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Relax-Unwind-Topical Escape Beach/Sanctuary Home- 3500 acres! Private & Prestine

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10, Family Rm+ 2futons , LIbrary & full sofa bed

This beach home is truly a tropical escape. Bordering a nature sanctuary and private beach, this location is the perfect destination - for families, beach bums, adventure-seeking couples, and wildlife enthusiasts. The breathtaking paradise defines ultimate relaxation - with limitless adventures at your feet. 3 Spacious bedrooms with large closets,(2 queen beds in 2 of the rooms, and 2 two twin beds in the other). The library/game room converts to bedroom 4 with a full size sofa bed. Family room has 2 comfortable futons All linens provided - bed, bath and beach. 2 Full bathrooms - plus an outdoor shower! Large kitchen - complete with appliances, cookware, and utensils.Expansive living area. Large dining room with table that seats up to 8. Tropical backyard - spacious, adjoining nature sanctuary with a fabulous pool overlooking this tropical treasure. + a kiddie pool! * Complete with patio, seating area and BBQ. Washer and Dryer. Fully Air Conditioned. WIFI and Cable TV. Safe and Tranquil - Security monitored community. Outdoor sporting equipment - Kayaks and boogie boards. Pet friendly.

YOUR PERSONAL CONCIERGE GUIDING YOU TO SAFE, INTERESTING, AGE APPROPRIATE, ACTIVITIES, SITES & FOOD AROUND THE ISLAND!

Steps away from a private Caribbean beach

A stone's throw from a tropical Wildlife Reserve.

Walk to Hiking trails destined for secluded beaches and exhilarating ocean views.

Take a boat trip to Monkey Island with tour guide Paco and see wild monkeys, snorkel over exotic reefs, and ocean kayak.

A few minutes drive from El Yunque - Puerto Rico's natural Rainforest.

Kayaking in the Humacao Nature Reserve DIRECTLY FROM YOUR BACK YARD!

Short distance from fishing pier and authentic local cuisine.

Shopping center to suit everyday needs - a 5 minute drive.

More Details

Owner
Julius
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

About Julius

I'm a retired educator and business owner of an outdoor recreational company that exposes our clients to the Natural Wonders of nature through boating, camping, and hiking. In addition, I rent properties in areas so ecologically significant, that government agencies protect the region where they are located. (A nature lovers paradise). I care about the Planet and the living things that inhabit it. I service my clients as they are family, wanting their experiences at our locations to be filled with fond memories, lasting knowledge and an appreciation of the environment and culture that surrounds them.

Julius purchased this house in 2005

Why Julius chose Río Abajo

To me my property and adjacent surroundings represent the natural tropical beauty of a Caribbean Island, a "Cast-A-Way" beach with 3500 Acres of lagoons and a wildlife habitat as my back yard. NO OTHER PROPERTY IN VILLA PALMIRA HAD THAT.

What makes this house unique

Where else could I kayak through a tropical jungle, from my private backyard or from the beach to great fishing, bird watching, historical sites and an Island filled with monkeys? PBS thought is unique when it was rented for a PBS Nature Series special.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our week in tropical Puerto Rico and would recommend this particular neighborhood for other families interested in a convenient, safe rental. The house is spacious, and our favorite feature is the lovely landscaped backyard replete with hammocks, reclining chairs and a gazebo. Lots of wildlife to enjoy, short walk to the beach and the mysterious lagoon - a very nice vacation spot.
Apr 2010
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Amenities

Río Abajo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Library/game room, screened & divided into Bedroom 4 with full size sofabed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We now include bi-lingual concierge service.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
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Relax-Unwind-Topical Escape Beach/Sanctuary Home- 3500 acres! Private & Prestine
average rating of 4.5 based on 35 reviews
Cape Vincent, NY, USA
5

Wonderful Family Escape

  • 5 of 5

We had been to Puerto Rico before, but not to this area. We were enticed by the description of the property that certainly met our needs - three bedrooms, a full kitchen and a close beach. It was exactly as billed and even more! The house had all the amenities we required, was clean and quiet, had a beautiful yard with a nice pool. The beach was just down the road and was to die for!! It was perfect!! Other pluses were very close to shopping and the autopista, a nature park next door, AND your own concierge! We were also fortunate that the owners were at their house next door and became instant friends. They were not intrusive in any way and endeavoured to make our stay as pleasant as possible. We would return in a shot!!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We describe our property as accurately as possible with comments from reviewers “It was exactly as billed and even more!” and photo’s substantiating a true representation of what the vacationer is getting. Yes, the “Cast A Way”/”Survivor” type beach, with its fine sand and gentle waves “was to die for!! It was perfect!!”, is special to us.. We as owners, by vacationing close by, protect the environment that all our renters expect to experience.
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5

Special little secluded spot

  • 5 of 5

This property is very special and full of character. If you are looking to check out from the busy traffic of society this is the perfect rental. the beach is just a block away and there were whole days that we didn't see another person there. The beach is beautiful and wild and if you are strong enough take the kayaks to Monkey island and snorkle the shipwreck. This house itself is nice and simple. The A/C blows ice cold and the kitchen is great. The rooms are simple and small but there are a lot of beds and futons to choose from. The pool is a gem - clean and quite and a real treat to come home to after hot and humid days.

We stayed 10 days here in August and didn't want to leave. Nancy is great and extremely helpful without being too nosey. Highly recommend to the traveler that values peace and quiet, seclusion, and wild nature over comfort hotel-type accommodations and hustle/bustle.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wister, OK
1

Terrible!! Left after 1 night. Poorly maintained, dangerous wiring, dirty, AC doesn't cool enough.

  • 1 of 5

We booked this home 5 month prior to our vacation and were really excited about staying there. Unfortunately when we got there we found the house to be poorly maintained with broken outlets, bare wires coming from the wall, rusty screws or nails protruding from the shower stall, windows in both bathrooms that don't close; it was not a safe environment. The pictures of the backyard canal are deceiving. It is #1 completely gated off w/ no entrance. #2 the dock is broken and shoved into tree's. The beach down the street is very dirty. The house was also dirty. Stained bedding with only 1 bed out of 4 even having a sheet...the rest just had a stained mattress pads, mismatched pillowcases, and a comforter. Mildew, dirt, and bugs everywhere in the house. We were trying to accept that this is what we were going to have to make work for the vacation we work and save all year for... but then we realized that the AC was not ever going to cool off the house. Possibly because of the windows that don't close, the huge gap around the door...I really don't know. Julian keeps telling me how many BTU's of AC it has...but I plain don't care because it doesn't matter if it doesn't keep the house cool! I did cook dinner in there after I clean the kitchen, but that is why we stay in a home rather than a hotel. We weren't willing to eat out every meal with 3 teenagers to MAYBE have it cool enough to be able to sleep when we payed a lot of money to stay there! So we left after one night. Julian & Nancy are New Yorkers and very nice until you have a problem; then that changes. I have had to file a case with Homeaway to try to get our money back b/c they have not even refunded our security dep. after 18 days.. much less the 6 days that we did not stay at the home that would be right. They ruined the first day & a half of our 7 day vacation. I have pictures documenting everything that I have reported in this statement for anyone that would like them. Trust me you DO NOT want to stay there! We ended up moving to an amazing condo in Luquillo that was properly maintained, clean, with a giant private roof top terrace right on the ocean for $60 less a night than we had paid Julian for this gross hole. In 8yrs of renting homes on HomeAway and VRBO; this is our 1st experience with a bad home and owner. Who knows how long we will have to fight to get our money back :/ It's such a nightmare. Don't discredit negative reviews like I did.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: READER BEWARE! This renter has done this before! Rented, left abruptly, made unsubstantiated claims and demands money when in fact they actually received ALL monies due to them. Homeaway confirmed: “Payment refund for reservation HA-SKY043 sent to Mary Law: Jun 28 through Jul 5 - HomeAway.com #296064 Inbox: HomeAway.com Jul 19 It's unfortunate that this renter did not enjoy her experience at my home. All of my previous reviews are recent and genuine. I have exchanged many emails with her to reach an agreement, including a partial refund which follows the same policies you would find elsewhere. During her stay, she abruptly left my property without a word to my staff or an opportunity for remediation. We employ a concierge and a cleaning and maintenance service who regularly maintain our property. I stand by my listing as a Nature Lover's paradise. It’s also unfortunate, because I am from NY and my concierge, Nancy, formally from NY, that this renter implied that we are dishonest.
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Peaceful Getaway for Nature Lovers

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a week in February with our 2 adult sons and their wives. There was ample space for the 6 of us to enjoy ourselves without feeling crowded. The photos are accurate and all the promised conveniences were there and in working order.

We spent most of the daylight hours outside. The beach was beautiful and virtually deserted, so very private! The water was warm for swimming and when the wind was not too high, good for kayaking. We found sets of wheels in the garage that were easy to attach under the kayaks to make pulling them down the sidewalk to the beach an easy task.

We really wanted to kayak in the nature reserve behind the house, but the water level was too low during our stay. Can't argue with Mother Nature, though.

The nature reserve is so close and so interesting to explore that we packed lunches and spent our first 2 days just poking happily around there. It's SO beautiful!

During the evenings we spent at "home" cooking for ourselves, we ate in the backyard under the little gazebo. The sounds of all the frogs singing at night was quite enchanting. There were virtually no bugs and no neighbours nearby during our stay, so we were free to talk and laugh outside without fear of bothering anyone.

There's a row of little restaurants an easy walk from the house - practically next to the entrance gate and easy to reach through a field. We ate there on our first night, and returned on our last night for beer and karaoke at the little bar. That night there was a huge group of friendly bikers there enjoying their annual get-together. We had great fun and always felt safe.

The only bumps we encountered related to temperature regulation in 2 of the bedrooms, which made sleeping a challenge at times. The other challenge was connecting with Nancy due to our Canadian phone not being reachable from her Puerto Rican phone. I had to route requests through Julian who, in spite of being out of the country throughout our stay, was very prompt in his replies. Nancy came right over to help. Clearly both he and Nancy care very much about guest comfort and satisfaction.

Our car rental agency (Mex) gave away the minivan I had booked (grrr). They substituted a sedan built for 5, so we had to pay an extra $100 each way to hire a taxi (in addition to the rental car) to get us and our luggage to and from the airport. Nancy connected us to Israel, a taxi driver reliable enough to show up at 5:00 in the morning to take us to the airport. Thanks Nancy!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

great property

  • 5 of 5

Property is in great shape everything as advertised,gated community peaceful and private. Pool and grounds are a invitation to nature.

Our thanks to Nancy she was always available. We would return to rent.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great PR Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay.

We were in Puerto Rico for a week and really enjoyed coming back to the house everyday. The pool and backyard was amazing. We cooked on the grill almost every day. Booking with Julius was easy and he was very quick to reply to questions.

Nancy (the concierge) was awesome! She answered our questions and had many suggestions. One of the suggestions was the snorkeling/monkey island trip with Paco. We went to monkey island with Paco and had a blast.

The house was great! It had everything. The neighborhood was gated and was very quiet. I felt like we were the only ones there several times. I will and have already recommended this property to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Car: necessary

Other Activities: kayaking, wildlife viewing, shopping

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Pet Fee $60
Damage Deposit $300

Rates subject to change until a confirmed reservation is made and deposit is received.

Peak Season rates and length of stay apply during religious and government holidays

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.