Ok here are my choices San Juan city tour, Latin tradition show, Bioluminescence bay kiyak tour, or Sunset catamaran party, have any of you done any of these and which ones do you reccomend? Im leaning towards the the San Juan city tour and Latin show if I can fit them both in or the Bioluminescence tour.
don't waste your time/money taking an organized tour of San Juan. Just grab a cab and head out to Old San Juan and wander around for yourself. Its very interesting.
I wasn't impressed with the Latin show. They try to really push the drinks.
I have heard that the Bioluminescene tour is only good during a full moon
The sunset Catamaran tour sounds nice
My girlfriend just went there on a cruise stop and they got a cab and did Old San Juan. Said everyone said tours were disappointing, should have gone on their own. Think that is what my husband and I will do, just checkout Old San Juan! Have fun!
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I'd definitely recomend doing things on your own. Finding an cab driver who can understand and speak a bit of English should be no problem. But good luck trying to find one who's sort off fluent in English!! Anyway, language shouldn't be a problem to having a good time here
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I found a private night walking tour of old San Juan with a local English speaking guide, it really give you the history as well as love stories and ghost stories so Im considering that. (Im a ghost tour nut and usually do these in all different cities.) Also read many, many positive reviews about the kayak thing so Im still tossing that around, other wise I will just cab it around and see the forts and old San Juan as you all suggested thanks.
English is spoken there! The kids get 12 years of it so most know it and many can speak it very well. Some just act like they can't.
Old San Juan is best if walked. The streets are too narrow for cars and you will spend all your time dodging other cars and trying to find your way around. Leave the dock and walk up the hill a couple of streets and then left on Fortaleza (sp?) That has many shops on it and will take you to other streets that go up to the top of the hill where the Big Fort is (El Moro) there are actually two forts; San Chrisobal and El Moro. El Moro is at the harbor entrance and is the one most people visit. The other one is about a mile away and is not as well known.
There are many nice shops in Old San Juan and the smaller bars make some good Pina Coladas. Local artists are everywhere near the shopping areas and there are several older churches and government houses that date back to the 1500s.
The phosphoresent bay trip is a long way from San Juan and is best during a full moon. This would be a pretty tough one day trip as you would be in a car most of the time.
I have not been there in a while but did live there and my wife collected some nice jewelry and pottery there. Rum of course is the drink of choice on the Island and pass up the Bacardi as it is considered swill to the locals. Don Q is a good local brand as are many others made in Ponce or Bayamon.
Don't know what time you are arriving in San Juan but I wouldn't walk around San Juan alone at night, all the stores (with the exception of a few Carnival recommended stores)...close at 5:00 p.m., El Morro closes at 5:00 p.m., the only venues open after 5:00 p.m. are some restaurants and casinos (in the hotels) and Senor Frogs (short walk from the dock but everyone from the cruise ships are there because everything else is closed). We stopped in San Juan last year, arrived at 5:00 p.m. but by the time you get off the ship it is closer to 6:00 p.m., strolled down the dock area (very congested with lots of locals hanging out), we didn't really feel very safe (two women alone) so just went back to the ship. You don't have to take a cab to see Old San Juan, you can walk from the pier but I wouldn't do it alone at night. I would suggest if you book a shore excursion, stick with one offered by the cruise line, there's safety in numbers and they will return you to the ship safely. Bacardi? blah!!!!!!! Appleton is my personal favorite.
Thanks for the info everyone. I agree Rose there is safety in numbers since most people travel with a family or at least a husband or boyfriend it's a bit safer then us ladies out on the town. I am going to do one of the tours here especially cause we won't be there till night.
We liked the ship's San Juan city tour--got to see the fort & the old city including McDonalds (en espanol no less) as well as the hotel areas--covered alot of area on the tour, had a great guide & he was able to get through some very heavy traffic--there was a fair or something going on & without that bus & tour we never would have made it back in time....also felt safe as the sun set!