Puerto Rico 2011

Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
Trip End Jun 19, 2008

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday, December 27

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 for trip. I enjoyed driving my own mini-boat to the different islands to snorkel. The water was crystal clear, blue water with spectacular scenery above and below the ocean. This was our first time snorkeling, so we don't have anything to compare it to. However, Julie and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour- even if I did lose my cookies at the end of it.

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. We also stopped for pictures at La Coca Falls. The Angelito trail leads to Las Damas pool located on Road 988 just after El Portal Visitor Center on Road 191. Trail on right side of road at Km 3.5, which is about miles after the bridge. Starts off as packed gravel but turns to mud and leads to a river crossing. Continue till you get to a natural pool with a rope swing. The La Coca Trail is at Km 8.6 just past La Coca Falls on Road 191 on left by parking lot. Take picture of trail map (1.8 miles) that leads down on the way in. Very strenuous on the way out, but leads to rivers, waterfalls, and swimming pool galore. Allow 3-4 hours total.

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. This was an amazing experience to kayak to a bay and to see the water glow when you touch it. This tour and the mini-boat snorkeling tour were the best thing we did while in Puerto Rico.

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

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