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

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Definitely not like staying at a Holiday Inn, yet this is a well-maintained, artsy, typically airy (simple wooden-structure) house. All windows and doors are completely screened, and a good air conditioner in the main bedroom. My humble but lovely little home is located in a traditional fishermen's neighborhood, providing an unusual opportunity to experience the genuine Puerto Rican life that very few tourists ever get to 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 some 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) and other main attractions are 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 only hear birds chirping, frogs croaking, and kids playing (and occasionally even horses galloping by), though occasionally there are dogs barking from nearby yards, which is a common occurrence in this kind of typical Puerto Rican neighborhood; on most days you will hardly hear them at all but occasionally they will bark for a little 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.

More Details

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:
April 27, 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...

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were a little worried because of the neighborhood, and parts of it are a little run-down looking, but Daniel's neighbors are so friendly, and several other people in Ponce reassured us that it is a safe area. We loved walking around the nearby little alleys and streets, catching the wonderful sunsets on the wharf 2 blocks away, nice cafes to eat at right near there (and the Guancha salsa players on Sunday afternoon is not to be missed!). We hardly heard the dogs next door. (It turns out that the main ones who used to bark are gone now, dead actually....) This is SUCH a different side of Puerto Rico, not to be missed!!!
Mar 2017
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Amenities

Ponce House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
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 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Living Room - 1 twin/ single
  • Hot/warm water in shower.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • 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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Charming 3-BR house in a "Real Puerto Rican" peaceful, friendly area of Ponce
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 19 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 House with Friendly Owner

  • 5 of 5

1. The house was very safe and secure, although we weren't very worried as it seemed to be in a great location.

2. It was clean and welcoming, with plenty of space for storage and spreading out.

3. There's an AC unit, but we never had to use it as the house got a fresh breeze through the two front doors.

4. The kitchen was tidy, with good counter space.

5. There were many clean towels, sheets, and blankets provided.

6. It's a 3 minute walk to the water's edge, where there are several restaurants.

7. It's a short drive to La Guancha, or to the city center, and there's parking in front of the house. (About $4 to Uber to La Guancha)

8. The owner was friendly and helpful, and made sure we had everything we needed.

9. There are dogs that sometimes bark, but they stop after a few minutes.

Overall: We had a wonderful stay at a clean, well-kept house in a central location with a great and helpful owner! I would definitely recommend this house to a friend!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Fantastic Rental House with Friendly Owner

  • 5 of 5

1. The house was very safe and secure, although we weren't very worried as it seemed to be in a great location.

2. It was clean and welcoming, with plenty of space for storage and spreading out.

3. There's an AC unit, but we never had to use it as the house got a fresh breeze through the two front doors.

4. The kitchen was tidy, with good counter space.

5. There were many clean towels, sheets, and blankets provided.

6. It's a 3 minute walk to the water's edge, where there are several restaurants.

7. It's a short drive to La Guancha, or to the city center, and there's parking in front of the house. (About $4 to Uber to La Guancha)

8. The owner was friendly and helpful, and made sure we had everything we needed.

Overall: We had a wonderful stay at a clean, well-kept house in a central location with a great and helpful owner! I would definitely recommend this house to a friend!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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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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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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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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Nightly Rate
Apr 28 2017 - Apr 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
$95
$500
$1,330
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
Apr 30 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
$95
$500
$1,330
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
May 5 2017 - May 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
$90
$500
$1,330
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
May
May 13 2017 - May 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
$135
$700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Nightly Rate
Jul 29 2017 - Jul 29 2017
1 night minimum stay
$105
$500
$1,330
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 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 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
$130
From
$135
Fri,Sat
$725
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Dec
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$120
$680
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
2018
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 20 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

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $30

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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