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Recent Puerto Rico reviews

  • Simply amazing!

    "Seldom do you walk into a rental property and immediately feel the warmth of a home, but it happens at Pura Vida. There is an almost mystical aura of calm and peace that you will feel at once. The Steffens have put so much thought and love into this home, you will feel blessed to have shared it. The house is immaculate and very well supplied, the rooms are spacious and comfortable and separating the living areas from the sleeping area is genius! The views from the main house as well as the bedrooms are simply spectacular... from the turquoise waters to the ever changing sky, to the twinkling lights of St. Thomas in the distance. We watched the sunrise every morning over St. Thomas, and then were lucky enough to have a full moon rising over the same view at night! We spent hours in the rocking chairs on the porch, first watching boats come and go into the bay near Las Pelas, and then had cocktails and played dominoes in the cool breeze at night. You won't want to go to bed, except you get to get up and do it all over again! We visited the town of Dewey and got "Bushwhacked" at both Mamacita's and the Dinghy Dock, both awesome places full of Caribbean charm. But the highlight of our trip was our visit to Culebrita by boat taxi...snorkeling and hiking to a hidden beach that must be seen to be believed..We found paradise!! Don't miss Culebrita! Thank you Peggy and Carlos for sharing your bit of heaven with all of us. It has provided memories for a lifetime!"
    Guest: Nancy S. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 12, 2015
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  • An Excellent Choice

    "This is an EXCELLENT choice for a visitor to Puerto Rico who wants to stay close enough to things but a little bit away (a mile or two) from some of the busier areas. I've been to San Juan about 11 times in the last two years and stayed in both Condado and Isla Verde....well, Ocean Park is in the middle and I really liked it here: quiet, a minute from the beach, and a few restaurants and grocery stores within about 1000 yards. Just what I needed and since I rent a car I could go anywhere, but found the nice solitude of this area simply amazing. I made a decision not to stay in a hotel and contacted a handful of rentals through this site. Stanley was the only owner to contact me within an hour (the rest took about 24 hours) and although I can't guarantee he is always able to do this, it clearly stood out as a good sign. We arrived about 8:30pm and Stanley was there to greet us. I can't say enough about how responsive he is and genuinely wants the visitor to have a great experience. I will stay again at one of his properties. About this apartment: It was clean and stocked with everything needed for a week's stay. What you see in the pictures is what we found, although there is a flat screen television mounted on the wall in the living room that I don't see in one of the pictures.) Pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and misc other items (cooking oil, coffee, spices, and just extras that were helpful.) And there are a couple of amazing outdoor patios that were beautiful. The first is just outside the living room and so comfortable that one evening I did work on my laptop out there. The second is the rooftop that is (if I recall) tiled and gives you a good view of the ocean. Both were incredibly relaxing. I needed to use wi-fi one evening and Stanley gave me the password. It worked just fine (I see another renter had problems but I was there a couple weeks earlier and had no issues.) Parking was easily available and air conditioning in the rooms were excellent. Open a few windows in the kitchen and living room--the ocean breeze was wonderful and it was incredibly comfortable. I highly recommend this property, as well as the kind of communication and customer service that Stanley provides. It was a great experience. I liked it so much that I'm available if anyone has questions at ddg1111@outlook.com. I'm from Texas."
    Guest: D G. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 22, 2015
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  • Paradise Found

    "Wow, my wife, two grown sons, their girlfriends and myself stayed at Paradise at Sandy Beach (the "Property") February 28 to March 7, 2015 and had a fantastic vacation. The rental process was quick, easy and painless as Ryan and Erica from Kare Property Management (“Kare”) did a wonderful job answering questions and making the leasing process quick and easy. Additionally, Melinda Ferraro (“Melinda”) the Property owner, was extremely accommodating and treated us as though we were family and answered all of our questions immediately. The Property was well appointed containing every possible amenity you may need. The beachfront access and panoramic views were breath taking, pictures do not do the Property justice as the views are multi-million dollar views. I can't speak highly enough of Kare, Melinda and the Property, the only negative aspect of the trip is that it had to end. We will be back! Thanks again to Kare and Melinda for making our family vacation a memorable one!"
    Guest: Tom H Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 23, 2015
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  • Great for families, Beautiful beaches!

    "We were a group of 7, traveling with my great grandparents, and our three young children. Pura Vida was wonderful because we were able to rent their 8 person SUV and didn't need to travel with tons of baby and kid items (very helpful with 25lb/person baggage limit for the flight to the island). Jeff's information packet was thorough, and communication was fast and polite. Beaches are gorgeous, with a great variety. Malecon restaurants are a little pricey for our family every day, but we enjoyed the local food trucks on the weekend, and sandwiches, pan de sabao, and other treats from La Viequense and Dulce Esperanza. Well-stocked kitchen, and Jeff said he is buying new pans after I told him that the non-stick pans were in poor condition. Caretakers Joe and Mimi were friendly and helpful and easy to contact. One minor problem is the only TV is in the master bedroom, which my great grandparents were using so kids couldn't watch a movie without intruding, but luckily the free wifi was fast and reliable to stream Netflix on our iPads; plenty of time to watch movies at home during the snowstorms anyway, so sit on the porch and listen to the coquis. Only real negative, and we were warned, but in case you don't know: there are Roosters! and during our stay it was rooster raising season and there were many in the house behind us. Good news is the ac fans covered most of their noise. They are every where on the island so this isn't a negative about the house, just a minor cultural inconvenience for tourists on Vieques. We were too tired after a day at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to care. Pura Vida is a great home base for your Vieques vacation."
    Guest: Rachel S. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 11, 2015
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Puerto Rico Travel Tips

The Caribbean is one of the loveliest places for a relaxing vacation where you can unplug, spend time being at ease outdoors and simply enjoy the company of your travel companions. And Puerto Rico is a top spot for all of that, with its tropical terrain, fascinating history and exciting culture on this 100-mile-long island of the Greater Antilles.

The options for exploring nature in Puerto Rico are vast. From sunny, sandy beaches to lush rainforests, mountains, coral reefs and more, you can spend your days hiking exhilarating trails, marveling at the local wildlife or laying on the the shore with a good book and tasty beverage. No matter what, you have your choice of outdoor activities, so you can try them all if the mood suits you.

Cultural activities abound here as well. There a variety of dining options, many specializing in a local favorite - suckling pig - and music blasting as locals and visitors alike dance the night away. Museums offer a glimpse into the island's past, its heritage and art, which can also be seen through the various examples of architecture around Puerto Rico.

Things to Do in Puerto Rico

- Museum of Art of Puerto Rico: a visit to the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico is a must. Housed in a Neoclassical building from the 1920s, which was formerly the San Juan Municipal Hospital, the museum of one of the largest in the Caribbean. Inside you'll find collections dating back to the 17th century. In the east wing, a five-story stained-glass window by local artist Eric Tabales dominates the space and is a truly a sight to behold. In 1996, a wing designed by architects Otto Reyes and Luis Gutierrez was added. The museum also features a 400-seat theater and large atrium, and outside you can stroll through a lovely garden with a variety of native plants. If you work up an appetite wandering around, the museum also houses a restaurant.

- Jobos Beach: This is one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico for surfing because of the excellent waves on a low-depth area. Whether you're hoping to learn how to hang 10 or just want to relax on the sand, Jobos Beach is a well-kept, clean spot to do just that. Toss a Frisbee, build sandcastle?s or take turns burying each under under the sand, then wash it all off with a jump into the water.

- Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena: Something you might not expect to find in the tropics is an ice skating rink, but in Puerto Rico you can hit the ice at Aguadilla Ice Skating Arena. It's the only rink to be found in the Caribbean, and could be just the thing too cool off after a day in the sun. It's chilly in here, so dress appropriately, then lace up those skates and take a lap. The arena is open every day and certainly provides a unique experience for those visiting Puerto Rico.

- Casa Blanca Museum: If you're looking for the oldest museum in Puerto Rico, you've found it at Casa Blanca Museum, which is thought to be of great historic value. It's a two-bedroom home with a kitchen, foyer, dining room, throne room and oratorio. As you move through the museum you'll see the rooms decorated to represent the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Outside, you can explore the museum's beautiful garden with its wonderfully smelling orchard.

- Camuy River Cave Park: If the adventure lovers of the group are looking for a unique outdoor experience, The Camuy River Cave Park is it. Visitors can explore the natural limestone cave system and underground waterways. Here you'll find more than 10 miles of subterranean beauty with 220 caves and 17 different entrances. The system is located in the 268-acre park and is one of the most popular attractions in Puerto Rico. Some favorite spots here include Tri-Towns Sinkhole, Spiral Cave and Sinkhole, and the Clara Cave and Empalme Sinkhole, which you can see on a professional tour.

- Culebra National Wildlife Refuge: If you're hoping to see some of the natural scenery and local wildlife in Puerto Rico, look no further than the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge. More than 50,000 seabirds from 13 different species call this place home, as do three species of sea turtles. It's a lovely place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and relax. Plan an exhilarating hike around the area as you watch for native animals to come out of hiding.

- Casa del Rey: Learn about the island's history with a visit to Casa del Rey - the King's House. The structure is the oldest in Dorado and served as an inn first in 1823, then housing for personnel from the Spanish Government and later as regional military headquarters. In 1848, it was purchased and converted into a home. Casa del Rey has been modified once again and restored into a museum where you can learn about Puerto Rican culture, see examples of antique furniture and learn about the history of the region.

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