San Juan Journals

Rainy Season in Puerto Rico

A June 2006 trip to San Juan by benlin

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Embassy Suites Hotel

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Hotel

Embassy Suites Hotel Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Although the Embassy Suites Hotel is not the classiest of them all along hotel row, you’ll definitely get the bang for your buck. Given its close proximity to the airport, this hotel is convenient for those on a short stay in San Juan. The rooms are quite spacious with a separate bedroom and living room area equipped with a coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator. The living room couch pulls out for extra overnight guests. The pool area is nice, but nothing you wouldn’t expect at a large hotel chain in the Caribbean. The interior of the hotel lobby gives off a rainforest-like atmosphere with large plumed trees and mini waterfalls placed around the atrium. The hotel does not have a large nightclu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Embassy Suites Hotel
8000 Tartak Street
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(787) 791-0505

Mi Casita

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Restaurant

Mi Casita Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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I’m often reluctant to try restaurants that seem to be swarmed with tourists, because most often than not, I will be paying the highest premium for dishes that don’t really reflect the native cuisine. But, if you were in my situation, smack in the middle of San Juan’s hotel row, it’d be a bit difficult to find anything supremely authentic. I was pleasantly surprised, however, with Mi Casita restaurant, just steps away from the Embassy Suites Hotel and El San Juan Hotel and Casino on Isla Verde Avenue. Though the prices are still above average, this restaurant will serve one of the better meals you will have in an area replete with fast-food chains. The lunch started with a simple yet sat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Mi Casita
Plazoleta Isla Verde
San Juan 00979
(787) 791-1777

Metropol

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Restaurant | "Metropol I"

Metropol Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Along Isla Verde Avenue is the Metropol restaurant and bar packed with locals dining on the best of Puerto Rican and Cuban cuisine. Despite the fact that it is located next to a cockfighting arena, the restaurant displays a very clean and pleasant atmosphere. Average prices range from $10 to $20, and the portions will satiate your hunger for the next 2 days. The waiters are very welcoming and are always willing to recommend their favorite dishes. Although not the healthiest of all meals, you will not be disappointed with dishes like the chuletas can can (pork chops), churrasco 10 oz. (skirt steak), and the pollo frito (fried chicken). All dishes are served with rice and beans; maduros, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Metropol
Av. Isla Verde
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(787) 791-4046

FunCat Catamaran

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Attraction

View from the boat Photo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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If you are a fan of water sports and activities then I highly recommend taking a day trip out on the FunCat catamaran for high quality snorkeling off the coast of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Just an hour away from San Juan, the boat dock is easily accessible by rental car or by tour bus (i.e. Rico Sun Tours), which may be the preferable mode of transportation since rum punch and beers conclude the boat ride. We were taken out to two locations approximately 45 minutes and an hour respectively out of Fajardo. Both areas were rich with marine life, although the second location thrived a bit more due to the abundance of coral. The boat provided all snorkeling equipment as well as flotation devices...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006