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Old November 4th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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What would you recommend seeing in San Juan, PR at night? We have a stop from 5:00pm to 12:00pm. Carnival has a sponsored bus tour of San Juan called the "San Juan Night Life Tour." It is 2 hours long and is $27 per person. It is supposed to go from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, which means we would miss our dinner seating at 6:00pm. Has anyone taken this tour, or can you recommend something else?

We have arranged independent tours of St. Thomas and St. Maarten, and these were better deals than the Carnival sponsored tours.
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You can walk off the ship and find tour buses offerring excursions. We did that once when we ported late. It was a city tour, dropping you off in the shopping district. The stores were about to close;( What you could do, is make reservations that night to dine in an specialty reastaurant, that night, or just go to the cafe, and dine..

Here is a tour company, you might want to see if they offer anything more then the ship is offerring.

www.puerto-rico-sunshinetours.com

Seeing this friendly, and beautiful city is worth missing dinner in the dining room, especially since other options are available...Have a great time.
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If it's a Tuesday night, you could head up to the San Cristobel Fort. @ 6pm they host a local music and dance show that lasts about 1 hour.

There may still be shops open late as there will be a ship in port. Streets and attractions are well lit.

Google Legends of PR - they do a night time tour of Old San Juan.

If you want to try some local food for dinner there are plenty of restaurants in Old San Juan that you could check out.

Another option would be to arrange a Bio Bay tour from Fajardo (providing the moon phase is OK) - the ship will probably offer this or Google for companies (Kayaking Puerto Rico is one).

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We wanted to visit some dance clubs for live salsa, but found:

1. Most are closed Monday (the day we arrive)
2. The Parrot Club, Lazer, and Rhumba don't have much going on before 10:00pm - which is pushing the envelope for making departure (expecially if you are docked at the Pan-American pier).

Good luck and let us know what you end up doing. There seem to be a lot of late afternoon/evening stops in San Juan, so knowing what to do after dark would be great.
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We LOVED the Parrot Club when we were there last year. It is a short walk up the hill, a few streets behind the Sheraton Old San Juan. The authentic but safe to eat food, drinks, ambience, music and friendly staff were the highlight of our visit there. I would forego dinner on the ship that night and treat myself to dinner at Parrot Club and don't forget to have one of their famous Mojitos or other specialty drinks. My advice to find it is just to ask people, such as police or shopkeepers, on the way. Really worth a visit, even if you just go for a drink and/or appetizer.
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Thanks for all of your suggestions. We ended up going on the Carnival-sponsored walking tour of old San Juan. It was okay, but the tour guide did not speak loudly and had a strong accent. He was very nice, but I wish we could have taken a tour during the day when we could have visted the fort. It was getting dark during the tour, so it was hard to take pictures. The tour seemed a little over-priced, too.

The Bioluminescence Tour was offered and sounded interesting, but it was rather long and expensive. Also, my wife didn't know whether she would be up to the kayaking. Maybe another time.

I did see some carriages for hire, and it might have been nice to just go for a ride around Old San Juan. We did do a little shopping near the pier.
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oh, that is great to know, we could't decide on anything in san juan so decided to wing it, now knowing there are carriages for hire maybe we will try that.
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oh, that is great to know, we could't decide on anything in san juan so decided to wing it, now knowing there are carriages for hire maybe we will try that.
Yea, we're not sure what to do either. I did find a web site that lists all kinds of different places to see http://escape.topuertorico.com/pr-bin/placesgo.cgi but most of them close around 5 p.m. which is when we arrive.

We're going to just wing it also and may try the carriages as well. Good luck and enjoy!
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Tiffany123 and Eskie398, let us know how it goes. When are you leaving?
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Tiffany123 and Eskie398, let us know how it goes. When are you leaving?
I'll be leaving on 2/7. I'll be sure and post back here the week of 2/15 and will let you know what we find.

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The first time we went to san juan we did a carnival sponsored tour that was rather boring and then we started to feel rushed at the end. The next couple of times we went back we winged and had a fabulous time. There are so many little shops, restaurants and bars close to the dock it is easy to explore on your own. Then you can take your time in the places you like and skip the ones you don't. Have a great time.
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I didn't do any of the Carnival tours when in San Juan but we did skip dinner and just ate on the Lido deck before/after. Too hard to try to coordinate dinner with that kind of itinerary.
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