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Puerto Rico Honeymoon

  1. 1. Puerto Rico
  2. 2.  San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico is the oldest city on US territory (St. Augustine, Florida the oldest city in the continental). Founded in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León, who named it City of Puerto Rico ("Rich Port").  The history of San Juan begins a logn time before its official foundation, in 1493, during his second voyage, Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Rico. He named the island "San Juan Bautista", in honor of John the Baptist. But was not until 1508, that the Spanish government appointed Juan Ponce de León as the first governor of the island. He founded the original settlement in Caparra, now known as Pueblo Viejo, behind the almost land-locked harbor just to the west of the present metropolitan area and the city quickly became Spain's most important military outpost in the Caribbean.  A year later, the original settlement was relocated to a nearby coastal islet (to the site of what is now called Old San Juan) and named Puerto Rico (Rich Port). Sometime during the 1520s, confusion over the names led to a switch, the island took the name of Puerto Rico and the town became San Juan.  Today, San Juan is known as "La Ciudad Amurallada" (the walled city) and is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean and is the second oldest European-founded city in the Americas (after Santo Domingo, which was officially founded on August 5, 1498.)
  3. 3.  Average high temperature in San Juan in January 82 F, average low 71 F.  During the cold season, which lasts from December 7 to March 6, there is a 63% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of light rain (59% of days with precipitation have at worst light rain), moderate rain (20%), and heavy rain (17%).
  4. 4.  4.5 Star Hotel  The hotel has won the AAA Four-Diamond Award for 12 consecutive years and in 2009 was voted one of the top 500 hotels in the world by the readers of Travel & Leisure.  Distance from hotel to airport, 5 minutes.  The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is located on eight acres of prime beachfront property in Isla Verde, convenient to both the city's business district and historic Old San Juan. The elegant accommodations and gracious service compliment three fabulous restaurants and the first "Ritz" casino.  In contrast to the electric atmosphere of the casino, the hotel offers guests a quietly luxurious retreat with its spa, featuring massages, body wraps and scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures and a beauty salon. Close by, guests enjoy privileges at six championship courses, reef areas for diving and snorkeling, fishing clubs, horse racing, water-skiing, sailing and horseback riding.
  5. 5.  A pool bordered by lion-head spouts, stately royal palms, flowering gardens, and a 6-person spa tub to refresh sunbathers. Attendants distribute chilled towels and fruit.  Guests have use of floats, mats, and snorkeling equipment (weather permitting and subject to availability).  A spa offers hydro therapies; treatments such as Piña Colada Scrub; and hair/nail care. The spa includes unisex sauna and 4-person spa tub and women's and men's steam rooms all complimentary.  Live entertainment in the Lobby Lounge, Thursday – Sunday.  A 24-hour casino offers blackjack, Texas Hold'Em, Caribbean stud poker, 3-card poker, mini-baccarat, craps, roulette, Let It Ride, slot machines, and bingo Monday - Wednesday.
  6. 6. • BLT Steak - Reinvention of the classic American steakhouse, specializing in aged, perfectly prepared meats. Fresh seafood, such as broiled Maine lobster, delicate Dover sole, and spiced swordfish are offered plus signature side dishes, from delicate potato gratin to earthy sauteed mushrooms. Open for dinner. • Il Mulino New York - Diverse menu of vibrant Italian flavors inspired by the cuisine of Italy's Abruzzi region. Signature dishes include Spaghettini Bolognese, Rack of Lamb, Veal Chop, and legendary Langoustines. Impressive wine list, personal service, and tableside meal preparation. • Mares - Innovative, modern cuisine prepared by Chef Simon Porter. Exotic blend of tropical, European, and Pacific flavors. Casual, yet sophisticated, Caribbean atmosphere. Main salon, private dining room, and outdoor terrace overlooking the tropical gardens. • The Ocean Bar & Grill - Al fresco lunch specialties include sandwiches, pastas, and salads. Casual beachfront eatery. Views of the white-sand beach and the Atlantic ocean. Direct access to the ocean and pool. • The Lobby Lounge - Light fare and cocktails, extensive wine list and live entertainment Thursday - Sunday. • Room Service – Yes, 24 hours
  7. 7. All rooms and suites include the luxury touches of a marble bath, use of terry bathrobes, Frette linens, plush chaise lounge, select artwork, wireless Internet access, 3 telephones with dual phone lines and data port, twice daily housekeeping service, and a fully stocked honor bar. Ocean View Room • Atlantic Ocean and Isla Verde Beach view • King bed
  8. 8. Distance from Attractions: Ocean Park - 3 miles Museum of History, Anthropology and Art - 4 miles Castillo de San Cristobal - 7 miles San Juan Cathedral - 7 miles La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina - 7 miles Puerta de San Juan - 7 miles
  9. 9.  4.5 Star Resort  35 miles from San Juan Airport  40 miles from downtown San Juan  El Conquistador Resort is one of the most spectacular destination resorts in the Caribbean. It is located on the east coast of Puerto Rico, and comprised of a hilltop complex and waterfront complex, in addition to the famous Waldorf Astoria Spa. The hilltop resort has 3 environments, each offering their own Spa. The hilltop resort has 3 environments, each offering their own personality - the Grand Hotel is in the heart of the resort, Las Brisas has scenic ocean views, and La Vista sits between the golf course and pool with views of the sea and rainforest. The waterfront complex is also comprised of 3 unique resorts within a resort - the Ocean Resort is connected via funicular to the Grand Hotel and offers both mountainside and waterside views, Las Olas Village is built into the cliff and has breathtaking views, and La Marina overlooks, naturally, the marina and resembles a Mediterranean village.
  10. 10.  6 Pools, plus Couqi Water Park featuring a large main pool, speed slide, tube slide, body slide, kids slide, rope bridge, lazy river, kids pool, Oasis Bar & Grill, and restrooms within the park. There is an admission charge to the waterpark.  Several whirlpools  Not on the beach, access requires funicular ride to dock, then 20- minute boat ride to private island  The resort also includes a 100-acre private island with a restaurant, horseback riding, watersports, swimming beach, and other activities
  11. 11.  Blossoms - Japanese and Chinese cuisine featuring a Sushi bar  La Piccola Fontana - Northern Italian cuisine by candlelight  Chops Steakhouse - A traditional all-American steakhouse  Stingray Café - Mediterranean-influenced, creative Caribbean cuisine  Cafe Caribe - Contemporary restaurant, complete with Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour  Las Brisas Terrace - Buffet dining  Iguana's - Light dining  Pool Grill - Light dining  Golf Grill - Light dining  Ciao Mediterranean Cafe - Light dining  Ballyhoo Bar and Grill - Light dining
  12. 12.  Amigo's Lounge - Located in the lobby  Casablanca's - Late night spot with live entertainment and salsa, merengue reggae, and flamenco dancing  Drakes Library & Piano Bar - Relaxing, clubroom atmosphere featuring billiards, and extensive library, outstanding cigar selection, after dinner drinks, and broadcasts of televised sporting events  Lobby Bar - Featuring local pianists  Mino's - Located on Palominos Island  Splash Pool Bar - Swim-up bar
  13. 13. Las Brisas Ocean View • Garden setting rooms perched on a 300-foot cliff with views of Las Cabezas Lighthouse or Palomino Island. Las Brisas rooms are adjacent to dining, and main pool with easy access to the marina via cable car. • King Bed
  14. 14.  4 Star Hotel  Distance from hotel to town, 25 miles (40 kms). Distance from hotel to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), 19 miles (31 kms).  On a palm-lined beach in the shelter of lush mountains, Wyndham presents a premier Caribbean destination resort. At the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort, all 600 luxurious guest rooms, including 72 suites, feature private balconies and inspiring views. Rich, natural woods, Italian tiles, plush fabrics and quality amenities pamper each guest with privileged comfort. The resort's 11 superb restaurants and lounges satisfy every appetite with great food and relaxation. A golfer's paradise, the resort offers two championship golf courses, a 35,000 square-foot clubhouse, putting green and driving range. Other recreational options include a tennis center with 11 tennis courts, one mile of secluded beach, two oceanfront swimming pools, an array of watersports, the exclusive Mandara Spa with fitness center, an on site casino and several specialty shops. The resort's youngest visitors will enjoy Club Iguana, Wyndham's Kids Club, which features daily supervised activities for children ages 4-12.
  15. 15.  Two oceanfront pools provide freshwater swimming flanked by thickly cushioned wood lounge chairs, a 105- foot freeform "quiet" pool with rock waterfall is paired with an 8-person spa tub. Flanked by padded lounge chairs, a 200-foot free-form activities pool with a 60-foot water slide and a volleyball net is paired with a 20- person spa tub. Adjacent to the activities pool is a 22- foot toddler's pool paired with fountains spurting up from a play area.  A 1-mile beach with hammocks and wood-shingle shades extends past the resort.  Rental watersports gear and kite surfing, banana- boating, parasailing, scuba/snorkeling excursions, and eco-kayaking tours are available.  Two golf courses  A Peter Burwash International tennis center includes 13 courts  Full casino
  16. 16.  Palio - Award-winning restaurant indulges your good taste with Italian specialties and gracious service in elegant surroundings.  Marbella - Savor local Puerto Rican dining and American fare in a delightful ocean-view and casual setting at the all-day Marbella Restaurant.  Shimas - Delight your taste and enjoy fresh fish and seafood, plus a wide array of tantalizing dishes, featuring an authentic Japanese sushi bar.  Iguana's Pub - Enjoy sandwiches, salads, and local cuisine garnished by stunning golf course and Rain Forest views that are unmatched.  Seabreeze - Enjoy sandwiches and snacks throughout the day in a tropical outdoor poolside setting featuring live calypso and beach music.  ERL (Eat, Refresh, Live) - Casual, family-friendly. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perfect for "grab-and-go" snacks, pastries, and soft drinks.  Room Service – Yes, 24 hours
  17. 17.  Lobby Bar - This lovely Spanish-Caribbean setting welcomes you to the perfect place for quiet conversation, garnished with entertainment and dancing each night  Boleros Lounge - For an enjoyable difference, visit the tapas lounge offering tempting appetizers and late night snacks.  Player's Lounge - Enjoy the excitement and thrills of the casino in the extensive casino bar with 5, 50-inch plasma television screens.  Tiki Bar - Right on the beach, you can enjoy fruity tropical beverages, beautiful ocean views, and live music.  Casino is open from late morning to early morning, the casino offers slot machines, Caribbean stud poker, blackjack, bingo, roulette, and Texas hold'em tournaments.
  18. 18. Junior Suite Ocean View • Located in the corners where the wing meet. One large, spacious diagonally shaped room with a large tiled entry foyer leading into carpeted lounge area which includes: all amenities of the regular guest room, king size bed, lounge area which includes love seat sofa, coffee table, two side tables, lounge chair, desk and chair.
  19. 19.  Isla de Vieques, one of the offshore islands of Puerto Rico, remains like the Caribbean of the past; quiet, lush, uncrowded with unparalleled natural beauty. The island has the largest natural wildlife refuge in the Caribbean covering 3,100 acres of very green and land.  Vieques Island is blessed with spectacular beaches that rival any beach in the Caribbean islands. You will be mesmerized with waters that seem to have been painted by a master artist using coordinated shades of blue, turquoise and greens. Vieques Island is one of the true last undiscovered treasures of the Caribbean waiting to be explored.  Vieques is the home to the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. When the sun goes down the most magical attraction in the Caribbean comes to life at Puerto Mosquito
  20. 20. Puerto Mosquito bioluminescent bay
  21. 21.  5 Star Hotel  The first W Retreat & Spa in the Caribbean, W Vieques is located 8 miles off the Southeast coast of Puerto Rico on the peaceful and untouched island of Vieques where the everyday recedes with each tranquil wave. Offering a mix of serenity and natural beauty on a 55 square mile island, this beachfront oasis is an invitation to escape the hustle of the city for a desired and untainted paradise that blends soft adventure with soothing relaxation. Blessed with two private palm-lined pristine beaches and tangles of mangroves stretching as far as the eye can see, W Retreat & Spa- Vieques Island is the ultimate Caribbean wonderland.  W Vieques features a total of 157 stylish, W-branded guestrooms all with private patios and balconies, providing guests with some of the best contemporary lifestyle hospitality with the energy of a non-traditional luxury; four scrumptious dining options from a highly acclaimed chef and waterfront leisure spots including Paradise Edge, a serene sanctuary with lush landscape dominating the ocean located on the western edge of the property, Lawn, an intimate locale adorned with the charm of tropical surroundings and Fire Pit, a campfire atmospheric hangout; Spa Chakra for ultimate relaxation and revitalization; and an island full of natural wonders, adventure and exploration. Guests arriving at the Vieques' Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport are invited into a private W Welcome Lounge where they begin their escape out of the mundane into the WOW before the 10 minute drive to a luxury playground. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the first taste of the Retreats exclusivity, escape and indulgence.
  22. 22. Dip and double dip again into the outdoor infinity-edge WET® splash pool overlooking the ocean as you consider spending your entire day lounging on a deckchair or draped across a sun bed. Poolsidewait service Private cabanas available Two private white sand beaches Complimentary snorkeling gear and kayaks
  23. 23.  Sorce, (pronounced sore-say) is the name of an important archaeological site located on the south side of Vieques near the town of Esperanza. A long-term excavation project on the site revealed ceramic materials from 'La Hueca' culture that flourished on the island between 160 BC and 500 AD. The ceramic styles found include influences from throughout the Caribbean and as far away as the Orinico River Valley of Venezuela, suggesting Sorce may have been a site of trade, strategically located at the entrance to the Greater Antilles. This unique history of blending materials and cultures influences the menu of Sorce, pulling together tastes passed down through generations of Viequense and created with locally sourced and in-season ingredients. Signature dishes include fresh-catch fish marinated in a local mojo recipe; Puerto Rican mofongo; stuffed Caribbean lobster; whole coli rubia; churrasco with garlic; brujo oregano herb; and sopa de marisco (a Viequense version of bouillabaisse or seafood soup). The extensive wine cellar is high on premium wines from around the world, with an accent on vineyards from North and South America, and complimented with an expert list of signature cocktails and specialty rum flights.  Wet, is open for lunch till the sun sets... The mix of food includes a selection of specialties, Nicoise Salad, Panini & Tabouli Salads coupled with other traditional foods like burgers and seafood.  W Café- Energize at W Café before heading off for island exploration. Design your own sandwich, indulge in Puerto Rican coffee and mix it up with a freshly-made smoothie.  Living Room • Pool table • Board games & books • Outdoor terrace with fire pit and ocean views • High-speed internet access • Signature cocktail list & bar service • Happy hour
  24. 24.  Spectacular Oceanview Oasis, • Features an airy living space with all the comforts. Curl up in the alcove's window side chaise lounge and catch a flick from the W library on the crystal 42" LCD television. Or just hang out and listen to a CD from the W collection. Network from the oversized desk or with Wireless High Speed Internet Access and dual line phones (one is cordless). Slip through the sexy curtain and into dreams on the W signature king (or two doubles) bed, complete with 350 thread-count linens, pillowtop mattress, goose-down comforter and down- filled pillows. 638 square feet. View: Ocean.