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#148258 - 02/12/03 01:27 AM Bobber
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So, what did you think of Puerto Rico? How was the diving? Nightlife? Would you go back?
Just wondering....Katherine

#148259 - 02/12/03 04:18 PM Re: Bobber
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It wasn't AC. The beaches were gorgeous, the water was nice, kind of like the US virgins. We were on Culebra. Other than that, not a lot of redeeming features. As I said before, AC sets the bar pretty high. We did a bit of snorkeling off the beach, which was better than off the beach at AC, but not even as good as Hol Chan. The diving was fair, but nothing to write home about. The main issue we had was the limited amount of eating places, and the fact that since we were 2 miles out of town we had to get everyone together, jump in the car and drive to anywhere (I think that the car is the main problem, we don't always travel in a pack). The few restaurants were good, but they didn't serve anything I can't get at home. It was 5 days before I could even get any lobster, and didn't find any conch until the day before we left. Snapper and grouper were things you buy at the local fish market, the restaurants were pretty much limited to Mahi Mahi, tuna and salmon (all flown in from the north). The only local beer was a light beer, so I had to settle for Corona.
Nice place for a sandy beach fix with a little surf, but even the girls (it was their idea in the first place) were making comparisons to AC after a few days. next trip is back to AC, where relaxing is a lot less work. We spent 2 days in Old San Juan, which was a lot more fun than the beaches of Culebra. At least we could get some real PR food there.
Thanks for asking.
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#148260 - 02/12/03 04:20 PM Re: Bobber
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oh yeah, nightlife. None at all.
Old San Juan however was different. I slipped out to get coffee the first morning and passed a club that was still going strong at 7 am. laugh
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#148261 - 02/12/03 06:16 PM Re: Bobber
Ms. Coconuts Offline
Humm, the diving was just fair and no night life. Not good. I'm trying to plan my next trip, but i can't stop comparing everything to Belize. AC has everything: sand streets, a happening live music scene and great diving. Now that I've been to AC, I don't know if I can go somewhere where the buildings are taller than a coconut tree! Ever been to Saba?

#148262 - 02/12/03 10:35 PM Re: Bobber
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nope. If I remember correctly it is a bit rugged, good diving, but not heavily populated. I think what you are looking for is Cozumel ten years ago. Anywhere with good stuff is getting pretty built up. We usually wake the chickens up with hot coffee, go like hell all day, and are pretty much dead meat by 9 oclock, so we don't worry too much about night life. Wasn't always that way of course. laugh
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#148263 - 02/13/03 01:23 AM Re: Bobber
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I just love Caribbean music so i try to do the siesta thing so i can stay up late and listen/dance to their tropical tunes. I'm reading this great book about Bob Marley, but i would never go to Jamaica without a well built bodyguard! Humm, that would be fun. smile

By the way, I like your new avatar. It's kinda mesmerizing.

#148264 - 02/13/03 01:47 AM Re: Bobber
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Surprising nobody else grabbed it off, it is kinda cool
Yeah, went to Jamaica about ten years ago. All the dancing and drinking you could stand( I could stand a lot more then) . The diving was fine, but the dive operators and equipment was pretty crappy. They lost some Minnesotans that year if I remember correctly. divemaster went bonkers and they just followed him down into oblivion, bodies never recovered. I might assume the equipment and talent has improved in ten years. I never did feel safe tho, some of those people are scary.

You might try Aruba or Bonaire. bonaire is a little more quaint and the diving is interesting.

Have any more vacations on the planning board? I am between jobs at the moment, so things are a bit in flux.
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#148265 - 02/13/03 05:41 PM Re: Bobber
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I did look at Bonaire, but something about it rubbed me the wrong way. Like I said, I just keep comparing it to AC. Bonaire has an active message board and from their comments, it seems that some of the places are really run down. And there seemed to be lots of casinos. Good prices however.

I have a week off the first of April that i was trying to get something together for, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. I'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I might have to wait until the summer. I'm definentally going back to AC for Thanksgiving however.

#148266 - 02/13/03 06:36 PM Re: Bobber
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Maybe there's an AC curse. Once you've been there, everywhere else just seems a little 'Not quite right". :rolleyes:
I didn't see any casinos, but I never looked for any. I know Aruba has them, and Bonaire (and Curacao) are basically under the same rule, so I suppose they are there. We stayed at the Buddy Dive Resort and there was nothing wrong with their facilities.
If push comes to shove, you just may have to go back to AC laugh
Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt

#148267 - 02/13/03 08:11 PM Re: Bobber
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I've been to Saba. Great diving, but that's about it. No beaches. Basically a former volcano rising out of deep water. Rain forest at the top is cool! The landing is wild - picture a small aircraft carrier perched onto the side of a mountain... And, the cops there were carrying 9mm Glocks 10 years ago - so something is up there... although it seems very safe.

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