San Juan Journals

San Juan - Pre and Post Cruise

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A May 2005 trip to San Juan by MikeInTown

Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: My wife and I stayed in San Juan two nights before and two nights after a Caribbean cruise.

San Juan - Pre and Post Cruise

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Overview

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Pre-cruise Lodging: We stayed in a nice spacious room at the Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino. The hotel is located at the end of the lively Condado strip and is close to the cruise-ship terminal. The Condado strip has many restaurants, hotels, bars, and night clubs to attract crowds of people day and night. The hotel has a relatively small beach area surrounded by rocks. I recommend this hotel for people who are looking for nightlife more than spending time on a beach.Post-cruise Lodging: The Intercontinental San Juan Resort and Casino, located in the Isla Verde section of San Juan, is about a 5-minute ride from the airport. This hotel impresse...Read More

Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino

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Hotel | "Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino"

Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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The Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino was our pre-cruise lodging. I was pleasantly surprised with our room. I booked a standard city view room. It turns out the room had a bedroom, a living room area, two televisions, a refrigerator, and one and a half balconies. I think we may have been upgraded to a suite. The hotel is located at the end of the popular Condado strip. There are restaurants, hotels, shops, and nightclubs all along the street. I don't think anything closes in this area. My wife and I found ourselves eating dessert in a packed Chili's restaurant at 1am while listening to a live grunge band. It wasn't uncommon to see a traffic jam in the middle of the night. The W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino
999 ASHFORD AVE
San Juan, Puerto Rico
787-721-1000

InterContinental San Juan Resort and Casino Photo, Carolina, Puerto Rico
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The Intercontinental turned out to be the perfect hotel for relaxation after an action-packed cruise. The hotel is located in the laid-back Isla Verde section of San Juan. I chose this hotel because a co-worker of mine raved about the Intercontinental he stayed in while in Paris. I would have booked the hotel for our pre-cruise lodging, but the rate was too high for the Memorial Day weekend. However, the rate was reduced almost 50% starting the Sunday after Memorial Day, so we chose the hotel for our 2-night post-cruise lodging. We had a decent-sized standard city view room on the 14th floor. From our balcony we could see the city and also the airport, which is a 5-minute taxi ride away. My...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

InterContinental San Juan Resort and Casino
5961 Isla Verde Avenue
Carolina, Puerto Rico
787-791-6100

El Yunque National Forest

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Attraction | "El Yunque - Rain Forest Excursion"

El Yunque National Forest Photo, El Yunque, Puerto Rico
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We signed up for the El Yunque Rain Forest excursion at the tour desk of our hotel. The cost of the tour was $45 per person and included the 45-minute rides to and from the Caribbean National Forest, where the El Yunque Mountain is located, and a guided tour of a portion of the forest.I had never been in a rain forest, so I was excited about this trip. The Caribbean National Forest spans 29,000 acres and is the only rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. We were driven up the winding mountain roads and made our first stop at the Yokahu Tower. We walked up the 90 or so steps of the 75-foot tower and got a panoramic view of the rain forest. As one would expect, the forest is very gree...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

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

Old San Juan

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Attraction

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Old San Juan has been around since the days of the Spanish conquistadors. The colonial-style buildings are representative of that time period when the Spanish used to race there horses through the cobblestone streets.Today, Old San Juan has a little something for everyone to make spending a few hours here worthwhile. For the history buffs, there are 16th-century residences, forts, and other landmarks to visit within this walled section of the city. There is a visitor center at the waterfront that provides historical and modern information about Old San Juan. Our hotel also had good information. For example, one of the tourism magazines in our hotel room had a suggested walking tour itinerary...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Old San Juan
Old San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico