San Juan Journals

My Island of Enchantment

A May 2004 trip to San Juan by afterdk55

Quote: I lived in PR for 30 years, but left in 1991. The purpose of this trip was to show my husband my precious island and to see how much it has changed. The beaches are still spectacular, especially the northwest area (Rincon, Isabela, and Aguadilla).

Esj Towers

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:ESJ Towers is next door to the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel and it has the best nightlife in Isla Verde area. It has Casino, nightlubs, restaurants and the lobby itself has different bars and live music. Marriot Hotel is nearby with live music every night and Ritz Carlton has The Lobby Lounge with live music Frid-Sunday. The Isla Verde Beach is the best in the Metropolitan area and is steps away.Best Things About the Resort:This timeshare is very close to the major hotels in the area and right on the beach. Resort Experience:All the rooms are studios with two full beds. Decor is simple but very clean. It has a large pool, whirlpool, recreation ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Esj Towers
6165 ISLA VERDE AVE-SUITE 220
San Juan, Puerto Rico
1-787-791-5151

Yerbabuena Restaurant

Restaurant | "Yerbabuena Rest"

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Yerbabuena serves traditional Cuban food in a gourmet style. The appetizer, Chorizos al Vino, was excellent. My husband had the Pork Steak with Sugarcane sauce (delicious and not as sweet as it sounds). I had the Carne Frita (fried pork chunks) in a passion fruit and ginger sauce with Yucca Mofongo.

For drinks, the Mojitos (rum, lime juice, sugar and mint) were to die for!!

For $76, we had an appetizer, two main dishes, four mojitos, two espressos and a dessert. Not bad at all!!

They also have live music on the weekends and inside and outside seating.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2004

Yerbabuena Restaurant
Ashford Avenue
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Oyster Seafood Restaurant and Bar

Restaurant | "Oyster Bar and Grill"

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This place is a hangout for a young crowd under 25 years old, which is probably why the service was SO LAID BACK. The waiter took forever just to bring us a dozen oysters, and we had to waive to her every time we wanted to order something. The jambalaya was terrible!!! A very poor imitation of the real thing. It was supposed to be served with tostones, which were brought to the table after my husband had already finished the jambalaya. We got there on happy hour, which is 5-7PM. The waiter took more than 1/2 hour to come to our table, so of course happy hour was over. We complained to the manager about the lousy service we were getting and all we got was two free drinks. I DO NOT RECOMMEN...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Oyster Seafood Restaurant and Bar
101-B Isla Verde Ave.
Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979
+1 787 726 2161

Pito's

Restaurant

Quote:
I truly recommend this place! Dining area faces the beach and it's very romantic. Very good seafood!! I had the Surf & Turf, which brings you the Lobster Tail plus your choice of Steak or Churrasco and Spanish Potatoes. My spouse ordered Red Snapper. Both dishes were excellent!!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Pito's
Las cucharas
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jobos Beach

Attraction | "Jobos"

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This beach is on the northwest area of PR, after Arecibo. The reef forms like a natural pool. It's very shallow at the beginning but as you continue swimming to deeper water the current is stronger creating big waves, which is why is one of the favorite spots for surfers.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Jobos Beach
NW coast
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Playa Crashboat Beach

Attraction | "Crashboat"

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Crashboat is a really nice beach located in Aguadilla (NW area), right after Ramey Base. The water is very shallow water, nice view and good for families with kids.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Playa Crashboat Beach
End Of Rt 458 Off Rt 107
Aquadilla, Puerto Rico

About the Writer

afterdk55

afterdk55
Miami, Florida