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Beachfront Large Studio With Stunning View And Best Location In Isla Verde

Bedrooms 1
Space 583 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

Oversize Studio, 1 Bath w/walk-in closet, private balcony, wi-fi, secure parking

HURRICANE MARIA UPDATE: Our building was lucky enough to avoid damage and power has been restored as of mid-November. We will be staying in it for the Holidays during which we are remodeling the unit and turning into a large studio configuration, while also installing new double-glass windows and upgrading the wall AC unit to a quieter and more powerful split unit which will cool the entire apartment. Isla Verde is slowly but surely recovering from the storms and our lovely condo will once again be available from mid-January on. See you then!

We bought this lovely apartment in 2013, completely refurbished it in 2014 and further remodeled in 2017. It is 583 square feet, comprised of a large L-shaped studio space in which the bedroom and living/dining areas sit side by side framed by wall-to-wall ocean views, along with a bathroom, walk-in closet, kitchen and balcony, right on the water at Isla Verde Beach, recently rated the world's #1 Urban Beach by the USA Today Readers' Poll.

The unit has a powerful split air conditioner unit, which cools the entire apartment, as well as three quiet ceiling fans, each equipped with a remote (in our experience the AC is only needed during the hotter summer months, and the fans are way more than enough in the winter). The bed consists of a modern wood frame with a queen size Sealy mattress, and has built-in fluorescent reading lights at either end. There are one-drawer bed tables at either side as well, and a matching dresser drawer large enough for all your needs, including spare linens and towels. There is also a large walk-in closet with shelves and plenty of hangers. The windows all face to the beach, with stunning views day and night, and are equipped with roll-down shades to keep out any unwanted sunlight.

The bathroom has a shower stall and a tank-less water heater, so hot water is never a problem. It also features two mirrors and a hair blower.

The living space includes a round dining table with seating for four. The chairs and seat cushions are waterproof, so feel free to use them in your wet bathing suits. There is a wall-mounted 40” Samsung flat-screen smart TV hooked up with Claro IPTV service, which includes many popular US channels (ESPN, TNT, TBS, CNN, etc.), as well as Netflix, Hulu, etc. There is also a SONY Blu-Ray DVD player and a high-speed wireless modem with free Wi-Fi throughout the apartment. There is also a land-line telephone with free local calls. There is also a futon sofa that folds out to a full-size bed, which could accommodate a third guest, but please keep in mind occupancy by more than two guests needs to be arranged in advance.

The kitchen was remodeled shortly before we bought the apartment, and includes a Frigidaire stainless steel refrigerator and freezer, a four-burner electric stove, a GE in-wall microwave oven and a Hamilton Beach counter-top oven with rotisserie. It also includes a full-size blender, a Black & Decker 10-cup drip coffee maker as well as a stainless steel espresso maker (greka). It comes with a white stoneware dinnerware set and a stainless steel silverware set for 4 people, as well as 8 sets of small espresso white stoneware coffee cups, a white stoneware sugar bowl, a white stoneware teapot and a tea kettle. You will also find wine glasses, glass plastic tumblers and all conceivable utensils, knives, bowls, corkscrews, can and bottle openers, etc. There are frying pans, stockpots and rice cooking pots (calderos), as well as pot holders, towels, Pyrex bowls, measuring spoons, place mats, cooking shears, etc. The kitchen also features a high-top counter, with two bar stools (also waterproof).

The apartment was recently painted throughout, and is tastefully decorated with original artwork by Puerto Rican artist Poli Marichal. The highlight, however, is the balcony. Completely private, it offers a truly breathtaking view of a half-moon cove. It is furnished with a high cocktail table and two high chairs, from where you can sip a cup of coffee, a cold beer or a nice glass of wine and enjoy the view from your 12th floor perch. If you’re an early riser you’ll catch stunning sunrises, and if you’re lucky enough to be there during a full moon you’ll get to experience a romantic moonrise reflected over the ocean. When we first caught a glimpse of the view we knew this was the place for us, and once we realized all the other conveniences this apartment had to offer it became clear this was the best possible spot in all of Isla Verde. We think you will agree.

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Ricardo Mendez Matta & Poli Marichal
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Ricardo Mendez Matta & Poli Marichal

My wife and I both grew up in San Juan, but for the last thirty years have been living in Los Angeles, CA. It was work that brought us here (I am filmmaker and my wife is an artist and filmmaker), but we miss our island very much. As children, we used to visit the beach regularly with our families, I on the Northeast side of the island and my wife on the Southwest. California has a very beautiful coastline, but nothing compared to the warm waters and palm-covered beaches we were used to. Thankfully, we were able to buy this little home-away-from-home and will be able to enjoy the sunny Puerto Rican beaches regularly once again. Since we live so far away, the apartment is managed by María 'Tity' O'Neill, who will greet you upon arrival and oversee your stay. She manages multiple units in the area and we had been renting from her for years, so when we needed someone to manage our place there was no better choice.

Ricardo Mendez Matta & Poli Marichal purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Ricardo Mendez Matta & Poli Marichal chose Isla Verde

It took us a few years of scouting until we came upon this particular apartment. We decided to buy here as early as 2005, when we rented another unit in this building, but found that few owners were interested in selling, so we had to wait it out. It took eight years of patiently searching the online classifieds until we found this unit for sale, but once we did we moved quickly to buy it. In those eight years we could have purchased many other units in other buildings, some for significantly less money, but none of them compared to this one, so we're glad we waited.

What makes this apartment unique

For our taste, this is the ideal spot. It’s a small quiet building, yet right next to all the happening bars and restaurants. It’s flanked left and right by the two best beaches in San Juan, while tucked away in a narrow peninsula where the visitors are mostly manatees, pelicans, sea hawks and turtles. It's right off a main highway (PR 26), on which you can hop on and be anywhere in the city within minutes, but also conveniently located on a dead end street where the only traffic is the local residents. Did I mention the airport is a six-minute ride away? It doesn’t get any better than this.


Isla Verde Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 12
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3 ...
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rental Manager is only available between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. Off-hour arrival and departures must be arranged in advance, for a $40 fee each.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Tank-less water heater
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Beachfront Large Studio With Stunning View And Best Location In Isla Verde
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews

Nice condo on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Nice cozy unit with ocean breeze from the Beach. Balcony view is practically a view in the ocean. Also the owner was very helpful and had all amenities available for your stay. One really nice feature is the secure gates, elevators, and doors that give you a safe feel away from home.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Beautiful View overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is Paradise!

  • 4 of 5

Once we arrived at the Apartment we were astounded by the Breathtaking View over the Lanai Balcony overlooking Isla Verde and Atlantic Ocean.

Property had everything needed for a comfortable stay. My wife and I stayed 13 nights and we were comfortable the whole time and felt safe and secure in this gated community.

There are many Restaurants within walking distance around the Apartment with Wallgreens, CVS and Pueblo Supermarket for grocery items are all close by.

Monday through Friday you literally have the Beach to yourselves and on weekends the Locals enjoy both Beaches. The water is warm and average temperature around 87 the time we were there during the day and 77 at night with a cooling Atlantic Breeze 24/7.

We did rent a car for two weeks but you do not need a car to enjoy your stay. There is so much to see and do here and the Puerto Rico people are

warm and friendly every where we went.

The Owners Ricardo and Polly are very accommodating and helpful throughout the booking, check-in and check-out process. Maria was also very helpful in showing us the apartment and also accommodating.

The only recommendation that we had is to have better water pressure in the kitchen sink area. Water pressure in the Bathroom and shower were fine.

My wife and I loved this vacation and this Home. We will plan on returning here again.

Thank you Ricardo and Polly for sharing your Home and making this

Vacation a memorable one we will remember for a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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The only complaint is that the shower head was broken when we arrived but we made it work.

  • 4 of 5

The location was great...Close to everything. We didn't need a car to get around and the owners (and nephew) were most cordial! The property was very close to the airport and the view from the balcony was breathtaking. They were right....The beach is right at your doorstep! My only suggestion is that I wish I had remembered to bring my binoculars to get a better view of things in the distance on the water. The front room did get a little humid but I'm sure that's due to the heat and altitude of the condo. Overall though, a wonderful stay and accurate description. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Great for a Couples get away!

  • 4 of 5

Gorgeous view! We selected this place based on the other great feedback from guests. And it didn't disappoint! It was a quick trip at the last minute and the owners were incredibly accommodating and flexible, helping us in every way to make the timing and schedules work. The condo was close to the airport making it easy to make the most of the time we had there. We decided not to rent a car and walked to nearly every destination and didn't lack for options at all. Good restaurants in the area ranging all prices. We even found a great sports bar! There are several large hotels/condos in the area that have restaurants and bars including some on the beach. The beach area was small in front of the condo but its connected to a much larger beach that is great for walking. Condo was clean and well provisioned with beach chairs, cooler, etc. For anything we found we needed, there was a large Walgreens within walking distance that had grocery items as well. I would highly recommend this unit in San Juan, especially if you are looking for a couples escape to the beach. You will love it! Only thing I wish would have been in the room was a listing of area restaurants that were recommended and special bars or beach areas. A map of Isla Verde with those marked would have been a great plus as well. Without your typical hotel concierge to ask, it always helps to have local recommendations. Beyond that, we had all that we needed!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beachfront Splendor

  • 5 of 5

The best way to describe Ricardo and Poli's condo is that it is exactly as advertised. It's on the top floor of a condominium at water's edge in Isla Verde, with a view that will almost literally take your breath away. Life doesn't get much better than sitting on the terrace with your morning cup of coffee and watching the sun rise over a vast expanse of turquoise water. The apartment itself is well-equipped and well-kept; you have everything you need. It's only five minutes from the airport, so you really don't even need a car if you would prefer not to spend the money. We are experienced travelers, and so many times places are overhyped and misleading. This condo is totally what it purports to be, and if you want an easy, exhilaration, breathtaking Puerto Rican getaway, it would be hard to do better.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy beautiful location condo

  • 4 of 5

A simply amazing stay in this clean condo. It is not glamorous but had every item we needed for an enjoyable time. Beach chairs and coolers, beach towels and sun umbrella added to our comfort on the beach. There were several stores and restaurants within walking distance.

There was access to two sections of beach which gave me lots of miles for beach-walking.. The owner called us to make sure our connection with his manager would go smoothly. She met us near the condo and led us thru the maze of streets leading to the condo. The owner was very helpful all thru the rental process.

The only glich was the lack of hot water in the kitchen.

We would recomment this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
San Juan International (SJU)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
La Playa Hotel/El San Juan/Ritz Carlton
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Berwind Country Club/Trump Int/Grand Melia
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
PR 26
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
La Playa Hotel
Nearest Beach
Isla Verde
Car: not necessary

Our unit is on the top floor of a relatively small 12-story residential building located near the tip of a narrow peninsula between the two best beaches in San Juan. On the East side is the Ritz Carlton beach (aka Pine Grove), favored by surfers, and on the West side is the El San Juan Hotel beach (aka El Alambique), with its hard-packed sand favored by joggers, walkers and paddle boarders, which was recently rated the #1 Urban Beach in the world by the USA Today Reader's Poll. The nearby hotels also offer all the typical beach rentals, whether it’s a kayak, jet ski or paraglider, or just a lounge chair and umbrella. In their lobbies you may also book fishing trips and guided tours, as well as one-day trips to some of the neighboring islands such as Vieques and Culebra.

Before purchasing this unit, we scouted the area for several years looking for the perfect spot. During different visits to the island we stayed at the Ritz Carlton and Caribe Hilton hotels, the ESJ Towers, as well as the Marbella, Girasol and Raquet Club condominiums. All of them are right on the beach and offer easy access to the shops and restaurants of Isla Verde Ave, but for our taste they were either too big, too noisy and/or too crowded. Navigating large lobbies, circling around parking structures and fighting traffic on Isla Verde Ave just wasn’t our idea of a nice vacation. Then we found the Amapola 14 condominium.

Only six minutes away from the airport, it is on a quiet dead-end street which can be accessed directly from the main highway without having to traverse busy Isla Verde Ave (surprisingly, the airport noise is a non-issue). Since it has only 60 residential units (most of which are not offered for rent), the building is quiet, family oriented and peaceful, yet the hustle and bustle of Isla Verde is always a few steps away, with its top-rated dining, bars, supermarkets, cafes, banks, drug stores and shops.

If casinos are your game, some of the best in the island are nearby, such as the Casino Metro at the Sheraton, the largest in Puerto Rico, with almost 450 slot machines and 16 table games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, pai gow poker and three-card poker, as well as the Condado Plaza, the Ritz Carlton and the Marriott.

If you choose to rent a car, our unit includes a reserved spot in the building’s secure parking area, right at street level, in the shade and steps away from the lobby, so you can get in and out easily, rain or shine. Puerto Rico has many attractions to offer within short driving distance of the condo, such as Old San Juan, the best-preserved colonial city in the Americas, the El Yunque tropical rainforest, with its beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking trails, and the phosphorescent bays in Fajardo and Guánica. You can rent from one of the national chains, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and National, or try one of the often cheaper local alternatives such as Popular Auto, Target, Charlie or VIAS.

Venturing outside Isla Verde to the neighboring areas, you will find an even wider array of truly excellent restaurants. Lima, in the Miramar area, offers delicious Peruvian dishes and ceviche. The local cuisine has some strong entries, such as José Enrique, near the Plaza del Mercado in Santurce, where crowds gather on weekends to enjoy the popular cluster of bars and restaurants, including the also wonderful El Pescador and Boronía. Other terrific local cuisine choices are La Casita Blanca and La Jaquita Baya, both in Santurce, and Manolín in Old San Juan. Keep in mind San Juan also has the strongest Spanish presence of any Latin American capital, which includes fine restaurants such as Compostela, José José, Casa de España, El Mesón Gallego and El Picoteo, but also the immensely popular and not-to-be-missed Spanish-style delis Kasalta, La Ceiba and Cafetería España, where jamón ibérico, caldo gallego and Spanish wine can be savored side by side with espresso and delicious sweets such as mallorcas, natilla and tembleque.

At Amapola 14 you get the best of both worlds, you can relax in your own private balcony overlooking a stunning view, or walk to one of the many nearby lively casinos, bars and restaurants. You may opt to walk alone on the beach, book tours alongside fellow travelers or drive around the island. It’s your choice.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

Check-in and check-out during off hours (9:00 pm-8:00 am) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, for an additional fee of $40 each. We will consider 3-night stays on a case-by-case basis, for an additional $75 fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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