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Puerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to Know

Girl’s Trip to Puerto Rico

This was our first girl’s trip where no one had been to the country, so it was a great way to experience everything together. We definitely fell in love with Puerto Rico and didn’t want to leave – Beautiful beaches, amazing culture, delicious food, (which you can check out on Finger licking: PR) and welcoming people. What more could you ask for? After being there for 1.5 weeks, it sort of became a second home and an everyday life. We could definitely get used to the island life for sure.

Where did we stay?Puerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to Know

We stayed at the Best Western Condado Hotel, which was a block away from the beach, restaurants, and local convenient stores like CVS and Walgreen. Which came in handy since we didn’t have to waste our money on taxis just to buy snacks. The hotel itself was nice, they had free breakfast until 9:30 AM on the weekday and 10:30 AM on the weekend. There was a lounge, where you could buy drinks and relax with your friends if you didn’t want to leave the hotel. It also came with a pool and gym. We actually didn’t use either of those, the pool was too small and wasn’t appealing.Puerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to Know

Cons:
They didn’t change our sheets or clean very well. If we didn’t ask to have them changed we would have probably slept on the same sheets until we left.
The toilet kept making a very loud sound as if it was constantly running.
The sink was clogged with nasty hair so it took forever for the water to go down.

But besides the negative things we encountered as soon as we brought up the issues with the front desk, they fixed the problem immediately.  

Price for (10nights):$1,668.07 – which was split between the three of us.


Activities

 

Unfortunately, we were not able to do all the activities we wanted which sucked! But we made the best of it and still had fun with the ones we did. Click on the links below to learn about the different Puerto Rico tours we did:

Culebra Island Snorkeling Adventure

Puerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to Know

By far my best tour in Puerto – Snorkeling, feeding fish, jumping off boats and swimming in baby blue water. A dream come true.


El Yunque Rainforest 

Puerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to KnowHiked in the beautiful Rainforest in the rain and got to hear the history about it.


Bacardi factory, Cave and Beach Tour

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Learned the history about Bacardi, then we were able to explore a cave and a swim at the beach


Old San Juan

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Explored the colorful Old San Juan and El Forte de San Cristobal


NightlifePuerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for an area where you can walk to different bars and clubs then don’t stay in Condado. There were a few bars but it was mostly restaurant – their nightlife was pretty much nonexistent. We definitely had a difficult time trying to find fun places to go on the weekdays.

We bonded with these two girls on our boat trip so we all decided to go out Friday night and hit up La Placita. The road was blocked off so once you get out your taxi you have to walk up a bit to get to the strip of bars. To our surprise it crazy packed, people were either drinking, dancing or talking with their friends. You were able to walk around with your drinks, but you had to finish it before entering another bar. They also had food available outside for you to buy.

Puerto Rico Takeaways & Tips:

  • Never plan a tour or activity on your last full day at your destination.
  • Try to have exact change or cash on you if possible. They never seemed to have change for a $20 or more
  • Learning a few words in Spanish can come in handy
  • Make sure to check your sheets to see if they changed it. 
  • ALWAYS have a plan B – The most important!Puerto Rico for First Timers: What You Need to Know

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