I'm a puertorrican who likes to do internal, local tourism. I love the Rincon area. It's a little town in the western coast of Puerto Rico. Up to date, 2008, there are no traffic lights on the area. There are no big traffic jams. There are a lot of beaches, for snorkling, surfing, sunset photography. Yes, every day you get Beautiful Sunsets. Good restaurants, Fast food restaurants, shopping malls, local traveling to visit the different towns in the area. I stayed at this local 1 bedroom apartment, fully equipped, 2 air conditioners. I paid $300 for a weekend. Due to the season, waves were high and you could take videos of many surfers, locals and tourists, doing their acrobatic surfing exercises.
Rincon is a nice place for leaving behind the daily routine that we carry every day, due to work.
I really do love Rincon...
Fully equipped. 2 air conditioners. 2 floor 1 bedroom apartment. 4 people stay. 1 balcony. Microwave, coffee maker, TV (local channels), VCR, DVD, Electric stove, Refrigerator, 2 parking spaces, Beeper controlled access. Kitchen accesories. Walking distance Burger King, Church Fried Chicken, Antojos Restaurant, Local Bakery.
300 dollars is a good price for a weekend in Rincon. I don't know how much will be one week stay, but I've heard that one week is around $900-$1000 dollars.
Very nicely done small hotel run by 2 very nice people, Nelson and Mark. Rooms are comfy , the
decor is all nicely done, a cool small pool, bar b q , beach chairs,short walk to restuarants,in a quiet neighborhood, across from a cute park- just a very friendly environment. Owners go way out of their way to make you feel at home- We highly reccomend it- spent 6 nts in Oct there and loved it
and would go back!
The Casa Verde is a multi-unit guest house with 6-8 separate units, ranging from a small studio to a 2-bedroom suite with kitchen. This is a part of the island that is popular with mainland surfers, and is owned and operated by a "mainlander". We found this a fun variation from staying with native Puerto Ricans who we also loved being with. There is an onsite restaurant/bar (The Rock Bottom) on an upper-level deck, and the limited menu was surprisingly delicious and is a fun place to sit at night in the tropical breeze under the flicker of tiki-torches and listen to coquis. There isn't anything else to do at the facility itself, no pool or gameroom, etc. but it is close to everything on the west side of the island. the sunsets on this side of the island are as beautiful as anywhere in the world. We also met a young man (called us Mom and Dad, I almost sent him to bed without dinner I was so angry) from the mainland east coast who worked in PR for Taino Divers (also gringo-owned) who sold us on trying snorkel diving. Beaches are the draw to this part of the island for most of us who visit. The management of Casa Verde treated us like family. The facility is within an easy walk to a tranquil beach, and a patio bar where we walked as a family at night to sit in the warm air and stare at the lights out on the ocean and drink virgin Pina Coladas. We felt very safe and the atmosphere was festive but not rowdy. By the way, the snorkel diving was a BLAST!!!
Go on a snorkel dive with Taino Divers. Go to Isabela to Jobos beach and find Carlos the local beach bum and pay him a few bucks to teach you or your kid to surf (take pictures and video). Go hang out at the lighthouse (el faro) in Rincon and feel the Atlantic breeze on your face and watch the ights of boats from unknown origins going to unknown destinations make their way through the night. Go into Mayaguez and gamble at the casino with the salt of the Puerto Rican earth. Tell at Ron at the Casa Verde (www.4beachnuts.com/vacationrentals/Puerto Rico/lodge717.html) and Carson at Taino Divers (www.tainodivers.com) hello from the Haws family.
This is a set of several apts, and a nice A frame tropical house. I selected guesthouse because it literally feels like you're staying in a friend's house (one of our friends, anyway). If your expecting a spotless Club Med you're going to be disappointed, but if you want a cozy place w/ a great view and lots of character this is a great bargain. We rented a studio in the low season and because we were the only people staying there, they upgraded us to the A frame cabin - which has a full and fairly well equipped kitchen, two downstairs bedrooms, and an upstairs loft with two double beds (tip to parents - we did not feel the stairs to the loft were safe for our 6yo to use, but there was plenty of sleeping room downstairs). It also has a fold out couch and a few balconies, hammocks, etc. The place has sort of a laid back bohemian beachie feel, there is some dirt in the corners and some quirks (you have to spin the dryer manually to get it to work, and then slam the door real quick, no volume knob on the TV, the air conditioner sounds like a jet plane taking off) - just like home. LOL I would stay here again, and next time I'll bring some friends to share the cabin, then it would be a serious bargain.
Great view, nice warm pool (of course all the water in Rincon is warm), lots of almond, mango, and banana trees, and I hear they have a great sushi bar poolside but it was closed when we visited Rincon.
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