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Ryan, Megan, Alex, and Katie's Puerto Rico Itinerary
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Howdy! It's been a while since we've taken a real vacation - a whole 2 months! This time, all of us are going to a place we've never been before... a place further East than we've ever been before... Puerto Rico! No passports needed for this trip to one of the USA's territories, but plenty of insect repellent, from what I've heard! We are pretty excited about this trip, but also slightly nervous since it was a bit more difficult to plan this trip than most. Often, we'll use Google Street View to get an idea of the locations and hotels, but this is one of the few places that Google hasn't taken their stalker-camera! We've also heard some interesting stories about driving around on the island. In fact, when looking up addresses for most of our places-to-go, they just don't exist. So, as long as we don't get lost/mugged/bitten/sunburnt/injured, it should be a grand old time!
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city. This trip will take place entirely in the Eastern Time Zone.

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*** OUTBOUND ***
  Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Saturday, April 18, 2015 -  TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 2508 (Baltimore to San Juan)
  DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 8:20 AM
  ARRIVE San Juan, PR (SJU) at 12:25 PM
  POSITION - Ryan: A17, Megan: A18, Alex: A19, Katie: N/A
  AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-700

*** INBOUND ***
  Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Tuesday, April 21, 2015 -  TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 885 (San Juan to Baltimore)
  DEPART San Juan, PR (SJU) at 5:10 PM
  ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:30 PM
  POSITION - Megan: TBD, Katie: N/A
  AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-700


Hotel: Night 1 - April 18, 2015
Hyatt Place San Juan/Bayamón
Ave Ramón Luis Rivera
Bayamón, Puerto Rico 00961
Phone: 1-787-779-5000 Room Type: Guest room, 1 King


Hotel: Night 2 - April 19, 2015
Hyatt Place Manati
122 Carretera PR-2
Manatí, Puerto Rico 00674
Phone: 1-787-854-1000
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King


Hotel: Night 3 - April 20, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
6961 Ave Gobernadores
Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979
Phone: 1-787-253-1700
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King


Car Rental: April 18 (12:30 PM) - April 21 (3:30 PM)
Alamo Rent A Car
Cangrejo Arriba
Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979
Phone: 1-787-791-1805
Car Type: Standard (Chrysler 200 or similar)





Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. For context, this section was written by Ryan.

Please note that times are ESTIMATES only to give you an idea of what our original plans were. We get distracted and detoured easily, so just check the webcam and/or GPS tracker to get an idea of where we really are.

Saturday, April 18 Find more about Weather in Fajardo, PR
Good morning! After a 4+ hour plane ride, we'll finally touch down in the early afternoon in San Juan [1]! We don't have time to just sit around because our first stop is a couple hours away. We'll be heading to the El Portal Rain Forest [2] for most of the afternoon. Temperatures should be hot and muggy the entire trip, so I'm not sure how long we'll actually be hiking in the forest. One of the coolest things to do on this side of the island is visit Laguna Grande Fajardo [3] at night to check out a bunch of bioluminescent microorganisms in the water! It sure sounds awesome, but the best way to get there is on a kayak tour, which isn't going to work well for a 1 and 4 year old. So, unfortunately, we may need to skip this destination altogether and make our way to our hotel [4] for the night.

Sunday, April 19 Find more about Weather in Mercedita, PR
This will be the busiest day of the trip, spending a bit of time in the car. Our first stop is down south in Ponce. We'll check out an old firehouse called Parque de Bombas [5], followed by Museo de Arte de Ponce [6]. If we have time, we'll spend some time along the shoreline of this cool little town. However, we'll need to try to leave by 1:30 in the afternoon to start heading north. We have a few other stops: Rio Camuy Cave Park [7], Arecibo Observatory [8], and Cueva Ventana [9], which will close long before the sun sets, so depending on how much fun we have in Ponce, we may or may not have time for the rest. We should get to our hotel by around 7pm [10].

Monday, April 20 Find more about Weather in Manati, PR
We'll likely back-track slightly today to check out the Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park [11], unless we had time to do that yesterday. From there, it's time to head back to where we started and check out Old San Juan, along with Castillo San Felipe del Morro [12] and Castillo de San Cristobal [13]. If we've made it this far into our trip, we'll end our day a little early at the Ritz Carlton [14]. This is the only Marriott-branded property we're staying at during this trip, and the government rate is the same as any other hotel in the city, so why not?! It's our first time to be puttin' on the Ritz!

Tuesday, April 21 Find more about Weather in San Juan, PR
It's time to go already? Almost! After getting a late start from our hotel, we'll stop by Casa Bacardi [15], which is exactly what it sounds like. We'll check out what kind of rum the island has to offer before making our way back to the airport [16] to catch our evening flight back home. And that's all, folks!





And if that's not good enough, we've still got our guesstimated route highlighted below...




Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.

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