April 25 update:
We just returned from a visit and are amazed at the progress over the last several months. All businesses inside Palmas are up and running and the surrounding areas are visibly returning to normalcy. Downtown Humacao and surrounding areas all have power now and the Palmas Reales shopping center rebuilding is well on its way, with a brand-new Walmart having reopened April 11.
Inside Palmas, the hotel and casino remain shuttered which were very heavily damaged. All restaurants and shops in the Palmanova complex are open and visitors are returning, whose business and trust all of us in Puerto Rico appreciate....
December 29 update:
Hurray!!! Palmas has power!!!! Yay!!! Finally!!!
And we have secured our first rental in...well, four months, a power crew from the many US utility companies who are helping Puerto Rico electrify has booked the property thru the middle of March, so....we're back in business!
Palmas continues to recover well with most of the foliage coming back and all debris basically gone. Rebuilding and restoration of the affected properties continues, of course, hampered by the incredible draws on raw materials and capabilities on the island.
The Crescent Cove pool is fully operational, it became the first pool back in service after Maria with all equipment and filters replaced and running on a genset until the power came back early last week.
There is lots of work ongoing to slowly replace the beach sand eroded away by the battering waves, and while nowhere near where it was before Maria, the beach is completely usable.
Once again, thanks to the many previous guests who sent us 'care notes' and hope to see many of you back again soon!
Prices recently reduced on this exquisitely decorated, 2013 sq. ft., beachfront villa in the Crescent Cove complex in Palmas Del Mar, 200 yards from 2 miles of unspoiled, impeccably-maintained beaches.
Ensuite bathrooms in every bedroom provide for your and your traveling companions' privacy and convenience. With thousands of dollars in locally made, artisan-crafted rattan furniture, many original oils, giclées and serigraphs on the walls and maintained to a very high standard, this villa really is a second home, and our many guest reviews attest to that. Indeed, the two largest property management firms in Palmas consider our villa the best rental property in Crescent Cove.
Located on Puerto Rico's southeast shore (about an hour's drive from San Juan) Palmas del Mar is a sprawling resort consisting of some 2,750 acres on more than two miles of palm tree-lined beach. Set on a former sugarcane plantation, the resort is located on the Caribbean Sea, with the Island of Vieques to the east.
Palmas Del Mar is both a vacation resort and a sophisticated limited access residential community with many different home developments throughout. Of the many developments within Palmas Del Mar, just just two developments -Crescent Beach and Crescent Cove - are truly and completely (every unit) beachfront.
Speaking of Crescent Cove, our regime was just the second 'villa or apartment' complex to be developed in Palmas and thus, it was situated in the best section of Palmas' almost two miles of beaches, partially protected from the prevailing easterly trade winds by Candelero Point. Between October and late March and as the prevailing winds are more northerly, our beach is usually calm, becoming a bit more 'sporty as the more normal Easterly trades start prevailing in late spring and summer. Because the beach is also semi-protected by a small reef just outside Candelero Point, there will be many days of the late Spring-to-Fall season where the beach just in front of Crescent Beach and Crescent Cove is the only swimmable area of the 2 miles of beaches inside Palmas Del Mar. And of course, beach lounges are available from the Crescent Cove staff for your comfort while beachside.
The villa's southeast exposure allows its penthouse terrace to be in shadow from mid-afternoon on, making it a lovely place to enjoy the stunning views of the courtyard, pool and beach area. That same southeast exposure provides a wonderful, natural breeze through the property that allows many to just shut off the A/C's, open the windows and sleep with the soft sound of the surf in the background....
Palmas Del Mar is located 50 minutes from San Juan making a day drive to San Juan a breeze. Palmas is also one hour from El Yunque -the Caribbean National (rain) Forest and Las Croabas where you can enjoy all sorts of day sails/outings to the many cays that dot the east coast of the island and the Cabezas de San Juan Bio-Bay.
In short, Palmas perfectly situated for you to enjoy almost all of what Puerto Rico has to offer without the mad hustle and bustle of San Juan proper. If you are looking to enjoy a relaxing resort atmosphere within one hour of Old San Juan and two hours from almost all the many attractions that Puerto Rico has to offer, Palmas will be as good as it gets.
If you are looking for fabulous golf, Palmas' two golf courses are considered among the finest in Puerto Rico. The old course - the Palm Course - was designed by Gary Player in the late Eighties and was updated in 2002. The front nine and back nine are totally different with the front nine being narrow & very technical -mostly an iron course- but with the back nine huge, wide open and long, with many elevation changes. Some holes have truly spectacular views of the beach and coastline with greens and tees 150 feet up from the beach.
The new course - Flamboyán - was designed by Rees Jones and finished in 2001. It is generally a long, difficult, wide open course with several long Par 4s and Par 5's that play directly into the teeth of what is usually a 15-20 mph breeze. I jokingly call #7 - a 540yard, slightly uphill Par 5 that plays directly into that wind- the only Par 6 in Puerto Rico. Trust me....make a bogey there and you will be very happy. ;o)
Besides fabulous golf, Palmas Del Mar has several miles of golf cart trails and walking paths, an equestrian center, 22 tennis courts and a fully-equiped fitness center.
Renting through us and our on-site property manager, you will be able to enjoy Palmas' athletic and leisure facilities at 'guest of member' rates, typically 20% off listed prices.
The villa's bedrooms will sleep six and we can accommodate a 7th guest with roll-aways that can be placed in any room. With each bedroom's en-suite, you and your traveling companions will have privacy when desired and enjoy the villa's spacious common areas when mingling.