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Puerto Rico Itinerary Review, Por Favor

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Hi,

We are an older couple looking for a twelve day winter break in February. Our
travel style is just that - travel. We like to experience the culture and natural
beauty of places and to keep busy with just a little down time. We do not fly while
in country; our physical activity is hiking, but no golf or none of the water based
activities that make Puerto Rico so popular (except for part of a day on the
beach). Based on that, below is what we have come up with and would sincerely
appreciated the comments and suggestions of all who have experience with
travel in the "Island of Enchantment."
Many thanks,
Jemma & Nick

Day 1. San Juan (Arrive 2PM). Hotel: El Convento (Old Town).
Day 2. San Juan. Hotel: El Convento. To o: Old Town, Museums, Bacardi Visit, Food
Tour, Beach Time.
Day 3. San Juan. Hotel: El Convento. To Do: Old Town, Museums, Bacardi Visit, Food
Tour, Beach Time.(Get Rental car in PM).
Day 4. Luquillo & Around. Hotel: Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn. To Do: Drive Luquillo. El
Yunque Hike, Playa Luquillo & Kiosks, Fajardo, la Cabezas de San Juan, Bio Island
Electric Boat Bioluminescant Bay.
Day 5. Luquillo & Around. Luquillo & Around. Hotel: Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn. To
Do: El Yunque Hike, Playa Luquillo & Kiosks, Fajardo, la Cabezas de San Juan, Bio
Island Electric Boat Bioluminescant Bay.
Day 6. Ponce. Hotel: Hotel Melia. To Do: Drive Panoramic Route to Ponce. Historic
owntown, Museums, Hacienda Buena Vista, Tribes Indian Ceremonial Center.
Day 7. Ponce. Hotel: Hotel Melia. To Do: Historic owntown, Museums, Hacienda
Buena Vista, Tribes Indian Ceremonial Center.
Day 8. Guanica. Hotel: Copamarina Beach Resort. To Do: Drive Guanica. Bosque Estatal
de Guanica, Beach, rive/Explore Boqueron, El Faro de Cabo Rojo & San German.
Day 9. Guanica. Hotel: Copamarina Beach Resort. To Do: Bosque Estatal de Guanica,
Beach, rive/Explore Boqueron, El Faro de Cabo Rojo & San German.
Day 10. Karst Area. Hotel: TJ Ranch. To Do: Drive Karst Area. Rio Camuy Caves,
Arecibo Observatory, Caguana Indian Ceremonial Area/
Day 11. San Juan. Hotel: Caribe Hilton. To Do: Drive San Juan. Beach Time. Return Car.
Day 12. AM - Beach. PM - Fly Home.

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    Hotel El Convento is really nice, so that's a great choice. It is in the middle of Old San Juan so you're walking distance from everything. You included "beach time" those first two days but I just want to remind you that Old San Juan does not have any beaches. The closest one is the Caribe Hilton Beach which is nice and right next to it is the more public beach of Escambron. If you want to go to more popular beaches near Old San Juan go to the Condado/Ocean Park area or Isla Verde.

    With regards to Luquillo, I've never heard of the hotel your staying in, and I've lived in the island for 30 years. There are many other hotel options around Luquillo that are much better known, suchs as Westin Rio Mar, El Conquistador or if you want to splurge big time then St. Regis Bahia Beach. The town of Fajardo, Rio Grande and Luquillo are all right next to each other and it takes literally 5-10 minutes to get from one to another. You can do El Yunque, the Luquillo Beach and Kiosks, Las Cabezas de San Juan, Fajardo all from any of those hotels I mentioned. The Bio Bay in Vieques is awesome as well and you can coordinate with any of the hotels for pick up and transfer.

    Ponce you can do most of it in one day maybe a day and a half. The historic downtown is small and can be seen in a couple of hours. Museums, I don't know which ones you want to see but maybe Castillo Serralles (a couple of hours max) and the Museo de Arte de Ponce (a couple of hours). I haven't been to Hacienda Buena Vista so I can't say how long that tour is. Apart from that, there's not much to see or do in Ponce.

    Copamarina hotel is nice and relaxing. The Guanica forest is a nice little drive and hike. Boqueron and Cabo Rojo are also very nice. The little town of La Parguera is very popular with locals. You can charter a boat and go to Gilligans Island which is a really nice beach escape. San German I'm not too fond of.

    I've never hear of the hotel you're staying in the Karst Area, but then again, I usually just drive from San Juan to places like the Observatory, and Camuy Caves. I would also include and excursion to Cueva La Ventana in Arecibo which has a great panoramic view of the area.

    Overall great schedule. If you were big beach goers I'd tell you to drop Ponce and instead focus on the west coast towns of Rincon, Aguadilla and Isabela which are amazing and very popular with locals but since you're not, your schedule seems fine. If you like zip-lining do Toro Verde in the mountain region. Consider also kayaking in Lago Dos Bocas.

    You also left out what is in my opinion the single best thing in Puerto Rico, the island of Culebra. I would drop everything just to make it there and stay a couple of nights lounging at Flamenco and Culebrita beach and sipping Bushwackers at Mamacita's.

    Have fun in Puerto Rico!!

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