Island Adventures



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Using San Juan as a base, it's still possible to pack in some exciting day excursions to take advantage of the island's nature and adventure offerings. The guest house we stayed at is located in a breathtaking corner of Old San Juan, and most importantly has a furnished kitchen. Saving on meals allowed us to splurge on activities and nightlife. This was a high energy trip day and night.

Author: Melanie


Day 1 - Old San Juan, San Juan


Our room at Caleta is decent, mostly worth the street outside. We're happy to have a kitchen though. We kind of mulled around the city, watched the sunset at El Morro.


1

Caleta (La)

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Location:

151 Calle Clara Lair
First Floor
00902 Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1 787 725 5347
fax: +1 787 977 5642
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2

Fort San Felipe del Morro

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Location:

501 Norzagaray
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1787 729 6960
fax: +1 787 289 7972
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3

Cafe Berlin

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Location:

407 Calle San Francisco
00902 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 787 722 5205


Day 2 - Cataño, San Juan


There's a ferry and pick up from Old San Juan to the distillery across the bay. The tour's ok, but it was a fun afternoon trip, and the mojitos were great. We hit the town at night, checking out some of the afterhours places on Fortaleza St.


1

Bacardí Rum Distillery

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Location:

Route 165, Km. 2.6
Bay View Industrial Park
00962 Cataño, Puerto Rico

Contact:

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2

Fratelli's

Location:

310 Fortalez St.
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 787 726265
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3

Nuyorican Cafe

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Location:

Calle San Francisco Number 312
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: Z65787 366 5074 / 787 977 1276
fax: 787 724 5142
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4

Blend

Location:

309 Fortaleza St.
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 787 977 7777


Day 3 - San Juan, Santurce


Awesome! Kitesuring takes a lot of work, much more than you can do in a day, but we were proud of ourselves. We had lunch delivered to the beach from Pinkys, can't beat that! At night we headed to the plazita, which was packed--great people watching.


1

Kitesurfer

Location:

2434 Loiza St.#2, San Juan PR 00913
00913 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 17872210635
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2

Pinkys

Location:

51 Maria Moczo, Ocean Park, Santurce, between Calle Loiza and Calle McLeary on the way to the gated entrance of Ocean Park.
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 1 787 727 3347


3

La Placita

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Location:

Parada 18, between Ponce de Leon and Baldorioty de Castro
00907 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1 787 723 8022


4

Rubi's in "la plazita"

Location:

213 Canals St.
00940 Santurce, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 787 289 8080


Day 4 - San Juan, Piñones, Loiza


We stopped at the Museo de Arte, and then headed to Pinones by bus. This was a little confusing, as you have to change buses in Isla Verde, and make sure the bus you're taking is headed to Pinones. Pinones was fantastic. We rented bikes and biked through the mangrove trail and along the stunning coast. There's tons of cheap, great food, drinks, and music along the main drag. We took a cab back to Old San Juan, $20.


1

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Location:

299 De Diego Avenue
00940 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 17879776277
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2

Piñones

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Location:

Rt. 187, about 10 minutes outside of Isla Verde and the LMM airport. Rollow the signs headed out from Isla Verde
Piñones, Puerto Rico

Contact:

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3

Soleil Beach Club

Location:

Carratera 187 Km 4.6
(Loiza's Piñones Sector)
00772 Loiza, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 787 253 1033
fax: 1 787 791 2299
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Day 5 - Río Grande, Canovanas


We rented a car from Charlie's in Condado and headed out to the east of the island. There are tours to El Yunque and the bioluminescent bay, but they are expensive, and don't do the two trips together. We certainly didn't see the sense in getting on a bus to the rainforest, coming back to San Juan, and getting on a bus back to the same area for the bioluminescent bay. A car was the way to go. Can't believe we managed to get it all done! We left later than planned, but still managed the hike up to El Yunque, which was under two hours there and back. Once up there, we couldn't see much unfortunately, as the afternoon clouds had already rolled in. Leaving the rainforest, we stopped at the kioskos along Luquillo Beach to eat some more fried stuff. It's a little confusing getting to the kayak tour, make sure to get good directions from the tour group. We arrived earlier than the 8:30 take off time, but there's a few restaurants around. The kayaking tour was easily one of the coolest things I've ever done in my life. Must see!!!!!!! Needless to say, the drive back to San Juan (about 45 minutes) was a little exhausting, but we managed.


1

Bosque Nacional del Caribe - El Yunque

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Location:

Route 191 Km 4.2 (visitor's center)
PO Box 13490
00721 Río Grande, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1 787 888 1810
fax: +1 787 888 5685
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Las Tortugas Adventures

Location:

P.O. Box 1637, Canovanas PR, 00729-1637
00729 Canovanas, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 17878090252 +17876378356
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Day 6 - San Juan


It's been such a busy week! We decided to just take it easy today. Since we had to take the car back to Condado, we wore our suits and then headed to the beach and hung out for the day. There's a great health food restaurant on Ashford Avenue called Pure and Natural. After a few days of all the fried food, we were happy to have salad and juice.


1

Dragonfly

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Location:

364 Calle Fortaleza
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 1 787 977 3886
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