Puerto Rico 2011
Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
32Trip End Jun 19, 2008
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4:30 a.m.- Left Greenwood for the Atlanta Airport7:30 a.m.- Checked in
9:40 a.m.- Departed Atlanta for Miami
11:45 a.m.- Arrived in Miami
2:00 p.m.- Departed Miami for San Juan
5:30 p.m.- Arrived in San Juan
6:00 p.m.- Took shuttle to Payless car rental (cost $277)
7:00 p.m.- Ate dinner at McDonalds
8:00 p.m.- Checked in at the Gran Melia Golf Resort and stayed around the hotel for the remainder of the evening
Wednesday, December 28
7:30 a.m.- Departed hotel for Puerto Chico Marina in Fajardo
8:30 a.m.- Mini Boat Adventures- Cost $160.50 ($150/ boat for 2); Island hop and snorkel guided tours; 3 ½ for trip
12:00 p.m.- Ate lunch at McDonalds and headed back to the hotel to relax
4:00 p.m.- Left for Old San Juan and San Juan to tour Fort San Cristobal and Fort San Filipe del Morro (both forts cost $5/person or one for $3/person ages 16 and up). Due to traffic, we only toured San Cristobal, which closed at 6 p.m.
7:00 p.m.- Stopped at Baskin Robbins for ice cream.
8:00 p.m.- Arrived at the hotel and had dinner at the Italian restaurant and then stayed around the hotel for the remainder of the evening
Thursday, December 29
7:30 a.m.- Departed hotel for the El Yunque Rain Forest
8:00 a.m.- Hiked the Angelito Trail and the La Coca Trail
12:00 p.m.- Ate lunch at a restaurant in the El Yunque Rain Forest. We had chicken burritos, sausage ball, and a mango and banana milk shake. It was delicious.
1:00 p.m.- Relaxed at the hotel
4:30 p.m.- Departed hotel for the Bio Bay Tour in Fajardo
5:00 p.m.- Arrived in Fajardo and had ice cream at Popeye’s
5:30 p.m.- Bio Bay Kayaking Fajardo Tours with Eco Adventures- Cost $100; Directions: Head west towards PR 187 (0.5 mi); turn let at PR 187 (1.4 mi); turn right toward interstate PR-3 (112 ft); take the 1st left onto interstate PR 3 (11.4 mi); turn left at Ave El Conquistador (0.9 mi); turn right to stay on Ave El Conquistador (1.4 mi); turn left at Carr Cabezas/Pr 987 (0.8 mi); slight right (0.6 mi); turn left (66 ft.) www.ecoadventurespr.com’ 787-206-0290
8:00 p.m.- Headed back to the hotel for the evening
Friday, December 30
8:00 a.m.- Departed the hotel for Cumay Caves. Cumay Caves are southwest of San Juan, about a two-hour drive. Open Wednesday-Sunday 8am - 4pm; admission $15 and $3 for parking. Take Route 22 west to Arecibo, exit 77B. Then Route 129 south to Km 20.
9:00 a.m.- I missed my exit to PR 22. I got off at the next exit to turn around. As I was coming back onto PR 26 a car practically ran me off the road. I swerved to the right to miss him and blew out both tires on the right side. We waited for 3 hours for the tow truck to bring us another car and pick up ours. However, while we waited 6 people stopped to help- 2 tow trucks, 1 garbage truck, 1 good Samaritan, 1 cop, and 1 homeless guy with a shopping cart. This is a testimony of how friendly the people of Puerto Rico are.
12:00 p.m.- Continued on our way to the Cumay Caves
1:30 p.m.- Ate lunch at Burger King
2:00 p.m.- Arrived at Cumay Caves and the gates were closed. I gave my sob story to the gate guard and he said I was too late. However, as I was leaving, he flagged me down and let us in. Again, this was a new experience for both of us, but we were glad to have this opportunity to see it. Due to the flat tires and crowds at the caves, we did not have the opportunity to do the other activities we had planned. We had also planned on going to Coamo Thermal Springs, Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, Rincon and Arecibo Lighthouses. However, there is no way we could have done all of this any way.
4:00 p.m.- Toured the caves
6:00 p.m.- Headed back to the hotel for the evening