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Large Lake View Mountain Home

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 23

Hurricane Maria Update:

Max Occupancy-

-18 guests

-12 Beds

New Room Set Up:

Master Room-

-1 queen bed

-1 twin bed

-1 full bath with shower

Guest Room 1-

-2 full size beds

-1 modern confortable cot

Guest Room 2-

-1 queen bed

-1 full bed

-1 twin trundle

Living Room-

-1 queen blow up bed

-1 modern comfortable cot

Dining Room-

-1 day bed = (2 twin beds)

-1 large 8 chair dining table


-6 chair dinning area

-3 hammocks

-Amazing view


-Full kitchen

-Gas Stove (gas provided by us)

-4 Bar Chairs


-1 full bath for Guest Rooms 1 and 2

-1 full bath in the garage area under the home

-My plumber, contractor and maintenance guy can make anything happen, just let me know what you need and this can be a great base home for the central mountain area and the North West coastal area.


-We've had running city water since day 2 after the hurricane. It has been consistent and not turned off. I can't control if they shut it off, but it's been on so far and we also have 1,200 gallons of reserve water that can be pumped in to the home with our water pump as needed using the extension cords to activate the pump. I will have my plumber and my maintenance guy visit the property once a week incase you need anything. They are two great and responsible guys and they've been working with my properties for over a year. If they need money for parts for anything, you will have to provide that money to them and I will deduct that amount from the reservation or refund somehow (they usually pay for stuff from there pocket and I pay them once a month. This is only a precautioary statement). Both those guys live within 10 minutes of the property and I can come visit as often as possible to check up on you, the house workers and the home if you'd like.

-We have a brook on the property that I can make a trail to within 48 hours of your reservation as an added plus.


-You will have a generator that I run the home with right now. I've lived there fine using extension cords since the storm but I will be connecting the house to the generator today so that you can turn on lights in the home like normal. Only lights and plugs with minimum pull. We have emergency light bulbs that stay on for a while after the generator is turned off. There is one in every large room.

-You will be able to use the washer also but with extension cords. We can't run the dryer unless your group decides to bring your own generator to run the home. I will send you pictures of the 3 electric panels.

-You will have to get your own gas. I have 1 good 5 gallon containers and you will have 5 gallons to start with. Remember that everything here is much slower. If something happens to my generator, I wouldn't know for a week. If you have a way to bring your own, go for it and we can work through this. If you are a relief group able to bring a generator, that may be best even if it's only brought as a back up.

-We suggest you run the refrigerator early in the morning, turn it off when you leave and turn it back on in the evening. This will keep your drinks cool and not compromise the generator.

-I will have my maintenance guy change the oil on the generator weekly.


-The main structure only lost one sliding door to access the large porch to the back. I had a wood door professionally installed on the one side and the right side works normal and correct.


You get to and from the house fine. Just use common sense since there is still debri on the road and some roads are broken in some areas so you have to wait for others to go by the good side.


-Cold water only as our generator can't run the hot water heater. Water pressure is great and better when you turn on the pump.

-When we wanted warm showers, we warmed up water on the gas stove.


I had a company say that they can service our home with wifi. I should know within 5 days. It looks promising but it's not installed yet.


-I can provide sheets for your beds but I hope not to if I don't have to. I can do it if we agree to this but it would be interesting to work through cleaning those sheets. We prefer you bringing your own if possible.

-The best thing here may be for us to provide weekly cleaning. I'd have to preset that in the original reservation so that I can set that up with the cleaners ASAP. We'd be drying the sheets on clothes lines which is fine.


Please remember, this is my home that you are a guest at. I allow absolutely no locals (except for my staff) or visitors to our homes. I live here when it's not being used by groups and most people don't even know this home exists.

Extra Space-

I have an open area under the home that is over 1,000 square feet (maybe more) with a full bath and a separate sink. That area is very secure but has no doors on the sides. It's large, open and completely under roof. It would be great if you want to use it for gear but if you choose to use it for tents and more people, I need to know about that first.


-Please don't smoke in the home!

-Please use the default WiFi code that is under the router. The password is case sensitive.

-Be safe and have fun!


Prior to Hurricane Maria:

We offer spectacular views, thrilling adventures & memorable experiences while surrounded by lush rainforest like conditions minutes from the Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, coffee plantations, rivers & waterfalls-Easy to reach from San Juan/Ponce.

The Sanctuary is a mountain home in a superbly lush are of Utuado overlooking Lago (Lake) Dos Bocas. We allow Pets as long as they dont eat or scratch our furniture:)! The home is very open with an amazing terrace overlooking a beautiful lake.

We have many family and friends helping us to make your stay a memorable one. They clean the homes before you arrive, cook meals when requested, and truly help create the “culture” of your home when you need something. Adam and I (Cathy) are not usually in town, but we'd love meeting and spending time with you when we are. We are always a text or call away!

Our neighborhood is just that; A community of people coming together looking out for one another, and very open to welcoming travelers from all around the world. Many of the locals that you'll meet in this this area don't travel much, so it is just as exciting for them to meet you as it is for you to meet them. Everyone I know is very giving, loving, genuine and humble, which is one of the many things that makes you fall in love with our beautiful island. I grew up in these lovely mountains with these amazing people, and it's an honor and a privilege for us to share this part of the Island with you.

Unless you pay to rent complete facility exclusively, there is an apartment below your home that is occupied by other guests on occasion. It is our experience that guests are always kind, courteous and respectful of each other's space. We do not rent this area much and I assure you that you will experience the privacy that all of our other guests have reviewed about. You can pay an extra $50.00 a night so the location is completely private for your group.

Here is the new break down for the home:

Main Home (Sleeps 14)

Master Room:

1 queen bed

1 daybed (twin)

Guest Room 1:

2 full size beds

Guest Room 2:

3 twin beds

2 comfortable cots

1 full bed

Studio Apt. (Sleeps 5)

1 queen bed

1 daybed w/trundle (2 twins)

1 comfortable cot


Two Air Matress

Two Sofas

Apartment 2-

Not built

Apartment 3-

Not built

Things to note:

-You will have a fantastic time at this beautiful home but we remind you that only your guests are allowed on the property. We do not allow any visitors to our home.

-Events are allowed only if we know about them and we approve the event after you explain the event with lots of detail.

-We need to know about pets and they count as an adult and pay for their stay. If they are not trained, please don't ask to bring them.

Hope that helps,

Adam G.

More Details

Adam Garcia
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Adam Garcia

From a young age our respective moms frequently took us to this beautiful island called Puerto Rico. Although our families were from different sides of the island, we share similar stories of hanging out with crazy cousins in the rivers, adventures in the lush mountain surroundings with our brothers and going fishing at the beach with our vociferous uncles. Our fondest memories were/are sitting at the dinner table with our grandparents to hear delightful stories about how life used to be.

Several years ago I was presented with the concept of using my logistics & real estate background hand in hand by owning and/or marketing amazing homes in Puerto Rico. Since then I've been joined by my beautiful girlfriend Cathy and my lovely niece Katryel who both share my love and passion of the island and its delightful culture.

At most of our properties you can order delicious authentic Puerto Rican meals cooked and delivered right to your home by our family & friends. We offer several eco-friendly adventure tours (fulfilled by local companies), or you can just relax and immerse yourself in the local culture while creating wonderful memories.

We offer the ability to travel and explore the whole island using one of these homes as a base or several during your stay. Doing this will help you better experience our culture, and the islands’ delightful people. Our hope is that you fall in love with this enchanted island as much as we have.

Adam Garcia purchased this house in 2014

Why Adam Garcia chose Puerto Rico

Once you complete your reservation, Katryel will send a PDF that you will need to print prior to your arrival. This information includes detailed directions with GPS coordinates, more information about your stay and what we call our Activity Chart with lots of extras. The Activity Chart will help you plan out several days in our area with local spots to enjoy!

Upon arrival to Paradise, Cathy and I take over (mostly through text if you need anything). We, like many of you love to travel, the outdoors, to learn about where people are from, their likes & dislikes, but mostly what made you choose Puerto Rico.

Some of these properties are ours and several are owned by individuals (many elderly) that have trusted us to share their homes with the world using our management and marketing systems. We only work with people who also want you to explore and experience some of our rich and diverse culture. Since many of these owners are elderly and all the homes are in residential areas, I encourage you not to book with us if your are not lovely, clean, honest and respectable.

We are honored you are considering us to help “host a life-time of memories”!!!


Adam, Cathy & Kat (niece)


Utuado House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Studio Out Door Shower and Commode - toilet , outdoor shower , Part of the cute attached studio apartment
    Attached to the 4th room under the home - toilet , shower , Attached to a room under the home
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Cute apartment with a nice outdoor shower and commode.
    Living Room - 4 twin/ single , 2 roll away cots and 2 sofas.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Room under the main house with a full bath and living room
  • Sábana Grande de Utuado: The Sanctuary (Lake View Home-Sleeps 1-11): Jan 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016 3 bedroom 2 bath Master Room- 1 queen bed, 1 bath Guest Room # 1- 1 queen bed Guest Room # 2- 1 full bed / 2 twin beds Extra: 2 cots, 1 extra bath Dec. 1, 2016- ... Setup: Sábana Grande de Utuado: The Sanctuary (Lake View Home-Sleeps 1-23): Main Home (sleeps 1-11) Upstairs- 3 bedroom 2 bath Master Room- 1 queen bed, 1 bath Guest Room # 1- 1 queen bed Guest Room # 2- 1 full bed / 3 twin beds Extra: 2 cots, 1 extra bath Lower Level- Small Apartment (sleeps 6) Master Room- 2 full size beds Living Room- 1 full size futon Small kitchenette, outside shower, outside commode on the nice little deck. Extra Room with living room (sleeps 6) Extra Room- 2 double beds Living Room- 1 full size futon 1 full bath If your group is over 11 people, please do not instant book. Please send a message and we will send you a quote that will include the extra rooms needed downstairs.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • forests
  • rain forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
  • swimming
So much to do and we will set up lots of things for you if needed.


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Large Lake View Mountain Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

An absolute gem

  • 5 of 5

We booked The Sanctuary from 12/23-12/26 to celebrate Xmas. We all LOVED it. The view alone is worth every penny. No photo can do justice to the sheer, take your breath away, first look from the terrace. It was clean, well prepared and had everything we needed (except for a set of sharp knives...please fix that bit!). In a good location for all the adventure sports available in the area. The grounds are beautiful. The house is much bigger than the photos suggest. We're a family of 6 and had more than enough space. I'm now telling everyone I know about this place, we had such a good time there. Nervous Drivers might want to do the grocery shop before they arrive. Thanks for letting us enjoy a true Xmas in Paradise!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such An Escape!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay for our honeymoon. Adam and Cathy's place was such a beautiful escape from the typical hotel-type vacation. We had the songs of the chachi tree frogs at night and the many varieties of birds to greet us in the morning. The amazing feeling from looking off their back balcony just cannot be captured in a picture.

I also recommend the food that the chef cooks and delivers to the home... for when you don't want to leave The Sanctuary yet have delicious, home-made authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. Win-win!

We will return to Puerto Rico before we go anywhere else in the world, and we will ask Adam and Cathy for availability before anyplace else.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello World, We are always happy to hear experiences like this and honored to host such amazing people like this wonderful couple. To know that the beautiful surroundings, food, our amazing town and everything else Utuado and the Sanctuary has to offer is being such a blessing to many is so encouraging and motivating. We hope you come and join us soon alone or in large groups as we will be ready to accomodate up to 30 guests soon. Gracias, Adam, Cathy and Kat
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Wonderful Home w/ wonderfu views!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking to spend a few days in the mountains of PR after our stay just south of Rincon. I'm not one to stay in hotels, I like space and privacy. I found this home on VRBO and altho it didn't have many reviews, I was willing to take a chance because the owner Adam promptly answered all my questions prior to and after the booking process putting my mind at ease. We were driving part of the way on the crazy, white knuckle, Ruta Panoramica from Rincon, hoping to find a quiet, relaxing place when we arrived and it did not disappoint. Our GPS had us turn off once on the way up the mountain from Utuado which turned out to be very long and very steep driveway but once turned around, the driving directions that Adam sent to us took us right there. It's at the end of a long driveway with jungle and gardens all around so very private and the views of Lago dos Bocas below are nothing short of spectacular! The covered terrace is huge and we spent almost all our waking hours outside on the terrace, eating, playing cards & games and reading. The air is so fresh! All the rooms are very large in size with high ceilings and the floors are tile. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable and even tho there was no AC, it's not needed at night, just open the windows and listen the tree frogs lull you to sleep. We walked around the property and the grounds are very well cared for w/ gardens, flowers everywhere and a few fruit trees. We missed a ripening papaya by about 2 days! We decided not to venture out after dark we so picked up dinner makings in Utuado at Econo before heading up to the house. It's not that far of a drive to Utuado but the road is steep and narrow. The house was well cleaned and the kitchen is very well stocked and has a 5 burner gas stove. There are a few games in the house and a DVD player in the living room if you bring any DVD's to watch. They are building a small apartment next to the house at basement level that at some point will be occupied by the maid/cook and groundskeeper. While staying at The Sanctuary, we did a day trip to Jayuya to visit 2 coffee haciendas - San Pedro and Tres Picachos, both very close to each other and about an hour's drive SE of Utuado. Café Gran Batey is closer but they were closed for a funeral the day we wanted to visit. If you are looking for a beautiful home with fabulous views that offer privacy and quiet, and close to highway 10 to get back to airport I certainly would recommend The Sanctuary!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Handsome Mountain Home in the Heart of Puerto Rico

  • 5 of 5

It has been a rushed and hectic few weeks since returning to the bustle of Chicago, but still my mind drifts back to the relaxed pace and beauty of this secluded Sanctuary. Even this morning driving to work watching a dark cloudy storm front approach on the horizon I was taken back to the memories of majestic tropical mountains in Central Puerto Rico and Adam Garcia's Utuado Vacation HOME nestled high in the lush foliage overlooking Dos Bocas Lake to the north.

We have been coming often to this Island of Enchantment for more than the 30 years I have been married to my Puerto Rican wife. Every time we rent homes around the Isle to experience the flavor and culture of different areas.

THIS has been our most enjoyable stay in all those times.

After a one and half hour drive from San Juan we climbed along a 3 mile country road above the valley town of Utuado to reach a community private road off-shoot past a few local homes. Another 1/4 mile past those we reached a secured gateway that leads thru a winding jungle-canopied roadway to open upon a clearing and the HOME called Sanctuary.

Resting atop a bluff overlooking Lake Dos Bocas and its dam below we were greeted by a modern and spacious homestead. Elegance surrounded by Primal Nature.

Did I mention amenities ? ! ? Where to begin ? Adam and his Wife has seen to it that even small details abound to welcome their guests.

Mornings are the Treasure to experience here. Each day you arise you always first go to the huge rear balcony to see what gorgeous and unique cloud/fog pattern enshrouds the valley lake below. Then as you relax on the hammocks drinking home-grown coffee watch as the morning sun dissipates the mists. My wife and sister-in-law spent mornings walking the acreage taking photos and gathering flowers. Even after a two week stay here they never tired of these walks- and they are native country Boricuas !!!

And the Nights... listening to the sounds of Coqui frogs and the laughter of the Mucaro Screech Owl enchants as you are lulled to sleep with gentle mountain breezes.

With its central location everything was within a 1-2 hour drive radius with an exciting and vista-filled thrill ride down and up the mountain again each day. I would often make excuses just to ride down to town for supplies for the exhilarating adventures. And then return to the embrace of that private jungle home.

Magic is the word I utter when I recount my most recent stay.

This Sanctuary will cast its love spell on you.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

House Rules:

We treat you with lots of respect and care so we expect the same back. You will enjoy your stay and the home but remember it is our home so please inform us of anything pertinent.

-We do not allow parties, events &/or unregistered guests or visitors (including locals) without our permission. No Visitas o Eventos.
-Do not smoke anywhere inside or near the house
-Keep it as clean as possible inside and out.
-Please do not remove anynthing from the home or move our furniture.
-Because our prices are so modest, we lock rooms that are not going to be used by your group. If your home has a washer, you can use it if your stay is above 5 days.
-Some of these properties are ours and several are owned by individuals that have trusted us to share their homes with the world using our management and marketing systems. Since many of these owners are elderly and all the homes are in residential areas, I encourage you NOT to book with us if you are not lovely, clean, honest and respectable.
-Our reviews do not talk much about this because it does not happen much but on the rare occasion that a utility fails while you are in Puerto Rico (at any of our homes), we ask that you be patient and enjoy island life knowing that all of the other neighbors do not have water or electricity for a few hours as well. We have many elderly in the area so utility companies work diligently to fix issues. All of our homes have back up water reservoirs and I have gas lamps and/or candles at all the homes. We will not refund any funds for not having a utility if it's not our fault! Some of the few guests that have experienced an outage expressed it was the best time they've had with their family because the TV was off and they played games together.

We are honored you are considering us to help “host a life-time of memories"!!!

ATTENTIVELY: Adam, Cathy & Kat

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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