|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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' TV with a cable connection and a DVD player . There is a wifi connection, there is a landline phone (although your mobile will do just fine on the island). There is a mini library of take-one/leave-one beach reads , 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. I particularly recommend Thrillist.com/Puerto-Rico
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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We first vacationed at Playa Azul when our older daughter was 9 months old - over 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
When we first came to Luquillo, we rented. We rented for many years 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..
We never thought we would be able to enjoy such long, rich, lazy satisfying days in such a spectacular setting. And we could do it over and over again. It is truly home away from home for us and the (now grown) kids.
The condo is located in a central, northeast area close to El Junque and Fajardo. It took over an hour to get there from the airport in San Juan during afternoon traffic on a Thursday but not even half that back on a Sunday.
The condo's view and the balcony are outstanding! The place is clean, safe and everyone staying and/or working there was very friendly. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to cook or make drinks.... Even a nice blender for your rum drinks. The beach in front was pretty private and quiet which made for nice walks. A busier beach is found just to the west. We never went there though as it was too perfect right where we were. Bert has beach chairs and towels for you to use. Even a small cooler which was nice. We didn't use the pool but I imagine people with kids might want to. We found the ocean to be pretty rough (and we grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean off of Florida) and rip tide warnings were high. Seemed like a common theme everywhere we went though so it's nothing against this location.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay here and many thanks to Bert for his hospitality! Check-in and out was very easy. I will say if you insist on sleeping with the ac on you may want to bring ear plugs as they are a little loud. I preferred to just open the windows anyway as the breeze was remarkable!! Also, get your ferry tickets online ahead of time for Culebra! We stood in line and watched everyone with reserved tickets get on and we got turned away. Get them ahead of time or maybe plan an alternate way to get there. It's not very tourist friendly as in - if you miss the early ferry there are not other people / boats waiting there to help you carry out your big plans for the day! Thanks again Bert!!
We spent 6 wonderful days in this condo. Owner did an excellent job of accurately describing the property and was very easy to work with. We rent a lot of condos and this one had the best equipped kitchen we've found. There were plenty of beach and bath towels as well as beach chairs. The view from the balcony is amazing. Luquillo is not a fancy, sanitized resort area, which we appreciated , and the beach is fabulous. Plenty of shady places to sit for those of us who need to avoid the direct sun. All the Puert Ricans we met were friendly and helpful. Hope we can return again!
Very nice location and great place to stay. Everything worked without a hitch...
The owner had beach gears as well - (found it later, but got to use the beach chairs and umbrella). Lots of cooking pans etc, fully loaded kitchen if you don't want to eat out... Loved the laundry inside the condo - very close to Rain forest and to the bay (mangrove) for bio-luminescent tour... Not too far from the airport either - Will definitely rent it again, if we visit Puerto Rico. Definitely enjoyed the coconuts and mangoes from the fruit vendors... very close to walgreens, walmart and grocery stores. The owners were very friendly and responsive as well...
We stayed for a week in this condo and were extremely pleased with many aspects of it. The view from the balcony was wonderful. There was a clear view up and down the beach and the balcony itself is huge. It is big enough to have a dining table out there and still plenty of room to move around. There also is a very nice view of the mountains from the front of the condo.
The condo itself has everything you need and the washer/dryer inside the unit is a really nice convenience. There are plenty of toys/sports equipment available in the condo to use on the beach and in the surrounding complex as well as many books and games available. The beds were very comfortable and there were plenty of shower and beach towels available.
There is a grocery store and drug store right across the street as well as some restaurants (both "local" and fast food.) Down the road are the Kiascos (sp) where there is a large variety of restaurants and shops and San Juan is easy to get to.
The beach and water were super. The beach had plenty of activity going on but was nowhere near overcrowded. There are palm trees all along the head of the beach so there is shade available if a break from the sun is needed. The complex's pool is large and there is plenty of seating around the pool.
The owner was extremely easy to work with and was always available for questions. The condo was very clean and we were extremely comfortable there.
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.]
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!!
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$200|
|Cleaning Fee||$75 + Tax|
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