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Getting to Puerto Rico and the Port of San Juan (continued)

Getting to Puerto Rico and the Port of San Juan (continued)

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Taking a Taxi—Taxis are plentiful at the airport, and follow a fixed rate chart for tourist destinations, both in-town and out-of-town. Local rates range from $10 to and from the hotels on Isla Verde to $19 for Old San Juan and the cruise piers. There's a $1/bag fee for luggage, a $2 gas surcharge on all trips, an extra fee for more than five passengers, and late-night fees. Trips outside the tourism districts are metered, but flat rates can be negotiated.

Renting a Car—A car rental is only practical if you'll be making an extended pre-/post-cruise stay. At the airport: Most major agencies have offices at the airport, but if you're staying at an in-town hotel, it's probably best to take a taxi to/from the airport and rent only on the day(s) you'll really need the car. Parking fees at the better hotels are pretty steep, and most agencies have offices in or near the hotel districts. At the pier: There are no agency offices near the cruise pier. The closest are in the Condado district, half-way to the airport. All the national chains are represented.

Pre/Post Cruise Stays

Puerto Rico is deserving of an extended visit in its own right, so if your schedule allows, take some time to explore the island's Spanish Colonial heritage in Old San Juan and Ponce, the natural wonders of El Yunque rainforest, island culture, golf and beach resorts, or the world's largest radiotelescope at Arecibo. For ideas, check our port of call description, starting on page 247.

Hotels—San Juan has over 65 hotels ranked 3-star and above, clustered in four major districts. Isla Verde is adjacent to the airport, and features a long stretch of prime beachfront. Notable hotels here include the El San Juan, InterContinental, and Ritz-Carlton, all of which house casinos, as well as familiar names from the all-suite category. Condado is probably the city's best-known hotel district, occupying more prime beachfront, about halfway between the airport and cruise pier. Noteworthy names here include Marriott, Hilton, and Renaissance. Miramar is a bit inland, south of Condado, and equally convenient to the cruise pier. This neighborhood is a bit better for value, including the 4-star Sheraton. For convenience to the cruise pier and charm, consider Old San Juan. Most lodgings here are in the boutique/small hotel category, which is lead by Hotel El Convento, a 58-room luxury hotel in, you guessed it, a former convent. The 240-room Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino is directly across from the cruise pier, which makes it a favorite with cruisers.

A view of San Juan from the pier

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