About this listing
Fall asleep to the sound of the surf in our 2-bedroom, 2-bath beach-front condo. Amenities include: A/C, plasma TV, DVD/CD player, cable TV and internet access, new comfortable queen, full and twin bed size, towels and beach towels, linens, fully equipped kitchen, balcony...
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, HACIENDA CARABALI, VIEQUES AND CULEBRA island, Fajardo, hotels, casinos, GOLF CAMPUS and dozens of bars and nightclubs...
Interaction with Guests
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.
New comers (email hidden) with useful information for people moving or relocating to reside or retire in Puerto Rico as newcomers.
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...
Other Things to Note
Free High Speed Internet & Wifi and Cable TV.
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.
The condo was as described. It was nicely furnished, clean and comfortable. We were greeted with a chilled bottle of champagne and rose petals to welcome us since it was our honeymoon. Very kind. The location of the condo is central making an easy drive to San Juan, outlets or other beaches. The condo itself is surrounded by a wall with a gate and is located in a residential neighborhood. It was a bit surprising that there was such a huge disparity between the condo building and the rest of the neighborhood. We arrived during daylight hours and had a difficult time finding the condo. Had we arrived after dark, it would have been exceptionally difficult. Communications with Maria prior to our arrival were difficult. She was not as responsive as others indicated. We called her a few times before she finally provided instructions to get keys/gate opener. We never saw her either when we arrived or when we left. As with arrival instructions, we had to call her to find out where to leave the keys and gate opener; she arranged for a relative to meet us to get the keys. Regarding the condo itself, it is glorious to be so close to the ocean. The downside is that the crashing waves were so loud that we couldn't hear the television. The speakers for the TV were not functioning properly making it difficult to hear the audio. The condo is very close to Monserrate beach...THE most beautiful beach in the area in our opinion and only 10 minutes from the condo. Overall, we had a wonderful time and were quite comfortable.
The condo is in a traditional Puerto Rican neighborhood and is clean and well appointed. The balcony is reason enough to stay, with a view that is truly "ocean front". Located on the second floor, it is perfect for watching the waves crash on the beach and to hear the roar of the ocean.
The condo is very close to a great public beach, Balneario Luquillo, which was clean and uncrowded.
It is also a short drive to the Kiosks which is a fun place to people watch and try out all types and styles of local cuisine.
We did not have the pleasure of meeting Maria, as she was out of town. However, she did have the woman who cleans for her come over to let us in. Maria also provided the name and phone number of her brother, in case we had any issues.
We had a lovely stay in Luquillo and think Maria's place is a great fit for those who prefer a more organic experience and like to avoid the resort scene.
A very relaxing stay! Right on the ocean - there's not too much of a beach (especially at high tide) but a huge expanse of beach front in walking distance in both directions. The location can't be beat - very close to the rainforest, San Juan and Fajardo for day trips. Stores and restaurants are also nearby. We were very pleased with how lovely the accommodations were - very clean and well appointed. Everything we needed was provided. Maria was very helpful and welcomed us with a bottle of wine and pastries. We loved our stay here and would definitely come back again!
Maria was having problems with her phone so we managed to find the place by ourselves. Nobody was there to greet us so I began asking neighbors how to get into the gated apartment. I don't speak much Spanish but I did find a housekeeper in a nearby house who had the keys and was ready to let us in. The apartment was beautiful. View was amazing. The beach had really course sand and not really inviting but it was usually empty. Which made it feel more secluded. A lot of the apartments have permanent residents. But some were empty. We felt very secure there due to the fence all the way around. And locks downstairs and on our apartment. ThE balcony was my favorite part. Even snorkeling equipment was there and a fishing pole in the closet! We never actually met Maria. She apparently stopped in while we were away at the rainforest one day. We left the keys with people next door. Since nobody was there to receive them. The cleaning lady was supposed to be there at 10. At 1020 we left the keys and headed to our car rental place to return the car. Wonderful week. Wonderful place. Maria... I don't know we never met her.
The condo is nice and the view from the second floor balcony is beautiful. However, we were disappointed because there really is no beach in front of the condo to sit and swim from as the waves come right up to the wall below that white fence in the picture. There is no beach to the left of the condo (big rocks and trees) and to the right where you see a beach in the picture beyond the palm trees is a private home where an angry barking dog there makes sure you don't dare step on it. We had to drive to the public beach each day which is 10 to 15 minutes away. This beach is wide but not very pretty as it has piles of dried seaweed all over it.
The area where the condo is located is residential and somewhat run down. Although we felt safe there, it was not an area to walk around or to run which I like to do daily, The condo building has a remote control gate which I found to be a pain and I don't understand why they have it.
Maria was fairly responsive, although slow, to texts and calls but we never did see her at the beginning, during, or at the end of our stay which also was a disappointment. We are use to having the host greet us, show us around the apartment, demonstrating how things work, answering questions, and giving recommendations on restaurants and places to see. She did have a book with some information in it which did recommend Las Vistas Cafe for breakfast and Parrilla for dinner, both of these we would highly recommend as well. The owner of Las Vistas is delightful and the outdoor seating area sits up high overlooking the sea and surrounding hills. It is about a 25 minute drive. The lobster at Parilla (nobly 5 minutes away) was so delicious that we ate there twice. We also would recommend going to the rain forest (beautiful!) and eating breakfast at Aroma Cafe and Crepes.
This was our first trip to Puerto Rico spending two days in San Juan and 5 days in Luquillo. The weather was beautiful, the meals were reasonable, and the car rental (thanks to Maria's account) was very competitive. No beach at the condo and the unkept public beach were a major disappointment.
An excellent value. Have your coffee in the morning as you look out at a wide expanse of ocean! Fully equipped apartment-- kitchen items, beach things, games, etc. No oven, but that didn't prevent us from eating most of our meals there. Excellent location for easy trips to the rain forest, beaches and ferry to exquisite islands for snorkeling and kayaking. Check out kiosk 38 in Luquillo for a wonderful fish dinner! Tips for fellow travelers:
1) Try to arrive in the daytime. The streets surrounding the building are narrow and dark; it could be confusing if you're driving there for the first time.
2) Get exact directions from Maria; some of the internet mapping programs will take you to the wrong street! If you are not on the water, you're in the wrong place.
3) You can swim from the strip of beach in front of the building (there are a few small outcroppings of rocks near the building, but as you go deeper you'll find a totally sandy bottom). The strip of beach connects to a tiny local beach, but I would advise staying in front of the building. When I ventured onto the local beach, a territorial dog (off leash) came charging toward me. She backed off as soon as I did, but it was pretty scary. The dog DID NOT follow me back to the beach in front of the building, so no worries about that.
4) The apartment is in a lovely building with a locked parking lot. The surrounding neighborhood is economically disadvantaged and somewhat rough-looking. This may be off-putting to some visitors if they are used to vacationing at resorts. But the people in the neighborhood were friendly and we felt completely safe!
This beachfront condo was a great portal for exploring the eastern side of Puerto Rico, being close to El Yunque and Fajardo for adventures. Maria was easy and quick to communicate with. The condo's balcony overlooks the ocean as pictured - you really are right there on the ocean! We enjoyed breakfast and coffee out there every morning while watching the sunrise. There is access to the beach - we only did some beachcombing down there as the water can come right up to the wall. Inside was comfortable with air conditioning in the bedrooms, and it was great falling asleep to the crashing waves, even in the back bedrooms! There were many amenities inside the apartment for use - games, beach chairs, washer/dryer, toiletries, and plenty cooking supplies. This was a good place to stay and experience beachfront living!
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