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Walter & Nilda

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish

Private Rain Forest Home in El Yunque, Puerto Rico on Five Secluded acres

62 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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2BR AC + Loft Forest/Park Vacation Rental El Verde, sleeps up to 6; on 5 acres

This beautiful large new, two air-conditioned bedrooms/one-bath home is nestled on 5 private secluded acres in the foothills adjoining the El Yunque National Forest rain forest. We are one of very few properties offering the actual experience of living in the rain forest.

Our home is an easy drive to the International Airport (SJU), old San Juan, the nightlife of El Condado and Isla Verde, world-famous beaches, golf courses, nature reserves, impressive underwater reefs and small cays - and of course the unique scenic and hiking facilities of the National Forest.

The nearby coastal area is ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and deep sea fishing. All this is a short distance from the house while you enjoy sleeping in the privacy & tranquility of the cool night breezes in the rain forest.

Our rainforest home is fully equipped with washer and dryer as well as free wireless internet and Dish satellite TV.

For the nature lover who seeks privacy, tranquility and the lush environment of the tropical rainforest, you have arrived.

Our home has a unique 'open-air' design, so that no walls or unnecessary obstacles block the way of communication, natural light or rich, fresh air. There is a fully equipped and functional kitchen along with a movable island. Two spacious air-conditioned bedrooms are on the lower floor, one of which opens onto the veranda. The entire second floor is a wide open loft with two outdoor decks. The loft itself is fully furnished with four large futons that transform into beds.

Guests will enjoy peaceful surroundings, lush vegetation, siestas in the hammocks on the expansive porch, great back-yard barbecues, unexpected rain followed by radiant sun and blue skies, sounds of the forest (especially the song of the coqui, the tiny tree frogs that welcomes the rain singing in unison), a secluded walking labyrinth, and marvelous morning walks along our private road.


More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Walter & Nilda (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish

About Walter & Nilda

We designed and built the Rainforest Home over the course of several years completing it for guests in 2005. We add new features and upgrades of one sort or another every year and maintain the Rainforest Home with loving care. Most recently, in July of 2016, we added dependable free Dish satellite TV and unlimited internet services.

Walter & Nilda purchased this house in 2005

Why Walter & Nilda chose Rio Grande

Deep in the rainforest on 5 private acres, lush and tropical vegetation, cool nights and warm days, and the intimacy of forest life - all within easy reach of 'civilization' when you need to get there.

What makes this house unique

Privacy, nature, forest, spacious and comfortable, we could go on ... (check the reviews).


based on 62 traveler reviews

Private Rain Forest Home in El Yunque, Puerto Rico on Five Secluded acres
average rating of 4.983871 based on 62 reviews
gloucester, ma, usa

couldn't ask for more...

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this incredible home for a week in May, and I am so glad I took the time to research rentals. Not only was the house perfect in every way, but there were tiny, dark condos for rent in other areas for lots more money - plus add-on charges. Here there was none of that. Pipo, the caretaker, let us know that it would be no problem at all if we called him for any reason. Everything was so ideal, that we didn't even need to call once....

The covered porch was where we spent our time when we weren't out exploring the mountains and beaches, small towns and snorkeling trips. We never even went into San Juan, because there was so much else nearby...

It rained most every day for a time in this lush area, and we watched the jungle grow daily from this porch. We shopped and cooked and slept, and I could not think of a better paradise to be in....

  • Submitted: May 20, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very generous comments. Our home seems to attract people who really appreciate its special features, which we are delighted to share with our renters.
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Great secluded get away

  • 5 of 5

We loved being surrounded by all the sounds of nature! You truly feel like you have gotten away from the stresses of the everyday world. My only hesitation is if you need cell reception. My husband could not return work calls from the house (which I didn't mind). Also, the wifi is very slow, again, ok by me, but my kids fussed. The house is kept up nicely and everything was provided. Walter and Nilda were so nice to lead us to the house and show us around. The activities in the area were great. Would definitely recommend this house! Miss Puerto Rico already

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing stay in Rainforest house

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 4 nights in your rainforest home. Everything was perfect and we just loved your covered outside porch with the dining table and hammocks. It was just surreal to sit out each evening and listen to the rainforest come alive with so many sounds. I haven't slept that peaceful in so long. Kitchen and home were well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. The flowers and plants all around the property are so beautiful. We really enjoyed the location of your home, so close to so many things to do. We found our own little private waterfalls and swimming holes close by in El Yunque that my children just loved. We always felt safe, secure and completely comfortable. Thanks for sharing your amazing home and we hope to come back some day in the future with our extended family.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. We are delighted that you and your family had a good experience and enjoyed our rainforest home. Thank you for taking such good care of it while you were here. You and your family are always welcome guests!
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El Yunque Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family vacation. The 5 acre home we stayed at was beautiful and peaceful. The view of the back porch was paradise. We loved the foliage and the beautiful plants around the property. Thank you to the owners for letting us experience our trip from your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Rainforest has been especially beautiful lately, with a combination of rain and sun. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we thank you for your generous comments.
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Beautiful retreat from the world!

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect house for our group to stay in. Four teenagers shared the upstairs loft while the adult had a bedroom on the main level. The back porch was a wonderful place to have a cup of tea and breakfast while they slept in most mornings. It also provided a great spot for dinner together in the evening--with glittering lights lining the roof. The kitchen had everything we needed. intermittent internet access was a problem when we were trying to make reservations for activities: if I had known it would be so difficult I would have taken care of more before we left home. Other than that, I enjoyed being disconnected. Even though I had an AC unit in my room, I didn't need to use it. I enjoyed sleeping with the windows open each night. The location is ideal for visiting El Yunque and not bad for catching a ferry--or a movie--in Fajardo. It's not very convenient to Old Town San Juan so we should have planned our itinerary better so we spent less time driving around. We loved El Verde BBQ that the owners recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your visit and for your generous and helpful comments; we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay. - Walter & Nilda
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Better Than Described

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed many places where we needed to rely on description and photos to make a decision. Walter's home, the surroundings and his attention were one of the best experiences we have ever had. We highly recommend the home for a quiet, comfortable stay close to El Yunque National Park. Thank you, Walter. Regards....Wayne and Dana

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Wayne & Dana! And thanks for taking such good care of our rainforest home during your visit.
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
San Juan International Airport
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Fajardo - Ferry to Vieques & Culebra
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Coco Beach Golf Resort (formerly Trump)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 3
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
El Verde BBQ open air restaurant
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Coco Beach
Car: necessary

The best description of our Rainforest Home in the El Yunque Rainforest is in the many reviews by our valued guests.

We take great pride in our unique home on five secluded acres adjoining the border of El Yunque National Forest.

While in the home, you will enjoy the peaceful surroundings of lush vegetation, siestas in the hammock on the back porch, great back-yard barbecues, occasional visits by curious small & harmless lizards, unexpected rain followed by radiant sun and blue skies, marvelous morning walks along the private road, and the unique sounds of the forest. The song of the coquí will welcome you to the rain forest. They are the tiny tree frogs that, singing in unison, greet the rain.


Rates & Availability

Rio Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 18 2016 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Maintenance Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%


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Rio Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full with Shower (no tub)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , air conditioned
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , air conditioned
    Upper Loft - 4 sleep sofa /futon
  • Air conditioned bedrooms (2) with new Queen beds. In additional, four futon - beds are located on spacious airy upper loft
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our home is well equipped with everything necessary for short or long term rental. You will have the entire home and 5 acre property to yourself. The location is private, in a gated rural rainforest setting. Our home is lovingly maintained by family just 10 minutes away, for assistance whenever required.

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