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Old Mar 9, 13, 5:11 pm   #1
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San Juan airport 5 hr layover

I am doing a mileage run to SJU from LAX and will be in SJU at midnight. My departing flight is at 5am. Any suggestions how to spend the time there. I have a couple of passes to United Club. Thanks.
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Old Mar 10, 13, 9:49 am   #2
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The United Club passes won't do you any good.

Last time I was at SJU at similar times I hired a taxi for a few hours and had them drive me around the old city and show me some of the sights. The Fort was lit up quite pretty and while I couldn't go inside it was still fun to see.
http://blog.wandr.me/2009/10/a-3-hour-tour-of-san-juan/


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The casinos near the Ritz may be open after midnight.
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Old Mar 10, 13, 8:11 pm   #5
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5 hours?

Cab to Old San Juan, go to La Taberna Lúpulo, drink craft beers for for 2 hours, then go to El Batey, drink crap beer (or good rum) for another hour, then cab back to the airport.

Or cab to Condado, barhop, and get some food for 3 or so hours.
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There is also a 24hr BBQ place open near the airport. Bebo's near ave marginal, right net to the row of car rental places. Remains crowded at night and good place for some lechon and a beer.
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I am doing a mileage run to SJU from LAX and will be in SJU at midnight. My departing flight is at 5am. Any suggestions how to spend the time there. I have a couple of passes to United Club. Thanks.
If possible, I'd follow the suggestions above and get out of the airport for a couple of hours. Additionally I believe the United Club has been closed for some time now in SJU, so that would not be an option.
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San Juan airport 5 hr layover

Taxi to the El San Juan hotel and hit the hot tubs.
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5 hours?

Cab to Old San Juan, go to La Taberna Lúpulo, drink craft beers for for 2 hours, then go to El Batey, drink crap beer (or good rum) for another hour, then cab back to the airport.

Or cab to Condado, barhop, and get some food for 3 or so hours.
I also have a layover coming up from 2:30 am to 7:30 am on a Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Which casinos in Condado are open, and which bars/restaurants?
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Old Jul 25, 13, 6:13 pm   #10
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Casinos? Not sure.

Bars? More than likely El Batey in Old San Juan. Bring cash.
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Casinos? Not sure.

Bars? More than likely El Batey in Old San Juan. Bring cash.
And El Batey will be open at 3am on a tuesday?
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Old Jul 29, 13, 8:17 pm   #12
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The possibility exists. I just drove past there, and it's open at 10pm on a Monday.
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I have a similar upcoming overnight at SJU. In around 1am, out around 6am. Paying for a dumpy hotel for a few hours doesn't seem worth it.

Any suggestions to add to the above?

I'm leaning towards just staying put in the terminal or maybe going over to a casino for an hour or so. Which is likely to be more lively around 2am, El San Juan or RC?
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I have a similar upcoming overnight at SJU. In around 1am, out around 6am. Paying for a dumpy hotel for a few hours doesn't seem worth it.

Any suggestions to add to the above?

I'm leaning towards just staying put in the terminal or maybe going over to a casino for an hour or so. Which is likely to be more lively around 2am, El San Juan or RC?
If you are staying in the terminal, stay airside - there is not even a seat landside, unless you walk over to near the JetBlue checkin gates.
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Old Dec 4, 15, 5:43 pm   #15
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Depending on the day of the week, old san juan should be fun for a few hours
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