Luquillo Beach & Plaza - 3 Bedrooms

House - Entire home/apt · Calle 14 De Julio, Luquillo, Luquillo 00773, Puerto Rico
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Typical 'pueblo' beach house only steps from Luquillo town plaza and one block to the 'la pared' beach which is one of Puerto Rico's favorite 'town beaches' and the center of east coast surfing.

This is one of the best values for a house so close to the beach. Many nearby 'beachfront' condos require elevators, lobbies and longer walks to beach.

Newly renovated in January 2014!

We have recently added a second entry gate and expanded the front balcony into a 'wrap-around' deck. This gives easy access to the outside shower to wash off sand when you come back from the beach.

We've also put in window shutters so you can open them for a complete indoor/outdoor room with window counters and bar stools.

Ready to party? We now have the back-yard ready with a large table with Spanish Tiles, chairs, and a 7' bar for more 'hang-out' space.

The living room has a new sofa and furniture to give you a very comfortable and 'beachy' atmosphere!

The cottage-style house is not fancy, but but cute, cosy and comfortable with front balcony, living/dining room with sofa, cable TV. The dining room has a pass-through to kitchen. The window shutters open at both ends of the living/dining room to use as counters with bar stools. Note: living room has no air conditioning, but has two ceiling fans and is so open that there is lots of air circulation.

Sliding French doors in the dining room open onto the front balcony for added space and an indoor/outdoor ambiance.

Balcony has louvered shutters to give privacy to the balcony from the street. Full kitchen, One bathroom (shower - no tub). There is a second shower outside on the deck to wash off after the beach.

There are 3 bedrooms. Main bedroom has king bed and airco and ceiling fan. Second bedroom has king bed and airco and ceiling fan. There is a third bedroom with two twin beds, ceiling fan and airco.

Note: there are no TVs in the bedrooms, only in the living room.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.

All bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom have fixed screens on the windows. Screen 'bug-off' curtains have been added to the living room doors and windows, so the entire house is now screened. Living room screen-curtains can easily be removed if you want a true indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Air conditioning in bedrooms only. Living/dining room has ceiling fans.

Parking is on street (can be limited on weekends during peak beach periods) - so grab a space early and enjoy the beach all day!

Less than one minute walk to 'la pared' (the wall) beach, surf shops, restaurants and bars in town center.
15 minute walk to famous Luquillo public beach and local food kiosks.
10 minute drive to El Yunque rain forrest.
10 Minute drive to Seven Seas beach and the 'Cabesas de San Juan' Nature Reserve and Eco-tour.
10 minute drive to Fajardo ferry for Culebra and Vieques (Spanish Virgin Islands).
40 minute drive from San Juan airport (SJU).

Once you get settled in the house, explore the stores and restaurants around the town plaza. Calle 14 de Julio goes along the west side of the plaza with 'El Fogon de Juanita' restaurant, the town 'panaderia' or bakery that opens at 6am for early coffee. Across from the bakery is the town hall and then the street ends with the police station, US Post Office and Emergency Care Facility.

Back on the plaza, you'll find the Catholic Church and on the opposite side is a liquor store, beauty parlor, ice cream shop.café, hardware store, mini-mart and gym. At the end of the plaza is the Miramar restaurant. To the right of Miramar Restaurant is the 'main street' of Luquillo with La Selva Surf Shop, El Rincon del Sabor Restaurant and Sandy's Restaurant.

Back at Miramar Restaurant and the plaza, if you turn left to the beach, you'll see an empty lot (supposed to be a future hotel) and the two towers of Sandy Hills Condo and William's Pizza. Guava's restaurant is on the corner of 'La Pared' (the wall) beach. Next to this, you'll find a Board Riders Restaurant and Luquillo surf school.

Continue along the beach wall until you come to the roundabout with the sculpture and Luquillo Sunrise Hotel. You can rent beach chairs, watch the kids on skate board ramps or everyone just hanging out. Check out the Beach Boys surfing school right on the beach - Mikey speaks English and specializes in teaching kids to 'hang ten'. Turn left at the roundabout and go past Pasta y Pueblo Restaurant and in less than a minute you're at your house.

Like any beach community, there are lots of out-of-towners, especially on weekends, so make sure you always lock the front gate and don't leave anything on the balcony (like hanging towels over the shutters) , beach or plaza benches that someone might 'borrow'. Crime is not a big problem, but opportunistic situations can tempt anyone.

Beaches: You have beaches on every side of Luquillo Town.

La Pared Beach: Just a minute from the house is Luquillo's town beach - La Pared (the wall). This is quiet during the week, but full of local families on weekends. If you face the ocean and walk to the left - you'll find less people. This is Luquillo's surfing beach.

"La Selva" - Nature Reserve Beach: Facing the ocean at La Pared - you'll see the two towers of Sandy Hills condominium to your right. Just walk over the rocks in front of the condos and you'll come to the North East Ecological Reserve. You can walk for miles to enjoy undeveloped beach and great birdwatching. Be aware of several inlets that you may have to wade across or swim if the tide raises during your walk.

Playa Azul (Blue Beach): To the left of La Pared Beach, walk around the point and you'll come to a quiet beach near Luquillo's cluster of high-rise condos at Costa Azul. About a 15 minute walk from the house. This is the best beach for Snorkeling!

Luquillo Public Beach - Playa Monserrate: Continue past Costa Azul and you'll find an undeveloped point where you can imagine you're on a deserted island. Cross a few inlets and you'll round the bend near the campground to arrive at the most famous public beach in Puerto Rico. This is a 'Blue Flag' beach, so it is well maintained and continually checked for water quality. Here you'll find showers, rest rooms, food stands and lots of families having a great time! About a 25 minute walk from the house. Note: you can walk on the road to the public beach in about 15 minutes from the house.

Kioskos: Just past the public beach are 60 'Kioskos' or food stalls. There are usually 20 or 30 stands open so just walk along until you find one that makes you want to stop and enjoy some great Puerto Rican street food. You'll find everything from fine dining to street food, tacky souvenirs and nightclubs - so its something you won't want to check out.

If you get all the way to the kioskos, you may want to consider walking back on the road that goes from the parking lot by the campground behind the Playa Azul condominiums then past the cemetery, Brass Cactus Restaurant, Le Flamboyan Restaurant, Laundromat, King Seafood Restaurant and the new ballpark before arriving at Pio, Pio Express Fried Chicken and the town plaza.

Beyond the town center:
There is a shopping center with a Pitusa discount store and a large Econo supermarket just across Route #3 from where you turned to come into town.
There are also lots of fast food outlets (McDonald's, KFC, Taco Maker, William's Pizza, Tiny Frog Café, Chinese, etc in front of the shopping center along with a large Walgreen's.
If you drive about 15 minutes further on Route #3 you'll come to Fajardo where you'll find larger stores like Walmart, Kmart, Supermarkets, etc.
Fajardo also has the very large El Conquistador Resort with its Water Park and access to Palomino Island (private beach).
Fajardo also has the ferries that go to Puerto Rico's 'Spanish Virgin Islands' of Culebra and Vieques.
Fajardo also has Seven Seas Beach and the nearby Bio-luminescent Bay. Note: you can only tour the bio-bay by kayak with a registered eco-tour operator unless you register for the night-tours operated by The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico which allow you to walk through the mangroves with expert guides.

Finally, a few notes based on comments in reviews:
1. Some guests have commented on the many abandoned houses in the area between the plaza and the ocean. This is not unique to Luquillo - but more concentrated here. Many of the house have been in families for many generations and distant relatives don't often agree on who should have use of a house, the value of a house if they do agree to sell, or what percentage should go to whom. This is being addresses gradually, with local ordinances that will encourage families to either fix a house or sell it... but this will take a few years to go into effect. You'll also see examples of this in San Juan's Ocean Park neighborhood where abandoned houses ruin the ambiance. You can either view this as 'the charm of the Caribbean' or an eyesore... and book accordingly. Everyone in town knows which family owns each house - and they probably have some story of growing up there, or friends who lived there... but it is definitely a town in transition. The word on the street is that the local government has started expropriation proceedings and that a new hotel will be constructed on this block (I'll update if this eventually happens and any construction - but don't anticipate this for several years.
2. Bars on Balcony and Windows: This is perhaps the biggest comment - visitors are worried about the 'jail-like' bars - but locals love them and won't live in a house without them. This is largely a historical, cultural thing. Since the Spanish came to Puerto Rico - they only had one mission - which was to take anything of value and put it on a boat back to Spain. If you didn't have things protected by bars - by the time you realized your things were missing, the boat was probably already on its way to bring treasure back to Spain. This is true in San Juan, country houses and beach houses - everyone has bars and loves them. It lets you live 'indoors/outdoors' without any worries about 'conquistadors' walking away with your stuff.
3. Louvered Shutters: These have been put in place purely for privacy - since there is a lot of foot traffic between the beach and plaza on weekends and holidays. I have mixed feelings - sometimes I like seeing all the action parade past - but other times its nice to work at the computer on the dining table without the world looking in (especially at night). The side decks both allow a good view of the street if you want to hang out and watch the parade of beach-goers.
4. Water Pressure: This has been an issue throughout Luquillo town - but they did a major upgrade while a guest was there and pressure was low. We haven't had any other guests mention this as an issue - it seems to be fixed.
5. Great idea for a lighted mirror... but we need to work on running an electric line...
6. Hot Water: There is hot water in the bathroom shower only. Originally the house didn't have any hot water (normal water is pretty warm here in the Caribbean). The outside shower and kitchen only has regular water which is not really 'cold'.
7. The 'Old Bakery' still has the sign on the former art deco theater on the corner of the plaza. There is a 'New Bakery' just around the corner across from the bus shelter. Some guests have seen the large closed bakery and assumed that it was the bakery we mention. and thought we were nuts since it has obviously been closed for years. Just look around the corner and you'll find the new bakery.

Puerto Rico Tourism Company - Hotelier ID available on request.

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Puerto Rico Tourism Company Hotelier ID: (phone number hidden). We not have included 7% Tourism Tax in all rates.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $829 /week
Monthly Price: $1872 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • Loquillo is a local beach town with a beautiful beach that sits next to a preserve. For the week that we were there we saw few tourists except on the weekend (it may have been the time of year, just before school lets out for the year). The location was excellent; close to Fajardo, the rain forest preserve, and San Juan. Our accommodations were perfect for our needs. During the day we visited the local sites and spent the evenings at home playing cards or just hanging out. The fans and the warm breezes were enough to keep the house cool and we never used the air conditioning, even at night, although the days were hot and somewhat humid.

    Our host had everything we needed for the week, including lots of towels and items for the beach. The place was well stocked incase you might forget something. It was a wonderful time and we loved the accommodations.

    May 2014
  • We spent 4 days and 4 nights in this lovely beach-town house. The house itself was great: a well-stocked and useable kitchen, comfortable beds, great breezes with the many doors and windows open or comfy with the A/C.Wonderful patios, great for the beach with an outdoor shower and places to hang towels and swimsuits. Richard was an accessible and helpful host.

    The house is located a 2 minute walk from the ocean and La Pared, and a 7 minute beach walk from Playa Azul (I think) which was a nice, mostly empty beach with some larger waves. Monserrat Beach/Luquillo beach (which has more amenities) is just a few minutes towards San Juan on 3. Basically, we went to the beach every day and had a great time, and also went to El Yunque. Very convenient to Walgreens and the grocery store. We always found parking across the street. The restaurants within walking distance were good, if pricey - Pasta y Pueblo in particular is worth the wait and the price.

    However, you are staying near the town square - and though Luquillo seems to be mostly a sleepy little town, the corner near the house is less sleepy than others, as there's a bodega on the corner. Saturday night was pretty rowdy, complete with horses and blasting music from cars rolling by. We never felt unsafe or anything like that, but be prepared to shut the windows if you want to go to sleep early.

    Overall, we had a great time in Luquillo and really preferred it to the overpriced "4-star" hotel we stayed at in Condado. I'll take the horses and small-town local feel of Luquillo any day, and Richard's beach house was a great place to explore from.

    March 2014
  • Richard's house was the perfect place for us to stay. We were a group of 5. The house has everything we needed- towels (beach and bath), beach accessories (boogie boards, snorkels, shoes, sand toys, chairs, hammock), and a kitchen with everything we needed to make breakfast everyday and pack small lunches. The house is located next to a beautiful beach and also the town square with small convenience stores, cafe, liquor store, and restaurants. It was the perfect place to stay with plenty of space for entertaining, cooking, and relaxing. We loved being in the center of everything but having the privacy of the front screened porch and windows with moveable shutters. It couldn't have been easier to get the keys and find. Richard also provided us with excellent information about the house, town, arriving, and departing. He stayed in contact and anything we needed (like knowing what to do with the trash and towels when we left) he was easily available to ask and provide answers quickly. It was a great trip and we all hope we can come back soon!

    March 2014
  • Super cool and relaxing spot! Next time we'd bring friends, this would a great place to cook and hang with a group for an amazing price. Hope you like to surf, the beach down the block has endless perfect waves!

    July 2013
  • I wanted to thank Richard as an outstanding host for our family spring break. Richard was attentive, quick to respond to any inquiry and made sure we were comfortable. Before we travelled we asked how many beach towels were at the property to know what we needed to pack. When we swung by his office to pick up keys he had an extra bag of beach towels for us to take to the house so we would not need to pack any. Me, my wife, our four year old twins and my parents stayed in the comfortable Luquillo property from 30 March to 5 April. We found the house to be exactly as advertised with no suprioses. The beds were super comfy after a long day out. The location of the property is great. All the people we interacted with in the town were friendly and plenty of small restaurants with good food. We used the “public” beach that is five minutes away. It has a reef off shore that keeps the water calm and perfect for my twins, they were in the water non-stop. The beach also had bathrooms, showers, (email hidden) with a bar. The house is 15 minutes close to El Yunke rain forest, the family loved the hike to Minas Falls and swimming in the pool under the waterfall. We also hit Old San Juan twice and loved the architecture and the forts. Again, thanks Richard for a great week - Paul

    April 2013
  • Our family of 5 stayed at Richard's for 5 days in March and loved it. The house was very clean and had everything we needed...fully equipped kitchen, beach toys and towels, great A/C in the bedrooms and TV if you want it. Though we didn't get to meet Richard he was easy to reach by phone or text and was very helpful with information and suggestions.
    We were in Puerto Rico for 2 1/2 weeks and visited a bunch of beaches all over the island and the beach 1 block from the front door was one of the best....great sand, clean, nice waves and some snorkeling!
    We would definitely recommend staying at Richard's place and hope we can make it back in the near future.

    March 2013
  • I recently returned to the US after a nice escape with friends in Luquillo. It was the first time for us all. Richard's home is near the beach and there is convenient street parking as well as a coffee shop and several restaurants and bars. One night in the center of town in Luquillo we were enchanted to come across 20 to 30 teenagers working out dance routines. Strictly an R&R vacation, we spent almost every day at the local public beach nearby and went a couple of times into Old San Juan. One friend in our group remarked many times how the house reminded her of island house in Greece. The beds were very comfortable, it was a great place to stay on the beach, and we thank you, Richard, for making our intro to PR a nice one.

    January 2013
  • My husband and I have always wanted to spend a Christmas Holiday vacation in Puerto Rico with our family living there. The Luquillo Beach house made all our dreams a reality. The house is so spacious that we were able to host a Christmas Eve dinner and a pre New Years Eve dinner, for seventeen family members. Every one was very comfortable in the house and wrap-around porch. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking a large meal. Of course since there was no oven my little sister made the roast pork. And after dinner since she lives the farthest from Luquillo they spent the night for a Christmas morning breakfast. I was in heaven having them with us. Richard is such a great host any questions we had he answered immediately even though we had few questions since everything on the web site was on the money. Only bad thing is we had to leave and come back to DE. I highly recommend this beach house and will be back.

    January 2013
  • We had an amazing time! Richard is a wonderful host, I can't say enough nice things about him and this very lovely traditional puerto rican casita. Even though he waited almost 2 hrs for us (we got lost while in San Juan still!!!) he took the time to guide us out of san juan via the phone, when we finally arrived he didn't seem the least bit bothered that he'd waited so long for us, took the time to go through every detail of the home, gave us a tour of the neighborhood, and checked in on us throughout our stay. There was one very minor glitch in the kitchen, not a big deal at all, when I called to let him know about the issue, he apologized, sent the handy man over to fix the problem ASAP, and gave us a COMPLIMENTARY night, we loved the area and the home so much we decided to take advantage of this offer and we stayed an extra night!!
    We loved being in a very authentic neighborhood, still almost completely untainted by the tourism world. We loved the sound of the coqui, roosters and birds. The local people are very very friendly, polite beyond words. We slept comfortably in a quite air conditioned room. We walked to the beach in minutes and drove only a few minutes to the Yunque rain forest and ferries to the nearby islands.
    We ate at several good spots walking distance, "Pasta y Pueblo" is delicious, a little pricey for our budget but I would definitively recommended it, and if I could afford it I would have ate there every night:-) The grocery store around the corner has a small cafe that prepares delicious traditional sandwiches and fried snacks, we also loved the food at the Flamboyan bar, there is a small "mom & pop type " store that sells great traditional meals as well, I don't think it had a name outside but it's on the main street there a few blocks away and it has a brightly covered sign that say "Almuerzo $5:00" go there and eat!!!!
    We did also prepare several of our on meals which were great from our own little kitchen:-)
    If you are thinking about Luquillo for your next vacation, please stop thinking about it!!! Come here!! Contact Richard and stay in this pretty little home, you will not regret it, to say that our stay was absolutely perfect is an understatement , it was amazing and I hope to come again soon.

    July 2012
  • The Host: I've rented private apartments and houses numerous times in the past for vacations. By far, Richard has been the best host that I have had the pleasure of renting from. He fielded all my questions in a very timely manner and has great knowledge of what to do in PR. An example of him being a great host - While grocery shopping a few kms away from the house, I called and asked if there was a blender and coffee maker at the house (last thing I wanted to do was to buy coffee and not be able to make any). Richard said that there was not, which was no big deal. The next day, there was a new blender and coffee maker waiting for us in the living room!

    The Dwellings: Taking into consideration the amount we paid to rent this place, we could not ask for anything better. 6 people could comfortably fit on beds throughout the house. The beds were comfortable and aside from dustiness in one of the bedrooms, the house was clean when we got there. The location is great if you are planning on going to the beach alot. However, if you are looking for nightlife, you will find yourself heading back towards San Juan (there are a few bars near by, but not as much as SJ), which takes about 40 minutes. Though Richard fully disclosed that there is only A/C in the bedroom, please keep in mind that this means the living room does not have any A/C. In retrospect, I would have gladly paid more to have A/C throughout the whole home, as some nights got fairly hot and we found ourselves hanging out in the air conditioned bedrooms rather than in the living room.

    In summary, great host, good dwellings. Would highly recommend!

    June 2012
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Living in San Juan for 15 years. Originally from Connecticut, but lived in New York City for many years working in the travel industry and helping develop early online travel applications including Travelocity. After the 'internet bubble' I moved to the small Caribbean island of Saba and ran a boutique hotel with my Saban cousins on one of the most amazing islands in the world. My years on Saba were the most amazing experiences and a true 'Don't Stop the Carnival' lifestyle. When Hurricane "Geroges" destroyed the hotel I decided to combine online marketing and hotel operations experience and move to Puerto Rico to work as a tourism consultant. Clients included the Caribbean Hotel Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization plus hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Asia and Europe. Travel extensively in the Caribbean for work, all over the globe for fun - but always glad to come home to San Juan!
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