Tuesday, March 12, 2019

San Juan Sights & Sounds

Filling the air in this historical city are the varied sounds of musica latino (DJ's in clubs and live singers in restaurants), waves against the shoreline, red snapper and other fish being seared at sidewalk cafe's, the banter of friends and lovers as they stroll along beaches and streets of Condado, Ocean Park and Old San Juan. 

Whether you visit for business, romance, family or friends, there is one thing for certain- San Juan is up and running and awaiting your tourist dollars! There is a plethora of activity in Old San Juan, with its teeming ports full of docked cruise ships, streets buzzing with tourists and locals alike enjoying various culinary offerings as well as the many festivals and parties in the area. Visit during the day, then in the evening for a delightfully different experience.

The hip and the chic flock to Condado and Ocean Park where it's not uncommon to see a new Bentley SUV or Range Rover pulling into one of the posh hotels or restaurants. Think Miami Beach, but with less attitude. Here you will find many gay and gay-friendly establishments to help you feel right at home.

Most surely check out Punk Burger, 1129 Ashford Avenue, for one of the best burgers anywhere, and at reasonable prices in a colorful, casual setting. Yes, they're open late night as well. If you want something with a bit more ambience and live entertainment for dinner you should definitely visit Ropa Vieja Grill, 55 Condado Avenue (corner of Ashford Avenue). The chicken stuffed sweet plantain au gratin is amazing!

The once popular Oceano nightclub is no longer. It is now a restaurant with traditional hours so don't plan on a late night meal here. However, it is located beachfront so it's quite popular.
There are several bars & clubs on and around the Ashford Avenue area in Condado. Other night spots are a good stroll or short Uber ride away. If you like a good drag show then Scandalo-The Club, 611 Calle Condado, features several RuPaul's Drag Race contestants. VIP lounge is right nextdoor and several others line the street.

Yes, hurricane devastation is still prevalent, but in the outlying areas. The tourist districts are beautiful and fully powered and serviced. If you arrange for one of the tours to the rain forest or to Pinones or other destination, you will more than likely see the effects of Maria.

Otherwise, I highly recommend you enjoy a trip to the island.
Update 3/18/19: Many of the live cams are back up. Look in our links section for one at the Isla Verde Beach.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

It's That Time!

I'm excited about our return to the islands. Now, let's see what San Juan serves us! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Melia Opens Cuban All-Inclusive

The largest hotel company in Cuba has added another major new all-inclusive to its portfolio: the Melia Internacional in Cuba’s tourism hub of Varadero.
It’s a decidedly modern, innovative resort, immediately becoming perhaps the most striking design in Varadero.
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That’s part of the plan for the 11-story property, which is a new level of luxury all-inclusive for Cuba — increasingly a haven for luxury development.
The new property, which also includes Melia’s premium Level and Level Adults-Only wings, has Melia’s signature broad range of amenities, from two buffet eateries to 16 bars to six themed eateries to a full-fledged convention center. (Three of those bars are for adults only).
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Those amenities also include, perhaps most notably, free Wi-Fi, a serious plus in Cuba.
But the biggest amenity remains its perch on the world-famous Varadero beach, Cuba’s wide, white stretch of sand.Varadero Beach.
Level rooms come with an exclusive reception on an elevated floor; a VIP bar, three complimentary rounds of golf and 24-hour room service, among other features.There are six themed eateries.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tiempo Carnaval

dr1 reports:
The Santo Domingo Carnival Parade is scheduled for Sunday, 3 March 2019 on the sea-bordering Malecón at around 4pm. The Ministry of Culture is the organizer of the carnival parade that will start from the Av. Abraham Lincoln end of the Malecón and continue past Av. Maximo Gómez to its eastern extension near the Colonial City.

Carnival groups from the 32 provinces and the National District will be parading. Large crowds watch the parade from both sides of the sea-bordering boulevard.

For this year's carnival, the Ministry of Culture hired Brazil carnival experts to add to the colorfulness and organization of the Santo Domingo carnival.

This year's Desfile Nacional del Carnaval Santo Domingo 2019 is dedicated to Puerto Plata that will be sending their dancing troupes and carnival characters, too.

Carnival photography exhibitions are held at the Galeria 360 mall on Av. John F. Kennedy and at the outside gallery of the Parque Independencia in the Colonial City will remain open until 4 March 2019.

The Ministry of Culture this year is presenting the National Carnival Fair from 22 to 24 February at the Parque Colón in the Colonial City.

Carnival parades are also taking in Bonao, La Vega and Santiago this Sunday, 24 February 2019. The very popular events are also scheduled for the afternoon. Thousands travel from all over the country to watch the colorful carnival characters parade through city streets.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Here We Go Again

Back to San Juan. It's been awhile since our first inquiry, or cry for help, when planning a trip to Puerto Rico eight years ago. Considering things have no doubt changed since then we are reaching out for updated information and suggestions. We will be in San Juan in March and would like your input on what to do, where to stay, etc.

Given some of the island is still recovering after the hurricane in 2017 please keep that in mind when providing your input. As usual, thanks so much for your feedback and your continued support of the blog! 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Vacation Planning 101

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