San Juan Journals

One week in Puerto Rico

A July 2004 trip to San Juan by redroses27

El Yunque National Forest Photo, El Yunque, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: It was a very good time and we traveled all over San Juan by the locals' bus.

Normandie Hotel

Hotel | "Park Plaza Normandie"

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It was a nice motel cleaned every day with all your toiletries fresh every day, located next door to the Hilton Caribe. It was on the beach had a pool and close to the bus - we rode with the locals every day for 50 cents round trip to Old San Juan.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 25, 2004

Normandie Hotel
499 MUNOZ RIVERA AVE
San Juan, Puerto Rico
1-787-7292929

Miró Marisquería Catalana

Restaurant | "Miros"

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This place was fabulous from appetizers to the food, especially if you like paella. It’s Spanish food and the owner is from Spain. The drinks were expensive, but I can say it's one of the best places I’ve ever eaten at.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2004

Miró Marisquería Catalana
74 Condado Ave
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
+1 787 723 9593

Jibarito

Restaurant

Quote:
Typical Puerto Rican food, located at the top of Old San Juan. Referred by all the locals. They only prepare three different dishes a day, but was great if you want to experience the real locals’ foods.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2004

Jibarito
San Sebastian St
San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest

Attraction | "El Yunque"

El Yunque National Forest Photo, El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Quote:
The rainforest was beautiful. There are two waterfalls, Las Cocas and the big one, Minas. There’s no wildlife in the jungle because of the devastation of the hurricane, but they are building up the parrot population again. But beauty of flora and fauna there is - take lots of pictures. You can swim under the big falls and have cookouts there make a day of it.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2004

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

Shoppers' Haven

Story/Tip

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In San Juan there is lots of shopping sidewinding through all the small streets, and the streets are very busy, especially when the cruise ships are in. A good thing to remember when you are in the jewelry stores: if you see a boat in port, remember the name - if they ask what ship you’re on, pop the name they take off 20%. I got my jewelry at Mike’s - lots of good prices there. There is everything you need in Old San Juan. You can sit in one of the squares and feed the pigeons, stop at a coffee shop and rest your feet for round 2,3, and 4. We took the locals’ bus to Old San Juan every day - 50 cents round trip versus the taxis’ 6-8 dollars, and make sure to haggle with the taxi drivers.