Puerto Rico, anyone?

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Slice, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    made it, did old san juan yesterday, surprisingly not too much of a tourist trap. At dinner time we ran in to a PR local tourguide on his walk back home, pointed us to an off the beaten path more local eatery, had tasty mofongo, trifongo and PR "rot roast" for two and a juice all for a whopping $20 with tip, nothing special, just good home food. Off to explore El Yunque today.
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  2. whamp

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    Bump . . . .

    Planning a trip there in december.

    Still a no on bike rentals I'm guessing?

    Tons of good info in this thread already. I am just curious if people have more recent info as it has been 6+ years since the thread was started.

    I'm heading down there with my brother an we are both late 20's and seeking adventure.
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  3. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Well if you can rent a bike riding the streets of San Juan probably won't be too bad, riding the small roads in the hills will def will be an adventure, be safe and assume cars will be in your lane as you round a blind curve.
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  4. whamp

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    I ride chicago everyday so I have experience with the city insanity. Those blind country turns will get ya tho!

    Anyhighlights from your trip?

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  5. DCrider

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    My wife and I liked the easy short DYI hike to this cave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cueva_Ventana. We parked on the grass (free) along the highway about 20yrds back from the gas station, supposedly they charge to hike up but we did not see anyone collecting $ so did not pay and walked on up the trail along the chainlink fence.

    Also really liked this place, it's worth the small guide fee, http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/cueva-del-indio/. There is a really nice empty beach with tidal pools right next to the caves (just east of the rocks and houses, ask the guide) so you might plan a day of it and chill on the beach there and swim, or at least if I was with a lady that's what I would do.

    Was cool to check out the forts at Old San Juan and dug the spanish colonial feel of Ponce, plus good RUM :1drinkthere.

    Wish we had orgnaized ahead of time the night time bioluminescence kayak tour, but the moons were not the best for it during out vist anyway.

    Also, on those country roads assume if not a car in your lane there will be 2-3 dogs layed out sunning themselves.

    Check out trip advisor for other ideas/reviews.
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  6. whamp

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    Hahahaha. I can say I have never had to dodge a dog sun tanning before. Adivce noted. Perhaps I'll stick with a jeep rental or something.

    Thanks for the adivce on the caves. I'm heading there with my brother so no lady friend, unless I stumble across one there. Still fun to hike around and explore though. My coworkers were raving about "biobay" and that's gonna be high on my list. It reminds me of the scene in "The Beach" minus the shark attack the next day.

    Anyway thanks again for the guidance!
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  7. TuortoAM

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    I think I'm going in early 2014 as well, went looking for rentals and nothing. In 2008, it looks like eagle rider was there, but they are gone now... Anyone have suggestions?

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  8. YMRacing

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    Planning to head for Ponces in Jan 2014. Would like to have a dual sport to ride. Any info on rentals, or adv ppl that would accomodate?
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  9. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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    I'm also thinking about PR. I would like to visit my Aunt there.
    I found an old reference to Ducati de Puerto Rico renting Multistradias in the past. I've sent an inquiry by email.
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  10. SquirrelyGrl

    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    I'm still waiting for someone to post a pic or something!

    The B/f & I are looking into heading down to PR later in the year or even next January/February.

    Was thinking of staying at Horizon View, if anyone knows the place.
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  11. ArnieMP

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    Salto de Curet, Maricao, PR.

    https://maps.google.com/?q=Salto+Cu...02ca538e08f2e1:0xdcff47e7ff684f07&hl=en&gl=us

    When the asphalt ends on PR-425, turn right into a rural trail and cross the creek 2 times. Park your vehicle beside a little cabin, just before the third crossing of the creek. Hit the creek on foot, turn left upstreem for about 5 minutes and get into the pond. We have no wild animals, yet. You may hike to the left side of the waterfall to jump into the pond.
    The rural trail is used by dirt bikes, crossing the creek for the third time and up the mountain....
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  12. ArnieMP

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  13. SquirrelyGrl

    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    :clap

    How cool! Thanks!
    Now without the B/f, plans may move sooner!! :lol3
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  14. kchristian

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    Bump. I recently moved to Vieques and I'd love to see more Puerto Rico specific posts.

    Any favorite rides/drives?
    Anyone want to meet up?
    Is there anyone who rides something other than a Hayabusa in Puerto Rico?

    And since this thread is seriously lacking pictures:

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    The only picture I have of my new bike. I took my 1y/o on his first ride up and down the driveway today. He was pretty excited about it despite the look of boredom on his face.

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    This is a view of half of the 30 acre property I live on. I am the caretaker for this estate. You can see 3 of the 4 houses in this picture. Plenty of room for inmates if the property owners aren't here.

    I'll try to get out on my bike and snap some more pictures.
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  15. DCrider

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    sweet place Kchristian, if i ever make it back to PR will give ya a shout.
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  16. Slice

    Slice words+pix+wood+bikes

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    Sweet, Kchristian! I have nothing but fond memories (and can't seem to find the photos!) of Puerto Rico.
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  17. kchristian

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    Nothing makes a ride more exciting like some unexploded ordinance.

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  18. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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    I'm coming to PR to work on 9/30, will be there 3-4 weeks, staying near SALINAS(Manatee Eco Resort) working in Guayama at the AES power station. Second time working there.
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  19. DCrider

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    hope its not all work and no play EB
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  20. kstoff

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    Is there anyone who rides something other than a stretched Hayabusa in Puerto Rico?

    Just got back from 11 days in PR with my girlfriend and am already looking at returning with my dad later this winter and trying to figure out if there is anywhere to get some bikes. (We also spent a few days at a hostel in Isabel II on Vieques as well. Very interesting little island with a crazy history).

    I noticed traffic is much different than in the states, but certainly manageable and almost predictable if you pay attention. For example, if there is a car looking to pull out of a driveway, do not be surprised if any given car will stop to let the car enter traffic. We did a lot of driving and it was a big change at first, but not a whole lot worse than what I've seen in Chicago and LA. And much better than what I've experienced in Bolivia.

    And my gosh, the roads through the mountains had me salivating. The Ruta Panoramica particularly near Canovanas and the Yunque all the way through to Ponce had me wishing I had a bike the entire time. There's one specific road we traveled on near Guavate known as the 'roasted pig highway' that was incredible. Incredibly twisty passes and beautiful views, but well built roads. Seems to be a common theme on the island.

    There's got to be some way to get bikes there.

    I've been lurking around here for a long time and was finally so moved to post. Thanks for any info you guys and gals have!
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