Puerto Rico, anyone?

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

  1. AbeWhat

    AbeWhat Fear is the mind killer

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    I'm headed down next week. I worked in SJ/Carolina for 2months last year. I love PR. I've had good luck with the people and culture. Punta Vista in Viejo San Juan has amazing Mofongo, Pizza City in Isla Verde is the spot for drunk food. The drivers are wacky, I had to readjust back in the States haha.
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Anyone shipped a bike to or from Puerto Rico lately:ear

    I've seen the motorcycle cruise ship guided ride bullshit but they do have a short trip to St, Marteen and then onto PR and I figured you could just abandon ship in PR with bike and ride the island until you saw enough and then ship back with a regular freight boat or airplane to Florida and ride home.

    Saw a ride report where some PR harlistas toured the US and did a group shipment that would make things better but haven't heard/read much about one /two bike shipments to or from the island.

    I think the place would be loads of fun on two wheels and I'd love to go back to the BioBay on Vieques Island.
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  3. kstoff

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    I was talking to a guy while there who wanted to ship his truck to PR. Apparently there are some import taxes that you have to pay (each way) if you want to send it. I think in the end, the taxes would have cost more than both the price of the shipping and what the truck was worth.

    This is obviously second-hand and I'm not sure if the same would hold true for bikes.
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  4. kchristian

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    From what I have heard you only pay the taxes coming into Puerto Rico, not going back. But I don't have personal experience with it either.
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  5. Donsesso

    Donsesso Been here awhile

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    Greetings all,

    I recently moved out here from CA and brought the GS with me. I haven't seen a single BMW out here (let alone a GS) and way too many Hayabusas/ stretched bikes with too much chrome.

    Riding out here can be a bit hectic. Lane splitting isn't legal at all. But, it's pretty common. I'm use to the traffic and lane splitting from my time in Cali.

    I'm always looking for people to ride with. I've been to a few places already. But, always looking for new areas to venture into.

    Shoot me an email if anyone wants to put something together/ need places to go to/ etc.

    I'm living in Isabela right now and should be here for a a couple of months (until the military moves me again).

    Rich donsesso88@gmail.com


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  6. Donsesso

    Donsesso Been here awhile

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    I just shipped two bikes and one car into PR. The import taxes are ridiculous.

    As far as shipping bikes, there's a few options for that. And, it'll run you about $600-800 depending on where you are shipping from. (Luckily, I'm in the military and both bikes were covered).

    Import taxes. Here is where they get you. The import tax is based on the value of the bike. AND, the value of the bike is not published and usually a lot higher than we think our bikes are valued. It took them one week to figure out what the GS was worth/valued.
    2005 BMW 330i = $2600
    2013 BMW 1200GS = $2400
    2013 Ninja 300 = $600

    Luckily, I had two exceptions because of the military. So, I only paid $600.

    It would be cheaper to buy or rent. clasificadosonline.com is a good start if you want to buy
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  7. Newner

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    The wife and I will be in San Juan the 11/26 thru 12/1. The wife is incubating a little Newner, so we will not be too adventurous, no big hikes or zip lining. Does anyone have some good must see places we should visit within an hour or so of San Juan? :ear
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  8. Donsesso

    Donsesso Been here awhile

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    Everyone will recommend Old San Juan. Plenty of historical things to see there. Some things to look for:

    • El Morro.. a must see
    • Casa Blanca.. the oldest continuously occupied house in the west
    • La Fortaleza.. oldest continuously occupied mansion in the west
    • Fuerte San Cristobal.. has free tunnel tours on Saturday and Sundays at 1030. get there about 30 min early
    • Eating.. anything in SoFo is good. Dragonfly is my personal fav.
    This is just scratching the surface. IMO, the beaches near San Juan don't do Puerto Rico justice. The best beaches are farther out, IMO. Parque de la Ventana del Mar is ok, very picturesque. Playa Mar Chiquita in Manati is pretty cool place to see (not good for swimming though).


    A little bit further out (to the east) is Vieques and one of three Bio Bays. THIS IS A MUST DO, if you can squeeze it in. It is the strangest/ coolest/ eeriest thing to see the water glowing around you.
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  9. Newner

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
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  10. Gabeslaw

    Gabeslaw Take the Challenge Ignore the Assholes! Supporter

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    Oye Compi.......dont forget the casino at the San Juan Hotel bro! I have had some profitable nights there!
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  11. Newner

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    Does anyone have any suggestions for the Ferry to Vieques from Fajardo? We would like to take it for an afternoon/evening trip but we have heard rumors that it only runs at certain times of the day and they give priority to those traveling for work. Thought I would check, I do not want to camp in the rental car overnight with my pregnant wife.....
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  12. scrappyjon

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    Rekindling this thread. My wife and I are going down there this June :clap.
    Slice, did you regret not getting a motorcycle while you were there. I tried reading through the thread and maybe I missed something or maybe I'm looking for someone to tell all you P.R. motorcycle naysayers that it's actually amazing to rent a motorcycle down there. I just need one person to give an affirmative.
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  13. kchristian

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    I've had tons of fun on my little XT225 over here on Vieques. If you make it this way let me know. I'll rent my bike to ya. Heck I may even be able to bring it over to the main island depending on when you are coming.
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  14. scrappyjon

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    Thanks Christian, I'll stay in contact with you!
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  15. Nice Goat

    Nice Goat higher is better

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    Oh, I can't wait to read about this.... :D
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