact, garden-like setting. Above the main building which houses the reception/check-in area, is a roof-top patio that has a covered seating area and includes two hot tubs and a recently added guest room. This is the only room with a "private balcony overlooking the beach and the Atlantic ocean". I was told that this room would be "quite nice" because everything in it is brand new, and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 7, 2003

Tres Palmas
2212 Park Boulevard
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Casa Cubuy Eco Lodge

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Hotel

Casa Cubuy Eco Lodge Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Casa Cubuy clings to one of the upper southeastern slopes of the El Yunque Rain Forest. The lodge sits not more than six feet from the roadway of route 191. You literally can't miss it -- that is IF you are on the right road and IF you convince yourself to continue your uphill quest to this popular destination. The road is overgrown at some points and strewn with an occasional pothole. It can be disconcerting to travel this route after dark on the initial visit. The lodge is painted in whimsical shades of light green and yellow. The building stands out yet somehow manages to "fit" into the surroundings. The guest rooms are no-frills basic. Try to reserve one of the upper level rooms with a balco...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2003

Casa Cubuy Eco Lodge
Route 191
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(787) 874-6221

El Patio de Sam

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Restaurant

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We stumbled upon "El Patio" during a scavenger hunt-like search for the "cuisine of the locals," after hours of strolling along the streets of Old San Juan. El Patio de Sam is located in the central plaza district, which comes alive after dark, especially on weekends. I later learned how unremarkably typical El Patio's menu is as Puerto Rican-style restaurants go, but it was all new to us at the time. The Puerto Rican-style pot roast I had was about as exciting as it sounds and tasted pretty much like American-style pot roast, save the interesting way in which the beef was cut and presented "au jus." Instead of the usual potatoes on the side, it was served with Puerto Rican rice. I enjoyed the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2003

El Patio de Sam
102 Calle San Sebastián
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
+1 787 723 1149

El Yunque National Forest

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Attraction | "EL Yunque"

El Yunque National Forest Photo, El Yunque, Puerto Rico
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We decided to visit the rain forest early on Monday morning thinking that there would be less of a crowd on the trails and at attractions. Parking - which we were told can be almost non-exsistent during busy seasons and on week-ends - was easy before midday, but the attractions, visitor centers, and trails became busy by noon. The trails throughout the rain forest are generally well-marked. The Big Tree Trail has many informational plaques describing the history and ecological importance of the trees and plants along the way to the trail's main attraction: La Mina Falls. Here dozens of people enjoy swimming as well as relaxing on the rocks. If you're not into crowds, you might want to skip the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2003

El Yunque National Forest
Road 191, Off Highway 3 To Luquillo Beach
Palmer, Puerto Rico 00721
(787) 888-1880