Caribbean Travels – San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico is a great starting point for a vacation. There's something for everyone - whether you plan to spend your entire holiday in Puerto Rico or fly there to take a cruise. We decided to take a cruise for our honeymoon and flew to Puerto Rico a few days early . This gave us time to relax and enjoy a beautiful island with lots of time to prepare for boarding our cruise. We flew into San Juan and then took a short taxi ride to Carolina which is where you will find the beach area of Isla Verde. We booked two private condos at the ESJ Towers through Chana Cohen www.esjtowers.net and were very pleased with our accommodation. Since we were travelling with a party of ten, we needed two condos and ended up with one three bedroom and one two bedroom unit which both overlooked the ocean. They were really well appointed and came complete with living area, balcony, complete kitchen and laundry facilities in the two bedroom unit. Needless to say our kids were really happy! I first stayed at ESJ Towers many years ago and had great memories from that trip to Puerto Rico. I certainly was not disappointed. Even though it is not fancy, it is in a great location and had all the amenities that we required. The building is right on the beach which is a beautiful stretch of golden sand. For those who like to keep busy instead of sunning on there beach there was plenty to do. Parasailing was available as well as catamaran and jet ski rentals. There were beach vendors if you got hungry and umbrellas and chairs were available for rent. The building also has a great pool area with lots of shade, change room facilities and plenty of room for all the guests. An additional benefit was the ideal location. We took a short walk down the laneway to get to the main area where you can find all kinds of restaurants, a Walgreen's and even groceries if you plan to do your own cooking. We opted for an authentic Puerto Rican dinner and weren't disappointed. A couple overhead our dilemma about where to eat and suggested that we might want to try the Metropol which was just a short walk from our condo. It certainly is a popular restaurant with great atmosphere, and even though we showed up on a Saturday night with a party of ten, they were happy to accommodate us. We were very impressed with the service as well as the blend of Cuban and Puerto Rican cuisine. For those who like nightlife, there is plenty to do in the area. Right next door to ESJ Towers is the El San Juan Hotel and further down the road are other hotels with evening entertainment and dancing. All in all, choosing to stay in San Juan a few days prior to our cruise was a great way to start our honeymoon! Interested in finding out more about Puerto Rico or to book your own cruise or vacation to this beautiful island? Give us a call at 1.800.405.6088. www.verstraetetravel.com