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Beautiful Mountain Getaway Three Minutes From The Caribbean National Rainforest

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Enjoy The Sites And Sounds Of A True Puerto Rican Country Home

The house is nestled in the heart of the mountains on a seven acre property. Our grounds are bursting with beautiful and fragrant flowers, along with tropical fruit trees and a vegetable garden. We also chickens so there is an abundance fresh eggs to enjoy. We are just minutes away from the Caribbean National Rainforest, 'El Yunque' where you can hike on exciting trails and explore beautiful rivers. We are a short drive away to the best beaches in Luquillo and the local 'kioskos' for some traditional Puerto Rican faire. Also just a town away from the famous Bioluminescent Lagoon in Fajardo.

Monica Donaldson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

About Monica Donaldson

I am a Montessori preschool teacher and my husband is an artist. We have three children two of whom are with us and the oldest is currently living in California. Having a vacation rental is a new venture for us. We are very excited to share our home with others. I grew up on this property with my parents and grandparents, I have to say that my grandfather was an inspiration to me. He loved this land and he taught me how to love and appreciate the land like he did. For that I am grateful, and blessed that I can share it with others.

Monica Donaldson purchased this house in 1978

Why Monica Donaldson chose Luquillo

My husband and I together have been living in Puerto Rico for over 30 years. I grew up in Puerto Rico and always knew that I would want my children to grow up here. I love the rich culture, the loving and giving nature of the Puerto Ricans and the beauty of this incredible island. Because we love where we live, we enjoy showing our guests the island and knowing that they will leave loving the island like we do.

What makes this house unique

There are two houses on the property and an art studio. We also live on the property which allows us to be of service to our guests. We have an amazing view of 'El Yunque' and are surrounded by nature. There is an amazing array of night sounds, that include coqui's, owls and soothing rainforest showers. Hacienda Rosa offers guests a true rainforest experience with family hospitality.


Solimar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , This is only an outdoor shower, with no sink area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • There is also 2 full sized futons in the living room, however I would suggest that it be used for small children only. I don't want you having a bad back during your trip. You are welcome to bring an air mattress to accommodate two extra people if preferred. Mattresses are only provided for 6.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Laundry access is only provided to guests reserving 7 nights or more. There is a laundromat within 8 miles of the property, in the town of Luquillo.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Mountain Getaway Three Minutes From The Caribbean National Rainforest
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful beyond description!

  • 5 of 5

The sights and the sounds of this rainforest retreat are amazing! Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. If I could do it over, I would stay longer and spend more time just sitting and enjoying the view. This is place I definitely want to come back to.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply perect!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at several rentals and hotels in Puerto Rico and Hacienda Rosa was, hands down, our favorite.

The house was very secluded and peaceful. A quick drive up the mountain and only a few km outside the limits of El Yunque, the views are spectacular!

The house was very clean and comfortable. It had everything we needed and was meticulously maintained. The grounds were beautiful, with fruit trees and tropical flowers all around the property and were also very well maintained.

Day or night, the song of the wildlife was soothing and relaxing. At night the coqui were abundant and we made a game of trying to spot them with our kids. The screech owl and other night birds made for some interesting noises as well.

All day long we watched bananaquits building a best in a tree, watched hummingbirds visit the flowers, and spotted the rainbows that came after the rain. Pure relaxation!

The owners were just down the driveway if we needed anything but they gave us ample privacy. Monica offered to pick up some groceries for us for our arrival since we came in on Thanksgiving. She also provided us with eggs from their chickens - the most delicious eggs! - and fruit from their gardens. They were very welcoming and accommodating.

We had a wonderful vacation and cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place, wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

Our dealing with the owner was fantastic beginning to end. The property is simple, clean and well kept. The views are amazing and the nearby stream and rope swing was a highlight of the trip. The fresh fruit and eggs were a wonderful treat. It is off the beaten path and quiet. Thank you so much Monica, if we find ourselves in the area again, we will look you up.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nathan and Family for your visit. It was our pleasure to offer you the very best of what we have to offer here. Mi casa es tu casa siempre. Looking forward to having you visit us again soon. We give discounts to repeat guests so see you soon. Peace and love The Donaldson's
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Perfect Rainforest Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time here on the side of the mountain. Pictures really don't do this place justice! The house was perfect for our group of 7, and we were fairly close to the beach, bars, and not too far from Old San Juan and the airport. Monica was very sweet and accommodating. She has a whole book full of recommendations and directions, and she even brought us fresh fruit and eggs! The toilet took some getting used to since you couldn't flush any toilet paper, and there was no A/C in the house, so it might be tough for those who are used to cooler climates. We are from Texas, so we're used to the heat, but I believe we came to Puerto Rico at a very humid time. It was cool enough at night to sleep with the windows open (they do have screens), and Monica provided plenty of fans. We loved eating breakfast and drinking mimosas on the side porch overlooking the rainforest. The view from the porch is absolutely breathtaking! I would definitely recommend staying here whether you have a group or just a couple. Whether you are looking to get away from the noise of the city, or seeking to be close to attractions, this is the perfect place because it's about 20 minutes to the beach/bars and 45 minutes from Old San Juan. You won't be far from Fajardo, where you can venture out to the islands by boat, and you are practically IN the rainforest. This place was awesome!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rebeca for your review. We are very much appreciative. We do live in a perfect place! I am happy that you had a relaxing and fun time. We hope to see you again in the near future and please spread the word. Peace and Love, The Donaldson's
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The best place to stay in Puerto Rico

  • 5 of 5

I regret only one thing - we rented this place for only 3 nights, I wish we could spend more time there. It's hard to understand by the pictures, but this house is great. Here are the reasons why:

1. Location. It's is in the heart of a rainforest. Really close to El Yunque National Forest, great beaches. At night you can hear tropical animals of a rainforest, it's truly a great experience.

2. The view. Nothing beats this view, it feels so good to start your day looking at the green mountains and tropical plants.

3. There is no one on the hill besides you. The owner has 7 acres of land and lives down the road, so no one disturbs you, just relax and enjoy the house.

4. The owner. Monica is an amazing host. She is so kind: met us in Luquillo and showed us the road to her house, brought us fresh eggs and fruit from her garden, gave lots of recommendations of the local places of interest and restaurants, arranged our New Year's dinner (found a caterer to cook us traditional food in less than one day).

5. The house itself. It is very comfortable and it has everything a traveler would need and even more.

Our stay in this place was a highlight of the whole trip, if I ever go to PR, I would only want to live in this place.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate your stay with us. I was so happy to hear your laughter at night under the mango tree. Remember you are welcome here just like family. Looking forward to your return visit. Peace and Love The Donaldson's
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Rain Forest Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Wondering which vacation home to rent? Look no further! this home, located in the rain forest, will satisfy your need for a getaway!! The vacation home has everything you need and is a wonderful place to stay in puerto rico. I took my wife and 15 month old son and we had a great adventure! Be sure to contact monica prior to arrival for ideas and information on where to visit and where to swim!!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. It made me so happy to see the baby enjoying the warm weather and for loving on Sparky. Not so much on the chickens. We hope to see you again soon with 2 babies in tow
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Luis Munoz Marin
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Board Riders
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Wyndham Rio Mar
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Brass Cactus
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Luquillo Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Solimar House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Cleaning $50

We give great discounts to repeat visitors.

50% is due upon booking. This is 50% of the total nightly rate, plus cleaning and the damage deposit. The remaining 50% is due two weeks prior to check-in. Acceptable forms of payment are PayPal (, personal check, money order, or cash on arrival for last minute reservations/locals. Keep in mind that we do not reserve dates until the deposit is received.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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