The SpaceThis cute shot-gun style apartment is located in the heart of the pueblo of Luquillo, in a section called La Pared. With a patio peep view of the ocean and a path right out of the front door to the main strip to the beaches and local surf bar, the location is fabulous.
This is a LOCAL experience and intended to be so. (There are some abandoned buildings on my street but that is just very common in PR)
The Apartment is a 5 unit building and is 40 plus years old. The street is very quiet, especially for local living. The residents are older and will always greet you with a smile and a Buenos Dia in the morning, Buenos Tardes in the afternoon and Buenos Noches in the evening.
A cozy bright guest room is provided with 100% cotton 400 thread count sheets as well as soft egyptian cotton towels and extra large beach towels UPON request.
Refreshing aroma therapy spring water sprays
Wifi is available and a TV with DVR in the living room
Kueriq Coffee machine
Hammock on the patio for an afternoon nap or reading
The is no washer and dryer on site, but a local laundromat is within walking distance if needed.
As with a lot of building in Puerto Rico there no air conditioner. This is a detox let's SWEAT.
The shower does not have hot water, but it is semi warm from the sun and quite refreshing when coming home from the beach ( i promise) . Studies have also shown (and I am a witness to this from living here) that cold showers boost your metabolism read more about that here >>> (website hidden)s
This is a local pueblo, and every once in a while the water pressure may go low, please don't be alarmed and know that it will not last. Guest AccessWifi is available and a flat screen TV with DVR/DVD player, located in the living room.
Keruiq coffee machine with complimentary coffee. Interaction with GuestsI live in the building and I am available for anything you need! The NeighborhoodSome guests have commented on the many abandoned houses in the area on my street and between the plaza and the ocean. This is not unique to Luquillo - but more concentrated here. Many of the house have been in families for many generations and distant relatives don't often agree on who should have use of a house, the value of a house if they do agree to sell, or what percentage should go to whom. This is being addresses gradually, with local ordinances that will encourage families to either fix a house or sell it... but this will take a few years to go into effect. You'll also see examples of this in San Juan's Ocean Park neighborhood where abandoned houses ruin the ambiance. You can either view this as 'the charm of the Caribbean' or an eyesore... and book accordingly. Everyone in town knows which family owns each house - and they probably have some story of growing up there, or friends who lived there... but it is definitely a town in transition. The word on the street is that the local government has started expropriation proceedings and that a new hotel will be constructed on this block Getting AroundRenting a car is the best option. Public transit in the area is very minimum. But everything in the town is in walking distance, market, bars etc. Other Things to NoteBeaches: You have beaches on every side of Luquillo Town.
La Pared Beach: Just a minute from the house is Luquillo's town beach - La Pared (the wall). This is quiet during the week, but full of local families on weekends. If you face the ocean and walk to the left - you'll find less people. This is Luquillo's surfing beach.
"La Selva" - Nature Reserve Beach: Facing the ocean at La Pared - you'll see the two towers of Sandy Hills condominium to your right. Just walk over the rocks in front of the condos and you'll come to the North East Ecological Reserve. You can walk for miles to enjoy undeveloped beach and great birdwatching. Be aware of several inlets that you may have to wade across or swim if the tide raises during your walk.
Playa Azul (Blue Beach): To the left of La Pared Beach, walk around the point and you'll come to a quiet beach near Luquillo's cluster of high-rise condos at Costa Azul. About a 15 minute walk from the house. This is the best beach for Snorkeling!
Luquillo Public Beach - Playa Monserrate: Continue past Costa Azul and you'll find an undeveloped point where you can imagine you're on a deserted island. Cross a few inlets and you'll round the bend near the campground to arrive at the most famous public beach in Puerto Rico. This is a 'Blue Flag' beach, so it is well maintained and continually checked for water quality. Here you'll find showers, rest rooms, food stands and lots of families having a great time! About a 25 minute walk from the house. Note: you can walk on the road to the public beach in about 15 minutes from the house.
Kioskos: Just past the public beach are 60 'Kioskos' or food stalls. There are usually 20 or 30 stands open so just walk along until you find one that makes you want to stop and enjoy some great Puerto Rican street food. You'll find everything from fine dining to street food, tacky souvenirs and nightclubs - so its something you won't want to check out.
If you get all the way to the kioskos, you may want to consider walking back on the road that goes from the parking lot by the campground behind the Playa Azul condominiums then past the cemetery, Brass Cactus Restaurant, Le Flamboyan Restaurant, Laundromat, King Seafood Restaurant and the new ballpark before arriving at Pio, Pio Express Fried Chicken and the town plaza.
Beyond the town center:
There is a shopping center with a Pitusa discount store and a large Econo supermarket just across Route #3 from where you turned to come into town.
There are also lots of fast food outlets (McDonald's, KFC, Taco Maker, William's Pizza, Tiny Frog Café, Chinese, etc in front of the shopping center along with a large Walgreen's.
If you drive about 15 minutes further on Route #3 you'll come to Fajardo where you'll find larger stores like Walmart, Kmart, Supermarkets, etc.
Fajardo also has the very large El Conquistador Resort with its Water Park and access to Palomino Island (private beach).
Fajardo also has the ferries that go to Puerto Rico's 'Spanish Virgin Islands' of Culebra and Vieques.
Fajardo also has Seven Seas Beach and the nearby Bio-luminescent Bay. Note: you can only tour the bio-bay by kayak with a registered eco-tour operator unless you register for the night-tours operated by The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico which allow you to walk through the mangroves with expert guides.