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BLISSFUL BEACHFRONT VACATION WITH SUBLIME OCEAN VIEW

Bert Rosenheck

Speaks french, arabic, spanish, english
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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BLISSFUL BEACHFRONT VACATION WITH SUBLIME OCEAN VIEW

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Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This little corner of paradise is located on the 18th floor of Playa Azul 1, a beachfront building in the seaside town of Luquillo. From its spacious 27 ft balcony one looks out on an unobstructed, glorious sweep of tropical ocean and palm-treed beaches. Overwhelming eye candy that photos simply cannot capture (try as I may). The balcony is where a breakfast of mango, papaya and pineapple is lazily taken in the morning, where, ensconced in a hammock, piña colada in hand, we watch the day slowly fade to dusk, where dinner is served al fresco. It is the dolce farniente sweet spot of our vacation.

The living space consists of two air conditioned bedrooms each complete with in-suite bath and walk-in closet and attractive furniture with ample storage space. Bedroom 1 has one queen sized bed and opens to the balcony. Bedroom 2 , a bit larger, has two queen sized beds and a wall of windows overlooking the ocean. A ceiling fan whoops up a gentle breeze if you prefer to shut out the breaking waves outside the window. Bed linen for all beds is high end cotton. So are the towels.

There is a fully equipped kitchen suitable for any culinary challenge. There is tableware for 8, enough that you don't need to run the dishwasher after every meal. There is also a washer and a dryer so you can pack lightly when travelling.

The sitting room is situated between the two bedrooms, insuring privacy at both ends. It is comfortable without being stuffy. There is a 47' HD TV with a cable connection and a BluRay player . There is broadband internet (cabled or wireless). There is a landline phone (although your mobile should do just fine on the island) There is a mini library of take-one/leave-one beach reading material, board games, and several complete (one hopes:-)) decks of cards . There is a wall of windows to let the outside in and a wonderful gentle breeze to keep things cool.

Playa Azul 1 is part of a gated complex of three buildings that share a swimming pool, and tennis and basketball courts. The complex has its own security detail at the front gate, and the lobby of the building is manned 24 hours a day. The lobby key will also let you out the back door onto the local beach. It is a convenient elevator ride away, sparsely used and very pleasant. Beware however, it is not monitored by lifeguards, and undertow currents can at times be strong and challenging. There are in the apartment coolers, folding chairs and towels for your use on the beach. Alternatively, Balneario La Monserrate, AKA Luquillo Beach, the most renowned palmed beach on the island, is a picturesque stroll away along a secluded narrow stretch of beach, (or a 2 minute drive with plentiful parking). It has the benefit of lifeguards, very calm water and amenities such as food stands (yes, they serve piña coladas) and rentals of chaises-longues and umbrellas. The grounds are clean and well maintained: La Monserrate is a 'Blue Flag' rated beach by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

Stores are close enough to be convenient for all necessities. Area supermarkets offer familiar goods in familiar settings, Walgreen is nearby for all your drugstore needs, there is a bank with an ATM right outside the gate and there is even a Wal-Mart and a small shopping center a short drive away. Although not everyone speaks English, generally, language is seldom a problem.

There is in the area a multitude of small friendly local restaurants for easy dining ( for example, try the colorful 'kioscos' right down the street for surprisingly good eating or walk up to the Brass Cactus, an 'American' style sports bar right outside the gate). Our favorite is Lolita's, about 3 miles east on Rt 3. If you prefer upscale there are fine restaurants at the Conquistador hotel 15 min to the east or the Wyndham Rio Mar, 10 min to the west. If haute cuisine is what you want, San Juan, 45 min away, has a copious selection of fine world class eateries.

There is also plenty to do: Casino, Golf, Scuba, hiking, swimming and sunbathing at any of several beaches, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, zip-lining across the rain forest, touring the island's many wonders, daytrips to Ponce, the Arecibo radiotelescope and other fabled destinations, sightseeing in Old San Juan (did you know that San Juan is the oldest city in American territory, founded in 1521 by Ponce de León, less than 30 years after Columbus made his voyage?), ferry rides to Vieques and other islands... In the apartment you'll find a binder that we compiled with all our favorite things to do/places to go/where to eat. Google will proffer on the subject of what to do in Puerto Rico... La Isla del Encanto.

Mi casa es su casa; Come stay with us, you'll be glad you did.

NB: A QUICK NOTE TO THE PARENTS OF VERY YOUNG CHILDREN: The balcony of our 18th floor apartment is an ideal place for vegetative contemplation of the immensity of the universe. Beware however that there is a potential for problems if very young children are left unattended. This IS the 18th floor, and there are tables, chairs,outdoor furnishings and such that might serve as launching pads for a young hyperactive budding aviator curious to experience flight. It is not a totally insurmountable problem (most things can be moved away from the precipice) but I think you should be aware of the issue. Call me for more information.

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Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Bert Rosenheck

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2010
Speaks french, arabic, spanish, english
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We first vacationed at Playa Azul when our older daughter was 9 months old - three decades ago! Each year we thought of different winter vacation destinations, and each year we all agreed nothing could be better than this place in the sun. It has become our family hub - for us and our two grown daughters, and their friends, and our friends. It is the perfect place for a day of exploring, or a day to do nothing much at all. The apartment has room for our extended family to hang out, play games, listen to music, serve dinner for two or twelve on the balcony, swing in the hammocks and laze away the evenings watching the incredible sunsets. From the time that they were little, it has been our 'dolce farniente' place. We hope it will be yours, too.

Bert Rosenheck purchased this condo in 2004

We started out renting and finally realized we wanted to have a place that we could make our own, and make special. So many rental units didn't have the quality we wanted or the many amenities that make such a difference. So we bought the two bedroom/two bath configuration that we liked the best, and renovated it to be the dream vacation place we always wanted..

Owner speaks both Spanish and French, as well as English for your convenience

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Reviews

4.8
based on 47 holidaymaker reviews

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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
average rating of 4.8297873 based on 47 reviews
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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p320285vb
443 682-8981
Luquillo Puerto Rico
Colorado
5

EXTREMELY SATISFYING...

  • 5 out of 5
Our family has stayed in many vrbo units, and this awesome spot was amazing. The owners have been very intentional and gracious to make this unit VERY pleasing, welcoming, comfy, and VERY well equipped [top of the line laundry, pots 'n' pans, towels, boogies, beach chairs...]. The beach in front of the unit is some of the BEST BOOGIE we've had. We averaged 30-35 rides/hour!! And we were clearly the oldest ones trying! Before we arrived in Puerto Rico, we wondered about security, but there was no thought given this issue while staying here! There was always something to go do/discover -- El Yunque, Culebra, Vieques, and more. Visiting the other parts of the island are reasonable day trips from Luquillo, and coming home to this unit is a delight!!

The split bedroom plan [the living room between two bedrooms] is EXCELLENT floorplan for families. We look fwd to bringing our family back someday.

We've been home a couple of weeks, and we still dream of the warm breezes, and the phenomenally consistent, and comfortable temps. No need for AC, even though it's avail if we'd wanted it.

We highly recommend this lil taste of heaven.

p.s. Families w/ teenagers -- if you dig boogying, hiking, snorkeling, great.
A car is pretty much essential, as public transportation isn't an option that we saw. [And we are big on trying that option, if it's avail.]
  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
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443 682-8981
Luquillo Puerto Rico
4

PEACEFUL RETREAT! WONDERFUL VIEW! COZY SPACE!

  • 4 out of 5
We arrived a few days ago and were welcomed by a charming cozy condo with a fabulous view! Bert has been a dear to work with, making himself very available. The condo is well stocked and feels very inviting. The only thing we lacked in the kitchen was oven mitts and washcloths for the sink, but other than that it truly has everything one would need. The hammock chairs on the deck have been wonderful, in fact I have decided I need to get one for my deck back home as a "souvenir" of our time in Puerto Rico. We visited the Mina Falls today in the Yunkee Rainforest and later checked out the locals "Las Playas", a natural waterslide just a few minutes away. Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the public beach just down the road and enjoyed drinks on the beach in a coconut! Tomorrow we zipline which we hope is the highlight of our trip.

For food we have eaten at the Brass Cactus, which is American food. We experienced the locals food at the Kiosks and our favorite American fare so far was the Smoke House., the brisket was just outstanding and it is located right by Lolitas, a highly recommended Mexican restaurant we will check out tomorrow night.

Getting around has been a challenge, as our GPS does not guide us to the correct places but we have seen a lot of culture along the way. The weather has been in the 80s which sure beats the 40s they are having back home.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for some time to relax but still wants adventure. Lots of fun experiences seem very close to us. Everything is gated and safety has never been a concern. However having only one set of keys has been a huge pain, with two teenage girls, but that is our only point of contention.

This is paradise! Come check it out for yourself!!
  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
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443 682-8981
Luquillo Puerto Rico
5

WONDERFUL TIME IN LUQUILLO!!

  • 5 out of 5
Great Trip! The gated area made us feel very secure and everyone is very friendly. The veiw from the balcony is gorgeous, and we spent a lot of time on the balcony in the morning and late afternoon. The apartment had all the cooking items we needed. The beach is incredibly long so we were able to take long walks every morning, however, if the sand gets too much, you can always opt for the pool. We never felt like the beach was crowed. Having a grocery store and Walgreens across the street was very convenient. Also, being so close to the rain forest and the bio bay was a plus! We had two teenage girls with us and they really had a great time. Convincing them to leave the beach and spend the afternoon in Old San Juan took some work, but they had a great time! Would defintely go back!
  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
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443 682-8981
Luquillo Puerto Rico
5

PERFECT FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE.

  • 5 out of 5
This 2 bedroom condo on the 18th floor of Playa Azul 1 in Luquillo was a perfect fit for our family of 5, including 3 college age kids. The location is very convenient--especially for those with a rental car. It is 30-45 minutes east of San Juan, depending on traffic. It is just 30 seconds from one of the main hi-ways that will take you back to San Juan or Fajardo further to the east. The drive to the Fajardo ferry (to Vieques or Culebra) is only about 15 minutes. You are also only about a 10-15 minute drive to El Yunque National Forest. The unit itself is a little dated but pretty much has anything you would need. Bert, the owner, keeps a box full of beach toys, chairs, umbrellas and even a boogie board. Being up on the 18th floor allowed for a steady cooling breeze throughout the day and night. We never had the AC on, even though it was hot down on the beach--and no bugs up that high! The porch outside was perfect for eating a meal or sitting in the hanging hammock style chairs. The bedrooms were of decent size, with one of them opening directly to the outside porch. The kitchen also has everything you need to stay inside and make all your meals if you so chose. We never used the pool in the back because the beach was great. It's crescent shaped so depending on where you locate you can have decent size waves or very little wave action. It was only a little busy on the weekends. Bert was also helpful. He sent a very detailed letter explaining how to get to the condo development. He also provides eating and activities suggestions. The only suggestion I would have is that the place be stocked with a few more amenities like little shampoos, soap, paper products, etc. I would gladly pay a few dollars more a night not to worry about running out of necessities--especially if you're arriving late. Other than that, no complaints at all.
  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tom. Actually, the idea of keeping a supply of basic items in the apartment has come up before. It is a very good idea and fits in with my "business plan" which centers on making visitors' stay as pleasant and hassle free as possible. The problem for me is in controlling this from Maryland and having someone reliable locally to manage the inventory. This simply is not workable. I wish it were. Sorry, :(
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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p320285vb
443 682-8981
Luquillo Puerto Rico
5

PERFECT PLACE TO STAY!

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at Bert's place for 1 week and it was exactly what we wanted. The rooms were comfortable (very clean) and the views were superb! The pictures really can't do justice to what it's like in person. The apartment is fully stocked with everything you'll need - beach chairs, inflatable rafts, umbrellas if you want...
Loved the hammock chairs. The location of Playa Azul is perfect and the Luquillo beaches were lovely. The water at the beach - sensational. The sound of the ocean at night from the bedrooms made for a very restful stay.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Blissful Beachfront Vacation with Sublime Ocean View
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p320285vb
443 682-8981
Luquillo Puerto Rico
Minneapolis
4

FIVE STAR EXPERIENCE- THREE STAR ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 4 out of 5
What a great vacation we had with our nine month old in Luquillo~! As first time visitors to Puerto Rico, we couldn't have enjoyed our stay without referencing the many helpful reviews and suggestions. Most of our vacations have involved all-inclusive resorts in areas away from the "real feel" of the area- not this one!

To be completely honest, I was pretty disappointed when we initially walked into the condo. Nothing was particularly wrong, but after seeing five star reviews I really expected five star accommodations. Everything in the apartment was as promised; it just wasn't as pristine as I expected. A fresh paint job and minor updates could easily remedy that. Just don't go in expecting it and you won't be disappointed.

As other reviewers have stated- the balcony really seals the deal. The view was amazing. The outdoor seating remarkable. The relaxation like no other. Bert was so helpful making sure we had a pak n play available for our little guy so we didn't have to travel with one. We were very comfortable here for our seven day stay and the location was amazing!

Luquillo beach was probably my favorite part of our stay, the rain forest being a close second. Every restaurant we visited (based on suggestions) looked like a complete dive at first glance, but once we went in the service, food and atmosphere was fabulous. Every establishment welcomed our little one and had high chairs available. Never did I imagine myself enjoying cocktails on St. Patty's day overlooking the ocean with my baby in tow! :)

The location of the apartment was great- just a 45 minute drive to San Juan - and less than 10 minutes to where you really want to be. Get everything you need for your stay at Walmart- just 10 minutes on the main road the opposite direction from San Juan.

The condo does have a shared pool that was a bit chillier than I would like, but after easing into it proved to be refreshing nonetheless. Nothing was ever overly crowded and many of the guests were snow birds- no spring breakers here!

We did take a day trip to Old San Juan and can say that was the least favorite part of our trip... just stay put in Luquillo and you will have an unforgettable, relaxing vacation :)
  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that on balance your enjoyed your stay.
It apparently bears restating, at the risk of belaboring the obvious: We have been very careful in our description not to oversell the glitz factor. Our apartment is not a resort, nor can we ever live up to the expectation that is it is. We will continue to do our best to make it a pleasant home away from home with all the necessities. We will periodically repaint and refresh and make whatever improvements will make it into a welcoming home, but it is important that visitors should manage their expectations: The apt is located in a well maintained complex of apartment buildings. This is not where the wow factor will hit you.
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Juan International
Nearest Point of Interest
Balneario La Monserrate - AKA Luquillo Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
El Yunque - The Rain Forest
Nearest Point of Interest
El Conquistador Resort and Casino
Nearest Point of Interest
Wyndham Rio Mar Resort and Casino
Nearest Point of Interest
Trump International Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
San Juan International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
El Faro (The Lighthouse)
Nearest Point of Interest
Kioskos
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 18
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Elevator
  • Broadband Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3)
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • deepsea fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • jet skiing
  • golf privileges optional
Notes:
beach accessories, balcony hammocks, children's playground, tennis court, basketball court,
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