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PERFECT COMBINATION TO THE RELAXING CONDO BEACHFRONT AND NEAR TO THE RAINFOREST!!!
Situated in the EXCELLENT area in Luquillo, location itself is a charm as you'll be at the best beaches in the area, steps away from local and international cuisine spots, near to RAINFOREST, VIEQUES AND CULEBRA island, Fajardo, hotels, casinos, GOLF CAMPUS and dozens of bars and nightclubs...
I'm always available to my guest's all the time...
In Luquillo you will find plenty to do during your stay here. This beach town is in the center of the many activities like beach festivals, surfing competitions, the annual "Festival de Platos Tipicos" where you can sample the many cooking recipes of Puerto Rico, floorshows and nightlife that take place in the lounges and casinos of the Wyndham El Conquistador and the Westin RioMar Resorts, both with 18 hole championship golf courses. There are several must visit places nearby; 'El Centro de Bellas Artes de Luquillo' with a museum of local 'artesanos' presents theater and musical events. We are sure you will enjoy a day visit to the El Yunque National Rain Forest where the views and nature trails will mesmerize you with the splendor of exquisite natural foliage. Make sure you take the trail to the Coca waterfall and wear shorts or a swim trunk so that you can take a plunge in the cool pristine water pond where the river downstream is born; you will never forget this one. The El Faro Lighthouse Museum and adjacent Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve (bioluminescent mangrove lagoon) and the above water boardwalk and nature trail walk are found a short 15 minutes drive on the scenic road that leads to Las Croabas in the neighboring town of Fajardo where you can take day trips by Ferry to Vieques and Culebra. At the foot of this same road you will find local fishermen selling their catch of the day and some are for hire and will take you out on day excursions to the many little isolated islands including Palomino Island, Cayo Icacos and others. Are you up to competing in Blue Marlin fishing? Here you will find marinas where you can book a one day trip and go out with the locals to the best areas for your prize winner Blue Marlin. If you like Thoroughbred horse racing you will find Hipodromo el Comandante on Highway 3 in the town of Canovanas.
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TRANSPORTATION: Direct non stop flights are available into San Juan International from all major US airports. You will find all the major car rental agencies as well as local competitive agencies that are priced cheaper. There are also Taxicabs and Public cars (publicos) which you can charter at a pre-agreed fare.
Driving around and getting around Luquillo without a car could be difficult: It's highly recommended that you avail yourself of a rental car at the Airport. Although the easiest way to get here is taking a taxi at the taxi stand in the airport but you will need a car to get around and visit other areas and the rest of the island...
Free High Speed Internet & Wifi and Cable TV.
Please NO smoking ANY TIME, NO pets allowed, and ALL electrical appliance (AIR CONDITIONER AND LIGHTS) must be turn off when guest outside of the apartment.... (we pay the highest price for kw/h in all the Caribbean and the mainland US). ANY EXCESSIVE ELECTRICAL COMPOSITION WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE GUEST SECURITY DEPOSIT.
1) Under no circumstances are you to hang stuff on your balcony’s railing – no towels, sneakers, bathing suits, rugs, etc.
2) Garbage is to be deposited in the cans in the garbage area. DO NOT LEAVE GARBAGE BAGS IN THE LOBBY AREA.
3) The beach gate needs to be locked with your key when you come up. Same goes for the pedestrian gate up front.
4) Please keep the doors to each stairwell closed and locked at all times.
5)The hose is for you to rinse off sand before you enter the building; please do not take it up with you (hose, nor sand!)
6)Please return the shopping carts to their spot behind the bar; DO NOT LEAVE THEM ABANDONED IN THE PARKING LOT.
7)The parking spots are numbered to identify their owners; please respect them. If there are no visitor’s parkings (VP) available, you must leave your car outside.
THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
The Beach Front apartment was beautiful. Waking up each morning to the ocean breeze and view was spectacular. The kitchen was adequately equipped with what our family needed to cook breakfast, as well as, to grill each evening. The beach in front of the apartment was clean and we generally felt like we had the ocean to ourselves. Maria's brother, her assistant, was very accommodating and immediately responsive to any question. The town surrounding the apartment was rural but easily accessible to the Rain forest and local eateries and beaches.
Overall great experience. The neighbors were very welcoming and friendly, easy access to the beach, and the place was very secure. Our only complaints were that the beds were not very comfortable and the security made it difficult to come and go individually.
Maria was an excellent and accommodating host. We had some trouble finding the place because we were following directions to the address listed on the property instead of the map that Maria provided us—our mistake!
The property was very clean, the amenities were a luxury and there were all of the little extra water toys you'd expect to find in a vacation condo.
The private gated entrance onto the beach was about 12 steps from our front door on the first floor. We'll definitely be back next year.
While we normally prefer to meet our hosts in-person to speak with them in hopes of gaining some of the off-the-beaten-path local cultural tips, we found Maria to be very communicative from email, telephone and SMS.
Thankfully, we rented a car and here is a short list of all of the adventures we had from this wonderful home-base:
It was no trouble for us to navigate to El Yunque National Rain Forest (don't hire a guide—they're expensive, they only talk about foliage and it's easy to navigate on your own) which was only about a mile away. We really enjoyed the waterfalls and hiking the paths through this exotic wilderness.
Next, we traveled to Old San Juan (40 mins by car) to photograph the historic architecture and have some cocktails. Beware the tourist traps—check pricing before you order drinks. We toured Castillo de San Marcos (yes, the whole fortress) the oldest masonry fort in the continental US. Mucha historia!
Our following adventure was a ferry ride and overnight stay on Culebra. The locals here are extremely helpful and we sunned on Playa Flamenco and saw some amazing coral formations, tropical fish and sting ray as we snorkeled in Playa Melones. Pro-tip: Rent a golf cart to get around, but be careful not to gun it up the steep hills or you could tip it over.
Even though our condo was right on Playa Luquillo, we didn't forget to walk (10 mins) a little further east down the shore to visit the plethora of Kioskos set right behind the sands and have some delicious jerk-chicken-esque Pinchos and a couple Medallas. The friend plantains were wonderful as well.
Our last day was a little cloudy, but we decided that we'd venture out to the west (2.5 hours) to visit Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla. This was a very good idea. Despite the clouds, this is the best beach we visited during our entire trip. The water is crystal clear, the sand is soft and there are crabs, snails, frogs and other wildlife to be seen if you venture a walk (15 mins) west to spy some amazing caves in the beachside bluffs near the shipwreck. You'll need to swim part of this, so waterproof yourself if you're taking photos.
From here, we traveled to Rinón (30 minutes) to see the Lighthouse and watch the sunset. There's great surfing on the beaches near here, but because it was overcast, we didn't get a great sunset.
Maria was in touch with us once we landed in San Juan and we were able to meet up with the cleaning lady to check in by 3:30pm. The apartment was clean, beds made and towels ready for the beach. The apartment is directly on the beach, but there isn't much sand right out in front. There are great beaches within walking distance both east (public balneario/beach with kiosko restaurants) and west (private/more secluded beach). Further down the beach to the west (or a 10-15 minute drive away) is the Rio Mar Wyndham resort, which has golf, a spa, a casino, several pools and a casino.
The apartment kitchen is stocked with basic appliances, and we cooked dinner several nights. The only minor issue we had was with soapy water coming up through the drain in the laundry room- which may have been caused by the higher than normal occupancy in the apartment complex due to the Easter holiday weekend. I sent Maria a message about it and she said she would send the cleaning lady to check on it. Fajardo beaches are a quick drive for an easy day trip and El Yunque national park is less than 15 minutes away. We also took a day trip through San Juan, doing dinner in Old San Juan. The apartment is a great location for exploring the northeast area of Puerto Rico. There is some "rush hour" traffic at the main towns in the early afternoon (between 2:30 and 3:30pm), but overall it was easy to drive around with our rental car.
We loved the apartment overall. You can't beat waking up to the ocean and having breakfast on the porch with an unobstructed beach view.
The beach front condo provided an amazing start to our PR vacation. Every morning I would open the glass doors wide and let my family experience the sensory overload of waking up to bright blue water and crashing surf. If this is your dream, look no further.
The kiosks of Luquillo are visible about a mile east down the beach. Luquillo Beach is just beyond. You can walk there if you don't mind dodging waves rocks and other obstacles.
Maria was away during our stay but her back-up was a tremendous help to us. Our flight arrived late. He arranged for us to pick up house keys at the rental car counter at the airport.
The apartment itself was clean and comfortable. Kitchen was spartan but functional. We spent most of our time on the amazing deck entranced by the view.
The neighborhood is a mix of beach houses and lower income homes. Neighbors were friendly. Parking was secure. We would gladly visit this property again.
This apartment was a good way to end my trip in Puerto Rico: a beachfront condo with an awesome view (especially in the morning—catch the sunset if you can). What I loved about it is that it's located in a regular Puerto Rican neighborhood. You'll see dogs roaming around, locals hanging out and things of that nature. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet Maria personally, since she came into town while I was out, but she responded in a timely manner when we needed help. Directions are a must, it was confusing getting there at first... I'd recommend asking for the name of the building name instead of the address (it shows up on Google Maps on an iPhone.
Tip: there is a strip of restaurants and a GREAT souvenir shop about five minutes down the main highway. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks Maria!
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