things to do near San Juan airport

Old Nov 7th, 2000, 06:07 AM
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things to do near San Juan airport

Hi all. We're heading to Grenada in two weeks, and have a 6-7 hour layover at San Juan airport both ways. Is that enough time to escape the terminal and check out anything? Suggestions are welcome - thanks!
Old Nov 7th, 2000, 08:03 AM
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This is a tough one. If your bags are checked though and you really have a full 6 hours, you can go into Old Town. You do not have time for all of the things to see there so I would first pick the El Morro fortress. I would allow about an hour each way by taxi as traffic can be bad at times. The fare should run around $12-$14. Much of Old Town is quite touristy today and the weather can be warm. There is little to do or eat in the airport. As another suggestion take a taxi to Sunny's Ocean View Terrace at 2 Amapola St. in Isla Verde at the Empress Hotel. This is very near the airport. It is a very informal open dinning terrace that is right on the water. It has the best ribs in Puerto Rico or perhaps anywhere. It would be a very pleasant place to spend a hour or two and you can also stroll along the beach. If you are very tired coming into Puerto Rico, you could rent a room at the hotel in the airport and grab a nap for a few hours. They may have a day rate. However, due to Caribbean time you may find that a fair portion of the 6-7 hours is otherwise used up.
Old Nov 7th, 2000, 10:28 AM
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I agree with what Louis said. We had 8 hours to spend in San Juan, so we hopped a cab to El Morro. My husband, the military history buff, really enjoyed exploring the fort. We had lunch and did a little shopping in Old San Juan,and caught a cab back to the airport in plenty of time.

Another thought is to take a tour to the Bacardi distllery, which is just past El Morro fort heading out of San Juan.
Old Nov 8th, 2000, 03:06 AM
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If you go to Old San Juan, find the "Butterfly People" building. There are a couple of shops there all focused on butterflies, and a nice reasonably priced deli in the lovely atrium. One of the shops has incredible mounted butterfly displays. A little gross, IMO, but still interesting...

You could also just head to Isla Verde beach, about 5 minute cab ride from the airport. Know, however, that the beaches in SJ are a lot like Miami Beach.
Old Nov 8th, 2000, 03:07 AM
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With that much time, you could go to El Junque, which is the rainforest, not far from SJ. We did not get there, but heard it was worth a visit.
Old Nov 9th, 2000, 02:00 AM
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I would go to the Casino at the El San Juan(a beautiful lobby to visit also,plenty of stores there) and try and win some money to pay for my vacation! A great way to pass the time, if you;re a gambler!
Old Nov 16th, 2000, 02:12 PM
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6-7hours can fly by pretty fast in the craziness of San Juan traffic. Old San Juan is great for shopping and sightseeing, but it will be quite hectic. I agree with the El San Juan suggestion. The resort is just minutes from the airport with beautiful grounds to explore and several fantastic restaurants. My favorite is La Veranda on the porch, which overlooks pools and the beach.
Old Nov 16th, 2000, 02:24 PM
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Hello There:
The Isla Verde Area is a good place to go very close to the airport many hotels a shops in the area. For old San Juan 6 hours, I dont now, give yourself only 5 hours and the other to travel in and out of the airport. The time of day would be critaical. Rush hour trafic is from 6:00am to 8:30am to San Juan and 4:00pm to 6:30pm out of San Juan. Cruise ship arravils almost every day, especialy Tuesday and Saturday, this mean a lot of trafic in Old San Juan from taxis and tour buses.
But if the is rigth just go you are goin to loved.
Old Nov 17th, 2000, 04:59 AM
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We had a 6 hour layover on our way to St. Kitts. That's was a bummer! We put our carry-on's in a locker and took a taxi into old SJ, took in the sites and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. ($16.00) As said before, depending on the time, traffic can be a bear.
Old Nov 17th, 2000, 12:24 PM
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I spend a lot of time in San Juan and would agree, your best bets are exploring Old San Juan -- El Morro, Fort San Cristobal and lunching at the Parrot Club, Sam's Cafe or Amadeus. Some decent crafts, outlet shopping as well.

The El San Juan Hotel is a Caribbean gem. It has the old-style feel of the Latin-influenced Caribbean and is wonderful for lunch, but better for its great nightlife and dining options.

Enjoy! And if you leave yourself avoid rush hours in terms of traffic, you should be fine!
Old Dec 6th, 2000, 07:20 AM
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Went to a great restaurant inside the El Convento Hotel dowtown. Great food, great atmosphere, and the people were wonderful.
Try it out.

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