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Charming 3-BR house in a "Real Puerto Rican" peaceful, friendly area of Ponce

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1

About the property

Definitely not like staying at a Holiday Inn, yet this is a well-maintained, artsy, usually airy (simple wooden-structure) house. All windows and doors are completely screened, and has a good air conditioner in the main bedroom. The home is in a traditional fishermen's neighborhood, providing an unusual opportunity to experience the genuine Puerto Rican life that very few tourists ever see. In a colorful, friendly (and somewhat run-down) "barrio popular" of Ponce located near the waterfront (see the sunset photo taken two blocks away), as well as good seafood restaurants -- and a traditional "Panaderia" (bakery/breakfast spot), barber shop, and great salsa classes -- all only a couple short blocks away, next to where bands practice some evenings in the local small plaza.

The Guancha open-air cultural and eating boardwalk is just a few minutes drive, and the city center (main Plaza) is about 10 minutes away. Easy on-street parking, and the area is good for bicycling and walking. (There is some public transportation nearby, although the buses are not always dependably on time.)

The neighborhood is usually very quiet and peaceful; most of the time you will just hear birds chirping, frogs croaking, and kids playing (and occasionally even horses galloping by), though sometimes there are dogs barking from nearby yards, which unfortunately is a common occurrence in this kind of typical Puerto Rican neighborhood; on many days you hardly hear them but occasionally they will bark for a while. (Ear plugs are provided in case they might be needed...)

Catering of terrific food may be available by a Spanish cook living in Ponce (who may also be able to arrange day trips to the wonderful beach/spa [private] club at the Hilton just 5 minutes away). My bicycle can be borrowed.

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Owner
Daniel Halperin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, A little Japanese and Thai....
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Daniel Halperin

I have had such a good experience hosting at my North Carolina home (www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3877749) that I started listing this house in Puerto Rico. Over the past 40 years I have traveled widely, conducted research (in anthropology and public health) in dozens of countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and taught many different types of students (recently at the Harvard University School of Public Health). Our 2012 book, 'Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It,' was a New York Times Editor's Choice. (You may read more about my work and background on my (UNC and tinderboxbook) sites. I love music (jazz and other kinds), good food, and hiking and biking, especially in this beautiful part of Puerto Rico. The single most important thing to me is to be able to assist other people (family, friends, and 'strangers') in any reasonable way that I can.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic opportunity to see a "hidden" part of "old" Puerto Rican life...

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Charming 3-BR house in a "Real Puerto Rican" peaceful, friendly area of Ponce
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews
5

THE place to stay to experience Ponce life

  • 5 of 5

This waterfront neighborhood, La Playa, played a key role in Ponce's history (e.g., see this link: bit.ly/1TxswFx) and most of the warehouses and other buildings dating to the early 20th century (many freshly painted) line the now-quiet streets. Daniel's house-on-stilts is clean, nicely furnished and supplied, comfortable, and secure, with a Caribbean breeze always drifting through. It's a two-block walk to the small waterfront city park, where the sunsets are always great. We felt about this house as we would our own home by the time we left. We were easily able to contact Daniel any time we had questions. The neighbors are friendly and helpful. Things tend to liven up along the main street on weekends. (If you're there on a Friday evening, check out the local watering hole La Cueva de los Pirates). There is very quick access to the main highway arteries and to central Ponce, but once you find your way down the narrow winding street that leads into this part of La Playa, you're away from the city noise. Six stars!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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5

Fantastic Authentic Experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over for New Years. Most of the town shuts down NYE and so we celebrated local-style and hung out at the house (there are some hotel parties in the area, but we preferred this instead). :) The dogs weren't a bother at all and they only barked when we first arrived (which ended up being kind of funny because as soon as they started up someone ran out from their house telling the dogs to shut up in spanish while waving a dish towel around. We were thrilled and felt right at home/knew we were going to get an authentic experience.) Everything was great & Daniel really really goes out of his way to make sure you have everything you need. The neighbors were friendly and one of them even yelled "Merry New Years!" to us from outside just after midnight. We all screamed Merry New Years back. :) It was adorable, we felt very welcomed. We wish we could have stayed longer, but we ran out of time! If I ever make it back to Ponce, I'll definitely be hitting Daniel up to see if I can book his house again. The location was really great & we liked being able to walk down to the water & to restaurants and such. There's even a pirate themed bar right down the street.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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4

Nos encanto!

  • 4 of 5

Nos quedamos dos días en la casita de Daniel, estuvimos muy comodos, tiene todo lo necesario y esta llena de curiosidades. Es una casa típica de la playa de Ponce y era exactamente lo que buscábamos. Si vuelvo a Ponce lo repetiría.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Charming, great way to experience Puerto Rico

  • 5 of 5

For me, the whole point of traveling is to experience another culture and staying at Daniel's house was a terrific way to feel immersed in Puerto Rico. The dogs were annoying sometimes, but they were part of the ambience. I bumped into some friendly people in the neighborhood, and overall I just had a very pleasant time there. The house was perfectly tidy. Things worked. I had enough hot water. The decor is quirky and fun. To be honest, if you're the kind of person who wants more predictability, you're better off in a hotel, but I definitely would recommend it to a friend who is looking for a bit of an adventure (I mean, it's not canoeing solo in the Amazon, but you definitely feel that your not in Oshkosh.)

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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5

Simpática, diferente y muy auténtica!

  • 5 of 5

Nos gustó mucho la casita de Daniel, es alegre y cómoda, y nos sentimos a gusto como en nuestra propia casa. Además está muy cerca de la Guancha y del centro de Ponce, así que fue una experiencia muy buena en todos los sentidos!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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5

great place near the water

  • 5 of 5

very enjoyable. two walks from waterfront, two blocks from a nice panaderia where they serve breakfast. the dogs on either side bark a little more than I'd like, on the other hand they make it safe! house was comfortable and clean.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Ponce
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 52 to San Juan, Mayaguez, etc.
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hilton, etc.
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Ponce House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
march
Mar 6 2017 - Apr 11 2017
1 night minimum stay
$110
$640
$1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
May
May 13 2017 - May 22 2017
1 night minimum stay
$135
$700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
July
Jul 10 2017 - Jul 13 2017
1 night minimum stay
$135
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
July B
Jul 30 2017 - Aug 16 2017
1 night minimum stay
$120
$730
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Sep
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
$125
$725
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Dec
Dec 8 2017 - Dec 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$115
$650
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
2018
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 6 2018
1 night minimum stay
$110
$640
$1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$85
$500
$1,330
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $200

Extra fee of at least $25 will be charged for single-night stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Ponce House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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