This aerial photo shows the approximate locations of many of the hotels in Old San Juan and the Condado area in relationship to the different cruise ship piers in San Juan. You can click on the hotel names and pier names for a link to their respective web sites if one exists. It is a work in progress, so not all hotels are shown. Most of these hotels are of the larger variety. If you are looking for something a little smaller, check out Puerto Rico Small Inns' website. This effort was stimulated by the many posts on CruiseCritic.com. You can also utilize an interactive map of hotels from tripadvisor.com as well as this interactive map at google maps that I made.
Which pier is my ship docking at?
The Tourism Taxi Program, recently instituted by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, has simplified the fare structure between the airport and several major tourism zones in the San Juan area. When coming out of the airport, go to the Taxi stand and they'll give you a slip with your set rate on it, otherwise, you may get screwed. There are additional charges for baggage.Click here for the latest rates. The rates are per taxi. Many of the taxis are vans or minivans and can accomodate up to 6 or 7 people in some cases. The Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the Pan American Pier and 11 miles from the OSJ Piers. It usually takes about 15-25 minutes in a taxi for the trip, dependent upon traffic.
Here are a few airport tips to minimize the pain. Most of this only applies if you are flying on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Local Scams to Watch For:
Make sure you read this interesting post on cruisecritic.com. Many people have run into this scammer. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1079834
Grocery Store/Drug Store
Beaches Close to Port:
San Juan is not known for its beaches so don't go there expecting to see a pristine Carribean beach. If you choose to skip scenic Old San Juan and want to hit a beach, then try one of the following.
So you have a late flight out of SJU, now what do you do with your baggage?
San Juan Links
Other Links I have not used any of these tour groups, so pursue at your own risk.