We arrived here for Christmas 2016 and stayed for 5 days.(sorry Socorro that i did not write this sooner).
The welcome was fantastic from all of the family. Very friendly and attentive. they even gave our nine year old a present on christmas morning. Our son loved the dogs. They also arranged a car to take us to the airport from the car rental company.
There was a Swedish family with children also staying and a screen showing films was put up in the garden.
Christmas day our planned excursion was cancelled due to the sea being rough so the family let us use the kayaks to paddle up the river to see the iguanas and other wild life.
The location is great for Luquillo beach and for proximity to the rain forrest, also about a 30 minute drive to San Juan. The area that the apartments are in seems to be a bit run down but the locals are really friendly. There is a half basket ball court within 50 meters and a beautiful beach the same distance.
The garden that the apartments are set in are lovely and well maintained, children are free to run about. There is ample parking space. the pool could do with a lick of paint but it is clean and right next to the apartment. there is a barbecue and covered area if you want to cook and eat alfresco. the apartment itself could do with a bit of renovation but has everything that you need. 2 good sized bedrooms, bathroom with shower and a decent living dining kitchen area. Kitchen is well equipped. Cool box is supplied there were also basics like salt pepper, bug spray and sun cream in the apartment.
The hot tub was not up and running when we were there but the massage room was and my partner had a great relaxing massage from Socorro.
I would recommend this as a rental for short or long stays.
Great for adults and families.
The family make you feel so welcome and have great advice on what to see and do and where to eat.
Our Christmas in Puerto Rico will not be forgotten.
This place was an apartment- two bedrooms one bath with a full kitchen . The service provided by the family was perfect. There was an on-site masseuse , in ground saltwater pool, free parking, free Wi-Fi, great security, good local police presence, respectful locals, great local food nearby, as well as larger restaurants, short drive to rain forest, free kayaks and bikes, access to charcoal grill and pavilion, hot tub, air-conditioning, and great family dogs. The nearest River is about two blocks away and is great for kayaking. The river ends at the ocean next to the local beach which is only A two minute walk away. Make sure to bring bug spray and plentry of sunscreen.
My wife and I booked two nights initially and stayed three additional nights because the experience was so great. We recommend getting up for the sunrise on the beach which is the best time to comb the beach for seashells. If you are into partying, the kiosks are only a 15 minute walk down the beach and local streets away .
Eco Del Mar is absolutely charming! The family who runs it is super nice and take great care of the apartments and grounds.
My husband and I really enjoyed sitting around the pool at night, listening to the sound of waves and chirping coquis. We also enjoyed sitting on out on the porch and visiting with the resident dog Zero.
The surrounding area (Fortuna) is peaceful, mostly residential, with a small beach where a river meets the sea (great place to catch a sunrise). Fortuna is just a few minute drive to the beach and kioks at Luquillo.
I enjoyed my first experience at Eco Del so much that I've already booked with them again for March!
I'm not the first to say this in a review of this place, but it's true. I usually DO stay with family, but this time I wanted to hike El Yunque, and I needed a place nearby so I could get an early start. This place was perfect. When we arrived on the island we stopped by Piñones for the local food, then headed to the lodge. I did not stay in the small apartments next to the pool, but in a small cabin that had just been completed. This was a pleasant surprise because it was so new they only had a picture of the bedroom on the website, but when I arrived I found it was actually a small living room, fully equipped kitchen, shower and bedroom with queen size bed. It was adorable and I loved it because it was relaxed and comfortably and felt like home. I only stayed one night because this was a last-minute booking, but I really wish I could've stayed longer; the fully equipped kitchen had everything I might need for a longer stay. Our first evening there was movie night and Jose set up a movie outdoors, which is actually a nice way for kids on vacation to wind down. The atmosphere is very family friendly.
Jose, Socorro and Cedric are so helpful. They know the area well and can give good advice about how to make the most of your time there. So, if there is something you are not sure about before your trip, they are a really good source of information, and just an e-mail away.
Socorro, Jose, and Cedric were amazing hosts. The apartment was cozy and the property amazing. Within minutes of downtown Luquillo and the Kioskos, the location couldn't be anymore perfect. You could walk to the beach or just lounge around. With the peaceful grounds including a pool, massage hut, and hammocks we probably should have just spent more days lounging on site. We will definitely rebook at the the Del Mar next time we're in Puerto Rico. Thank you Socorro, Jose, and Cedric!