Brandi Comeaux

Travel Answers by Brandi

09 Boricua Art & Culture: Puerto Rico

May 12, 2024 to May 18, 2024
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Immerse yourself in Puerto Rican culture from day one as you get a genuine sense of how art is present everywhere and rooted in the culture. Come and enjoy its museums, architecture, music, and food. Relax in the presence of Puerto Rico’s disarming locals and tremendous atmosphere while enjoying a unique experience guided by our experts.
 
Trip Leader: Brandi Comeaux (me). If I am unable to travel on this trip, I will indicate who the trip lead will be for this trip. 
 
Minimum age: 3 and older.
 
Package price:
 

Triple room: $2,575 per person  ($7,725 FOR ROOM)

Double room: $2,685 per person ($5,370 PER ROOM )

Single room: $2,905 per person ($2,905 FOR PRIVATE ROOM)
 
Adjusted invoices:  The invoice you will receive at booking will show the remaining balance  due after initial deposit is paid. Because I allow for monthly payments, I  will send each registered family an adjusted invoice that reflects the below payment schedule including late fees or credits due.  
 
Payment Schedule:
 
$395 per person, NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT 
$150 per person due on the 1st of 
  • Nov 2022
  • Jan,  Feb, Mar, Apr, May 2023
  • Aug, Sep, Oct  2023
  • Jan 2024
  • with FINAL PAYMENT DUE February 1, 2024. 
$25 LATE fee after 5 DAYS  of monthly payment NOT received. 
  • If you are having trouble making a monthly payment, REACH OUT TO ME BEFORE it becomes an issue. I will work with you if I can. 
 

Automatic payments: you will have the option to turn-on automatic payments once the adjusted invoice is prepared. By turning on auto payment, you are authorizing a payment to be processed immediately. if you have already made your monthly payment, make a personal note to turn on auto payment NEXT MONTH before you process the payment so you are not paying twice in one month.

Custom payment amounts: are available if you would like to pay MORE than the minimum  monthly amount.  Email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com

Registration after 11/1/2022:  your adjusted invoice will reflect the "catch up payments" that will be DUE IMMEDIATELY. 

Registration closes: 01/01/2024 or when we hit maximum capacity.

 

Minimum # of travelers: 25

Maximum # of travelers: 35

 

Discount Code: 
 
Discount runs until 11/15, below are the discount codes: 
 
  • 100PR - 1 person 
  • 200PR - 2 persons 
  • 300PR - 3 persons 
  • 400PR - 4 persons 
  • 500PR - 5 persons 
  • 600PR - 6 persons 
  • 700PR - 7 persons 
  • 800PR - 8 persons 
  • 900PR - 9 persons 
  • 1000PR - 10 persons 
 
Please see Instructions to Register for Trip for adding the discount code.

 

Cancel/refund policy:

 
  • If due to unforeseen circumstances, TAIT has to RESCHEDULE a trip, all travelers who are not able to make the NEW DATE will be refunded 100% of amounts paid towards the trip, less a $50 per person fee.
  • Deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when the traveler cancels. 
  • If canceled between the day of travel and 44 days before travel, the entire cost of the trip is nonrefundable.  

  • If canceled between 45 & 59 days before travel, there is a 50% penalty, IN ADDITION to the non refundable deposit paid towards the trip.

  • If canceled 60 or more days before travel, the non refundable portion amounts to the deposit paid on the trip.

 
Refunds may take up to 30 business days to process from written request of cancellation by travelers. 
 
Funds paid for accommodations, meals and program activities are paid directly to The Answer Is Travel, LLC dba Travel Answers by Brandi.
The travel insurance premium authorized to be paid on behalf of  traveler is paid directly to Travel Insured and at no time is The Answer Is Travel, LLC dba Travel Answers by Brandi in possession of the funds paid for travel insurance premium. 
 
 
What's included:
 
  • Walking tour of Old San Juan
  • Two (2) Spanish classes
  • Cooking Class
  • Service Learning Natural Project
  • Day trip to El Yunque National Rainforest
  • Coffee plantation
  • Walking tour of Ponce
  • Serrallés Castle 
  • Parque de Bombas
  • Day trip to Loiza Bomba
  • Plena Workshop
  • Six (6) nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotel in San Juan in double/triple rooms with breakfast
    included.
  • Six  (6) breakfasts 
  • Three (3) lunches
  • Five (5) dinners-Vegetarian meals can be accommodated. Gluten free, vegan is not something we can accommodate.
  • Tips & Taxes
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfer for group*
  • Local guides
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
  • Bilingual staff
 
What's not included:
 
  • flights to/from Puerto Rico-anticipate $500 per person if you fly from an international airport (versus regional, smaller airport).
    • Flights will start to become available approximately 11 months before travel dates.  
    • I will coordinate  with travelers  who are interested in  booking the same flights if needed.
  • luggage fees with airline
  • *private transfers to/from airport in Puerto Rico- we will provide a window you must be at airport  for the group transfer; if you are at airport outside of this window, you will have to pay for private transfers. We can assist with you with private transfers if needed. 
  • travel insurance- I will provide a quote to each family after the trip is booked.
  • passports- must be VALID at least 6 MONTHS AFTER TRAVEL.  I will REQUIRE a copy of your passport  NO LATER THAN 90 days before travel. 
  • International phone plan
  • meals during travel to/from San Juan
  • Two (2 )lunches
  • Two (2) dinners
  • extending your trip- I will offer my planning services at NO COST to families who are traveling on this itinerary with the group. 
 
COVID-19  Vaccine requirement:  proof of vaccine is  NOT REQUIRED  to participate in program activities. 
Here is a great resource about traveling to Puerto Rico as a US Citizen:
 
 
 
You are required to complete a client agreement once you have registered.  Here is a preview of the client agreement:
 
 
 
Tentative Itinerary:
Day 1:
Arrive in San Juan, Orientation & Welcome Dinner 
Overnight: San Juan
The tour coordinator will welcome you and we will go over the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer any questions. After the orientation, we will go out with our group leader for a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a delicious menu as a welcome dinner.
 
Day 2: 
Old San Juan, cooking class, Spanish Class
Overnight: San Juan
Breakfast at hotel. We will depart by bus to the town of Cataño, from where you will see the breathtaking view of the Bay of San Juan and El Morro Fort. From Cataño, we will take a ferry to cross the Bay of San Juan where we will enjoy a walking guided tour around San Juan, covering the major points of interest. We will walk to our cooking class, where we will learn how to prepare the famous Puerto Rican dish Mofongo and there we will enjoy our own creation for lunch. After lunch, we will have our first Spanish lesson. Dinner on own.
 
Day 3: 
Overnight: San Juan
Breakfast at the hotel. City of Ponce: Visit the Parque de Bombas (Old Fire Station) to discover this unique and colorful building. Castillo Serrallés, a castle turned museum with information about the sugar cane industry and its impact on the economy of Puerto Rico. Lajas, a nearby town, to experience the most exciting activity of the trip: a visit to the Bioluminescent Bay. Lunch and dinner on own.
 
Day 4: 
Service Learning in nature, Spanish Class
Overnight: San Juan
Breakfast at the hotel. We will spend the morning with a non-governmental organization doing work in nature such as beach cleanup or repairing areas damaged by hurricanes. Lunch at a restaurant. Spanish classes. Dinner on own.
 
Day 5:
Day trip to El Yunque
Overnight: San Juan
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning our private bus will be waiting for us to go to El Yunque National Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system. With nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain rivers, and outdoor recreation through a short hiking adventure. Dinner on own.
 
Day 6: 
Farewell Dinner
Overnight: San Juan
Breakfast at the hotel.  Loíza Aldea, an Afro-Caribbean community in the northwest of the island. You could visit the village and enjoy a Bomba y Plena Workshop. Dinner on own.
 
Day 7:
End of the program
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport at the indicated time.
 
 
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at either brandi@theansweristravel.com.
 
 

Available Packages

Triple Room
Available until January 1, 2024

$2,375.00
Deposit: $200.00

  • Walking tour of Old San Juan
  • Two (2) Spanish classes
  • Cooking Class
  • Service Learning Natural Project
  • Day trip to El Yunque National Rainforest
  • Coffee plantation
  • Walking tour of Ponce
  • Serrallés Castle 
  • Parque de Bombas
  • Day trip to Loiza Bomba
  • Plena Workshop
  • Eight (6) nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotel in San Juan in double/triple rooms with breakfast
    included.
  • Six  (6) breakfasts 
  • Three (3) lunches
  • Five (5) dinners-Vegetarian meals can be accommodated. Gluten free, vegan is not something we can accommodate.
  • Tips & Taxes
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfer for group*
  • Local guides
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
  • Bilingual staff
 
Select number of travelers

Extra Options

Double Room Per Person Supplement
Available until January 1, 2024

$110.00

  • Walking tour of Old San Juan
  • Two (2) Spanish classes
  • Cooking Class
  • Service Learning Natural Project
  • Day trip to El Yunque National Rainforest
  • Coffee plantation
  • Walking tour of Ponce
  • Serrallés Castle 
  • Parque de Bombas
  • Day trip to Loiza Bomba
  • Plena Workshop
  • Eight (6) nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotel in San Juan in double/triple rooms with breakfast
    included.
  • Six  (6) breakfasts 
  • Three (3) lunches
  • Five (5) dinners-Vegetarian meals can be accommodated. Gluten free, vegan is not something we can accommodate.
  • Tips & Taxes
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfer for group*
  • Local guides
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
  • Bilingual staff
 
If you are a family of (2), (4) or (5)
Enter the number of travelers for families of 2 or 4. 
Enter (2) if you are a family of 5 to ensure you are only adding the per person supplement for the double room and not the triple room.

Single Room Supplement
Available until January 1, 2024

$330.00

  • Walking tour of Old San Juan
  • Two (2) Spanish classes
  • Cooking Class
  • Service Learning Natural Project
  • Day trip to El Yunque National Rainforest
  • Coffee plantation
  • Walking tour of Ponce
  • Serrallés Castle 
  • Parque de Bombas
  • Day trip to Loiza Bomba
  • Plena Workshop
  • Eight (6) nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotel in San Juan in double/triple rooms with breakfast
    included.
  • Six  (6) breakfasts 
  • Three (3) lunches
  • Five (5) dinners-Vegetarian meals can be accommodated. Gluten free, vegan is not something we can accommodate.
  • Tips & Taxes
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfer for group*
  • Local guides
  • Representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
  • Bilingual staff