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Tranquility,, Adventure, Fun

13 Reviews
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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Caonillas Abajo Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Romantic Escape for Two

Our hacienda guest cottage, originally made for friends, is in a rather unique location - in the area known as La Buena for its friendliness, gentleness and calm. It's situated on the Caonillas River, in tropical gardens surrounded by rain forest mountains and a great jump-off point for adventurers. The town of Utuado is the oldest town in Puerto Rico and is the coffee growing region. It's an area of friendliness, gentleness and calm. Breathtakingly beautiful, we're between two lakes on the river that connects the two lakes, Dos Bocas and Caonilloas. There are kayak tours to waterfalls and restaurants on the lakes.

Surrounded by mountain and river views , nestled in gardens of tropical flowers our charming little guest cottage comes with quiet nights of stars and sweet music of the rain forest and river.

Sleeping two, it boasts a Beauty Rest "Recharge" Queen size mattress, with an open space kitchen and a bathroom with shower. All amenities and linens, fresh flowers. In the kitchen find a well-stocked pantry. The refrigerator, microwave and gas bbq are on the front porch for cooling, or walk across the property to the restaurant with a mountain view for breakfast and dinner.

Have your morning coffee while watching the herons, the changing mountains, the Puerto Rican cuckoo and hawks that come to fish in the river.

There are activities and adventures nearby. Enjoy zip lines, caving, canyon river tubing, horseback riding, kayaking, rappelling and come to relax in a hammock.

Eating is easy with many local, inexpensive restaurants on the lakes with every imaginable type of food.

Files of information on activities, sights, adventures, shopping and how to get here suggestions are sent upon reservation.

Wherever you stay in the Central Mountains we know you will enjoy your time here, in the area we call "La Buena".

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner / Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016

About Owner / Property Manager

I've lived at Hacienda D'el lago on my hacienda for 20 years and have raised many champion Paso Fino horses, the preferred ride of Puerto Rico and South America.

This is a very special and unique spot in the rain forest mountains with the Caonillas river, alive with fish, as a border on the south side.

I grew up in central New Jersey and have lived in New York. I've been to several universities and The Culinary Institute of America.

well-loved vacation getaway for my new friends and acquaintances.

I also am devoted to helping the stray animals, the street dogs and cats here that need care and comfort. Over the years I have rescued 100 dogs and still care very much for the street dogs, Satos, and make their care part of my daily schedule, in addition to my own three equines, five dogs and four felines. I'm very happy about the work I do with and for the animals and all creatures here.

I enjoy meeting interesting people, reading and riding and all outdoor activities. Sharing this has been the best experience of my time in Puerto Rico.

Owner / Property Manager purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Owner / Property Manager chose Utuado

This is a most unusual story....I bought this property sight unseen many years ago and it turned out to be a jewel.

The Jungalow was a guest house for visiting friends and just turned into a vacation guest rental, and that makes it special for us, making many new and wonderful friends.

I love that the water is from a private mountain spring, delicious and so clean.

It's been a wonderful experience sharing this special place and opening it to new friends. .

What makes this cottage unique

Surrounded by the rain forest mountains, and the bamboo along the river, there is no better place to sleep and relax. You can walk through the jungle behind the cottage and visit the cave, go down to the water and get in - it's waist deep in places, no more - and really breath the beautiful air here!

There are amazing adventures to be had in the area and they are run by truly wonderful folks.

I think this is paradise, and pretty darn perfect for a couple's getaway.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Tranquility,, Adventure, Fun
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 13 reviews

Owner is very gracious

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately our trip was cancelled due to the power outage.

However , even with us cancelling our reservation the night before we were to arrive, the owner was very gracious.

I do hope there will be availability as this lovey Jungle hideaway when we finally get to make it to Puerto Rico.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get-away in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Marlene's Jungle bungalow. We found it amazingly peaceful, beautiful grounds, and

beautiful roads to discover. Marlene suggested numerous activities--the horseback riding was our favorite.

She was a friendly, warm and thoughtful host. Thanks, Marlene, for all your hlep and time. The clean towels, the organic coffee, the wine, the cositos, etc.A great place for anyone needing a time away from the rush and chaos of life

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and sounds!

  • 5 of 5

It's a lovely place surrounded by wonderful nature that includes a waterfall and all the amazing jungle sounds! This is the place surrounded by mountains, far from crowds and noisy tourists. Unforgettable experience driving in that area and million dollars views all over the place!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Paulina, I'm very pleased that you and Jamie enjoyed the Jungalow, our little spot in Paradise! Thank you for being appreciative and thoughtful guests!
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Relaxing and refreshing!

  • 5 of 5

It was awesome! A relaxing experience in a wonderful environment. You don't need tv or phone just seat in the couch and chill out with the sound of the birds and river. The place was clean and neat. Marlene is a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Glamping" in a beautiful and amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Jungalow last month. We had been staying in Rincon, and I thought it would be fun to end our vacation In the mountains. We had never been to the Central region, and I highly recommend it! It's lush, and cooler than the coast. You drive between mountains and see glorious views. It smells wonderful. And if you stay with a great host like Marlene, all the better! Our cell phones didn't work because we didn't have AT&T, but Marlene called Toro Verde Adventure Park for us on her phone so we could go zip lining. She was so helpful and fun to talk to, and she introduced us to the dogs she rescued, and told us their stories.

The Jungalow itself is a very small cabin - only one room. When we first arrived we were a bit dubious, having spent the previous week in a rambling, three-bedroom house, but we very quickly and easily settled in and were very happy! The queen bed has THE most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on, and we left the windows and door open at night. The windows have screens and there is a screen door, but we were not bothered by bugs. We were looking forward to meeting the cat everyone talks a about in these reviews, but Marlene adopted a new cat and the two of them are still learning to appreciate each other, so neither of them were around much. We did make a few lizard friends :)

The shower's water runs lukewarm, but it feels really good on a hot day. All of the water comes from mountain runoff, and is delicious. Marlene sends you a huge list of things to do in the area, and then you come back to the Jungalow and cook dinner on the grill (there is no stove) and listen to the music of the coquis and watch the stars. There is a coffeemaker in the small kitchen area, and all the requisite dishes and utensils. Fridge and microwave are outside.

I titled this review "Glamping," and I mean that in the best way possible! Try it - you'll love it!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to meet you and have you stay at our jungalow. Sounds like you had a really good time, and there's nothing better to hear than that. You touched on a lot of good things, and I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience just so people will know what it's like, good and bad, so Thank You! "Glamping" is good! I love that. You are lovely people and really wonderful guests! Thank you so much!
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A breath of fresh air

  • 4 of 5

You have to drive through some windy, mountain roads to get here, but it's worth it. Located on a beautiful piece of property, you have plenty of privacy. Very peaceful and we were able to completely unwind from all of the usual daily stresses. Not a huge amount of local eating places, but enough if you are able to drive. Shower pressure is weak at warmer temps, but that was our experience at other mountain locations as well. Owner was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Zip lines, horseback riding, kayaking, canyon river tubing, Camuy Caves, Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park, coffee haciendas, rappelling


Rates & Availability

Caonillas Abajo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2016 - Dec 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cancellation fee $45 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Housekeeping Fee $34 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

The cancellation fee is refunded and that is at time of checkout.
There is a $25 fee for not turning off fans and lights when guests are not at home. You are agreeing to this when you make a reservation with us. We ask our guests to please do so, and there is a reminder in the jungalow.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Caonillas Abajo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • forests
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking

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