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Puerto Rico's El Conquistador Hotel & Surrounding Area

Updated on February 24, 2018
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Our family loves to to vacation together, just the 4 of us. When we travel we prefer to be off the beaten path. Islands are our favorite!

Our vacation style

Being from New England, we love to get away in the colder months to somewhere warm as most everyone here does! We are a small family of 4 and enjoy going on relaxing vacations together. Our biggest "must have" in choosing a place to visit is that it must not be a tourist trap. We prefer quieter islands or hotels away from all the hustle and bustle of towns and bars. We like to hear the natural sounds of the islands rather then loud music pouring out of restaurants. Our next "must have" is somewhere to walk to from the hotel. We like to be able to walk to shops and little stores and restaurants. Our last "must have" is to be on the ocean, able to walk to the beach from our hotel.

El Conquistador Hotel~~Fajardo, Puerto Rico

THIS is our all time favorite hotel and island to visit hands down. We've been going to this hotel for over 10 years and keep returning year after year. They're set up high atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, far from San Juan and the louder touristy towns and crowds. The hotel is home to a stunning golf course as well as it's very own private island. The property seems to stretch on forever. With 5 separate villages inside the property, you have many options regarding where you would like to stay while visiting Puerto Rico. We've stayed in the main hotel over looking the pools and ocean as well as in one of the Casitas, which are privately owned townhouses which they rent out. These are on the quieter side of the property with separate pools and restaurants. This hotel has multiple pools, restaurants and shops but the BEST part of this property is the private island oasis, Palomino Island.

Palomino Island

Getting to Palomino Island is an adventure in itself! First, taking the fanicular (which is like a tram) down the side of the cliff to the private ferry waiting in the marina to wisk you off to the island which is only 15 minutes away. The ferry ride is quite relaxing with wonderful views of the island and cliffside homes. Once on Palomino Island you'll find Iguana's outdoor restaurant waiting just off the dock. There you can enjoy a wonderful open air lunch alongside numerous iguanas that happily hang around like house pets waiting for a little bite to eat themselves! Don't worry, they're perfectly friendly and actually more afraid of you than you are of them but they ARE quite large!

As you amble away from the restaurant you'll come upon a few adorable, open air shops that sell all the essentials you may have forgotten as well as beach attire, toys and souvenirs. There are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas set up all along the beach so there is never a shortage. If you walk a little further, you'll be treated to quieter spots tucked under the palm trees in the sand, as if your on your own little island. This is where we love to spend out afternoons soaking up the sun. On the island they also rent all the water crafts you could ask for from rafts, banana boats and floats to jet skis. If you find yourself getting a little bored from sunning yourself, take up a game of miniature golf or soccer found just beyond the beach. Higher up on the island, if you really want a special treat, you can rent a horse and explore the entire island on your own! It really is a specular place to spend the day...or several!

Fanicular down to Marina

Lunch with the iguanas on Palomino Island

Pick a chair, Palomino Island

Palomino Beach El Conquistador Hotel Puerto Rico

The Quiet Side, Palomino Island

El Conquistador Hotel Property

Along and scattered throughout the hotel property are many beautiful pools, a small water park, marina, beautiful gardens, talking parrots and restaurants not to mention VIEWS galore from just about everywhere you look! Every room in the main hotel has a water view! Rooms in Las Vista building have ocean and garden view rooms. If you stay halfway down the cliff, in the Las Olas building you will be treated to your own private pool and views of the marina. Staying at the Las Casitas is a wonderful luxury if you can swing it. These are timeshare townhouses on the cliffside of the property. Here it feels like a little village of all brightly colored houses under the palm trees with magical views of the ocean and Palomino Island. Las Casitas also has their own infinite pool overlooking the ocean as well as several restaurants on site.

Las Casitas Townhouses

Las Olas Overlooking Marina

ATV Adventures and Old San Juan

If you haven't had your fill of adventure on the hotels property, there is plenty in the area to keep you entertained. We've gone on the 2 hour ATV's tour through the beautiful El Yunque rainforest. Beautiful views but even more fun just driving the ATV's through the mud, even getting a chance to cool off in a nice section of the Mameyes river. They stop here for about 15 minutes to swim or just play in the water. The tour guides did try and get a few of us to jump off the cliff into the 10 feet deeper section, which we happily obliged!

Old San Juan, if you have the time, wait to visit when cruise ships are NOT in port. Otherwise, it will be quite overcrowded and not very enjoyable. Old San Juan is one of those places everyone must visit at least once in their lives. Blue-glazed cobblestone streets, charming architecture, historical points of interest, multiple open-air plazas and of course all the boutiques, restaurants, clubs and shopping you could ever want. Don't miss the forts, the ocean views from both are incredibly beautiful. There are little trolleys to take you up the long drive to the forts themselves if you are not inclined to walking.

Mameyes River in the El Yunque Rainforest

Old San Juan

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