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I am heading to St Croix next week for Christmas vacation and have an 8 hour layover in San Juan on the way home.

Any suggestions of what to see in those 8 hours?  I assume we'll catch a cab to Old San Juan and walk around, but wanted to find out if there are any "must see" areas that we might see in a short visit.

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1 hour west of San Juan – Largest Radio Telescope in the world
Probably won’t be able to hit it with just an airport layover, but I’ve been kicking myself for missing it on an overnight stay back in ’98.

Never mind where to go…COFFEE ! … Perhaps the best on the planet.
You rarely see Puerto Rican coffee, it is a small place and they don’t have enough for the rest of the world.
Yeah, make sure you get coffee !


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Never mind where to go…COFFEE ! … Perhaps the best on the planet.
You rarely see Puerto Rican coffee, it is a small place and they don’t have enough for the rest of the world.
Yeah, make sure you get coffee !

Do they sell it in K-Cups?   :D

(not a coffee drinker, but I stock it for guests)


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Take a taxi to the San Juan Nat Historic Site.  The fort is a nice walk about, and it is next to the old part of San Juan.  Buckle up for the taxi ride, as the rules of the road in San Juan are apparently only suggestions.
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No help here, just a little envious :D   Have a great time :)

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Never mind where to go…COFFEE ! … Perhaps the best on the planet.
You rarely see Puerto Rican coffee, it is a small place and they don’t have enough for the rest of the world.
Yeah, make sure you get coffee !

OK, the coffee isn't bad (and the coffee plantations in the hills are really lovely) but NOBODY roasts a pig like the Puerto Ricans.

There are some local places in old SJ; you'll have to ask, they're tucked away from the tourists.  Have roast pork and rice and beans.  Authentic PR beans aren't cooked in with the rice; you get white rice and a small bowl of soupy beans that you pour over your rice, and they're pink beans, not kidney beans.

I'm hungry.

You're going to my old stomping grounds -- I lived in the BVI (Tortola) for 7 years.  We used to go hang out in Frederiksted every so often.


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To me, the old town is very, very atmospheric and well worth a long stroll.   You've got old Spanish architecture galore, any number of plazas large and small, and best of all, it's very walkable (after a taxi ride from the airport).

Alternatively, you can head to the beaches -- but IMHO, that entire Caribbean area is chock full of fantastic beaches -- so I would take in the unique atmosphere of Old San Juan.

EDIT:  Just read Post #6.  Same same.  :D


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I drank way too much rum in this place when I was in PR back in the 70's

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-patio-de-sam-old-san-juan


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I drank way too much rum in this place when I was in PR back in the 70's

http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-patio-de-sam-old-san-juan

Bookmarked on Yelp - first review mentioned coconut mojitos, so that's all I needed to see!  Yum!

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