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About skivy

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    denver, co
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    volleyball, snorkeling, photography
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    norwegian and royal caribbean
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  1. If you are staying in Isla Verde, I’d recommend the Intercontinental as an upgrade Resort. (See first picture) Right on the beach and terrific pool area. Across the street in a little shopping area is a mom and pop restaurant called Mi Casita. Ham and egg breakfast for $3.99. The beach area here is incredible. I have also stayed at the boutique hotel called the Water and Beach club. Lighting is all done in blue. Other options are the Hampden Inn, Embassy Suites just a few blocks from the beach. The newly reopened upgrade El San Juan is beautiful but a bit pricey. If you venture down to the other tourist area, Condado, there are a number of options. I have pictured La Concha Resort. An upscale resort in the beach. Great pool and courtyard facilities. The previous thread mentioned Comfort Inn. I have stayed there and they have the standard Comfort inn fare. They also have worked out a deal with the beach area at La Concha. There is also a Best Western and the Wave Hotel a couple blocks from the beach that have free breakfast. (The Wave Hotel has great views from atop of the Lagoon.) The Marriot Stellaris is another upgrade hotel in the area. A good place for breakfast if staying at the upscale hotels is called Pannes. Check them out on Yelp. For lunch or dinner check out Kabanas. $5 1/2 pound burgers on Thursdays. Anyway, have a great time.
  2. You will love Old San Juan. From the ship walk left until you reach the Paseo de la Princessa. There may be little kiosks open along the walkway that end at the Raices fountain. (A tribute to the people of Puerto Rico.) See below picture. Continue your walk along the wall. (La Muralla) Continue along the waterfront until you reach the big red gate. Enjoy the waterfront walk, statuary and unique trees. Go through the gate and up the hill. At the top of the hill is the San Juan Cathedral. The ceilings and walls are spectacular. Now you have two options. You can continue your upward walk past the El Convento hotel to the top of the hill. You will come across a unique Taino totem. A few more steps and you will see the incredible Fort, El Morro. A must see. Too the right is a cemetery with incredible sculptures. Kids should be flying kites in the huge field. You can then walk back the same way to the Cathedral. (Another option is the free green trolley which travels through Old San Juan.) If you walk down the blue cobblestone streets you will come to a street called Fortaleza. It is where the umbrellas are. It leads to the governors mansion. If you continue on the original street you will end up at Pigeon Park. There are a number of fun restaurants that I like. Punta de Vista atop Hotel Milano. Great lunch menu and 2 for 1 mojitos. Also if you like chocolate go to the Choco Bar on San Francisco. Good fun and an assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks/desserts. Other fun shops, parks, fort and often street entertainment in the area. Enjoy!
  3. I did a quick scan on Priceline and saw that the hotels and resorts are running very high for the 29th. But deals are to be found. Check out their express deals. I saw a 3 star hotel being listed in Condado for $94. (Probably the Best Western) I’ve stayed there a couple times. Small pool but right near Ashford Avenue. For one night and not break the bank, I would recommend looking at this option for checking rates. I would make sure you stay at a 3 star or better place. My favorite places are the Intercontinental and La Concha. Depending on the number of days that you are staying, I would like you to consider looking at Rio Grande, Ponce and Rincon hotels. You will need to rent a car but all locations are within 2 hours of San Juan. Intercontinental La Concha Condado beach Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. I really enjoyed my stay at the Marriott Stellaris resort. The courtyard and pool area is calming, relaxing and beautiful. You can simply walk onto the beach and enjoy the silky sand from the courtyard. I agree with the previous person to walk to Pinky’s across from La Concha for breakfast. Around the corner is Kabanas my lunch place for fish tacos. 75 cents will get you to Old San Juan via the bus. (Do not give dollars as they only use change. ) Have a great time. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. I like staying in both the Condado and Isla Verde areas of San Juan before and after a cruise. Condado is closer to the ship areas and the home of La Concha resort which is a favorite. Located on the beach and in the tourist area. (Make sure to eat breakfast at the small restaurant called Pinkys across the street-Kabanas for lunch) The Best Western, Wave Hotel and Comfort inn are more price conscious alternatives. All within a few blocks of the beach. The best beach is in Isla Verde near the airport. I love ❤️ the Intercontinental resort/hotel. Pool area is an oasis. Then walk the beach of silky sands. Economical alternatives are the Water and Beach club boutique hotel. Just beware of blue lighting used throughout instead of clear. I also have enjoyed the Tryp hotel. Any way, enjoy your hotel, the beaches, your cruise and spend at least one or two days in Old San Juan.
  6. If you have time, go to San Juan at least one day if not 2 days before your cruise. There is just too much to see and do in Old San juan. I love staying in Condado. La Concha is a favorite resort hotel. It’s upscale and on the beach. When budget conscious, I like the Best Western or Wave hotel both only a couple blocks from the beach . The city bus takes you to Old San Juan for just $.75. A great walk once you get to Old San Juan starts with a walkway called the Paseo de la Princessa. (From the bus station walk to waters edge and walk to the right) Pick up a frozen fruit bar at Senor Paleta along the way. There will be gardens and vendors along the walkway which ends at an incredible fountain/statue called Raices. As you are about 100 feet before the fountain, look above the stone fortress walls for a skinny yellow building. It was once just a skinny alleyway between two buildings, but someone turned it into a 6’ wide skinniest building in San Juan. You can’t miss it as it is bright yellow. As you get to the fountain you will see that the walkway follows the fortress walls. Follow it the equivalence of 3-4 blocks and you will come upon the big red gate of San Juan. If you go through the gate and up the hill you will arrive at the hotel called El Convento. A refurbished convent that now is an upscale hotel with a number of fun little restaurants. Also check out the church across the blue-gray cobblestone street. Great stained glass and final resting place of Juan Ponce De Leon. (The blue cobblestones of the street were used as ballast on earlier ships. ) if you turn left at the top of the hill and continue, you will end up at the great Fort El Morro. A US National Park and a must see. Kites will be flying and a venture to the Magdalena cemetery has incredible statuary. For lunch go to the restaurant ChocoBar in San Francisco. Enjoy your stay and cruise.
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