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Large Tropical Vacation Home 1 mile from PR3. Secluded, safe, spacious, clean!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,760 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious Private Vacation House - Stay Like a Local, Explore Like a Tourist!

You will be welcomed to this well-maintained vacation house situated on four tropical acres with private gated access, on a small mountain 1 mile from PR3! Furnished for your comfort! Large patio with grill and plenty of seating. This is not a cramped condo or apartment with many neighbors. You will be in a safe country mountainside tropical jungle setting, with plenty of room to explore and enjoy! Full sized washer and dryer in open two stall garage all for your use.

The property is close to El Yunque National Forest, Luquillo (Monserrate) Beach (one of the best beaches on the island), Hacienda Allegre, 20 miles to San Juan, and 20 minutes to Fajardo for ferries to Culebra & Vieques.

Bedrooms: NO BUNK BEDS!

King bed in master suite with walk-in closet and separate bathroom with large shower. The second and third bedrooms contain queen beds, and a second Bathroom is nearby. A Pack N Play is also available for a traveling baby. Plenty of linens, pillows, and towels (including beach towels) are provided.

The house has accommodated many gatherings with friends and family sharing in the food preparation in the open kitchen with large island, with many guests gravitating to the large patio, or the open two stall garage in rainy weather. Open floor plan and spacious rooms are located on one level, making it easy for elderly or toddlers to get around (no steps).

If you want to stay where you have all the amenities of home, yet are near many attractions the island has to offer, please consider reserving this home for your next vacation. The property has ceiling fans and air conditioners in each bedroom and in living room, cable tv with HBO & Starz, smart tv in master and guest room #1, flat screen and dvd in third bedroom, and wi-fi throughout.

We want your vacation to be a wonderful time and can help with anything you need before or during your stay.

More Details

Hector or Kim Melendez
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Hector or Kim Melendez

Hector grew up in the center of the island (Orocovis) and moved to Michigan in the 70's. Each vacation opportunity, we would return to the island to stay with family. In 2001, we had an opportunity to purchase a piece of land close to a niece's house that we always ended up staying with on vacation because of her great location to everything (and her great Puerto Rican cooking!). When Hector retired in 2010, he returned to his homeland to supervise the construction of this vacation home.

Hector or Kim Melendez purchased this house in 2010

Why Hector or Kim Melendez chose Rio Grande

We chose this location because it is in close proximity to all the attractions and amenities of the big city of San Juan, the kid-friendly beach in Luquillo, and the ferries in Fajardo to neighboring islands Culebra and Vieques. We enjoy the privacy of the home and its surrounding tropical fruit, flowers, rocks, and palms. We are hybrid Tourists and Locals -- we want to see everything the island has to offer, but we don't want to pay the high costs associated with being a tourist, and we know THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO THE ISLAND THAN SAN JUAN!

What makes this house unique

The location of this home allows you to vacation comfortably with all the amenities of home. It is close enough to San Juan for an easy road trip, very close to Luquillo Beach, one of the best beaches on the island, and very close to the El Yunque National Forest. Move in for your vacation ... the house allows you to just relax, cook meals if you want, and spend quality time together. Excellent restaurants are in close proximity and there is a book in the home with recommendations, but feel free to ask us too!

If you have questions about the property, location, or the island in general, please feel free to contact us by telephone, text, or email.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is surrounded by rain forest vegetation and beautiful landscaping, including banana and mango trees. It is on a gated private drive with no close neighbors to deal with, a little ways up a mountain. A comfortable home.
Feb 2014
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Rio Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1760 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair 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 ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower, vanity, & toilet, hair dryer, toiletries.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large shower, vanity, toilet, full length mirror, hair dryer
    Bathroom 3 - shower , outdoor shower , Shower outside for rinsing or cooling off.
  • Each bathroom contains a large shower, vanity, and toilet. Many toiletries in each bathroom are available for you, along with plenty of towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The bedrooms of this house are spacious. We could easily add additional beds or sleeping capacity (bunks) to any of the rooms, but we really want the guests to sleep comfortably, not cramped. There is a queen sized air mattress available, as well as the large sectional couch if necessary. We also have a Pack N Play for babies. Because of the higher cost of utilities, we do need to charge for additional guests beyond 6.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
This is a family vacation home. We welcome those seeking time with the family, to explore the beautiful island, or just relax in the secluded home.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Large Tropical Vacation Home 1 mile from PR3. Secluded, safe, spacious, clean!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful Retreat!!!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at 2 houses while I was in Puerto Rico for my son's wedding. This was by far the nicer of the two. It is hard to tell from the picture how beautiful and private this home is. The landscaping is amazing. The house is very convenient to the entire northeast portion of the island. Unlike the other house we rented, it had all of the things you would need to stay there without you having to pack or buy a lot. Received damage deposit refund promptly after stay. I would recommend this house to anyone and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your input! We strive to make the experience of vacationing at La Lomita feel like your home away from home, so your energy is spent exploring the island, enjoying family and friends, and not missing the basics in your living space, or running to the store for them. It was great to have you and your darling family here. Come back any time!
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Truly the ideal location

  • 5 of 5

I do a lot of research for our vacations including reading reviews, having maps beside me to look for location relative to activities, learning about the various regions, etc. I love the planning part and spend a long time doing it. We are so glad we found La Lomita instead of staying at a resort as the kids each had their own bedroom and a separate bathroom, we could get our own meals (although, trust me. You're going to PR. Don't bother cooking. Just eat out at the fabulous restaurants). Kim had everything there. Toothpaste, shampoo, beach towels, beach chairs, a kitchen stocked with all that you need, a binder full of local Information, bug stray, suntan lotion, you name it! She was so helpful with answering my questions prior to arrival. The location is ideal for day trips to Luquillo beach, Fajardo, El Yunque, and a real retreat to return back to after those bustling areas. Beautiful views and landscaping. We appreciated Hector's delivery of mangoes and bananas outside our door! Beds were so comfortable. AC a welcome treat after the humidity of rain forest hikes. Our outdoor space felt private and we didn't hear our hosts at all inside or out, but nice knowing they were there for questions, restaurant recommendations and the like. Some of our excursions included: nature tour at las Cabazas, Luquillo beach, Biobay tour with Bioisland Excursions, rain forest hikes of La Mina and Mt. Britton, and a day long catamaran tour to Snorkel/Flamenco beach with East Island Excursions, all highly recommended. Restaurants included Don Pepe, El Pescador, The Patelillos Castle (x2!), Degree 18 Juice Bar, Ekelekua, Luquillo kiosks, and Heladeria Lares. And that doesn't include the places in Old San Juan! We really hope we can return again! So many places in the world to visit. But if we return to PR, this is where we will stay. Muchisimas gracias!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Kim and Hector were excellent host. The house was gorgeous and the landscaping around the house look like it was out of a movie.The trail Hector made going up the hill on the side of the house was awesome! My 2 year old son loved going up the trail. I recommend taking the hike up to the top for an amazing view!

I'll definitely be coming back! Thanks you Hector and Kim for opening up your home to our family!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradisio Tropical

  • 5 of 5

If you have the opportunity to stay at this beautiful tropical retreat, with the choir of coquis to fill the night air, you are a lucky traveler! We had the most wonderful weekend at La Lomita; Kim & Hector are the kindest, most gracious hosts. The house is lovely- so comfy and clean. Throughout the house, you will find treasures in the form of original sea-glass artwork handmade by Kim. Her handicrafts are for sale and make beautiful gifts to take home for family, friends, or even yourself! She is a very talented artisan! The house comes with clean linens, comfy pillows, bath towels, beach towels, beach toys, and even coolers. Our first evening, we enjoyed cooking out on the gas grill and drinking wine on the terraza. We were a large party with 7 guests, four of whom were boys ranging in ages from 6 to 12 years old. They LOVED it!! Their favorite part of La Lomita was the secret path that twists and turns around ancient rock formations and ends sweetly at the mango tree where large boulders invite you to sit and breathe in the sunset and the expanse of the El Yunque mountain ridge. Truthfully, the photos do NOT do justice to this lovely tropical retreat! You just have to see and experience it for yourself. Buen viaje y descansa en el paradiso tropical.

- Amy & Brad McFarland

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Kim and Hector were the best hosts you could ask for. They were always available for questions or help but never bothered us and encouraged us to have a good time. My fiancé and I along with our family stayed here for our destination wedding and it was picture perfect! The pictures on here don't do the property justice. It was just breathtaking and the landscape was a sight to see every day of our stay. You really feel like your in Puerto Rico. At night the sounds of the coquis are so soothing and in the morning its wonderful to sit on their terrace and enjoy the sun and sounds of the rain forest. The fire pit was great fun for the kids at night to roast marshmallows and the property has a fun trail to view the rain forest. The rooms are spacious and accommodating and the beds were extremely comfortable. Plenty of closet space for a long stay! I would definitely recommend this place and look forward to staying again!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you're looking at any other rental near Luquillo and El Yunque, you're crazy. La Lomita is paradise and Kim and Hector are lovely hosts! We had seven adults stay with plenty of space for everyone. The bathrooms were luxurious and the home is MUCH larger than we expected. The pictures don't do it justice. We took advantage of the well appointed kitchen and ate out on the patio every meal. The view was breathtaking. Can't recommend enough-Stop searching and book this place now!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
to Vieques or Culebra
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Trump Coco Beach or Wyndham Rio Mar
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
PR 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Tropical on PR 3 or Subway on PR 3
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Luquillo Beach
Car: necessary

This home is a great place to unplug and unwind from your busy life. The tourist attractions are easily accessible by expressways, but the home is tucked into a private rural piece of paradise, just 1 mile from Highway #3!

New! UBER can deliver you to La Lomita from San Juan for $23!!


Rates & Availability

Rio Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Rate
Jun 29 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Jun 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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Jul 2 2017 - Jul 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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Jul 6 2017 - Jul 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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Jul 7 2017 - Jul 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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Jul 8 2017 - Jul 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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Jul 9 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Jul 10 2017 - Jul 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $75
Pet Fee $25
Cleaning fee $30
Tax Rate 11.5%

Standard rate is based on occupancy up to 6 persons. Additional guests = $25 pp/pn and additional bedding will be provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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