Originally Posted by JF90
It falls on what kind of experience you want.
Staying on the eastern side of the island will get you the toruist feel.
It's a lot more modern.
For that cruise around the bahamas.
If you want to experience puerto Rico for what it is, keep a hotel in San Juan and rent a car.
Head to the weasterside of the island from ricon on down to mayaguez San German and so forth.
Whats on the eastern side? I didnt see too much on it aside from the various tours leaving. Is there a big city or something (going by your touristy comment).
I have a hotel in SJ and a rented car. We were planning to do a day of surfing/scubaing/parasailing on the western coast, a day of boat tour + biobay, one day in OSJ - Bacardi factory, maybe the fort, etc. 2 other days that are looking like beach days unless we can find something else. Is it worth going to the eastern island? Flamenco beach is supposed to be the "second best beach in the world", but spending 4-5 hours out of the day travelling to get there seems like a waste of a trip unless it's mind-blowing.
Avoid ponce. Theirs slot of roadside pig roast which are amazing, pinchos, biandas which is basically all startch potatos yams bananas and so on. Most of the island has picked up English and you'll always be able to find someone to translate something for you. (if you need them too). San German pueblo is nice too, they have a really old church that's open, with a crazy history.
Anasco is also nice. Manati falls right in the middle of the island (top) is a mixture of modern and rual. They have nice beaches out their. rincon has alot of seafood spots and loiza does too basically on the opposite sides of the island.
Thanks. Useful info.