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Grab your family, and book a day trip on a catamaran to some of the most beautiful islands in the world! Children of all ages are welcome, making these trips completely family friendly. Clocking in at around four hours from departure to return, doing one of the snorkel excursions will eat up a good portion of the day, but it's completely worth it. You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful reefs, colorful fish and white sand beaches. The trip includes free rum drinks for the parents, sodas for all, and a lunch that will keep you fueled for all of the exploration.
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Learn to Surf
Don’t be intimidated! Head over to Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort for a hands-on surf lesson. You will start off on the beach (on dry land!), and learn how to master the surf paddle out and pop up (that means standing up on the board in surf lingo). After you’re comfortable you’ll head into the water with the instructor who will help you time out how to catch a wave. If you have any hesitation or nervousness, don’t worry—the instructors are really patient and will help ease the fear. Plus, the water on this side of the island is calm and clear, so it’s perfect for first timers.
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Explore Old San Juan
You absolutely don’t want to miss this picturesque part of town. With each turn you take you’re bound to run into boldly colorful and gorgeous old buildings. There is so much history here, and makes the perfect backdrop for cool family photos. (Because your teens love their #Instagram content.) Pop into stores, eateries, souvenir shops and tasty restaurants. Check out Hotel El Convento, which was built in 1646. This charming old hotel has a beautiful patio area where you can stop for a break and grab a bite to eat.
A few other great adventurous activities to check out:
- Hike, swim, horseback ride and explore the beautiful El Yunque tropical rainforest in the national rainforest system.
- Get an adrenaline rush on Toroverde, the world’s longest zipline.
- Kayak through the magical and bright bioluminescaent bay where you can experience millions of illuminating microorganisms that make the water turn neon.
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Where to Stay: El San Juan Hotel
With 16 on-site restaurants, bars and lounges, this hotel will satisfy all of your picky eaters. The hotel is built on 15 acres of property with beautiful beaches and multiple pools. It’s also centrally located, 15 minutes to downtown Old San Juan and only five minutes from the airport. There are also larger suites available, so there’s no need to book separate rooms for everyone.
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La Concha is great for the entire family to enjoy. There is one family pool, and also an adults only infinity pool overlooking the beach so you can keep a close eye on the kids when they’re on the shore or in the ocean.
With spacious rooms and suites available, it is easy to accommodate the entire family. Some suites are equipped with a kitchen so you can save a little money by making breakfast and lunch yourself.
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There are tons of activities on this property, so there’s sure to be something fun to satisfy everyone in the family. There’s on-site snorkeling, grass volleyball areas, and multiple oceanfront swimming pools, including a swim-up pool bar. The Caribe is located close to Old San Juan and right across from the historic San Geronimo Fort.
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This spot is absolutely breathtaking—the very definition of tropical vacation. (It’s a little pricier than the other choices, but well worth it.) Built up on the cliffs, this luxurious hotel has six restaurants and bars, a family pool, an adults only area, and a stunning lounge and lobby. If you’re more of a pool (as opposed to beach) family, this hotel is a great choice. There’s plenty of poolside seating and chair-side service so you never have to leave the pool! The hotel also has a small private beach, but you can also visit the much larger a public beach next door if you need to dig your toes in the sand and ride some waves.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just need a date night away from the kids, make a reservation at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant 1919 and do the chef’s tasting menu. Starting at $85 for four course pre-fixe dinner, you’ll get the royal treatment including incredible food and wine pairings—with impeccable service, of course. And, when you leave, you’ll receive parting gift of fresh-baked banana bread for your breakfast. (Delicious!) They’ve thought of everything!