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GDSes vs Airlines

读到一篇很有趣的文章,关于航空公司和GDS(Global Distribution System)之间的互动,了解了不少旅行社订票系统的知识,以及新的东西。记在这儿当个资料,四大GDS系统:

Sabre – originated as the American Airlines reservation system, but is now independent

Galileo — one of its major progenitors was Apollo, the United reservation system, but Galileo is now part of Cendant (a provider of “travel, real estate, vehicle, and financial services”)

Amadeus — origins as the reservation system of several European airline res systems, was until earlier this year a publicly-traded company, recently taken private by a private equity, though Iberia, Air France/KLM and Lufthansa still have stakes. Also bought (in the mid 1990s) SystemOne, the Continental (and before that, Eastern) res system.

Worldspan — origins as the TWA, Northwest and Delta reservation systems, but now privately owned (it had an abortive IPO attempt in 2004).

新兴绕过GDS的订票系统:

G2 Switchworks was launched by the former technology head of Orbitz to develop webtools to bypass GDSes.

ITA is another on the same trail.

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机场趴车服务

出门玩,时间长的时候可能托朋友搭个方便车去机场,有的时候也会叫机场小巴服务(airport shuttle)。不过有些时候托朋友不方便,如果出游时间不是很长,会把车直接停在机场。奥斯丁机场的长期趴车每天是$6,如果一周时间的话可能会和全家搭来回机场小巴价钱差不多。不过这次从休斯顿飞,无论如何也要把车停在机场附近了,一查IAH机场的趴车费,吓了一跳,一天$13的样子,有没有搞错?

正是由于机场趴车贵的缘故吧,休斯顿机场附近有许多其它的趴车服务公司,我在我们网站的United States Major Airport机场趴车推荐网站上查了查,发现除了可以有些coupon之外,airportparkingreservations还给出了不同的选择,我选了一家最便宜的service parking,一天只收$4,真的不错。

机场趴车公司有免费shuttle送你去机场,回来的时候也要等他们的shuttle,小公司便宜,可能shuttle 频率不是很高,不过也可以接受了。回来的时候赶上圣诞节,发现service parking还并排趴了好多车,问司机趴在里面的如何开出来,他说因为过节,要求趴车的人很多,趴在外面的人要同意留下钥匙。原来如此。

出游需要趴车在大城市机场的朋友,可以去我们的网站看看,也许能找到相对便宜的趴车服务的。你如果知道好的网站,也请分享一下。

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清晨的Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

这是我拍的唯一一张全景照片:清晨的Trunk Bay. 点击放大。

如何让世界顶级的海滩成为你的“私人海滩”,秘诀是早去。7:15am,海滩上只有我们一家,而救生员差不多8:00am才到。直到十点之前,海滩上的人都很少。即使人多的时候,Trucnk Bay也要比St Thomas上的有名海滩Magens Bay人少些。由于清晨光线的原因,沙滩在照片中不是显得很白净,海水的颜色也没有那么醉人,但实际看到的感觉远要比照片更亮丽。

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平安到家

在Houston三禾酒家吃完大餐, 趁着夜色开了两个半小时, 终于在8:50pm安全返回家中. 而家里除了门前的装饰鹿不知道什么原因没有亮之外, 其余都好, 自然是松了口气.

这次全家出游, 看到了迄今为止见到的最清澈最湛蓝的海, 追逐着数不清的鱼儿; 在Laguna Grande深夜荡舟, 见到了奇特的发光的海; 在不同的丛林和海滩间hiking, 每一天玩下来都是筋疲骨软, 而第二天却还是兴致勃勃地上路, 实在是见到的景色太美了, 以至于让人流连忘返. 想说: 今年的圣诞是蓝色的, 不是忧郁的蓝色, 而是加勒比海那种明媚的, 清澈的, 醉人的蓝色.

为了方便其他要去的朋友, 将我们的行程纪录下来, 供大家参考. 总体而言, 我们的行程是轻松合理的, 当然也有少许需要改进的地方.

Dec 18 (Sun) 3:50pm - 10:04pm IAH-SJC. 早晨从Austin出发去休斯顿, 晚上最后于12:00am(midnight) check in Intercontinental San Juan Resort.

[这一天基本在路上, 是局限于机票价钱而决定的.]

Dec 19 (Mon) Visit El Yunque Caribbean National Forest, Hiking at La Mina Trail, 下午返回旅馆休整, 泡热水池(hot tub). 傍晚出发去Fajardo附近的Laguna Grande, 8:00pm - 9:30pm Kayaking at Laguna Grande, 发光的海.

[这一天中间回去一是答应了我家小宝回旅馆游泳, 二是想让她在hiking之后也休息一下. 其他朋友自然可以省去这一来一往的时间, 因为开Puerto Rico 3号公路很花时间, 塞车.]

Dec 20 (Tue) 开车去Puerto Rico 西面的溶洞和天文台, 结果功课没仔细做, 溶洞和天文台周三到周日才开, 白跑了一趟. 改主意回来去Old San Juan逛到傍晚, 然后回酒店.

[这一天失误是做功课的问题. 原定计划是Puerto Rico 西面的景点, 不过由于早上睡懒觉出发的晚, 所以想去Puerto Rico 南面不太现实, 时间太紧张了.]

Dec 21 (Wed) 原定今天上午是Old San Juan的时间, 因为昨天去过了, 就在旅馆前面的沙滩上踩水消磨时光了. 一度想早上8:00am再赶到溶洞看看, 最后因为觉得太赶而且太辛苦放弃 (安抚小宝下午去USVI看鱼).
中午13:15 - 13:45pm SJU-STT. 开始下雨. 租车开到St Thomas东北面, check in Crystal Cove Beach Resort, 巧遇网友. 晚上因为刚下过雨, 就在海滩上散了散步, 早早睡了, 为了明早去St John.

[这一天天气因素少许影响, 而且找旅馆费了些周折]

Dec 22 (Tue) 清晨6:30am car ferry去St. John, 第一站Trunk Bay, 7:10am. 空无一人, 世界顶极的海滩成了全家的”私人海滩”, 直玩到10:00am人才陆陆续续多起来. Trunk Bay 绝对名副其实, 是非常好的snorkling地方. 11:00am 离开Trunk Bay, 沿20 号公路继续前行, 在Maho Bay到此一游, 然后从Leinster Bay Hiking半个种到Waterlemon Bay. 人很少, 试图游到Waterlemon Cay, 因体力问题未果, 在附近snorkling了一下. 最后返回Cinnamon Bay, 吃饭, 椰子树下呼了一觉, 然后游水, snorkling, 傍晚赶5:30pm car ferry回旅馆. 买菜煮东西吃.

[这一天LD和小宝体力都很好, 是我们玩的最”充实”的一天, 而且全天天气都非常好. 当然也有意外发生, 卖个乖子, 以后游记里再说]

Dec 23 (Fri) 今天休整, 起来很晚, 去了St Thomas的Coki Beach, 有很多鱼, 是St Thomas比较好也比较适合新手的snorkling地方. 后来去了Magens Bay, 水比较浅, 适合小孩子游泳, 但很少鱼, 而且游客很多, 包括cruise上下来的.

[这一天比较轻松, 是很好的体力调整, 当然也游了好多]

Dec 24 (Sat) 再次去St John, hiking 15 min去了honeymoon beach, swim&snorkling; 然后去了Hawksnest Bay, 最后重游Trunk Bay, 玩到后来下大雨, 赶着4:30pm car ferry回来的. 买吃的, 和网友rong一家在有限的条件下吃了一顿大家自己准备的圣诞大餐(LD辛苦了).

[这一天最后天公有些不做美, 不过把St John想玩的地方都玩了]

Dec 25 (Sun) 18:45pm - 19:15pm STT-SJU. 上午在旅馆门前的Sapphire Beach玩水, 也是St Thomas有名的海滩. 中午check out, 开车去Charlotte Amalie看景, 不过可看的不多, 二小时足够了. 天气很热, 好在只有一艘cruise, 游客不多, 然后提前去机场. 晚上check in Coqui Motel, 没什么事情, 上了上网洗洗睡了.

[这一天对Charlotte Amalie估计太乐观, 结果发现没什么太多可以看的, 所以浪费了不少时间]

Dec 26 (Mon) 10:45am - 13:50pm SJU - IAH. Houston shopping, 吃大餐, 晚上开车回家.

[昨天和今天行程安排有改进的地方. 理想是昨天仍住在岛上, 然后今早飞回San Juan, 然后直接飞回Houston比较好. 但是由于当时旅馆预订等原因, 结果浪费了时间, 也没有省出太多钱来]

经验总结:
1. 如果你和我们一样打算玩Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St John的话, 在时间费用有限的条件下, 合理安排时间和行程是必要和重要的. 基本上, Puerto Rico两天半足够了, St Thomas两天, St John体力足够的话多几天都觉得不够. 一句话, 以前也有网友提到过, St John的海滩, swim&snorkling要比St Thomas高一个档次, 而USVI要比Puerto Rico更漂亮更有度假的心情.

2. 租车不是最经济的方法, 但玩起来绝对是最方便自由的, 特别是带小孩子去的.

3. USVI岛上左侧行驶没有丝毫问题, 我出了机场parking lot就适应了. 关键还是山路的开法, 有些地方山路很陡而且弯路很多. 路况也是个问题. 但相比而言, San Juan及Puerto Rico岛东线开车更紧张, 路况差, 坑比mitbbs family board还多, 而且开车完全和国内类似, 基本原则是只要不撞车, 怎么开都合理, 所以更费神. 特别是找路, 基本上没什么路牌, GPS必不可少. 总之开车一定要defensive driving. 我开过之后对回中国开车信心大增的说.

4. 租车后一定要检查轮胎和刹车, 这是性命攸关的事情. 当然如果你在美国本土开车信心还是不足的话, 还是要三思. 可能搭出租车更轻松些.

5. USVI一天去两到三个海滩足够, 关键要给你喜欢的海滩足够的时间. snorkling gear要事先准备好, 当地论天租也不贵, < $10/day, St Thomas Kmart也有卖的, ~$30.

6. 防晒, 特别是后背, 不管天晴还是天阴. 当然防黑是不可能的.

7. 自己准备食物是比较合算的, 两地岛上无论是餐馆还是超市东西都很贵, 当然USVI更贵些, make sense. 总之在岛上如果讲究吃是不划算的. 同样价钱你在美国本土会吃的好的多.

就这些了, 以后想到新的再补充吧, 有问题的朋友也可以留言问. 至于游记和照片看时间吧, 这一回好多时候都在水里游了, 照的照片不很多, 希望能有拿得出手的. 其他相关行程准备请参考之前的blog, 都收集在Category travel destination 下.

对了, 说一郁闷之事, 因为在外面的几天整天游个不停, 锻炼强度极大, 而且为了省钱都是自己搭伙的, 所以一直和LD说觉得这回肯定瘦了. 结果回来一过秤, 竟然还胖了两磅. 唉, 心宽体胖的”胖”啊.

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Merry Christmas From Puerto Rico

Watering at Puerto Rico now, the last day of our vacation, back home tomorrow. Happy holiday all.

– Three too-tired-to-swim fishes :)

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巴黎夜色全景照片

看图不说话, 点击放大.

Paris Night

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圣诞快乐&要出发了&明信片

今天收到了前几天订的snorkling gear, 试了一下, 很不错, 包括配的带近视镜片的. 因为mask的边是软的塑胶材料制成的, 所以密封性应该不成问题. 这个周日就要出发了, 从这几天冷嗖嗖的德州飞到充满热带风情的加勒比海, 相信又是一次完美的度假. 这儿提前祝贺大家圣诞快乐, 吃好玩好, 过一个心情放松的好假期, 明年再拼命干活吧.

多于长期支持我的网站阅读我的blog的朋友们, 如果你们有兴趣收到一张来自Puerto Rico或USVI的明信片, 请周六前给我发个邮件, 告诉我你的地址, 我会抽空在那儿给你寄一张明信片, 感谢你们支持的. 我的email是:travelsuperlink[at]gmail.com.

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USVI Car Ferry Schedule

usvi.net 查到的ferry 信息, 其中我最关心的car ferry 有两家, 因为不打算在st. John过夜, 所以最晚一班从St. John回来的船是下午6:15pm, 周六多一班是晚上8:00pm. Boyson, Inc. (776-6294) & Republic Barge (779-4000) . 具体到了那边还需要确认一下时间.
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USVI Cruise Ship Schedule

买卖提网友hnjjz 贡献了一个网址, 是关于USVI Cruise Ship Schedule的, 我看的目的不是想慕名看看那些大游轮, 而是想避免她们. 因为St Thomas Charlotte Amalie游轮一靠岸那就整个一人山人海, 所以自然要挑人少的日子逛了. 我们在的几天Cruise Ship Sche:

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Air Travel Index Page

结合前两天的中文网页改版, 今天也做了一个航空旅行机票预订的索引页 (tag: airtravelindex), 就是把我们网站的相关网页都索引出来, 方便大家参考. 当然这方面的网页有的是中文的, 有的是英文的, 不过索引页都是中文列出来, 大家看起来比较轻松吧. 我们航空旅行方面的内容也不少了, 我的如何查寻北美机票系列谈也是不错的科普系列, 对菜鸟也好, 老鸟也好, 多多少少都有启发. 当然写的时候也花了些力气. 这个系列接着还会陆续写下去, 另外也欢迎高手一同来写这个主题, 如果有其它好的相关文章, 也请推荐给我. 谢谢.

接着还会把几个其它版块也做出索引页来.

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Snorkling Gear

下个星期就要出发去Puerto Rico和US Virgin Islands了, 这次出游沙滩阳光和浮潜(snorkling)是重头戏, 可是浮潜用的东西(snorkling gear)一直拖到现在还没有买. 当然当地著名的浮潜圣地是可以租到的, 不过我们这一回去的时间比较长, 应该会在不同的地方浮潜, 所以说还是买一套自己用的比较划得来. 我也听说Puerto Rico Kmart是有卖的, 不过我们这儿平常一些体育用品店因为季节缘故都已经不卖了, 当然有朋友建议我们去当地的diving shop去买. 今天去了一个店, 没有开, 隔着窗户看看, 好象不是很大, 而且多以深潜(scuba diving)的东东为主.

晚上回来在网上看老美的USVI论坛, 看到也有人问这个snorkling gear的问题, 有人提到网上的一家店, Snorkel-Mart, 说是质量不错. 看了一下, 东西似乎贵一些, 但也比较专业些, 比如面具(mask)都是两层的, 而且防水性能也比较好. 特别是它可以配带近视度数的面具, 这恐怕一般当地店做不了. 于是上网买了两套, 一套给我们家小的, 一套我和LD用, 外加专门度数的镜片. Snorkel-Mart保证当天运出, 算算USP的时间, 应该在周末之前运抵. 希望别弄出什么岔子来.

现在可以倒计数了.

更新: 周日订的, 周一下午打电话确认, 已经运出来了, 晚上收到email trace number, 东西应该周四运到.

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改了改网站的中文网页

抽了些时间把我们旅游精品资讯的中文网页重新改了改, 跟英文的一样, 按照航空旅行, 旅馆住宿, 租车自驾车, 美中机票签证资讯, 旅游热点, 国家公园, 旅友· 游记· 博客, 豪华游轮, 护照签证, 旅游工具几个板块, 主要是方便朋友们快速找到自己想查找的信息(因为有朋友给我们建议, 说这一点很重要), 把我们的网站当成自己出游做功课很好的工具.

我们的网站今后也会主要以上面几个板块为主. 如果你写了很有用的旅游方面文章, 我们可以帮你编辑发表推广; 你看到觉得有用的信息也可以推荐给我们. 好的游记博客游记都可以帮你索引. 网络时代, 人以类聚, 我们希望喜欢旅游的朋友能把这儿当成自己的家, 给我们建议意见, 和我们一起分享旅游的乐趣.

又及, 如果你懂的一些Logo设计, 可不可以帮我们设计个好看一些的网站图标呢?

又又及, 凡是给了我们网站很大帮助的朋友, 来德州austin的时候, 通知我一声, 我一定以德州bbq款待.

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Panama Canal Miraflores Locks 视频

有朋友去过巴拿马吗? 估计中美洲这些国家都从台湾那儿拿钱, 大陆去签证就是难上加难了.

最近看到一段视频, 是巴拿马运河Miraflores船闸的, 录像估计是web camera照的, 不很清楚, 但将一个星期的时间压缩成11分钟的视频, 可以让你体会到运河的繁忙. 根据wikipedia上的介绍:

巴拿马运河位于拉丁美洲的巴拿马,横穿巴拿马地峡,总长82公里,宽的地方达304米,最窄的地方也有152米。连接太平洋和大西洋。在太平洋一侧有两座船闸, Pedro Miguel and the Miraflores locks,在大西洋一侧有一座船闸, the Gatun locks。在大西洋一侧的船闸有三层,高达21米,每扇有745吨重,但平衡相当好,只要30千瓦功率的电机即可驱动开合。 船室长305米,宽33.5米,船只在船闸中被提升26米,进入人工筑坝拦截查格里河形成的嘎顿湖(加通湖或嘉頓湖),通过运河再经过一座单层船闸降到海拔16.5米,进入米拉弗洛湖,再经过一座双层船闸降到海平面高度进入太平洋。每座船闸都是成对的,所以可以双行,船只在船闸中由轨道牵引机牵引行动。太平洋海面比大西洋海面高24厘米,并且潮汐较高。嘎顿湖中有几个小岛,是野生动物保护区。

这个录相就是关于太平洋这一侧的Miraflores船闸, 升降起伏是16.5米. 每年都有上万只船只通过. 近年来对巴拿马运河印象中的事情一是老美1989年强行入侵巴拿马, 推翻巴拿马政府,捉拿巴拿马军队司令诺列卡, 就是为了这条运河的控制权. 二是香港李嘉诚的和记黄埔1997年赢得巴拿马运河在巴尔博亚和大西洋一端的克里斯托瓦尔两个港口长达25年的管理权, 惹的老美一再炒做“中国威胁论”. 其实说白了, 还是老美自己想接着控制, 据说最近又在找其它合适地方挖更大的运河呢.

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Mileage Run

快到年尾了, 大家都在忙什么呢? 我想每个人忙都有每个人的道理, 而这世界上有一票人, 正抓紧年末的这一段时间飞来飞去, 不过他们和平常人的旅行不一样, 他们是mileage runner.

在Randy Petersen和 Tim Winship的新书Mileage Pro: The Insider’s Guide to Frequent Flyer Programs里, 是这样定义mileage runner的, “a series of flights taken in a very short amount of time, solely for the purpose of accumulating frequent flyer miles, with a blatant disregard for the destinations.(在很短的时间里连续的飞行, 不关心目的地是哪里, 飞行的主要目的是积攒里程)”. 如果我出外旅行, 总是希望花在飞机上的时间越短越好, 最好是直飞. 而mileage runner的想法是同样的飞行, 飞的里程数越多越好, 单位里程花费越少越好, 这样不可避免的同样目的地, 我直飞而人家却倒了三趟飞机, 而且乐此不疲.

但为什么临到年末 mileage run更多呢? 这是因为有些frequent flyer这一年积攒下来的里程, 离真正的精英会员(elite member)资格还差一些, 当然要趁最后的机会补上, 这样下一年如果拿到了精英会员资格, 再飞行的时候免费升级了, 机场使用贵宾接待室啊等等等等的好处, 也值得年底前的这份辛苦了. 纽约日报前几天还专门有篇文章将这个现象, A Quick Trip to Guam Just to Run Up Flier Miles , 文中的对话颇有意思:

YOU’RE going where Dec. 9?” she asked.

“Guam.”

“You’re going to be in Guam on Dec. 9,” she said in the way that only a skeptical spouse can enunciate a simple declarative sentence.

“Then up to Tokyo,” I went on. “Then back to Guam, then Houston. Home by the 12th.”

“You’re crazy,” she said after what seemed like a minute.

“Yeah, 21,000 miles worth of crazy, for a grand total of $703,” I replied a little feebly.

关于mileage run的讨论, 最著名的论坛当然是Flyertalk, 这个论坛的起家也是因为有这么一群热情的mileage runner, 而发展成为今天老美旅游方面的一大论坛. 而且mileage runner的高手甚至可以有自己的咨询生意, 路线设计也是一门学问, 不信看看Elitehelper, 就是一个很典型的例子.

我们前面blog介绍的牛人Marc, 不光胜利结束了他的两个月一百万迈里程的目标, 也一举成为这方面的名人代表.

关于其它frequent fly方面的信息, 可以参考我们的Air Travel Freq Fly 方面的精品联接. 关于各大航空公司的精英会员资格, 可以参考Major Airline Frequent Fly Program 联接, tag is airline.

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我打算在Puerto Rico的行程

拿着刚从Amazon买到的Lonely Planet Puerto Rico 2005版, 之前在书店翻了大多数的Puerto Rico Guide Book, 还是觉得关于Puerto Rico的介绍, 这一次是Lonely Planet胜出. 建议去那儿的朋友买一本带着参考.

我实际在Puerto Rico的时间只有两个半天, 主要是多留了些时间给USVI了, 翻了一下书, 也有了个大概的想法, 打算半天时间在Old San Juan, 一天是东面的Caribbean National Forest El Yunque, Punta Santiago, Las Croabas一带, 逆时针绕, 争取晚上在Laguna Grande, 也是一个bioluminescent bay. 另一天会去西面, 地方比较大, 多办会去那个大的天文望远镜 Observatorio de Arecibo, Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy溶洞, Rincon看看大浪, La Parguera 吃吃海鲜什么的, 如果有时间, 会沿着那条曲哩拐弯的路折回San Juan.

当然了, 我最近的行程计划不再象最初菜鸟时候订的那么仔细了, 往往就是这样想一下, 定几个大方向, 然后看着具体行程情况在决定, 因为出去玩不是定计划, 有的地方你喜欢, 可能一天也就呆在那儿了. 当然我们第一次去, 还想多看看, 所以要找到比较平衡的玩法, 总之一切随心情, 再好的计划也赶不上变化不是.

之前提到的Vieques 岛的bioluminescent bay, 权衡再三还是决定这次不去了,因为比较偏, 去一次的成本很高, 而且还要在岛上呆一晚, 时间也有限. 原来打算从St Thomas 飞到Vieques , 然后第二天直飞San Juan回来, 不过恰巧我们回来的前一天是圣诞节, 所以人家的tour也不开, 就算了. 取其次, 决定去Puerto Rico的第二个bioluminescent bay Laguna Grande看看, 虽然不如前一个亮, 不过应该也可以看到的. 还有一个在西南面, 据说由于污染, 效果已经不好了.

可能有时间的话也会专门做个网页汇总我的功课, 不过时间不够的话, 就只好等回来了. 其它想去的朋友有什么打算的,请留言, 大家多说说比较有意思.

有用联接: Old San Juan Map
Puerto Rico Map

有用信息:
1. Day Trips to Culebra and Vieques from Old San Juan! The new Island Fast Ferry goes to Culebra in only 1.5 hours and then continues to Vieques before returning to Old San Juan in the afternoon. A great way to explore the ‘Spanish Virgin Islands’ in just one day!

2. The A-5 Bus runs from Isla Verde to Old San Juan all day to about 9pm (but its best to check when the last bus leaves). The A-5 Bus runs about every 15 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to reach the bus terminal at the edge of Old San Juan. The bus fare is only seventy-five cents (exact change only)! If you plan to stay in Old San Juan later than this, taxis can be found in ‘Plaza Colon’ near the statue of Columbus & the corner of Calle Fortaleza (near Starbucks, Aqua Viva, Dragon Fly). A taxi should cost approximately $20 for the return trip to Isla Verde depending on traffic and time (night surcharge may apply).

3. The ferry to Cataño is only fifty cents each way and will give you an unforgettable view of Old San Juan from the water.

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