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Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:02 am

I need advice on where to spot at Munoz Marin It'l airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I'm going there on short notice so any help will be appreciated. Also, have any of you that have spotted there gotten into trouble with the cops for spotting? Always important to know.

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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:22 am

Hehe what a coincidence- I was spotting today at SJU for like an hour waiting for my dad's flight to get in.
If you are planning to go spotting on Sat or Sun you have the Aeroparque which is a small restaurant with a balcony on the second floor exclusively for spotting. You will have alot of small children runing around and some of them might even start asking you questions but you can just ignore them or tell them you dont speak spanish.
If you are going to go spotting Monday through Friday you have the Airport garage . The 5th floor is the best because you have a view of the whole airport but sometimes the cops can get a bit bitchy and tell you to go down to the 4th floor. But the 4th floor is still prety good, today I was between the 4th and 5th floor.
No I've never gotten in trouble for spotting eventhough I dont go spotting that often.
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:53 am

The top of the El San Juan Hotel has an open air restaurant with a good view of the taxiway and runway, you're practically looking at the top of the planes as they're landing. It was great eating there one afternoon and seeing an Iberia 743 landing below me! I don't know if they would let you take pics there.

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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:19 am

Ren do you mean the Outback restaurant in the Embassy Suites San Juan.
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:24 am

No, it's the Wyndham El San Juan Resort & Casino

http://www.wyndham.com/Resorts/SJUES

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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:33 am

Just wondering cause the Embassy is the hotel with the best view along with the Ritz that also has good views of the runway and Terminal D.
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:33 am


Is the aeroparque now closed during the week Chepos?????


 
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:36 am

Yep, now it's only open during the weekends.
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:40 am


That's a load of crap. I remember spending my lunch hours at SJU when I worked in Santurce a few years ago. It's too bad it's only open on weekends.

Are there good photography opportunites at the Wyndham/Embassy???

 
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:54 am

I wouldn't be surprised if the port authority had something to do with it. When the Aeroparque is open people are parking there for free and these are cars that are being taken away from the parking garage. But today for example when the Aeroparque is closed the garage was almost completely occupied something rarely seen on the weekends. This is just me speculating, but with such a corrupt port authority nothing would really surprise me.
Hey at least Terminal B is being remodelled (it was about time)
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:02 am

Chepos, every been down by Caguas or Las Piedras in Puerto Rico? That's where most of my family lives. I've been there so many times, at least 10. It's one hell of a beautiful island!
 
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:13 am

Yep I've been to Caguas a bunch of times not sure about Las Piedras .-
Caguas- home of the first Ruby Tuesday in Puerto Rico
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:27 am


Jeez Chepos, Caguas has a little more going for it than Ruby Tuesdays! LOL!

Your Port Authority theory makes sense, but isn't Aeroparque privately run? Last time I was there it was operated by Empresas Santana. Although it's airport property so I guess they'd have the final word.

is there anything new and exciting there???



 
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:48 am

Definitely - I was just sort of making a point on how Americanized this town has gotten (it is loosing the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico).
Caguas was one of the most important cities for the Taino Indians which is originally called Caguax but the Spaniards decided to modify the name.
Lets just say that Empresas Santanas gives the Port Authority a little something and The Port Authority gines empresas Santanas all of the food concessions at the Airport.
The Macdonalds. Taco Maker, Subway - Empresas Santanas bought the franchise rights for the airport
Cafe Caribe, Manhattan Grill - Owned by Empresas Santanas
Catering for most of the airlines - done by Empresas Santanas
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 12:09 pm

Is ACS still doing catering for airlines at SJU? I remember when my former employer switched to Empresas Santana. Horrible food and service. SJU needs a real top notch caterer like LSG. There was also another catering company called Abela Catering, they were pretty good at first. I can tell you some horror stories about Santana and his corrupt few.

Have been to Aeroparque a couple of times. Good spot for aircraft lovers.
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RE: Spotting At San Juan (SJU)

Wed Jul 24, 2002 12:25 pm

I think Empresas Santana bought out it's competitors.
There have been some horror stories about Empresas Santanas- rats and stuff like that roaming around the kitchen . But according to local TV reports all of that has changed and Empresas Santanas has improved their services.
Empresas Santanas- Calidad es nuestro Compromiso. LOL

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