Tim’s rainforest house was the perfect choice for our three weeks in Puerto Rico - weekend ferry and flight to Vieques beaches and biobay, quick trips to Old San Juan for dinner and sights, evenings on Luquillo beach and frituras at the kiosks, a catamaran trip to Icacos Cay, mini excursions into the beautiful El Yunque, and celebrating the Patron Saint parade in Fajardo.
The view of the valley is beautiful, and the house is well-appointed, with all of the amenities, including beach gear, cooking equipment, solar electricity for when the power gets spotty, and an upstairs master suite with Apple TV and sun deck. Our youngest enjoyed the coqui frogs, snails, local chickens, lizards and dogs of the neighborhood; we appreciated neighbor and property manger Cindy’s support and guidance.
We were prepared to be in a Puerto Rican rainforest home, so cherished the raininess, potholed roads, early roosters, household incursions by our daughter’s little “friends,” and island time at local restaurants. Come prepared - this is not a Hilton, it is your amazing, authentic rainforest house. As non-rainforest dwellers, we weren’t quite prepared to shut off hot water for the sake of power and clothes wash with soap only in town. However, we also cherished amazing food, learning about vejigantes from Tim’s amazing mask (and finding our own in nearby Loiza), streaming video calls from work (usually!), and an affordable way to spend days in the privacy of our own slice of tropical paradise.
A few tips: El Yerde BBQ (at turn off from 3) is a find! Go early for ribs; do a whole meal for take away to eat on your rainforest deck at sunset! Look up Asia for take away sushi; the rolls are fantastic (we loved those with crab and/or mango) and HUGE. At Luquillo, try kiosk #23. There is a fantastic food truck park that is predominantly weekend-only but with great and affordable food. It is across from Ekelekua, which has a yummy brunch. We enjoyed two outings to Brew!!! Taller Experimental, your nearby craft brewery (ask about what beers are not on the menu)! We did La Parilla in Luquillo for my birthday - go early and walk to the beach; they only accept reservations for 6+. Playa Azul beats out Luquillo; bring a snorkel!
Please let Tim and Cindy know of any issues you have - all prior concerns were remediated prior to our visit, and both were there for us with questions during our extend stay. Enjoy your rainforest home (if we don’t rebook it first)!