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Ocean View Apartment, quiet, charming, affordable, plenty of beautiful beaches

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Apartment 101 with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, sleeps 6

El Faro Mar Chiquita Apartment is located at Mar Chiquita Beach in Manatí, on the north coast, 40 minutes west of San Juan’s (SJU) Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Our apartment sits on a mountain over 100 feet above sea level where you can enjoy the cool ocean breezes within footsteps of white sandy beaches.

PLEASE NOTE: We have been advertising in Home Away since 2009 for all apartments. Now, you can conveniently select which apartment is available directly on Home Away. The reviews you will see in the Apt. 101 advertisement are for all the apartments.

All units have-two ample bedrooms, one bathroom, comfortable open floor plan kitchen and living room with front and rear balconies, perfect for families.

Master bedroom with a private balcony is perfect for your morning coffee while relaxing and enjoying the ocean view and breeze.

Relax and enjoy Mar Chiquita and its adjoining secluded beaches with a warm 80°F degrees of clear water, just within a short two-minute walk from the apartment.

Family atmosphere away from tourist crowds.

The apartment is conveniently located for day tours so you can taste the local folklore.

More information on the “Further Details” tab.

Must Do Activities: Number One-do it! Spend time at the beach and relax, swim, surf, fish........all within steps from the apartment.

You could walk for hours or miles of rock climbing along the ocean.....and visit secluded beaches....sunbath....or just Relax.

Out On The Island!!!!: Number Two-don't miss it! Go to El Viejo San Juan (the old city). Figure a full day and if you are hungry a bit of the evening will help and you will miss the rush hour traffic and be ready for a culinary pleasure. This 500-year-old walled city was colonized 125 years before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts! Once there go to El Morro and San Cristobal Fortresses, El Morro, built at the harbor entrance was last in service during the Second World War. Although it never saw action, it was protecting against German submarines. Walk the cobblestone streets, shop, visit galleries, and appreciate the colonial architecture. While there make a point to see the cathedral, the Puerta de San Juan (the San Juan gate), the Hotel El Convento (a former nun convent), Casa Blanca (the White House) built for governor Ponce de Leon in the early 1500’s, La Fortaleza, the longest serving residence still in use by a “head of state”.

More to do....: Well you saw the old city, now let’s do more fun stuff! For the active person and family, take day long trips to the mountain towns of Utuado and Lares. In Utuado you can go to Dos Bocas Lake and hop on a ferry boat that will take you to restaurants across the lake to where you will taste the most exquisite local cuisine. Also in Utuado visit the Caguana Ceremonial Park ruins of the pre-colombian Taino Indians. Finally schedule an appointment to El Batey Zip Line (near the ceremonial park). On a day head towards route 129 and visit the Arecibo Ionspheric Radio Telescope and the town of Lares where a one day insurrection against Spain occurred in 1869.

More Details

Property Manager
Cuca and Arturo
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Cuca and Arturo

Mar Chiquita is a special place for Cuca. She is a Mar Chiquita native and Arturo is a forty-year-plus adoptee. The location has special meaning for Cuca because her grandfather owned property around Mar Chiquita including where the building sits today.

Cuca and Arturo purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Cuca and Arturo chose Manati

All the apartments have the same spacious layout, two bedrooms, one bathroom living, room and kitchen with eating area, clean and at an affordable price.

What makes this apartment unique

Mar Chiquita is located on the north central part of the island. The location makes it very convenient as you can visit Old San Juan, and the rain forest. Travel through the winding mountain roads across the island to visit the locations under “Description” all that in no more than two-hour drive. And you are away from the tourist areas.


Tierras Nuevas Poniente Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , There is an outdoor shower to wash off the beach sand.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Front Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , Portable crib available upon request
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Gated Community
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
FREE WiFi Internet connection is offered as courtesy. We cannot resolve individual connection problems.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

Ocean View Apartment, quiet, charming, affordable, plenty of beautiful beaches
average rating of 4.673913 based on 46 reviews
Los Angeles, California, US

Apartment close to Los Tubos

  • 5 of 5

This is a very nice apartment close to two very nice beaches, MAr Chiquita to go with your kids, snorkeling maybe or boogie-boarding, and Los Tubos, great for expert surfers or boogie-boards.

The apartment has everything you need, including washing machine and dryer, cooking tools, air conditioning... Our apartment on the 1st floor had no view, but the second floor has an ocean view. You will need a car for shopping and going out, but you will sleep peacefully

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are glad your family enjoyed your stay. We are planing to do a BBQ area on the roof where you will have a great ocean view and enjoy a nice breeze. Hopefully, we will do it in the fall. We hope to see you again! Cuca and Arturo
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19 2
New London, CT

My perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great place quiet and just what I need to escape thanks a lot and blessings to you

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa, you experienced what we advertise: "Ocean View Apartment, quiet, charming, affordable, plenty of beautiful beaches" Glad you enjoyed it! Arturo & Cuca
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El Faro Oceanfront Apartment

  • 3 of 5

Close to nearby places. Comfortable apartment but if want to cook there is no oven ( only microwave). Suggestion: provide several beach chairs for rentals use. Also weak WiFi. Will stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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1 2

El Faro Review

  • 4 of 5

It was convenient to nearby areas. Apartment comfortable but if want to cook, cannot bake as there is no oven ( only microwave).

Suggestions: have beach chairs for renters' use. We would stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent value. Great location. Owners were a delight to deal with.

  • 5 of 5

Clean, spacious 2 bedroom apartment near a beautiful beach. 40 minutes from San Juan metro area. Completely equipped. Highly recommend for couple or small family,

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 0
Springdale, AR, USA

We had a wonderful time!

  • 4 of 5

It was our first trip to Puerto Rico, and it was the busiest travel week of the year - but we had a great time! It was exactly as described - very nice and clean - and we felt very safe the whole week. The beach nearby was gorgeous! We made day trips to different places and beaches, but I think we all enjoyed the beach there the most. It was quiet and clean and peaceful - and the food trucks were great! Arturo was not there that week, but he was quick to answer any emails and questions that we had. Our only complaint would be with the wifi - there was only one spot in the living area where we could access it, and most of us had no cell phone service - but that is no fault of the apartment. The price was unbeatable though, and we would love to come back again! Thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise with all of us!

~ After we returned, we realized one of our daughters left a pair of shoes under a bed - and Arturo was kind enough to have them sent to us. Just another example of his kind character - he will go out of his way to make your stay enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Tierras Nuevas Poniente Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates based of occupancy of six persons. Additional persons will have a surcharge of $40/person/night.
Rates subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until booked.
COURTESY Wireless Internet available at no extra charge!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Juan International/Luis Muñoz Marin (SJU)
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.8 Miles
PR 22 Exit 46
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Mar Chiquita
Car: necessary

Mar Chiquita Beach (or the little sea) is one of the wonders of Puerto Rico, a half-moon-shaped piece of ocean that cuts through an opening on a stretch of rocks that separates the ocean from land. You can walk on the rocks (very carefully!) to do some shore fishing or just to enjoy the ocean. Take your time to sun bathe and walk the sandy beaches, take a dip in the ocean for a swim, or surf, it’s all yours to enjoy! Located in the north central part of Puerto Rico, Manati offers a great location for day trips. There are some “must see” sightseeing such as Old San Juan, just a 40-minutes drive. Hacienda La Esperanza and it's 2,000 plus acres along the ocean ( is owned and operated by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. Other historic locations owned by the Conservation Trust are shown in the link above.


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