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Old 10-31-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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San Juan Puerto Rico

What are the must see places and restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico?
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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The Bacardi distillery is in San Juan, if you like rum. There's also a great rainforest (who's name escapes me at the moment). We took a Princess cruise from San Juan a few years ago, so we only had a day or two beforehand/afterward to do stuff.
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The Bacardi distillery is in San Juan, if you like rum. There's also a great rainforest (who's name escapes me at the moment). We took a Princess cruise from San Juan a few years ago, so we only had a day or two beforehand/afterward to do stuff.
Actually, the Bacardi distillery is the town of Cataño, you take a ferry from San Juan to the other side of the bay where the distillery is. Many people call it San Juan because of its proximity. The rain forest is called "El Yunque" and is in the town of Luquillo which is an hour and half to two hours from San Juan depending on traffic. San Juan has the fort of "El Morro" and "Castillo San Cristobal" which were made when the Spaniards owned the Island and used to protect the Island from invaders. Many wonderful restaurants such as "Aguaviva" (Sea food), Casa de España (Spanish food), Vaca Brava (local traditional food, featured on Man-vs-food). Many carts with local finger foods and sweets. Many shops. The San Juan museum of art. You have a couple of options. Lot's of history. I hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to ask. we use to live in PR and are excited to visit on our cruise that leaves this Saturday
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Oh yes, and if you're walking around El Morro and you're on the bottom walkway, don't bother going all the way around, there isn't a way up to the top and you'll just have a very long walk and a disgruntled husband who will keep saying "i told you so!" Or maybe that's just me who had that! lol.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. Are the forts "El Morro" and "Castillo San Cristobal" and the restaurants you mentioned in walking distance from the pier? If not how do you get there? Also, is there anything exciting to see in walking distance to the pier?
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. Are the forts "El Morro" and "Castillo San Cristobal" and the restaurants you mentioned in walking distance from the pier? If not how do you get there? Also, is there anything exciting to see in walking distance to the pier?
Yes I would like to know this too.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. Are the forts "El Morro" and "Castillo San Cristobal" and the restaurants you mentioned in walking distance from the pier? If not how do you get there? Also, is there anything exciting to see in walking distance to the pier?
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I had posted this map on the cruise meet for our cruise (11/3/2012) to give some clarity of the area. I have marked where "El Morro" and "Castillo San Cristobal" are. They are not too far from the pier, of the 2 El Morro is a bit farther. I would say that to get to El Morro it is about 15-20 depending on ones speed. Castillo San Cristobal about 10-15 minutes. I recommend everyone who goes to Old San Juan to wear comfortable shoes. The streets are cobblestone and quite bumpy.

Also, purchasing tickets to both sites directly in PR is cheaper than doing it directly with DCL. You can get a ticket that allows admission to both sites for $5.00 per person, while the excursion through DCL is around $40 per person. If having a tour guide is absolutely essential then maybe the added expense is worth it. Now they also have someone who dresses up as Spaniards and doing a a type of skit, this is randomly done and can be experienced whether it is booked though DCL or not. There is also a free trolley that goes around Old San Juan, so if you do not want to walk you have a trolley available.

If anyone has anymore questions, just ask
I believe San Juan is a very exciting port. It is filled with lots of history, great food, music and a beautiful setting.

Also, the main entrance of El Morro has a huge open space that is a famous spot for flying kites! You have El Morro on one side and the beautiful ocean on the other, the breeze is amazing! A lot of people take their own kites, but it is so popular that sometimes you can find vendors selling them as well.
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Will DCL provide a map for puerto Rico?
Like to make finding Raices easier after our excursion.
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Is there anything to do around the pier? Is it safe to walk around? Are the restaurants you mentioned before all around the pier? How long does it take for the trolly to go around Old San Juan? I apologize for so many questions. Thanks for all your help
Around the pier not too much. You have some benches to sit and relax, local carts with traditional finger foods and souvenirs. Señor Frogs is pretty close, "Vaca Brava" the restaurant that was featured in Man vs Food is pretty close. It is located where Hard Rock Cafe. As the above poster said, the trolley is known to take a while sometimes, it has certain points where they stop and discuss details about a specific location. Depending on how they long they stay at each spot, I would say that it takes about 45 minutes to an hr. It can vary depending on the person who is doing it. It is safe to walk around, the area that I always tell people to avoid is a section between El Morro and San Cristobal called "La Perla". This place has a reputation. Its not that something happens at all hours, but don't venture into the place.
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Like to make finding Raices easier after our excursion.
DCL might provide a map of the list of recommendations they may have of activities in San Juan. They tend to this with most ports of call. Since the sailing on Saturday 11/3/2012 is the inaugural San Juan sailing, I will be able to confirm this next week.
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Thank you for all the great info. Fantasy for NYE. I love walking through the fortress.
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We're on the 12/1 sailing. I'm hoping somebody posts their Navigators for the PR day. A friend's husband grew up in San Juan, so we're hoping he can suggest some sights. BTW, cruise docs arrived today. Whoot!
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We're on the 12/1 sailing. I'm hoping somebody posts their Navigators for the PR day. A friend's husband grew up in San Juan, so we're hoping he can suggest some sights. BTW, cruise docs arrived today. Whoot!
We are on the 11/3/12 sailing, inaugural Puerto Rico voyage

I will be more than happy to post the Navigator for the PR day. My husband is from PR and I was raised there, so we are pretty excited to have the Disney cruise sail us to the lovely Island. 2 more days to go!
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Raices in old San Juan was so good we ate there three days straight. I still dream about the deep fied pork.
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Raices in old San Juan was so good we ate there three days straight. I still dream about the deep fied pork.
YES! Raices is a very good one!!
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We are on the 11/3/12 sailing, inaugural Puerto Rico voyage

I will be more than happy to post the Navigator for the PR day. My husband is from PR and I was raised there, so we are pretty excited to have the Disney cruise sail us to the lovely Island. 2 more days to go!
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