Relaxing in Puerto Rico

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Wondering where to stay in Puerto Rico? We just spent 3 amazing days in Puerto Rico at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and it was wonderful!

After all of our hard work on the Women’s Travel Fest, I needed a vacation badly. So when I saw flights to Puerto Rico for $250 R/T (from Newark to San Juan) one of my closest girlfriends and I jumped at the chance for a getaway.

Puerto Rico is an amazing place for a vacay, especially if you live on the east coast. Temperatures are always in the 70s or 80s, and it’s an easy destination to visit: everything is priced in US dollars, you don’t need a passport to visit, phones still work & it’s easy to get around even if you don’t speak Spanish (the national language).

The Marriott is one of only a handful of properties located directly on Condado Beach, one of the nicest beaches in San Juan. Their beach is amazing, their staff is incredibly friendly & they have a waterslide in their pool!

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We had a blast playing on the waterslide, ordering pina coladas from the swim up bar & lounging on the beach, but there were some other things we loved about our stay as well.

1.    Activities

The hotel offers lots of free activities throughout the day, including a host of free gaming lessons. We decided to take a roulette lesson one afternoon, and ended up learning a lot more about the game. The instructor also taught us about blackjack, which was really helpful—even though we later lost $100 playing. But hey, all in good fun, right?

2.    Spa & Gym

The hotel has a great 24-hour gym. There are several treadmills & ellipticals (more than I’ve ever seen in a hotel) a weight section, a stretching section & a sauna. The spa also offers a host of services, including massages, facials & more.

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3.    Location

The Condado Beach area has enough to keep you occupied if you don’t want to stray too far, but it’s also just a quick $15 cab ride to Old San Juan. We had a great time exploring Old San Juan—the cobblestone town has a colorful blend of buildings, cute boutique shops & restaurants. Don’t miss the 15th Century forts built that were once used to protect the city from invaders. And if you’re up for it, grab a $2 Medalla (the local beer) and people watch in the neighborhoods many squares!

I would recommend Puerto Rico as a destination to anyone—it was a wonderful way to relax, and after the Women’s Travel Fest, exactly what I needed!

Have you ever been to Puerto Rico?

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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