Our family spent a week in the Luquillo area of Puerto Rico at the Bello Mar apartment complex in the 'Condo in Paradise' - and it lived up to its billing! The condo was so comfortable. The living room, which overlooked the ocean,had enough seating for a large group of people and with the windows open we could hear the waves as they landed on the beachfront below. The kitchen had everything one would need for an extended stay. We cooked several times and also went to the large complex of what are knows as kioskos which were only a couple of miles away and had 50-60 different open-air restaurants, a very different, but pleasant, experience. One of the best things about the condo was the private rooftop terrace which went the entire length of the condo from front to back. From the front we had a magnificent view of the ocean and from the back we could see rain falling on the mountain called El Yunque, a tropical rainforest. The remainder of the condo also had nice appointments - comfortable queen-sized beds, one with a private bathroom and a TV. And there were a good number of soft, fluffy towels available. If you are looking for a nice condo in Luquillo, PR, this might be the place for you.
This was our third trip in 3 years to this beautiful island. We love the beauty of the island, but also the people. This condo is situated in a local village, far removed from the glitz and glamour of some hotels and that's what we loved about it! Of course, the owner of this condo was top-notch in every way. She was always quick to respond via email or by phone, was very organized and genuinely wanted us to have the most wonderful vacation. Everything we could possibly need was available to us. The condo itself was comfortable for our family of four and we all enjoyed the jewel of this condo, the rooftop terrace. Even though we couldn't enjoy the beach right out front due to high tides, we didn't mind because the terrace provided us with the most amazing views! Relaxing in the hammock, listening to the ocean crash below and seeing the rainforest all at the same time was just incredible! We enjoyed many activities close by, however, I sometimes never wanted to leave the terrace! It was just so relaxing. Thank you, Lisa, for being so accommodating! We look forward to our next visit to Puerto Rico and hopefully your Condo in Paradise!
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By Hillary Sisson (Charleston SC)
My husband, children, and I just returned from an amazing week at the condo. We cannot say enough about this place and the many great opportunities staying here provides. First of all, the condo is beautiful and welcoming. The rooftop balcony truly makes this property shine. With views of El Yunque on one side and the sparkling ocean on the other, this balcony provides the best of both worlds. Staying here truly immerses you into the Puerto Rican culture as you are right in the middle of village (neighborhood) that blossoms with life. There are cats, chickens, roosters, and dogs roaming around as well as the wonderfully welcoming neighbors. One night they even projected a boxing match on the building that brought the neighborhood out. The private beach in front of the condo is pure heaven. We visited other beaches, but much preferred the solitude and beauty of the private beach. The location is terrific with many nearby activities. El Yunque is 3 miles away, Fajardo (where you can kayak biobay, take a snorkeling trip, or catch the ferry to Viques and Culebra) is 20 minutes away. Additionally, you can take the beach to kiosks for dinner and drinks. When the tide is high, it makes for quite an adventure. This condo is very secure with a gated fence around the whole property. If anything, this was the only drawback as you had to have keys with you to get out. Elizabeth provides an experience that you will not likely forget. If you plan on staying in Luquillo, this is the place to be!