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I am getting a much, MUCH larger tax return than usual this year and am looking at taking a trip for spring break.

For Vegas, I can see a lot of shows, eat some good buffets and basically drink until I want to vomit (or stop before that happens).
In PR, I can enjoy the beach, and some deep sea fishing.

So, which would you guys recommend? I've researched both a bit, and can see that Las Vegas would be much, MUCH cheaper, but the fishing has really piqued my interests.

Basically, it's a toss up for me.

If it was YOU and you had a couple grand to spend, which would you do?

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I'd go to Puerto Rico. I go to Vegas a couple of times a year - and, unless you're just planning a weekend trip, you're going to find that, after a few days, it gets REAL old pretty fast. (And I *LOVE* Las Vegas, but I wouldn't want to vacation there for a week.)

The only way I'd consider spending a week in Vegas is if I left the city and saw the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, or maybe spent some time at Lake Mead. But anything more than a weekend in the city proper will wear on you. (And the buffets aren't what they used to be - you really need to find the good spots and not just eat at random hotels/restaurants. It's real hit-or-miss these days, even on the strip.)





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    Originally posted by Leroy

    I'd go to Puerto Rico. I go to Vegas a couple of times a year - and, unless you're just planning a weekend trip, you're going to find that, after a few days, it gets REAL old pretty fast. (And I *LOVE* Las Vegas, but I wouldn't want to vacation there for a week.)

    The only way I'd consider spending a week in Vegas is if I left the city and saw the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, or maybe spent some time at Lake Mead. But anything more than a weekend in the city proper will wear on you. (And the buffets aren't what they used to be - you really need to find the good spots and not just eat at random hotels/restaurants. It's real hit-or-miss these days, even on the strip.)




My first time to Vegas, I spent 10 days there. My friends and I never ran out of things to do and we barely left the strip. The Price Is Right show at Bally's was SO much fun and was in the afternoon. I saw big cats and baby dolphins at The Mirage, the big cats in the lobby at the MGM Grand, the Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay, all the Cirque Shows (Mistare at TI (where I always stay), KA at MGM Grand, O at The Bellagio, Zumanity at NYNY), Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera, fired fully automatic weapons at this gun range off strip, and of course the gambling. I still haven't seen Penn & Teller, nor The Blue Man group out there yet.

Restaurants, I recommend Hubert Keller's Burger Bar at Mandelay Bay. Gourmet Burgers (I discovered I love Buffalo) and a huge selection of STRONG beers from all over the world...good combo.

On the high end, Kokomo's in The Mirage is VERY expensive but SO GOOD. Had my first Kobe Beef there and a dinner for two (with wine) came to just ofer $500 with tip. Yeah, expensive but we had cash to blow and it was so good. It ruined me on steak because nothing has compared to it. Todd English's Olive in The Belliago had an above average steak at $50 but I honestly had a better $10 steak at the Star Trek Experience at the Hilton.

I think I've spent a grand total of 21 days in Vegas over the last three years and never ran out of things to do and I can't wait to get back. I have a gambling bug I need to scratch, but it's cheaper to take a $90 bus to AC for a long weekend (Yay for Red Bull!), than to spend a total of $700-$1000 to spend a week in Vegas.



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For me the choice would be "Hawaii or Vegas" because Hawaii is closer and I'm not getting Mrs. JJD on an all-day multi-plane excursion to PR, and since we've done Vegas a couple times, I would go with warm, sandy beaches FO SHO.



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My brother spent a "dude week" in Vegas with some buddies just before Christmas and his impression was five days was two days too long. That said, I'm pretty sure theses guys weren't exactly visiting a lot of museums or seeing shows. (Especially since he spent a lot of Christmas clutching his side and moaning, "Oh my liver.")

I think I'd pick the one you'd regret not doing more.

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If you pick Vegas, and you decide to mostly gamble, ask yourself "How much can I afford to lose?" and bring that amount. I also recommend leaving your ATM card at home.

And the bright side of gambling is that you can drink for "free"

(edited by Broncolanche on 20.1.10 1053)
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.29
    Originally posted by Broncolanche
    If you pick Vegas, and you decide to mostly gamble, ask yourself "How much can I afford to lose?" and bring that amount. I also recommend leaving your ATM card at home.

    And the bright side of gambling is that you can drink for "free"

    (edited by Broncolanche on 20.1.10 1053)


Yeah, bringing cash is the best bet. I was shocked that with the ATMs I used in the casinos, they only spit out $100s. If you want change, you have to go to a seperate bill breaking/ticket redemption machine.

It's way too easy/tempting to withdraw $500 at a time to spend on the tables.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.97
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    It's way too easy/tempting to withdraw $500 at a time to spend on the tables.
When I went to Vegas last Halloween and forgot to drop by my bank before the trip to withdraw cash I was willing to gamble with, I figured I could get by just withdrawing with my ATM card whenever I needed to.


I learned the very hard way that that was a horrible idea.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
I really don't gamble, however the sportsbooks being there, I might have to indulge a bit. I was thinking more along the lines of a show a night, nice dinners and some bars. Of course the trip to the Hoover dam or the Grand Canyon would absolutely rule.

I've never been to LV before, so that has me intrigued.

However I HAVE been to PR before and absolutely loved it.






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Are you going alone?
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
Taking my fiance. She's the main reason I am considering PR as much as I am. I loved it there, but if it were just me, I'd go to the Florida Keys and just spend two or three days fishing for marlin.





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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
It sounds like she likes the idea of Puerto Rico. So if she has a clear preference, and you are about 50/50 on the two of them, I would say PR is the best bet.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.72
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Of course the trip to the Hoover dam or the Grand Canyon would absolutely rule.


Did they ever resume the tours inside Hoover dam since 9/11 ?



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
Yes, there are tours. I found a nice bus tour to the Grand Canyon with a stop at the Dam.

I think we're going to go to Vegas, since she says "we can always just sit by OUR pool, why fly far away to do the same?"



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    Did they ever resume the tours inside Hoover dam since 9/11 ?


I took one three years ago. Pretty cool, too.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.32
You will have a f'ing blast in Vegas. It will only get boring if you let it. You can go fishing when you're old, but you can't hit Vegas like a rockstar forever.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.96
Do it right. Forget the debate. Fly to Vegas for two or three nights. Then fly to Puerto Rico to relax for the rest of your vacation time. If you have a few thousand to spend, this should be somewhat easy to do.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.87
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Yes, there are tours. I found a nice bus tour to the Grand Canyon with a stop at the Dam.

    I think we're going to go to Vegas, since she says "we can always just sit by OUR pool, why fly far away to do the same?"






4 and 5 stars are going with virtual give away rates for them now. Stayed at Mandalay last spring, if you want a pool to be part of the decision, the floating lagoon, the beach and the wave pool are excellent. Wasn't crazy about their sports book, which had a lot of seats like you would see in a high school classroom, so this spring it's the Wynn for me.
There's enough hotels with different themes to amuse you for a week, and the way the monorail and trams are set up you don't even need to bother with cabs on the strip.
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As the resident W Puerto Rican I will of course say join us for some fun in the sun!

The tourist areas of the island are unfortunately expensive, but there are good cheap or less expensive places nearby that will be more of a true island experience of everyday life.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if coming to the island to take you out to local spots or answer any questions you have.



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