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  1. Old San Juan is about a 15 minute drive from the Condado area so to walk would be about an hour according to Google. I don't think I would attempt that walk but some may! But a 15 minute Uber should be pretty inexpensive in San Juan so you could spend some time there! We didn't visit Old San Juan when we were there in January because we have done it in the past. I'm sure others can recommend places to visit/eat there.
  2. @pezgirl I haven't stayed at any of those hotels but the AC Hotel is near the Marriott Stellaris and we walked by it and it looks really nice. It is a great area to walk around for restaurants and just to check out the area. It's also a close walk to the beach! I love the Condado area.
  3. Yes it is fully back open! We were just there in January and they had just finished remodeling the pool. It's in perfect condition now! Headed back in December for 2 nights!
  4. Depending on how much you want to spend, we have stayed at Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan and also Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino which are both about a 5 minute walk to Isla Verde Beach! Both hotels have a nice pool area and are walking distance to several restaurants in the area. If you are willing to spend a bit more, we stayed at San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino last year (on points from my hubby's work) and it was absolutely wonderful. It is directly on the beach and also has a great pool area. The area around this hotel is very fun to walk around and there are tons of great restaurants and little outdoor sitting areas to have a drink. It's in the Condado area. I would recommend all 3 hotels! I know there are others on this board who will also have good recommendations! Good luck in your search!
  5. I'm sure that I commented on the other thread as well but I just need to reiterate what I said! We have cruised out of San Juan 12 times (see signature) and have 4 more booked in the future (including back to back cruises). We absolutely love leaving from San Juan because you don't have to wait for the weather to "warm up" in January like you might have to if you left from Florida. The ports from San Juan are just amazing! We usually stay 1 or 2 days beforehand in San Juan because it's an amazing place itself! You really won't be disappointed. There are always going to be people out there who complain but honestly, you can't rely on their opinion because they just hate life in general (lol). Freedom is a wonderful ship (our favorite class) and there is always something to do! If you have any more questions, let me know!
  6. Yes we booked the one with the transfer included. The lady that picked us up was awesome and had a nice air-conditioned taxi.
  7. Awesome! It's going to be a great cruise! We will be waiting for you on board! 😄 I hope your flights are cheaper than ours with coming 1 week later!
  8. I agree!! I'm thinking about just going ahead and booking the airfare and not stressing about it anymore. We will be flying out Dec 27th and coming back January 12th. Can't wait!
  9. We aren't really picky about which airline we fly with, we usually just pick the cheapest. We find SW to actually to be more expensive than the others but I guess I don't take off the baggage that other carriers charge. We are booked for this coming NYE and flights are around $1000 per person right now 😵
  10. We absolutely love sailing from San Juan. We sail from there almost every January. The more expensive airfare is worth it to us! We can escape the Kansas City winter in January and immediately be in 85 degree weather as soon as we get there. There is no waiting for it to warm up as you leave another more northern port. We usually make it a back to back sailing because once you have paid for the airfare, you might as well tack on another week for not that much more $! We LOVE port days and getting to visit a different island 6 out of 7 days is amazing! Some people may see it as a negative that the bigger, newer ships don't go out of San Juan. We love Freedom of the Seas and would never say anything negative about it. It will be refurbished January 2020 so that is something to look forward to! Let me know if you have any questions as we have done both routes and all of the islands many times over. You WON'T be disappointed.
  11. That's funny because all we do is go to the beach anymore! We LOVE it! Makes for cheap(er) cruises too! 😄
  12. Possibly! I am going on a B2B at the end of December (NYE GC) and hitting St. Maarten twice during that cruise and my husband and I were planning on going there one week so I'm not sure if I'll go on Oasis too. My sister is coming with me on Oasis and we aren't sure what we are doing yet at any of the ports! I can't wait!
  13. @TheHobbys Hey John! I haven't been able to read through this whole blog yet but I've been enjoying your scopes so much! I have been researching that the Loterie Farm Zip-Lining and was wondering if you booked ahead of time? I went on the website and they said that reservations aren't available and it's first come, first served. Thanks for any information! 😄
  14. @JennyB I know! It's so amazing! I can't even remember how we came across the information on it but it's really not publicized at all so it's not busy (or it wasn't when we were there). @griswold81 The walking trails are really nice! They are all around the island so you can go to all sides of it. There are different kinds of beaches (all sand, all rock, some sand and rock) so you have your pick! It really didn't take long to get from one place to another. We weren't intentionally walking from one point to another and were exploring and checking out wildlife on the way but I think you could go from one side of the island to the other in about 15 mins. Keep a look out for wild hermit crabs! They are everywhere and so awesome! 😄 FYI, for people who don't want to rent kayaks to get to Pinel, you can take the ferry for $12 per person round trip.
  15. @Mrs. RoyalMoyal Awesome!! I'm so glad you booked it! I hope you have a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing about your experience!
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