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JUAN A. Price
Andrea, the trip was wonderful. I cannot say
enough positive things about our tour guide. He
was right where he was supposed to be, right on
time, and was very sensitive to the needs and
walking restrictions of my elderly parents. I've
booked many shoretrips before, and would always
book them as they are far superior to that
offered by the cruise lines. This one was no
exception. I had sung the praises of shoretrips
to my family, with whom I was travelling and I'm
happy that you didn't let me down.
Everyone in my party agreed that this was the
best tour we had taken on the trip. We saw a
very comprehensive look at the city of San Juan
and during the riding, Victor provided a lot of
information about the economy, people,
education, etc. of the island. He was wonderful
and we all agreed it was worth every penny of
I especially recommend a private tour for any
family traveling with a group that doesn't fit
the cookie cutter mold of the typical tourist
from a cruise ship.
We had a wonderful time. I've probably booked a
half dozen other tours with your company and
would not hesitate to do so again.
this chance to kayak through mangroves and enjoy the beach as
well. Both the novice and experienced kayakers will begin
with a bit of instruction and safety lessons before setting out on
the river. With a small ratio of guides to kayakers, you will be
able to relax as you move along the river's edge for about 40
minutes through the mangroves along the way. Calm waters are the
norm, and great views will remind you of why you are traveling in
The guides are all local and will not only relay the interesting
tidbits about the eco-system but tell you local tales. While the
sights and sounds of wildlife surround you, your guide will be
giving you commentary on the fauna and why it lives in this area.
We paddle down river where you will see a large variety of birds
through the mangrove channels of the nature reserve.
A treat after your kayak is a little beach time, about an hour
actually, at an area protected by a complex set of cays that cover
almost a mile. At the beach you will have the opportunity of
biking around the shoreline where Indian pottery could be found or
just relax at the beach. Then we will paddle back to Villa
Pesquera where your transportation will be waiting.
You can figure about 40 minutes of easy kayaking followed by 40
minutes of relaxing with your toes in the sand.
(Local Island Time): 07:00 AM (5.5 hrs) 07:30
AM (5 hrs) 02:00 PM (4 hrs) 02:30 PM (3.5
city has a whole different side to it in the evening - it's
magical. There is a magical feeling to this town in the
evening as the lights reflect on the water. Your walk will begin
at the water's edge and continue to follow the city wall where the
view is spectacular and the past will come alive.
Stories about pirates as well as the origin of many of the
colonial buildings will push your imagination. The buildings along
the narrow streets will envelope you as you travel through
neighborhoods hidden from many.
Scenes from movies you have viewed will come back to life as you
recognize the "sets" from those filmed on location here.
Imagine walking in the footsteps of Anthony Hopkins, Antonio
Banderas, Kurt Russell, and Sylvester Stallone.
This special itinerary was created to deliver an entertaining
evening in this historical city to you and, when you complete it,
you will surely want to visit again.
(Local Island Time): 06:00 PM (2 hrs)
Seven Catholic churches on this escorted 2 hour walking tour.
Like many of these islands, religion played an important part of
the development and growth of San Juan. Throughout the city, old
and new, you will pass many churches. Of course, some have more
significance than others.
Seven catholic churches in the Old San Juan will be included as
part of a two-hour walking tour. The knowledge of our guide will
not only help you understand the history but also direct you to
those sanctuaries where the visiting hours are available.
Some of these are in the restoration process, but our guide will
explain the most important aspects in front of those facilities.
(Local Island Time): 09:30 AM (2 hrs) 02:30
PM (2 hrs)
a little jungle love in the one and only tropical rain forest in
the U.S. Now you don't need a large group to get a superb
trip to El Yunque. One of our favorite tour operators is now
providing this fabulous tour with a minumum of just 2 people.
Out of the metropolitan area, 'on the island' there are a variety
of excursions; as it is a small island, it is possible to see
forested mountains and desert-like areas without having to travel
great distances. El Yunque, or the Caribbean National Forest, is a
tropical forest and a bird sanctuary, the largest rain forest in
the US forest service system.
The forest is divided into the north side and the south side, with
no road connection. Concrete trails to the various peaks, as well
as to waterfalls and look-out towers, give excellent views.
After a 45-minute ride, we will visit El Portal Tropical Forest
Center to enjoy a documentary about the forests' interesting
features. El Portal opened in 1996 and, besides giving you an
education, it provides patios where you can relax and enjoy the
views. A low-impact hiking trail (Caimitillo) at Palo Colorado
Information Center will follow, and you will learn more about the
nesting habits of the Puerto Rican Parrot. Also included are short
stops at La Coca Falls and Yocahú Observation Tower.
Due to weather conditions, the order of the schedule on all the
tours could vary.
(Local Island Time): 08:45 AM (5 hrs)
opportunity to glow in the dark is fascinating and fun. The
famous experience of gliding and swimming among the phosphorescent
micro-organisms found in the sheltered mangrove bays is an amazing
adventure. You will enjoy even the ride as you travel to one of
the few areas in the world that boasts of this special effect.
When you arrive, you will get a brief orientation in the use and
safety of your kayak. These are comfortable double-seater kayaks
and easy to maneuver. You will have a kayak lifejacket as well to
build your confidence!
The perfect scenario for this trip is a moonless night. The
enclosed mangrove bays in Puerto Rico have narrow canals that
limit the exchange of water with the open sea which allows the
dinoflagellates to breed and concentrate. As a moonless night may
not occur on your evening in San Juan, we are able to tent the
mangroves in certain areas, allowing you to enter the water and
create the chemical reaction in these microscopic bodies that
produce the flash. You will able to take a dip for a truly
Everyone will be well taken care of during this adventure,
allowing you to enjoy every minute. Refreshments, such as typical
cookies and candy, chips, coke and diet coke as well as water,
will be served on your return.
(Local Island Time): 06:20 PM (6 hrs)
wonderful company will show you every inch of san Juan accessible
to you. You will be picked up at your cruise pier or your
hotel in a state-of-the-art vehicle with wheelchair lifts. We have
designed an itinerary that will allow you to see the city in
detail. Where the streets are narrow in the Old San Juan, you will
travel past many wonderful architectural sites, such as the
Cathedral, Fort San Cristobal, Parque de las Palomas, the Pablo
Casals Museum, and some of the lovely plazas where men and boys
play games on concrete tables day and night.
You will be able to tour El Morro, which was built in 1591 to
defend the entrance to the harbour. Here you will be directed to
ramps to allow touring, also available at Fort San Cristobal.
You will have some freetime in San Juan and, if you like, our
guide has a wonderful restaurant with local dishes that will
welcome you. Cost of food is not included in the tour.
(Local Island Time): 10:00 AM (2 hrs) 11:00
AM (2 hrs) 12:00 PM (2 hrs) 01:00 PM (2 hrs) 02:00
PM (2 hrs) 03:00 PM (2 hrs)
Cloud Forest, also called a Dwarf Forest, Elfin forest, or Mossy
Forest, is found only on high ridges of 2,500 to 3,500 feet. The
extreme environmental conditions make this forest type a
biological curiosity. The perpetually wet environment (rainfall of
200 inches annually) and temperature averages of 65 degrees,
produce this environment characterized by opaque clouds that hang
just above the ground.
In this occasion, we start with a challenge trail going up to Mt.
Britton Observation Tower for about 45 minutes. A short stop at
Palo Colorado Information Center will allow our hikers to refresh
and visit the gift shop. A second hiking trail (Big Tree Trail)
will lead us to La Mina Falls where you can relax in the cold
waters of this beautiful area. A final stop at Yocahú Observation
Tower is also included.
Snacks and water are included. This forest type contains a
number of plant species that are found no where else.
(Local Island Time): 09:00 AM (5 hrs)
million year old, the Río Camuy Cave Park is the most impressive
subterranean river network. The extensive subterranean cave
systems of Rio Camuy Cave Park is reported to be the largest in
the western hemisphere. Until the recent completion of the
expanded highway leading west to Camuy, the driving distance
discouraged many from seeing this remarkable cave system.
Today a drive of approximately one hour and forty-five minutes
from San Juan takes you past lush landscape, pineapple farms and
jagged eroded limestone cliffs as you near the area of this
massive subterranean wonderland.
Your visit to the park begins with a short video as you wait to
board the open air trolleys, which twist and turn their way
through the road carved out of verdant foliage before reaching the
moss- lined entrance to the cave. After this ten minute trolley
ride, multilingual cave guides will escort you on foot through the
enormous cave, 200 feet high and a half mile long. A large opening
at one end of the cave allows light to filter through part of the
cave, creating beautiful photographic opportunities. From this
opening you will see one of the many sink holes carved out by the
Camuy river, the world's third largest underground river. As you
walk through the interior of the cave, passing stalagmites and
stalactites, you will experience the eerie illusion of timeless
steps in the earth's creation. You will be exploring the caves for
(Local Island Time): 09:00 AM (6 hrs)
private van and driver takes your group to the world's largest
radio observatory. The ride to the observatory will take you
through the mountains to the small town of Arecibo.
Those who see the Arecibo Radio Telescope for the first time are
astounded by the enormity of the reflecting surface, or radio
mirror. It is a huge 'dish' 1000 feet in diameter and, with all
the aluminum panels and steel cables, it appears to me to look
like giant tinkertoys.
The Radio Telescope and the Observatory operates continuously on a
24-hour basis providing observing time, electronics, computer,
travel and logistic support to scientists from all over the world.
The Arecibo Observatory is part of the National Astronomy and
Ionosphere Center (NAIC), operated by Cornell University under a
cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).
As the site of world's largest single-dish radio telescope, the
Arecibo Observatory attracts visitors of all ages and from many
The educational program centered on the theme "More Than
Meets the Eye - Exploring the Invisible Universe", reflects
the general idea that we can study our world with tools which
extend our direct sensory experience. The program explores the
unseen sky and, in particular, the objects that fall under the
scrutiny of our radio telescope. Specifically, the program
introduces visitors to the electromagnetic spectrum as a means of
exploration, offers a framework of basic astronomy and atmospheric
science, and provides understanding of the function and operation
of the radio telescope. Some of Arecibo's most exciting new
discoveries in the fields of radio astronomy, solar system radar
astronomy and the earth's atmosphere are presented.
In the auditorium, visitors can experience the scientific research
facility of the Observatory as a dynamic organism through a 20
minute audiovisual show funded by the Angel Ramos Foundation
entitled "A Day in the Life of the Arecibo Observatory".
The show tells the story of the people who make Arecibo possible.
Besides providing a
unique setting for Hollywood filmmakers, the Arecibo Observatory
has accomplished many things. It has given us detailed maps of the
distribution of galaxies in the universe, established the rotating
rate of Mercury, confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity
and a Nobel Prize for astronomers Hulse and Taylor for the first
pulsar in a binary system, and more.
(Local Island Time): 10:30 AM (6 hrs)
sail off on a blue sea under a blue sky to an island paradise.
Our catamaran leaves Fajardo at 10:00 AM for a day of sailing,
swimming, snorkeling, sun bathing, or just relaxing on deck in the
Snorkeling equipment is provided for your use and excellent
instruction is available for those who have never snorkeled before
or just need a refresher. The trip to one of the outer islands
will take approximately one hour. The boat is equipped with a
stairway for easy access to the beach.
After swimming, snorkeling or searching for seashells, you will
enjoy a savory buffet lunch under our shade awning. Your lunch is
a deli-buffet with fresh local baked bread, vegetables and relish
tray, premium cold cuts, tuna salad, fresh beverages, tropical
fruits, cookies & more & more.
After lunch, the boat will depart for snorkeling at the reef. Once
more the stairway is lowered so you can enjoy the experience of
nature at her best - a beautiful underwater paradise. Then it's
anchors away for the trip back to the Marina with memories of a
great day on the 'Getaway.'
(Local Island Time): 08:30 AM (8 hrs)
is nothing like the thrill of deep sea fishing. Our angler may be
the best guide on the island. Climb aboard a Bertram 35 ft.
fishing boat fully rigged with Penn reels, custom rods as well as
top quality fly fishing and light spinning tackle. These fishing
expeditions are taking place off the beautiful coast of Puerto
Rico where depths reach over 1000 ft. only 1.5 miles from shore.
This boat ihas air conditioning, CD Player, Garmin 215 Furuno
color fish finder,Ship-to-Shore Radios is USCG licensed and
Blue Marlin (averaging 1 to 5 strikes per day)
White Marlin (weighing up to 95 lbs.)
Mahi-mahi (weighing from 12 to 25 lbs.)
Wahoo (weighing from 15 to 40 lbs.)
A half day trip includes:
tackle, water, soda, Captain and mate.
(Local Island Time): 08:00 AM (4 hrs) 01:00
PM (4 hrs)
fishing action will be on-board an 18 ft. Maverick flats fishing
boat with a 175 HP engine. The boat is located in Cangrejos Yacht
Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pinnacle reels and graphite rods
are provided to fish with live bait, cut bait and plugs
(everything included). SAGE rods, Tibor reels and a selection of
flies are provided for the fly fisherman. All fishing tackle is
rigged under I.G.F.A. regulations. With Tarpon available all year
long and the best big fish action being from October to May you
can expect 5 to 25 strikes a day, catching between 1 and 10 fish
all in LESS THAN 4 HOURS of fishing. The average fish weighs 30
lbs. and many fish weigh between 60 lbs. and 120 lbs. The action
is excellent with spinning gear rigged with 8 to 20 lb. test
USCG Licensed Insured
Trip includes: Tackle, live or cut bait, water, soda, dry storage
and captain. Try some light tackle fishing with the island's
foremost fishing guide.
(Local Island Time): 06:00 AM (4 hrs) 01:00
PM (4 hrs)
and enjoy a REAL sailing cruise to picturesque nearby tropical
islands aboard a 50' sailboat. Experience the beauty of the east
coast of Puerto Rico, away from the hustle and bustle of San Juan
aboard this luxurious Gulfstar Sailing Ketch. Your captain will
keep you entertained with stories and songs as you sail to a
lovely nearby deserted island for snorkeling. Top quality
snorkeling gear will be provided.
Even if you are an inexperiencd or nervous snorkeler, your captain
and crew will put you at ease, snorkeling hand in hand with you,
so that everyone on the boat will be able to enjoy the undersea
beauty. You will also have use of a kayak and an inflatable dinghy
to get around the anchorage as well as trolling poles and casting
reels on board for a little fishing action. Your captain might
even cook your fish right on board as part of your meal.
Speaking of food, prepare yourself for a fabulous real homecooked
sit-down lunch. Included are mouth-watering chicken, fish, ribs or
marinated steaks, fresh bread, mixed salad and the side dish of
the day. You will love the Pina Coladas, made fresh as well as
Captain Bill's tasty salsa, chips, fresh fruit plate and cheese
and crackers. You won't want to head back to shore.
By the way, are there wedding bells in your future? This is the
perfect venue for an intimate, romantic wedding
(Local Island Time): 08:30 AM (9 hrs)
A great 2-Tank dive to the Spanish Virgin Islands.
The Cordillera Reef System consists of a chain of small islands
and cays called the Spanish Virgins. They extend out from the
northeast coast of Puerto Rico. A custom dive boat carries you out
to one of the many dive sites, allowing you to dive, then lunch
onboard. A second site is selected, where you can snorkel and swim
to the beach after your dive.
(Local Island Time): 07:00 AM (7 hrs) 08:00
AM (10 hrs) 11:30 AM (8 hrs)
official PADI Discover SCUBA course teaches you right on the boat,
not in a pool. Do you have the urge to submerge? If so, take
this great Discover SCUBA course from Puerto Rico's top dive
What makes this course different from the others? Our team takes
you right out on the dive boat and gives you instruction on the
water. They also give you a full day trip with a wonderful lunch
on board and snorkel gear to play with. It is so unusual to find
an introductory course that handles you so well. The first one
gives you confidence and the second dive gives you a wonderful
Included in this all day package is a transfer from a hotel or
pier, lunch and all equipment.
(Local Island Time): 06:30 AM (7 hrs) 11:30
AM (7 hrs)
is the only dive facility located right in San Juan. Have
you ever been diving among a school of chubs, fenced with a
lobster, petted a seahorse or been eye-to-eye with an octopus?
Your experienced dive guides will show you all of these critters
and more. You can feed fish and swim through tunnels. This reef is
a breeding area for many types of marine life, including squid,
bat fish, french angels and many more.
This is a guided, one tank beach dive.
You will be asked to email the operator with the equipment needs
of each diver. For fins, your shoe size; for everything else,
height and weight. Because the dive shop is not at the place you
dive, they need to know the exact equipment each diver will be
needing. Tanks and weights are included in the base price.
Everything else is an extra charge. Mask and fins set ($10), BCD
($10), Regulator rig ($10), Shortie wet suit (Dec.-Mar. ($10),
disposable underwater camera (to 45ft) ($20), 35mm Sea & Sea
camera with strobe ($40) film is extra. They will collect for the
equipment rental at the time of the dive. They accept AMEX and
(Local Island Time): 09:30 AM (1 hrs) 11:00
AM (1 hrs) 02:30 PM (1 hrs) 04:00 PM (1 hrs)
18 holes on the challenging and beautiful Bahia Beach Golf course.
Bahia Beach Golf Course
This course is located about 20 miles from the San Juan cruise
ship docks. Transportation is not included.
The Blue Course has a par of 72, a length of 6,808 yards, a rating
of 74.6, and slope of 131.
The White Course has a par of 72, a length of 6,419 yards, a
rating of 71.6, and slope of 124.
The Red Course has a par of 72, a length of 5,648, a rating of
73.4, and slope of 125.
The layout features dramatic views of the nearby El Yunque Rain
Forest, 75 acres of freshwater lakes, 13 water holes, and the
final three holes run along one of Puerto Ricos most beautiful
beaches. The golf holes wind their way around the lakes, jungle
and along the beach. Because you seldom see other golfers, you
will feel you have the course to yourself.
The package includes green fees for 18 holes and cart usage.
(Local Island Time): 10:00 AM (4 hrs)
you one of those people who is looking for something different?
Psssssst! We got it! The Old San Juan Biking Adventure is
your best alternative when you want to combine history and
recreation. This adventure includes places not visited on a
Your meeting point is in front of La Casita (Puerto Rico Tourism
Company Information Center) where your tour guide will be waiting
for you. This is a very short walk if you are disembarking from a
cruiseship and a central location if you are staying on-island.
Our technician will explain to you the ins and outs of using your
new Cannondale bike.
What will you see on our way? Paseo la Princesa, San Juan Bay, San
Juan Gate, Plazuela de la Rogativa, Plaza de Armas, City Hall, San
Juan Cathedral, Fuerte San Felipe del Morro (entrance fee included
in price), Cuartel de Ballajá, Plaza Colón, cobblestone streets,
Luis Muñoz Rivera Park, and Escambrón Beach (one hour at the
This city has narrow streets and parking is impossible. You will
truly find the fun and value of sightseeing this way.
(Local Island Time): 08:30 AM (4 hrs) 01:45
PM (4 hrs) 02:30 PM (4 hrs)