If you travel like a tourist - needing to be pampered, having someone immediately available for your every whim, bed made for you every day – this is not your spot. But if you really want to EXPERIENCE Puerto Rico in all its wonder, call Rocco ASAP! We booked a week+1 –- 4 days honeymoon, 4 days family vacation with the kids. It was AWESOME!!!
I want to see what the locals see, I want to eat where they eat, I want to do what they do. Sandy Hills offers exactly that and more. It has postcard perfect views, but it is incongruously dropped in a homey little neighborhood just off Hwy 3. Other reviews call it rundown or “bad” even, but apparently those people didn’t actually go out into the neighborhood. The people were so friendly! Everyone greeted us warmly as we strolled around and was very helpful, especially since my husband speaks no Spanish and mine is limited Mexican Spanish. If you don’t walk the neighborhood, you miss out on little gems like Ernestina’s chuletas, William’s chorizo pizza and Aroma’s crepes. They were all great, but the best food we had, hands down, was from the neighbor’s stand on the corner right outside the security gate. OMG!! Home cooking at its best!
Having a full kitchen in the condo was a godsend. We bought fresh fish in Ceiba (30min east) and veggies at the market, as well as breakfast food to keep on hand. By not buying food out every meal, we saved a ton of money and calories. The food is amazing, but so rich and fried… And vegetables are scarce!
The only drawback: Thunderstorms + No Window Screens = 30 mosquito bites for me. The heavy wind through the living room kept us safe there, but the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms were warzones! It was too stuffy to close the windows, but AC’s give me and my daughter headaches. We bought Off! spray and portable fan, as well as citronella bracelets, to no avail. It wasn’t until we got the Raid Coils did we really see a difference.
Thank you, Rocco, for choosing such a perfect spot to have a vacation rental! And thank you for allowing us the opportunity to truly enjoy the real Puerto Rico!!