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Puerto Rico Hotel Scene for the Web Reader

March 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

While we normally leave the hotel chronicles to our big sister site, we couldn't leave you without mappin' and recappin' the hotel scene we encountered on PR.

The basics? You have plenty of options: full blown resorts, upscale hotels, mid-range hotels and plenty of brand name chains.

The short video above is of El Conquistador in Fajardo, and after the jump we've got a bunch of one-line hotel reviews. To find out where exactly these places are, hit up our Puerto Rico Travel Map. We'll leave the heavy lifting to HotelChatter, which should have full reports in the coming weeks.

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Old San Juan: Built to Keep Out the British

March 6, 2008 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Yes, Old San Juan is touristy. But Old San Juan is totally worth it. Founded in 1521 by the forever young Ponce de León, the city was heavily fortified with turrets and walls to protect it from British invasion.

These days Old San Juan is the tourist center of Puerto Rico. Full of cruisers in for one night and day trippers coming back from the beaches, you'll see slack-jawed fanny packers by the busload.

That said Old San Juan is an interesting place, full of small town Costa Blanca influence, Puerto Rican style and US commercialism. One thing's for sure, the Puerto Ricans did successfully stave off the British. We didn't see a single Union Jack.

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Jaunted in Puerto Rico: The Best Eats

March 5, 2008 at 5:08 PM | by | ()

Sure you could spend your entire time in Puerto Rico hitting US fast food chains like Subway and Wendy's for lunch, then sit down for dinner at places like Chili's and Outback, but what fun would that be?

Puerto Rican food has plenty to offer, almost too much, but if you find yourself with limited time you at least have to try two things: the seafood and the mofongo.

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Best Beaches in Puerto Rico: North and East Coast

March 4, 2008 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

There are plenty of beaches in Puerto Rico and chances are if you stay at a resort or a hotel, a completely satisfactory beach will be just steps away. However, if you want to break away from the tourists and those waiting to board their cruise liner, rent a car, pick a coast and drive it.

As the day begins to expire you are bound to run into a beach-side BBQ, and maybe even a Lechón de Asado. So where do the locals hang out? Not at the resort or hotel beaches. We stuck to the east of the island and picked our two favorite beaches there.

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Getting There: Puerto Rico Is Mysteriously Part of the Red Sox Nation?

March 3, 2008 at 4:56 PM | by | ()

Puerto Rico is associated with the United States, but it's not a state and not a territory, so who governs this island, what it has to do with Red Sox Nation and--more importantly--how you should get there are all great questions.

Luckily for us, the assignment of answering 'em fell into our laps, and we find ourselves writing this to you from the warm confines of the sunny Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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