Sail SVI – Travel

 

Sail SVI Voyagers,
We are very excited to be making arrangements for our sailing Adventure. Info was originally for March, we will be updating as it changes and as we get closer to November.  Let’s get you some info.

 

Travel …
The fly-in airport is SJU (Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport) in San Juan.  SJU is a major hub for el Carib and can be reached directly from many US airports.  
We have the yachts from Nov 14, 1700 (5pm) to Nov 21 (10am) and again from Nov 21 at 1700 (5pm) to Nov 28 at 1000 (10am).  
The base is on the east side of Puerto Rico, just south of Fajardo, at Marina Puerto del Rey.  It is 35 miles (57km) or about a one hour drive from SJU.  See maps bottom of this page.

Best to have the address printed out for the cab driver.  
Marina Puerto Del Rey Suite 204
Road No. 3 KM 51.4, Fajardo, PR 00738
Office Tel 787-355-7556.  VHF ch71.

Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4) with no daylight savings.  It’s always good to arrive at a destination a day or so before a sail to acclimate a bit.  Or stay after the voyage to visit places you’ve learned about.  The El Yunque forest is close to the base and sounds jungle-waterfalls amazing.  

Flying out.  The yachts will be back at the dock at Puerto del Rey Marina by 1000 (10am) on Nov 21 and 28.  If we cannot anchor nearby, the yachts will be at the dock the night before.   The SJU airport is about an hour from the marina.  Leave plenty of time, you should be inside the airport 2 hours prior to flights.  Be in a cab 3.5 to 4 hours prior to takeoff.  Many will be heading to the airport, we can group shuttle.  Captains will help organize. 

Covid-19 update.  Our Adventure has been shifted to November.
-CDC science: Cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
-Puerto Rico travel updates: Discoverpuertorico.com/info/travel-update

Airport Transportation …
SJU airport to Marina Puerto del Rey near Fajardo is about an hour by car.  Options …
-One way car rental is available from SJU to Ceiba (near the marina) from Avis and to Fajardo by Enterprise.  
-Puerto Rico Shuttle offered us: 2 passengers for $95, 4 passengers for $105 and 6-10 passengers for $125.00.  Naishka is our gal info@puertoricoshuttle.com or ph 787.400.2100. Mention Adventure Voyaging and price quoted.
-PR Green Transportation offered us ‘Economy Sedan 1-3pax 3-bags $102 / Minivan 4-6pax 7-bags $123 / Standard Van 7-11pax 14-bags $145.  Naomi reservations.prgt@gmail.com, 787.918.7748. Mention Adventure Voyaging and price quoted.
-Taxi driver recommended by the charter base is Luis Perez +1 (787) 638-9899
He picks up with a name sign at the airport.  Luis is $120 for 4pax or less ($15 for each additional person).  If you book a round trip with Luis, the return trip from the marina is only $85 for up to 5pax and $100 for up to 7pax and $10 each additional person beyond that up to 10pax. Reservations must be made by two weeks prior. 
-You can grab a taxi at the airport taxi queue starting at $95 for two depending on
your negotiation skills. Secure the price before getting in.  See our travel 101 page for travel and taxi tips.  
-Currently they don’t allow Uber from the airport, but it is possible to get one to the
airport from the marina for about $60 for a car or $90 for a group up to 6pax. Book in advance.
-The Drop-Off point at the marina can book a taxi for your return, make sure to book at least a day in advance.
-The base manager is also available to help with bookings.  Ask Woody for contact info.  
After we receive everyone’s arrive flight info, we’ll make an effort to put people together that would like to share a cab.  

Hotels …
SJU airport has a very convenient hotel right inside the airport.  It’s called San Juan Airport Hotel.  It’s handy if you just need a convenient place to sleep.  San Juan city has all kinds of hotels.  The ones on the beaches can be very beautiful.  Booking.com and short term rental sites are how we search for places to stay.  Click the map feature to see where places are.  If you are staying in San Juan, a hotel with an airport shuttle can make things easier.  

Marina Puerto del Rey is on the east coast, just south of Fajardo in the Las Gaviotas area.  Our hotel search sites don’t show hotels by the marina but there were some VRBO and Airbnb short term rentals.  If you stay on that east coast you will be just a dozen miles from the El Yunque rainforest.  They say that the southern entrance is less touristy and more wild.  The beaches along that coast are also beautiful.  

Places to stay, recommendations from the base …
-Casa Coral Beach Hostel & Guest house https://www.casacoralpr.com
160 Calle Quinto Centario, Luquillo (787) 534-8272
-Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn http://www.luquillosunrise.com
A2 Costa Azul, Luquillo (787) 889-1713
-Fajardo Inn Resort http://www.fajardoinn.com
52 Parcelas Beltran, Fajardo, 00740 (787) 860-6000
-Sea View Villas http://www.eastislandresorts.com/en-us
Calle Las Flores, Las Gaviotas, Fajardo, 00738 (787) 435-8489
The base also has a list of recommended restaurants when you’re there.  

Still to come … Crew Questionnaire, What to Bring, Marina and Final Info emails. As always ;), there will be lots of information posted to the site here and you will get emails notifying you of updates.  If you have information that is helpful to our flotilla, please email Woody or Tania and we’ll post it here.  

Questions … Woody@AdventureVoyaging.com. If he’s sailing, contact Tania@sover.net (though she might be out sailing too ;).

Speak Spanish!
Yes – Si (see)
No – No
Please – Por Favor (pour fah vor)
Thank You – Gracias (grah see us) 
Good Morning – Buenos Dias (bwen ohs dee ahs)
Good Night – Buenos Noches (bwen ohs no chase)
How are you? – Como Esta (ko mo es tah)
Good Bye – Adios (ah dee ohs)
How much – Cuanto es?  (kwan tow es)
Bano – Bathroom (ban yo)
Where is – Donde esta? (dohn day es tah)
Restaurant – restaurante (restaurant ay)
Video and pronunciation of top useful phrases in Spanish,  Youtube.com/watch?v=WvnBAQFsmu0

Attractions & Sights near Marina Puerto del Rey:
El Yunque National Rainforest (15 minutes).  The only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System.
Old San Juan (45 min)
Bioluminicent Bay, Fajardo (10 minutes)
Las Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve (10 minutes)
Forts of Old San Juan (45 minutes)
Surfing – La Pared, Luquillo (10 min)
Scuba Diving (at marina)
Catamaran Excursions (at marina)
Horseback Riding & Biking (15 minutes)
Seven Seas beach, Fajardo (10 minutes
La Monserrate beach, Luquillo (15 minutes)
Wyndham Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa (and Casino) (15 minutes)
Wyndham Garden at Palmas Del Mar (and Casino), Humacao (15 minutes)
Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Course (15 minutes
El Conquistador Resort & Spa (10 minutes)

Stuff to do around San Juan …
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/puerto-rico/san-juan
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Castillo San Cristóbal
Museo de las Américas
Balneario El Escambrón
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Playa Isla Verde
Playa Ocean Park
Casa Bacardí Rum Factory

Money is US dollar.  Puerto Rico is a US territory and it’s people are US citizens.  They have a non-voting member in Congress.  The people vote in local elections but not in US federal elections.  

More Travel Info …
-US gov info on traveling ‘abroad’,  Travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html.
-Offset your trip footprint. We have already covered you on the yachts.  Offset your flights if you like, Cotap.org/offset-co2-by-the-tonne.
-Travel Insurance if you like.  Do confirm that it covers you properly.  Most only pay if you have a doctors note. Worldnomads.com, Travelinsurance.com.
-Puerto Rico’s tourist webpage, pretty pix, Discoverpuertorico.com.
-Travel & Leisure, Travel & Leisure Puerto Rico Guide
-Lonely Planets online travel info for Puerto Rico, Lonelyplanet.com/puerto-rico.Lonely —Planets travel guide book to Puerto Rico, Shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/puerto-rico-travel-guide-7.
-US Forest Service, El Yunque National Forest, Fs.usda.gov/elyunque/
-All of our pages on Sail SVI, Adventurevoyaging.com/category/20svi/

SJU airport & Marina Puerto del Rey
Sju to Marina Puerto del Rey

Area around Marina Puerto del ReyMarina Puerto del Rey area

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