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Fajardo to SJU + camping q's
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Weston Reynolds (137.54.6.---)
Date:   02-21-10 17:29

Hi all,

First time poster, visiting Culebra with some friends for the second time in March. I have a few travel questions I am looking to get resolved. We are flying into San Juan and will probably take a taxi to the Rio Piedras transfer area and catch a publico to Fajardo. Is there a grocery store anyone can suggest in Fajardo--we will be camping at Flamenco and would like to buy food for the week prior to getting on the ferry. Once in Fajardo will we be able to get a taxi or a bus to a grocery store and then to the ferry fairly easily? Does anyone have the number for a cab driver in Fajardo who I could use? I feel as though I have a fairly good feel for the trip to Culebra, however, I'm unsure about getting back to SJU from Fajardo when my trip is over. How can I get a publico from the ferry back to the San Juan area? Having never taken the publicos before, are we crazy to try to do so? We are doing so in the interest of money as several poor college kids. What is the procedure for getting from Fajardo back to SJU?

Also, regarding camping, we intend to purchase food for the week in Fajardo upon arriving, with the intention of cooking for ourselves over a backpacking camp stove. Because you are not allowed to travel with camping fuel, what do people do about fuel for their stoves? My stove burns white gas or Coleman fuel--where can I purchase such fuel once I'm there? Is there a place on Culebra? Is there a place in Fajardo?

My apologies for the barrage of questions--just trying to iron out all the details. Can't wait to get back to Culebra! Thanks for your help.

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Re: Fajardo to SJU + camping q's
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Herb (165.134.205.---)
Date:   02-23-10 08:23

My experience with the cabs in Fajardo was not favorable. I can not recommend that get involved with them. If you think you can handle it, discuss and agree on a fare before you get into the cab....otherwise you may get seriously bent over. IMHO, avoid Fajardo as much as possible. Get to the ferry and get to the island ASAP.

Search the forums, there have been discussions concerning camp stoves and fuel on a number of occasions.

The grocery stores on Culebra are more than adequate for all of your needs. You are going to shop in Culebra for you fuel needs, so there is no need to duplicate your shopping and pay high cab fares back in Fajardo. You are also supporting the local businesses that are working hard to provide you with a great vacation experience.

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Re: Fajardo to SJU + camping q's
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Tori (
Date:   02-27-10 19:04

I will be there for spring break as well! My experience with the cabs from Fajardo to SJU was not good. My suggestion is renting a car and driving back, stopping at El Yunque, which is pretty neat. There is a car rental place close by and they will pick you up though its not a far cab ride either. Right near the car rental place there is a drug store, if I remember correctly a grocery store as well. Though there is a store on Culebra that has basically everything you could want. I purchase my fuel for my camp stove once im there, and its never been a problem. The camp ground staff is super friendly and helpful.
I know a lot of people that use the publicos but its easier for me to take a cab and split by 4 on the way there and rent on the way back.

Good luck! Maybe we will see you down there!

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