Harbour House, (beach/cabin style, simple, basic, clean and safe) with ocean view (on the Malecon) above ground pool, jacuzi, deck, covered patio, stainless steel bar-b-q. 3 bedrooms/3 futons or daybeds. Up to 12 people, very economical for families. Great access to snorkeling, kayaking, water sports, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, dry forest and loads of beaches. pet friendly. located walking distance to fresh fish market.Harbour House is an older home in traditional Caribbean style, part block, part wood with a tin roof and tile floor. I've seen tens of thousands throughout the islands and similar to what I knew as lake or beach cabins back in the U.S. The opposite of luxury Harbour House is economical and comfortable. Every square inch of the place is shown in video to avoid surprises. Our property has the greatest appeal to larger families on a budget, budget travelers, outdoor sports enthusiasts (diving, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, etc.) and people looking for “the Caribbean for the rest of us”Issues & FAQ: 1) Noise: The Malecon (street in front of the bay) comes alive on weekends with families. The party very PG rated, including karaoke, can last until midnight. There has never been a guest complaint, they included themselves in the activities, food, drink, bounce and other rides for the kids in a festive safe atmosphere. Sat and Sun are the big nights with the fun ending early on Sunday. 2) AC: The master bedroom has a window unit that cools the house along with fans. There has never been a guest issue with being hot, most report being very comfortable to chilly at night given the sea breezes. The adjoining rooms have open space at top to allow cool air flow.3) Cooking outside: We have two burners and a big stainless steel bar-b-que, a large picnic table and a sink. Guests enjoy cooking seafood and eating al fresco under the covered patio.4) Bleach: we disinfect the entire house with 50/50 mix of bleach/water. Some guests have said they have a sensitivity to bleach.5) Bugs: We have a monthly service with spray, foggers and termites. It is the tropics, if food is left out there will be bugs. If you see bugs, ants, roaches, termites, please report to management immediately where we may treat.6) Trash: Trash collection is weekly.7) House furnishings and décor: An eclectic assembly of this and that from travels. Rooms are named after some favorite Caribbean bars and restaurants; mementoes from travels and a family restaurant business. There are some water spots on drop down ceiling that have bled through the new paint but the entire house is dry safe and clean. Fluorescents lights throughout the house.8) Small Caribbean issues: All the time spent in the Caribbean I noticed the smaller the place the more stray dogs, cats, chickens/roosters and roadside trash that exists. It was that way in Turks and Caicos and it's that way in Guanica Puerto Rico. Guanica is beautiful nature just like Turks and Caicos, but mankind can be unkind, unthoughtful and downright destructive. Note the drive to work video, it will show what to expect before booking. 9) SAFETY: Is it safe in Guanica? Yes it is you may come and go as you please, violent crime is almost non-existent however still protect yourself from petty crime by locking car doors and storing valuables. Puerto Rico seems to have a bad reputation for crime but its almost exclusively due to the big cities, San Juan, not unlike Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Miami, Boston or D.C. 10) Hot water: On demand tankless hot water heater, the slower the water the hotter the water.11) Pool and Jacuzi: The private above ground pool and jacuzi are high quality. We use weekly shock treatments and chlorine (floating) tablets. The pool and jacuzi are on timers, ran daily for two hours through oversized filters. Some guests are sensitive to chlorine, we strive for clean sanitized water, should you have a problem contact management. The jacuzi works on a timer and takes time to heat up at night.12) TV: We provide basic Direct TV you may purchase additional services/premium channels/sport packages through a pay-as-you-go service.13) Wireless internet service has been discontinued due to poor service but rental of AT&T; WIFI hotspot is available.14) Towel and linen service: we offer weekly towel and linen service for $20 otherwise guests will need to provide linens.15) Cleaning: Cleaning is done on check out before new guests arrive.16) Dust/Dirt: Most everyone enjoys the breezes through the screened windows, which brings in whatever is in the air. The trade winds in the Caribbean originate in Africa don't be surprised to see a layer of dust after a breezy relaxing day, it's part of nature and a big part of living by the sea.Finally, the owners of the property are Christian, as such they are adamant that guests are well cared for and not misled. Enjoy Harbour House as you would your own lake or beach cabin. Guest's issues should be addressed immediately. Upon arrival if the property is not your liking then you will be refunded 100% of what the owners have received (some services take a fee which cannot be recovered). Exceptions to policy high season: June and July.Amenities: some pots/pans, cutlery, utensils, microwave, coffee maker, freezer, 4 cubic in fridge, large picnic table, stainless bar-b-q, two gas burners, direct tv, one small TV/DVD, and a fan in every room. Towel and linen service, WIFI hotspot, boat trips, diving, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, beach cruises, etc. available at extra fee.
1) TURN THE HOT TUB/SPA ON: The silver box is a timer switch that’s cuts on the hot tub. It’s located next to the light switch. Turn clockwise and the hot tub/spa will run for 1 hour. For extra hot water (101 degrees) see #2.
2) FOR EXTRA HOT WATER: Hot tub/spa is electric and heats water slowly. The proper way to have extra hot water is to call/text property manager, have the hot tub/spa manually turned on and covered for 24 hours. The water temp is set default 101 degrees and the water is getting warmer every minute the hot tub/spa is running.
We have installed a very efficient remote controlled central air conditioning unit that, in combination with fans, cools the whole house. To keep rents low we ask that you turn the AC off when you are not in the house. The master bedroom has a backup window unit that can be used in the event of failure of the central unit. See property management for procedure.
Cooking is done outside with twin burners and stainless steel BBQ. We supply high quality cooking utensils and cookware. BBQ is lit with a lighter. There should always be two, one next to the BBQ and one spare in the kitchen cabinet. We supply a large propane tank plus there is an emergency spare tank under the BBQ. Please see property management for details. To keep rents low and for your safety we ask you turn off the propane bottle when not in use.
We have Direct TV ULTRA package which includes almost everything besides the movie channels. Use the built in guide for details.
SHOWER: HOT WATER
The shower has an on demand hot water heater. The water will automatically get to a preset temperature when turned on. If the water is too hot, call or text property management. Should you find the water too cool for your liking reduce water flow, however, if water flow is reduce too much heater will automatically shot off.
Below the TV is a small library. You are welcome to take one to read. We ask that you take one and leave one if possible for the next guests.
See property management for laundry options. We have a laundry in town where clothes can be dropped, washed, dried and folded.
SANITIZATION OF POOL AND HOT TUB/SPA
The pool and hot tub/spa are sanitized by tablets automatically by floating dispensers. The tablets use chlorine so people sensitive to chlorine should take care. Also, excessive bubbles, resembling soap bubbles, will appear by leaving the floating dispenser in hot tub/spa. Simply remove the dispenser while using the hot tub/spa and the bubbles will go away
The floating dispenser should never be removed from pool. Both pool and hot tub/Spa are set to filter daily with electrical timers. The pool has an oversized filtering system for added protection
CLEANING SUPPLIES AND CHEMICALS
The house is sanitized with bleach based chemicals, those sensitive to bleach should take added caution. Cleaning chemicals and supplies are located under the sink in kitchen cabinet.
Guanica is known for its unique dry forests, beaches, offshore cays, diving/snorkeling and water sports