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Frommer's Puerto Rico (Frommer's Puerto Rico)by Darwin Porter
Synopses & Reviews
Written by more than 175 outspoken travelers around the globe, Frommer’s Complete Guides help travelers experience places the way locals do.
• More annually updated guides than any other series
• 16-page color section and foldout map in all annual guides
• Outspoken opinions, exact prices, and suggested itineraries
• Dozens of detailed maps in an easy-to-read, two-color design
Much more detailed and complete than its major competitors, Frommer's Puerto Rico, 9th Editiongives you in-depth, honest reviews of lavish honeymoon resorts, intimate inns, family-friendly condos, and dirt cheap hostels. Written by a travel writer and city news reporter based in San Juan, this edition has its finger on the pulse of the island, with updates on the latest openings and selections in every price category. We'll point you to a gorgeous white-sand beach that only locals know about, give you the scoop on both upscale dining and roadside nosh pits, and we list the best places for snorkeling, hiking, golf, sailing, deep-sea fishing — even the best town to see a cockfight.
You'll also get a complete shopper's guide, and up-to-date coverage of the newest nightlife in the region, from casinos to salsa clubs to lowkey beach bars. Look for tips on finding the best package deals, plus a color fold-out map.
In 2006, more than 5 million people traveled to Puerto Rico. The island's tourism market is expected to grow 3.2% annually over the next 10 years.
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About the Author
A team of veteran travel writers, Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince have produced numerous titles for Frommer’s including best selling guides to Italy, France, the Caribbean, England, andGermany. Porter is also a noted Hollywood biographer, and his recent releases include Howard Hughes: Hell’s Angel and Brando Unzipped. He is a newspaper columnist on popular culture as well as a radio commentator, with broadcasts heard in all 50 states. Prince, formerly of the New York Times Paris bureau, is the president of Blood Moon Productions and other media-related firms.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
What’s New in Puerto Rico.
1. The Best of Puerto Rico.
1 The Best Beaches.
2 The Best Hotel Beaches.
3 The Best Scuba Diving.
4 The Best Snorkeling.
5 The Best Golf & Tennis.
6 The Best Hikes.
7 The Best Natural Wonders.
8 The Best Family Resorts.
9 The Best Honeymoon Resorts.
10 The Best Big Resort Hotels.
11 The Best Moderately Priced Hotels.
12 The Best Attractions.
13 The Best Restaurants.
14 The Best Offbeat Travel Experiences.
1 The Regions in Brief.
2 Visitor Information.
3 Entry Requirements & Customs.
What Things Cost in Puerto Rico.
5 When to Go.
Puerto Rico Calendar of Events.
6 The Active Vacation Planner.
Take Me Out to the Beisbol Game.
7 Travel Insurance.
8 Health & Safety.
9 Specialized Travel Resources.
10 Getting There: Flying to Puerto Rico.
11 Package Deals & Group Tours.
Great Discounts through the LeLoLai VIP Program.
12 For the Cruise-Ship Traveler.
13 Getting Around.
14 Tips on Accommodations.
15 Recommended Reading.
Fast Facts: Puerto Rico.
2. Planning Your Trip to Puerto Rico.
1 The Best of Puerto Rico in 1 Week.
2 The Best of Puerto Rico in 2 Weeks.
3 Puerto Rico for Families.
4 La Ruta Panorámica in 2 Days.
3. Suggested Puerto Rico Itineraries.
Neighborhoods in Brief.
2 Getting Around.
Fast Facts: San Juan.
4. Getting to Know San Juan.
1 Old San Juan.
2 Puerta de Tierra.
5 Santurce & Ocean Park.
6 Isla Verde.
5. Where to Stay in San Juan.
1 Best Bets.
2 Cocina Criolla & Kill-Devil Rum.
3 Old San Juan.
An Authentic Criolla Restaurant.
4 Puerta de Tierra.
7 Santurce & Ocean Park.
8 Near Ocean Park.
9 Isla Verde.
Two Family-Friendly Restaurants.
6. Where to Dine in San Juan.
1 Seeing the Sights.
The Best Places to See Puerto Rican Art.
Walking Tour: Old San Juan.
The Cathedral of Rum.
2 Diving, Fishing, Tennis & Other Outdoor Pursuits.
La Vida Loca & La Criolla Chic.
Shopping for Santos.
4 San Juan After Dark.
The Birth of the Piña Colada.
7. Exploring San Juan.
1 Arecibo & Camuy.
2 The Karst Country.
World-Class Golf at the Former Hyatt Dorado.
4 El Yunque.
5 Luquillo Beach .
8. Near San Juan.
Walking Tour: Ponce.
Mona Island: The Galápagos of Puerto Rico.
3 San Germán.
9. Ponce, Mayagüez & San Germán.
2 The Southwest.
Puerto Rico’s Secret Beaches.
3 Paradores of Western Puerto Rico.
Life After Death: Taíno Burial & Ceremonial Sites.
10. Western Puerto Rico.
1 Las Croabas.
To the Lighthouse: Exploring Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve.
Top Caribbean Spa: The Golden Door.
2 Palmas del Mar.
3 Paradores of Eastern Puerto Rico.
11. Eastern Puerto Rico.
12. Vieques & Culebra.
1 The Natural Environment: Beaches, Mountains, the Rainforest, Off-Island Islands & More.
2 Puerto Rico Today.
3 History 101.
Ponce de León: Man of Myth & Legend.
4 A Portrait of the Puerto Ricans.
Appendix: Puerto Rico in Depth.
List of Maps
Camping in Puerto Rico.
Paradores & Country Inns of Puerto Rico.
Suggested Puerto Rico Itineraries.
San Juan Orientation.
Old San Juan Accommodations & Dining.
Puerta de Tierra, Miramar, Condado & Ocean Park Accommodations & Dining.
Isla Verde Accommodations & Dining.
Old San Juan Attractions.
San Juan Attractions.
Walking Tour: Old San Juan.
Attractions Near San Juan.
Walking Tour: Ponce.
Western Puerto Rico & the Southwest Coast.
Eastern Puerto Rico.
Vieques & Culebra.
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