Art history PhD student, born and raised in Puerto Rico with stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin along the way.
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Mari was a great host to help with ideas for our trip and any questions we had. She gave us recommendations for things to do or companies to use for day trips. She provided a (website hidden) map with things near by and restaurant recommendations. We never actually met Mari, her mom (Tere) met us at the airport to deliver the keys. Her cousin (Francis) lives downstairs and was super helpful to us when the power was out when we got home one night. The condo was lovely, the AC units in the bedrooms worked great to keep the rooms cool, however a bit loud when trying to sleep.
We loved the location of this condo-an easy walk to the beach, short drives to other beautiful beaches, close to many of the things we did (Nature Preserve, Bio Bay, El Yunque, Las Paylas natural waterslides, Ziplining) and still fairly convenient to Old San Juan/Bacardi. We wanted to take the ferry to Culebra, but even getting there over 2 hours early wasn't enough time to get tickets. The Luquillo area was PACKED on the 4th of July, it was fun to see how locals celebrate the holiday.
I'd highly recommend this apartment. Very spacious and comfortable for the price. Thank you Mari, Tere & Francis!
Our experience confirmed what the other reviewers have already said. My family of 5 spent 6 wonderful days here. The apartment is bright, clean, spacious and in a safe neighborhood. We especially enjoyed meeting the neighbors below, Raul and Francis. (Francis is a caterer and if you have the opportunity to order any food from her, DO IT! Her Creole chicken was amazing!) As the others have stated, Mari and Tere were easy to reach and always responsive. This location is perfect: beach so close, El Yunque rainforest easily reached, stores and restaurants minutes away by car. And, you cannot beat the price. If you are even considering renting this place, you should do it. We are SO glad we did.
We had a wonderful stay here!! Mari's mother met us at the airport to give us keys and more information. The condo itself was great! There is everything there you could possibly need for cooking! There were also some beach chairs! The beach was a quick walk down the street and was gorgeous and wonderful for swimming. The seafood kiosks are right down the street. The downstairs neighbors were so friendly, offering advice for eating and activities. We loved everything about our stay here and will definitely stay again!
Mari was responsive to our request for rental. The apartment is perfectly located close to the highway and just 1/2 block from the beach. The apartment was clean and included the necessities for basic cooking with a range top oven and full-sized refrigerator. The bedrooms were clean and otherwise pleasant. The air conditioning in the bedrooms cooled the rooms to a comfortable temperature. The apartment is close to a grocery store, fast food restaurants, and the Luquillo kiosks. The neighborhood noticeably gains population on the weekend but the apartment is on a quiet street and the greatest noise was from the blackbirds and frogs outside. Wifi and cable tv worked great.
The only inconvenience was that the clothes dryer, located on the main hallway, vented inside the apartment. After a load of wash, the living room, kitchen, and hallway became uncomfortably hot.
Great apartment, especially for the price, and we had a great time staying there.
This is our second time staying at Mari's flat in Luquillo...and, it certainly will not be our last time. Everything you could ever need for a great beach vacation on a budget is here: beach towels and umbrellas, a grill for cooking burgers and steaks on the porch, a washer/dryer for extended stays and plenty of beds for everyone.
Mari and her family are amazing, accommodating hosts. This time, we were met at the airport by Mari's mother (who is just the sweetest woman on the planet) with the keys and a small, thoughtful gift for staying with them a second time. A perfect start to our time in Puerto Rico.
We've loved this place both times and look forward to our future stays in this lovely Luquillo flat.
Great choice for us. Literally three doors for the beach. Host includes EVERYTHING except for your bikinis to enjoy the sun. Definitely will go back. If the crows aren't your thing but enjoy the sun and the sand this is your place.
What a great apt and experience in Luquillo. Apt was clean and full of beach and kitchen supplies and towels and toiletries. Tere (Mari's mom) met us promptly at airport to give us keys, directions, and answer any questions. There was tourist literature at apt. that helped out. Neighbors in apt. complex were great (Francis sold home cooked meals that were delicious)! The location is ideal. We went easily to El Yunque, Fajardo (where we took the ferrry to Culebra Island and a snorkeling kayaking trip) and Bio Bay Las Croabas. Would stay here again and highly recommend the apt.
This apartment was a wonderful home base for our stay in Puerto Rico. It has everything that you could think of--we especially appreciated the fully stocked kitchen, beach towels, and beach chairs. We did not get to meet Mari, but her mother Tere was kind enough to meet us at the airport with the keys and gave us thorough directions as well. This was one of the best AirBNB experiences we've ever had. Thank you!
We loved our stay at "Casita Chica". The condo was very comfortable and clean, and is truly just a few steps to the beach. There were plenty of beach towels, and 4 beach chairs, which was great for us. There are a few nice reefs at the beach, but be careful...the current there is fairly strong. When at the beach, if you go left around the point, you'll get to another beach that is very calm and also has lots of food kioskos and great pina coladas! If you don't want to walk that far, you can drive to the parking lot of the beach...only about a minute from the condo. It's $4 to park, but worth it if you're lugging a lot of stuff with you. The condo is very conveniently located. There is a Walgreens and a supermarket just a few minutes away. Just around the corner (email hidden) called the Brass Cactus...good food and drinks. We most certainly will be coming back and staying in Mari's condo again. It was a wonderful "home away from home" for us. Thank you Mari..!
We had a wonderful stay in Luquillo! The apartment was perfect; clean, charming, very well equipped, spacious and steps from the beach. We were traveling with our 21 month old daughter and found the apartment very kid friendly. There was even a travel crib, stroller and beach toys!
Mari and her mother were great! They were both very prompt and thorough with responses. They also provided us with detailed directions and lots of recommendations for food and activities.
The beach at Luquillo is lovely for walking and snorkeling, though a bit rough for kids, current wise. The El Balneario (sp?), about five minutes away, is gorgeous and perfect for swimming.
There aren't a ton of restaurants close by the apartment, but we really enjoyed the few we visited. Mari made some great recommendations that did not disappoint.
This place is perfect if you're looking for a comfortable home-base to explore El Yunque, drink coffee and/or wine on the balcony and just relax and enjoy the beauty.
Excelente hóspede. Uma simpatia e comunicação perfeita. Entregou o apto em perfeitas condições. Será um prazer recebê-la quando desejar retornar ao nosso loft.
Mari is a very sweet person, good guest and calm , I hope she enjoy us next time in Sao Paulo...
Thanks for staying with us. We hope you had a good time in Buenos Aires.
Was a fantastic experience to receive Mari's family! What a nice persons. Very friendly and easygoing! We had a great time around Rio.
They are more than welcome to come any time!
although I didn't meet Mari personaly, I can say that she and her family were the perfect guests and we will be happy of hosting them again.