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Old May 24th, 2008, 08:02 PM
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Default Beaches in Puerto Rico?

We'll be docking in Puerto Rico in 2 weeks and we're looking for a beach to go to. The duration is all day and most of the night. Does anyone know of a nice beach to visit, or a hotel/resort with a day pass? We've been to Puerot Rico on many of cruises but usually it's not during beach hours.

Also, does anyone know the reason all these cruiselines stop in Puerto Rico? This is one of the most boring islands. Most times, we end up staying on the ship or going across the street to the casino.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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I did a search for this, it seems close enough to the port to enjoy. You could also visit the forts, do a city tour, visit El Junque, you have enough time, visit a museum...lots to do in this pleasant port.

Isla Verde...Imagine living in a large city and having a beautiful beach as your back yard. That is exactly what the million or so residents of San Juan enjoy every day. There's no need to go far to enjoy a beautiful tropical day at the beach.

Isla Verde Beach is actually a series of beaches stretching for miles in front of luxury resorts and posh high-rise residential apartments, restaurants and private clubs, guesthouses and private homes, parks, and even a cemetery!

A tranquil place during the week, Isla Verde really comes alive on weekends. Beach lovers stream in from everywhere to get some sun, splash in the sea, party with family and friends, play beach volleyball, or walk along the sandy shores. There is no shortage of places to eat or drink. Many hotels and restaurants have bars and casual restaurants adjacent to the beach.

While most visitors soak up the sun reading, napping, or taking a lazy stroll in the surf line, the more adventurous go parasailing, bodysurfing, water skiing and jet skiing, or participate in many of the other water sports offere by the hotels and seaside shops.

Depending on the hour of the day and the day of the week, Isla Verde can be anything from a solitary stretch of glistening sand to a Coney Island crowd of happy sun worshippers, but it is always a delight.

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I feel just the opposite about puerto rico.... Where else can you feel like you're watching a scene out of Wuthering Heights when you're walking up to San Cristobal, or walking through the archway heading towards the beautiful Catholic Church with so much history inside of it or by accidentally (by using the restroom) see how gorgeous the nuns used to live at El Convento, catty corner to the church, cobblestone streets, or if you don't go through the archway you walk around to El Morro (??). Yes there is poverty but poverty is everywhere on a lot of our cruise stops but that's why you need to shop there too even if just for local artisan items. When you're at San Cristobal, there are so many Kodak moments not to mention seeing history first hand, getting a glimpse of the capitol building, getting wonderful photos if you have the right camera of the beaches to the left. We didn't even get to the shopping area. We understand there are rainforests, etc. And for the true tourist types, the Senor Frogs near the Sheraton rocked when we were there last October. Even my husband got on a chair. We can't wait to go back to see what we missed! In San Juan people are fixing up old rowhomes just like in America and it's having a snowball effect. I think in places such San Juan and Puerto Rico in general, you have to get outside your comfort zone and experience a different culture just like any of the ports. Whatever you do, don't take a riding tour, walk it!
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