First off, I must really love AA to wake up at the butt crack of dawn (actually no dawn didn't exist at 4:15 am) to head toward our flight. We headed from DC’s National to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to San Juan. Arriving in San Juan has some interesting details
- You can’t enter the airport if your waiting for arrivals. That’s right you have to wait outside.
- Taxis have set rates. It cost 12 bucks from the airport to our hotel in Isla Verde.
We arrived in Isla Verde to our hotel, the Intercontinental San Juan
. It is the most upscale and tourist points. This area of San Juan has most of the chi-chi hotels (the Ritz, El San Juan, and of course ICON-San Juan). We arrived at a quarter to 3 pm (PR is an hour ahead of Eastern time because it doesn't recognize Daylight savings time) which meant our room wasn't ready. We let the doorman grab our bags (oh by the way, they knew who we were when we arrived) and walked down to the beach for some drinks and food.
We hit some drinks and some food and finally got in our room (after watching at least three couples complain about some portion of their accommodations). We had a city view which I really didn't care to enjoy but either way it was a bed, a shower, and free wireless internet and that's all I needed.
We rested then, got dressed to walk along the beach. As soon as we touched sand, it rained. Back up stairs and redressed to head out to Condado. We had tapas at Buenos Aires Bar and Grill - which was so so. I don't do Coconut Shrimp which I learned at dinner.
We returned back to ICON and had drinks at the bar then upstairs to seriously rest.
Tomorrow we conquer Old San Juan!