Our flight arrived just after midnight, so I had concerns about timing of PCR test. No worries! We had our tests on Friday AM at our local urgent care, got results Saturday afternoon.
Got our QR codes which we saved on our phones. At the airport we followed the signs to collect our bag, then to the testing barrier. Showed our code and ID (driver’s license in our case) and we were good to go. Then straight out following the signs for a taxi and we were off to our hotel.
Stayed at the Caribe Hilton, which was great. It could use a little updating but it’s still nice. Beach is great there. Lots of good service. Several restaurants. Not a lot close by, so we used Uber a lot. Uber is easy in San Juan.
We spent a lot of time exploring OSJ, which was fun. We love history so loved the forts and city walls.
WORD OF ADVICE: When traveling back to the airport to pick up a car, be aware that some agencies are NOT at the airport. 🙄 Ubered back to SJU to go to Dollar car rental. Got there and was informed it’s off site and take the shuttle. There were two other couples waiting (Uber is gone now). We waited and waited. Looked at the fine print (yes, should have earlier, I know. Rookie mistake) and it says you can take a taxi. So I did ($20). Of course, 5 minutes later the shuttle delivered the other people. Figures. Dollar rental is not the best but we got a Kia, worked with Apple car play. No problems. Car rental is very limited on the island and not cheap.
Another vote for sun block: I’m a redhead with pasty white skin. I stayed coated in SPF of 50-70. Very small burns in a couple of spots. My husband, who doesn’t usually burn, on the other hand decided his lower legs would be fine. He now has a deep burn with blisters. Has been miserable the entire time. Oh well.
Anniversary dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse. Very good, too much food and they gave us a free desert on top of it. Can recommend the Island Bessie to drink.
We spent a lot of time just relaxing and enjoying either the beach at the hotel or our balcony. Lots of Pina Coladas! The sound of the waves and the incredible breeze is good for your soul, after a tough year.
One note upon departure back to mainland: definitely arrive at least 2 hours before your flight. You will have to go through the USDA bag screening. We were about 15 min. late and this was added stress. The USDA line was very long, snaking around on itself. Took at the least 20-25 minutes. Then we dropped off our bag and went through TSA security. Pre-check lanes not open because it was the middle of the night (thanks to JetBlue). So we were in line again for quite awhile. Got to our gate as they were boarding and then just walked right on the plane. I NEVER leave it so late so that was stressful. We did wait for a taxi at our hotel, which added to running late.
I hope this is helpful to someone and enjoy you time in PR!