|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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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 where we compiled all our favorite things to do/places to go/where to eat. Google will proffer numerous suggestions 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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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 was perfect and just like the photos. It was convenient to everything we wanted to do and I would stay there again. Very clean and safe.
We really enjoyed our stay in Puerto Rico. The apartment has a lovely view and easy access to the beach where we spent many of our days. It is an easy drive to the rain forest where we enjoyed beautiful hiking and the kiosks of Luquillo - a fun place to dine- El Terruno being our favorite. We also really enjoyed having meals on the balcony of the apartment overlooking the beach. You really cannot beat the view!
We really enjoyed our stay in Bert's condo and the location was perfect for us. We did not want to be in a tourist area for the first five days of our vacation (wanted a local experience). We sent the last two days in Old San Juan and our children wanted to go back to Luquillo! We felt safe in the area and the condo was nice and well stocked. The view from the balcony was beautiful. Every time we felt we needed something, we search deeper and found what we needed from baking pans, coolers to beach chairs and umbrellas. The bath towels were of good quality too.
There is a Walgreen and grocery store across from the condo.
My family of five had a wonderful stay at Playa Azul. It was a great home base for all our family activities: horseback riding in the foothills; hiking in the rainforest; snorkeling out of Fajardo; and surfing lessons at La Pared. The condo was close to lots of nearby excellent restaurants such as Pasta Y Pueblo, Boardriders, Brass Cactus, and El Rincon, plus at the kioskos Ay Bonito and La Parilla. We loved the condo as it met all of our needs: clean, relatively spacious, washer/dryer, wifi, well appointed kitchen (blender-thank you!), and most importantly--beachfront! While we did visit Balneario Monserrat/ Luquillo beaches, my sons preferred the beach at Playa Azul for the body surfing. But as many folks have already reported - it is the view, that we loved the best! The balcony is where we began and ended each day and why we agree this is a sanctuary in paradise.
Our family of four loved our time at Playa Azul. My husband and I have an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son who LOVED playing in the surf and sand. The condo has everything you could need. Bert's instructions for checking, arrival, packing, etc, were spot on. The key tourists spots -- Old San Juan and the rainforest -- were easy trips from the condo. My only caveat is for light sleepers...you are so close to the beach, that when the surf is pounding at night it will wake you up. Certainly nothing this light-sleeper from Wisconsin is going to complain about!
I always worry that rental might not be clean or might be in an inconvenient place......but this place was pretty near perfect. Very clean...all linens provided. my own bedroom (that had a door to the balcony) and bath and my boys shared a room with two queen beds and bath. The view was incredible (I don't think the site mentioned that). Beach and pool access easy. I did not cook but made coffee everyday and had some food in but kitchen had everything anyone could want. Even a cooly bag in freezer that we used on day trips. Occasionally the gate person or desk person was not too friendly but they always warmed up after asking them questions. Forty five minute drive from San Juan and pretty much at base of El Yunque rain forest.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£151|
|Cleaning Fee||£76 + Tax|