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About ajilimojil

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  1. There is a beach not too far from Old San Juan. It's called Escambron Beach and it's across the street from the Munoz Rivera Park . As a reference, it's walking distance from the Hilton Hotel. Just tell the taxi driver and he'll know.
  2. If you enter "marmalade restaurant" in the SEARCH box at the top of the page, you will see tons of comments about this restaurant. Everyone says is awesome, albeit a bit pricey, but tha's relative. Hope this helps.
  3. Ms411 , that is a really neat App! Is it easy to use? Is it only for iPhones? Thanks for sharing!
  4. I agree about "Puerto Rico Daytrips" being a wonderful source of info. Since you asked about acommodations near El Yunque, I would also like to add that the couple responsible for that web site also own a vacation rental near El Yunque that gets great reviews. Do a search for Coqui's Hideaway @ El Yunque and see if this suits your needs. (By the way, I have nothing to gain mentioning by this.)
  5. Regarding the Segway tour - we were there a few days ago in the eveningi and saw a group doing it (maybe they were just finishing it as they were on Paseo de La Princesa, approaching their offices near the piers). All I know is that it was already dark - about 8 pm or later.
  6. In case that the Old San Juan stores are not what the OP was referring to, there are other outlet centers in Puerto Rico. These are the multi-store-under-one-roof type. One of them is the Puerto Rico Premium Outlets in Barceloneta. I believe there is another one called Belz in the town of Canovanas, not too far from the San Juan metro area.
  7. Are you sure it's La Bombonera? I heard it was "La Mallorquina" that closed.
  8. You need to select Zone 8 and 3.5 stars. However, that does not guarantee you'll get it. It used to be that it was the ONLY 3.5 stars hotel in that zone but now there are several. By the way, we just got it for 3 nights in March for $115 (not as good as last yearwhen we got it for $89 but it's better than not getting it.)
  9. I would go for Bay View. We've stayed there twice and both times we could see the waterfront and, of course, the ships. Not sure what you'd see with a City View other than the tall building behind the hotel.
  10. The forts are part of the National Park system and they control the hours of operation. Some shops do stay open late, especially on days that ships are in port.
  11. Also, quite a few "South American" stores selling souvenirs from their own country. They ARE nice but NOT puertorrican.
  12. What dates did you pick? We want January.
  13. Perhaps this will answer your questions (quick Google search provided the info): <<Balneario El Escambron (Escambron Beach) is the closest beach to Old San Juan, at the Third Millennium Park , just to the west of the Normandie Hotel (and Caribe Hilton). The beach is within easy walking distance of the Normandie and Carib Hilton hotels, though from Old San Juan I’d recommend taking the local bus or a taxi. The beach is crescent shaped with calm waters due to the coral reef just off shore. In 2007 is was named as one of Puerto Rico’s Blue Flag beaches and is open daily between 8:30am – 5pm with lifeguards on duty. During winter months (September – March). The beach is closed Mondays and Tuesdays (no lifeguards and facilities are closed, but you can still use the beach). The reef provides an opportunity to snorkel and there is plenty of shade when you need to take a break from the sun. Facilities at Escambron Beach include: Outdoor showers Restrooms Escambron Beach Club restaurant Local vendors Picnic tables Paid parking is available for $4 – use the entrance to the Third Millennium Park >>
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