Puerto Rico is awesome! The people are nice as long as you respect them. Many Puerto Ricans speak English with an accent or don’t speak English at all.
It’s got some crime areas, but if you stay in Isla Verde, near the airport at night and don’t flash a lot of bling, don’t walk on the beach alone at night, in other words, use some common sense, you can have a great time.
There is one Hotel in Villa Mar called the Coqui Inn that I like. It’s across the freeway from Isla Verde, in a nice residential neighborhood. There is a cafe/bakery/butcher shop called Espana that has Cuban sandwiches, mofongo, Puerto Rican coffee, Medalla beer, Bacarci Rum, etc.
The El San Juan Hotel and Casino is something to see, have a meal, or spend the night but it’s pricey. The Sands next door is cheaper. The Condado area, with the Caribe Hilton is something to see, but not as protected an area for tourists.
Old San Juan and El Morro is great to explore, especially on a Sunday. Take a tour of the Bacardi factory and take a ride to El Yunque rain forest, hike to the waterfall.
My favorite thing that to do there that I recently discovered is to rent a car and drive through Pinones, near the airport, where there are dozens of little bars and food stands selling meat on a stick, plantains, fish, yucca, beer, coconuts, you name it. you can go along the ocean for miles, all the way to luquillo and beyond, way past the tourist zone, but probably safer because the people who prey on touristas will not be expecting you. There is a little marina there I didnt get a chance to explore. (Sigh) Oh well, I’ll have something to look forward to next visit.
The beaches are great. The water is much warmer than the Pacific. I went last year and I’m going back this Feb. Driving is a bit scary, but fun once you get used to it.
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