Nice Complex with Waterfront Convenience
Aquatika is a very nice complex and the unit was also very nice. The owner was very pleasant and was available by phone for a quick question I had about the area. The pictures of the unit and complex are accurate and real. The area of Loiza is a little rough looking and we did not venture outside the gates unless we were in our Jeep. We got mixed feedback from our tour guides and friends from San Juan about the safety of the area, especially at night. Grocery shopping is about 6 miles away though we saw a few small grocery marts along the road, but never went in. We used Aquatika as home base for visits into Old San Juan, El Yunque, and Fajardo for a few snorkel excursions. The beach at Aquatika was somewhat dirty and could use some attention from the staff. It was accessible only by a locked gate, which didn't help our confidence about the area. The pools, hot tubs, and recreation options on-site kept our kids busy, though none of the various snack shacks around the pools were open. This is a residential complex and not a resort complex. So, if you are looking for an on-site concierge, ground transportation, restaraunts, gift shops, and amenities like that you will be disappointed. However, it is a very relaxing, well maintained residence (right on the beach) and relatively close to a lot of sights and activities.
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at our beachfront apartment. The same as in many Caribbean destinations, our resort type facility is gated, so the beach is accessible only through a locked gate, this is for your safety, and also to make sure that only registered guests use the many pools at our complex. No beach in Puerto Rico is private, so safety is insured in this manner.
The reason the beach may have seemed dirty was that during winter time the surf can be rough at times, and a lot of debris comes in from the Ocean (sadly, this is a worldwide phenomenon). The property staff does a great job keeping the beach clean though,even when it can be an uphill battle at times, ours is a lovely beach thanks to their efforts.
If you are looking for hustle and bustle, Aquatika is not the place for you. But if you're idea of a tropical vacation is enjoying the beach, sea breeze, pools, sun bathing and enjoying quiet and relaxing times, while still being within easy driving distance to major island attractions, you have arrived!
Helpful votes: 2/3
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