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    Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    So my inlaws are coming for a bit this summer...My wife wants to really surprise them and take them somewhere exotic with palm trees...So we got thinking Puerto Rico as it is a US territory and the paperwork should be minimal for her parents.

    So, where should I look at staying? What should I do? I am going into this blind, any insight would be great.....
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    not in a million years, my friends who are from there said not to go, too dangerous.

    West Coast Florida is my suggestion, Fort Meyers Beach, http://www.edisonbeachhouse.com/ a nice place, plenty of palm trees and activities near by.

    Drive down to the Everglades or go across Alligator Alley for a day trip to the east coast

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    PR would be one of the very last Islands on my list to visit!!!
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Neggy View Post
    not in a million years, my friends who are from there said not to go, too dangerous.

    West Coast Florida is my suggestion, Fort Meyers Beach, http://www.edisonbeachhouse.com/ a nice place, plenty of palm trees and activities near by.

    Drive down to the Everglades or go across Alligator Alley for a day trip to the east coast
    Great reference. Try Siesta Key out on the west coast, Sarasota area (it's a high end town $$$)...the white sand is cool to the feet even on 100* days. Or take them down to the Keys...the scenery is fantastic, clear water, the bridges, small towns, great diving, etc...

    To Neggy's point, you can go do airboats in the Everglades too...

    Plenty of places in FL to go that IMO are better the PR...
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Asked a co-worker who's from the island, she says:
    There lots of things to do there, depends on what they like, from relaxing to extreme
    rain forest is a must go
    bioluminiscent (glow in the dark) bay in either Fajardo or Vieques
    Old San Juan is really nice.

    From personal experience, lots of good food, though there are plenty of places to avoid. Be prepared to spend money. Not everyone speaks English, but enough do to get around. Service at the good places will be top-notch. Driving is terrible. And iguanas are everywhere. And get a churrasco steak at Antonio's if you go near Santa Isabel (Ponce).

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    US Virgin Islands is also an option
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Tacmedic View Post
    US Virgin Islands is also an option
    Yes I forgot to mention that...

    Florida might be the way to go, this is too last minute and I hate not knowing what Im getting into..Especially with them in tow and this much money being laid out.

    Thanks and keep up with the responses
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Transported cargo to old San Juan for 6 months. Love the place and though about moving there. There was even a Hooter's there. Never had time to see the whole island. Condado, next to San Juan, has hotels and casino's. The last time I was there was in 1999.

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Stayed at a big resort outside of san juan, visited the town and bacardi rum factory but mostly stayed at resort, they had a private island you could shuttle to and entertainment at night was ok but still would rather go back to Florida or Hawaii, just seems safer, less hassle and they speak english...well...maybe not nowdays

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    i've been to PR several times on business, stayed close to san juan 3 times and to ponce 4 times. all times at different hotels. the best was the hilton golf resort in ponce. it was early july and i slept with the sliding door to the balcony open and had nice breezes and the surf sound off the private beach. at time off i found beaches on the map and through tourist sites with pictures which were terrific - white sand, a palm tree or two, great water and when i went, the beach looked exactly like the picture except there were 2 million adults, 6 million kids and 250,000 dogs. could hardly find a place to park. i had no problems with security and the larger hotels had god food and occasionally a casino. walked all over old san juan until early evening with no problems, but as in any big city there are places to avoid. i did see a shoot-out on a sunday morning. i was stopped at a red light and 2 cop cars pulled up in the middle of the intersection. a car came fast out of the side street and the cops pointed to it. that's the signal to stop in PR. the car kept going and i saw the cops draw and heard about 6 shots as i was lying on the front seat. the cops pealed out after them and i later heard that the folks and robbed some one at gunpoint and someone got shot.
    holidays are almost impossible to find a hotel room, especially around july 4th. folks are very patriotic and seem to all come to the cities for vacation then. all in all a nice experience but that was 3 years ago.

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    I can only say this. When in Puerto Rico I saw some of the worst ghetto's I have ever seen and I have been to some bad ones. Miles of continuous ghetto's. Its one of those places if you make a wrong turn you may not return. Other than that its nice
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    ARIZONA - Europeans like the sun and the Resorts have all huge discounts

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    I've been told by a couple friends that were born and raised in PR that if I ever visit, being a white boy, stay in the tourist area's and don't ever venture out without a local to guide you. Even they hate to go back and visit.
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Another vote for the FL Gulf Coast. Check out the freshwater springs, such as Rainbow Springs/River, in the interior of the state. Fishing, both fresh and salt water, is fantastic.
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    as you may know, I am fond of the Fort Meyers area, been there since 94, on the beach from 94-2010, then I moved into a gated community in North Fort Meyers in 2012.

    SW Florida International is the easiest airport on the planet to get in and out of. Tampa is also an option as is Sarasota/Bradenton.

    you can do nothing and just hang on the beach, you can road trip to lots of interesting places in under 2 hours, boat to Key West, Edison/Ford Estate, Sanibel, Naples, Everglades, Pine Island, Marco, jet ski, para sail, go look for 20 foot gators, Casino gambling is an hour away, or the boat may be running out into international waters.

    Palm trees, white sand, blue water.... and it is easy to get to from Michigan

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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Neggy View Post
    as you may know, I am fond of the Fort Meyers area, been there since 94, on the beach from 94-2010, then I moved into a gated community in North Fort Meyers in 2012.

    SW Florida International is the easiest airport on the planet to get in and out of. Tampa is also an option as is Sarasota/Bradenton.

    you can do nothing and just hang on the beach, you can road trip to lots of interesting places in under 2 hours, boat to Key West, Edison/Ford Estate, Sanibel, Naples, Everglades, Pine Island, Marco, jet ski, para sail, go look for 20 foot gators, Casino gambling is an hour away, or the boat may be running out into international waters.

    Palm trees, white sand, blue water.... and it is easy to get to from Michigan
    I think something like this is the ticket...


    Thanks for the replies regarding PR everyone...Glad to hear the truth from some who've actually been there..You guys paint quite a different picture than the travel websites do.
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    The other thing I remember about these ghetto area's that was just weird.....I saw multiple packs of dog running loose together....like 10-15 at a time.....looking like they hadn't eaten in a month...really strange....but enough to make you wonder if you still had grease on your fingers from the sausage at breakfast lol
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

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    but enough to make you wonder if you still had grease on your fingers from the sausage at breakfast lol
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    im with the Florida people, PR is a crap hole, i love the pensacola area
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Florida it will be..This it jus too last minute to get all fancy and stuff..

    I cant believe Ill be in FL in July

    At least they'll appreciate it...
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

    Prepare for hot and humid. If you stay along the beaches it should be pretty nice with the constant breeze. Gulf side you get beautiful sunsets and Atlantic side you get beautiful sunrises, if you get up that early.
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    Re: Advice on a trip to Puerto Rico

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