Jorge and Maria could not have been more gracious hosts. They met us at the San Juan Airport with car seats in tow for our daughters. We followed them to the house and were treated to an amazing view upon arrival.
The house truly has one of the best views ever of the Atlantic Ocean. Playa Mar Chiquita is a 30 second drive down the hill. This beach is perfect for little ones. It is protected from the Atlantic by a rock formation. We only had one day of intense waves, and it actually was quite enjoyable to sit on the beach and watch the waves crash over the rock formations. There is an amazing private beach (although rocky) a short walk the other way down the street.
San Juan is a 45 minute trip east. We took the ferry from Catano and it was a super easy trip $.50 each way. The western portion of the Island is only a couple hours away. We travelled there one day when it was raining in Manati.
Walmart is a 10 minute drive, but the Santa Teresa market is less than a mile away. We walked there each morning for fresh bread and the basic necessities. Everyone in the village was more than friendly and the stray dogs were merely harmless along the walk.
Despite the rain, everything was perfect with our vacation. The views are better than advertised. Jorge and Maria have a wonderful welcoming book with local highlights and places to eat. Although we only made it to two of the recommendations, each was awesome!