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Old 11-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #16
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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   #18
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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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So sorry, I forgot to add the map on the last post. I am doing a million things at the same time preparing for our cruise on Saturday, my brain is all over the place.
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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.
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
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El Morro is interesting, we especially enjoyed poking around the cemetary area. We preferred Castillo San Cristobal. Also interesting to walk around the city gates and into old san juan. Lots of high-end shopping a block or two up the hill.

We stayed at the Sheraton waterfront and walked to our pier for CCL Victory. It has a small casino and nearby senor frogs. Re the free trolly, it's hit or miss as to keeping its' schedule we mostly walked and took a pricey cab once within the city. Here's a good link to walking tours of OSJ.

http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/old...alkingTour.htm
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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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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.
Well then, what is the best way to walk from El Morro to San Cristobal?
We do plan on seeing both while we are there.
Which Castillo do you like better?
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Well then, what is the best way to walk from El Morro to San Cristobal?
We do plan on seeing both while we are there.
Which Castillo do you like better?
It's ok to walk by, especially during the day, also you can take the back streets or depending on where you want to start you can go around instead. I would try to do both and fit them in my schedule, but if I had to choose just one, I would go with El Morro. It is a bit bigger and you have the open field where you can fly kites. You can also go to the top and see where they would fire cannons if they saw invaders approaching. Very interesting.
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Good morning everyone!

Here is a picture of an aerial view of the pier. I hope this gives some sense of the distances. That green open space you see in the corner is the entrance to "El Morro" and the spot very popular for flying kites. Again the breeze is amazing!

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Here is a picture of an aerial view of the pier. I hope this gives some sense of the distances. That green open space you see in the corner is the entrance to "El Morro" and the spot very popular for flying kites. Again the breeze is amazing!

Thanks for the picture.

I got a Tour Book from AAA and it gives a walking tour also of San Juan. I just have to miss that "area" you were talking about. Can you give me a better idea of what streets to avoid when walking to the Castillos?
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Thanks for the picture.

I got a Tour Book from AAA and it gives a walking tour also of San Juan. I just have to miss that "area" you were talking about. Can you give me a better idea of what streets to avoid when walking to the Castillos?
If you start in San Cristobal, I would go through "Sol Street" and up into "San Sebatian St" (right) take "San Sebastian St" all the way to "Del Cristo St" make a right on "Del Cristo St" into "Dr. F.R. De Goenaga St" (this street turns into "Del Morro RD) from there you would be looking at El Morro in the distance. I know it may sound confusing, but its not complicated. In Old San Juan the map I posted should be available for the guests and the directions will make more sense.
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If you start in San Cristobal, I would go through "Sol Street" and up into "San Sebatian St" (right) take "San Sebastian St" all the way to "Del Cristo St" make a right on "Del Cristo St" into "Dr. F.R. De Goenaga St" (this street turns into "Del Morro RD) from there you would be looking at El Morro in the distance. I know it may sound confusing, but its not complicated. In Old San Juan the map I posted should be available for the guests and the directions will make more sense.
Thanks, I see it. I also picked up a map for PR while I was at AAA.
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