Well when I was selling timeshares at the Marriott (yes sadly I do not work there anymore and back to being a full time real estate agent!)we got special employee rates. When I worked at the Marriott, I would only get a full weekend off every 4 weeks as they had a rotating schedule (hence my demise there), but found one in January. You see my wife works at a normal job, Monday-Friday. And with my luck, there was a discount room rate at the Ritz-Carlton near San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Isle Verde. $125/night. Now getting there to Puerto Rico. It is 70 miles to San Juan. There really isn't any ferrys. But, we do have flights there, American, Jet Blue, Seaborne, Cape Air and Air Sunshine fly there. Good news, I had a $200 voucher for American that they gave me from a past flight for screwing up my seat upgrades. American had flights for $69 each way! Now when we get there, a rental car, Hertz to the rescue, $14.99/day!
We flew into San Juan on a Friday night. The 30 minute flight was exhausting. First stop after getting our Hyundai rental car, Bebo's BBQ. This is a road side stand with only outdoor seating. Yelp gave this place great reviews and I am always up for a hole in the wall where the locals eat! It took some time finding it. Got there and about 10 people in line to order. And they did not speak any English so with my 3rd grade Spanish and some pointing we got BBQ chicken and Pork with a side of rice and peas and yucca. We got it to go and brought it with us to eat at the Ritz! Classy right?
Next stop was the grocery store for some bottled water and beer. I had to get my hand on some Medalla Lights, the Puerto Rican favorite. We went to a Pueblo Market, which we have here in St Thomas, but the one in Puerto Rico resembled more of a stateside grocery store, than the third world ones we have here?
Now off to check in at the Ritz. Um yea, $17/per day to park? Check in was good with a glass of champagne (as I am standing there with my hockey bag of beer, a cooler and Beto's BBQ). Front desk gal could smell the BBQ and we told her Bebo's, her favorite, lives a couple of blocks from there.
Up to our room on the 8th floor facing the airport (oh no, yes Ken will be staring at the planes taking off and landing all day). We requested our fridge to brought to our room, we need to keep our beer cold!
Very good! Now for a walk around the resort. They have a full service casino, but after living in Reno, NV for 8 years, not interested. Off to the pool and beach! Nice pool area, but at night the gate to the beach is locked at 8PM? Safe area?
After a good nights sleep we ventured out to the Isla Verde area. Late start and after much debate about where to go for breakfast we ended up at Taco Bell for brunch!
Taco Bell fix - check!
Now off to the beach and pool at the Ritz. The beach in Puerto Rico is more of a yellow sand, rougher water and high rises right on the beach? Seemed more like Florida or Jersey shore to me?
Hmmm, here is a picture of our beach on St Thomas of Megan's Bay, which do you like better?
Of course being frugal, I brought a cooler of Medalla Light to the beach!