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Puerto Rico last minute weekend getaway, where to stay? Car?

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Grabbed a last minute flight for next weekend into sju, 3 nights, trying to figure where hubby and i should stay. Have only visited a couple other times while on a cruise, did the fort and walked around port area..not really impressed but always wanted to give PR a chance and see what else it has to offer..never been to a beach or outskirts of San Juan. We will likely stay at a beach resort....what areas are best for beaches and reasonable proximity to airport? Is there a beach area/town that has it's own dining/shopping without going back to San Juan? Is a car recommended? ( we do like to drive and explore on our own if it's generally safe....is it?). I would love to hear about places that others enjoy here...

Thanks for any info as I do not have time to do the proper research on this short notice...

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