San Juan and Culebra



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This trip allowed us enough time to take in San Juan, including Old San Juan, on a modest budget. Getting out to Culebra was definitely worth it, it's completely different from the city. You have to work travel time into a Culebra trip, so just going for the day isn't really feasible. Two nights was perfect.

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Day 1 - San Juan, Isla Verde


We arrived in the afternoon and headed right to the beach. Pinkys is just a few blocks down away, so we took a break from the sun to eat, and went back to watch the sunset. For dinner we ate at Kasalta's, a Cuban bakery very close by--great Spanish wine, tapas, and desserts!


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Numero Uno

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Location:

1 Calle Santa Ana
Ocean Park
00911 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1 787 726 5010
fax: +1 787 727 5482
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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

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tel: 1 787 727 3347


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Ocean Park/Punta Las Marías Beach

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East of Condado
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

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Day 2 - San Juan


Today we headed into Old San Juan. We walked to Ashford Ave. and caught the bus to Old San Juan ($.75 but we waited a while). We hit some of the big historic attractions, and had a casual lunch at Bombonera. This was a gallery night, so we spent the evening on San Sebastian checking the artisan crafts and street party. The galleries are open to about 9, and are scattered around--we found them by asking.


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Bombonera (La)

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Location:

Calle San Francisco 259
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 787 722 0658


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Museo de Nuestra Raíz Africana

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Location:

Casa de los Contrafuertes
Plaza San José
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1 787 724 4294 / +1 787 724 4184
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Fort San Felipe del Morro

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501 Norzagaray
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1787 729 6960
fax: +1 787 289 7972
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Plazuela de la Rogativa

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Location:

Caleta Las Monjas
Old San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Galeria Botello

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Location:

00901 ,

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tel: +1 787 723 9987
fax: +1 787 724 6776
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Catedral de San Juan

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Location:

153 Calle Cristo
Old San Juan
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1 787 722 0861
fax: +1 787 722 1881
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Gallery Nights in Old San Juan

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San Sebastian street and vaious gallery locations, Old San Juan
901 ,

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fax: 1 787 721 2400 (tourist information)


Day 3 - Culebra


Headed to Culebra. To get to Culebra you can do a few things--plane, or rent a car or take a publico to Fajardo and take the ferry over. The publico is the cheapest option, but we would have spent most of the day in transit. Rental cars here are not outrageous, and good deals can be had. There is a car ferry to the island, but we didn't plan well enough for that, so unfortunately had to rent a car to park it for 2 days. We camped out at Flamenco beach (brought our own tents). It's a beautiful beach, with public restrooms and hardly any other campers! $20 a night to pitch the tent. There are taxis from the ferry that take you to Flamenco. We rented bikes for $10 a day to get around. There are a few stores on the island, but the selection is limited, so bring your own provisions.


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Culebra

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Location:

Island-wide
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1 787 721 2400 (Tourist Office)
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Day 5 - San Juan


On the way back to San Juan we stopped at El Yunque and did the waterfall hike, an easy hour and half. At night we explored Condado a bit more, mostly restaurants.


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Parque Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon)

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Location:

Dos Hermanos Bridge
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: +1 787 763 0613


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The Greenhouse

Location:

Diamond Palace Hotel
1200 Ashford Ave.Diamond Palace Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contact:

tel: 1 787 725 4036


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