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Hector or Kim Melendez

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english, spanish

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Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Rio Grande House Rental Photos and Description

Spacious Private Vacation House - Stay Like a Local, Explore Like a Tourist!

You will be welcomed to this well-maintained vacation house situated on four tropical acres with private gated access, on a small mountain 1 mile from PR3! Furnished for your comfort! Large patio with grill and plenty of seating. This is not a cramped condo or apartment with many neighbors, you will be in a safe country mountainside tropical jungle setting, with plenty of room to explore and enjoy! Full sized washer and dryer in open two stall garage all for your use.

The property is close to El Yunque National Forest, Luquillo (Monserrate) Beach (one of the best beaches on the island), Hacienda Allegre, 20 miles to San Juan, and 20 minutes to Fajardo for ferries to Culebra & Vieques.

King bed in master bedroom with walk-in closet and separate bathroom with large shower. The second Bedroom offers a queen bed and a twin bed, and third Bedroom offers a queen bed, with a second Bathroom just next door. A Pack N Play is also available for a traveling baby.

The house has accommodated many gatherings with friends and family sharing in the food preparation in the open kitchen with large island, with many guests gravitating to the large patio, or the open two stall garage in rainy weather. Open floor plan and spacious rooms are located on one level, making it easy for elderly or toddlers to get around (no steps).

If you want to stay where you have all the amenities of home, yet are near many attractions the island has to offer, please consider reserving this home for your next vacation. The property has ceiling fans and air conditioners in each bedroom and in living room, cable tv with HBO & Starz, smart tv in master and guest room #1, flat screen and dvd in third bedroom, and wi-fi throughout.

Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VacationHomePR for additional pictures, recommendations, and other guest reviews and comments!

We want your vacation to be a wonderful time and can help with anything you need before or during your stay.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Hector or Kim Melendez (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Hector or Kim Melendez

Hector grew up in the center of the island (Orocovis) and moved to Michigan in the 70's. Each vacation opportunity, we would return to the island to stay with family. In 2001, we had an opportunity to purchase a piece of land close to a niece's house that we always ended up staying with on vacation because of her great location to everything (and her great Puerto Rican cooking!). When Hector retired in 2010, he returned to his homeland to supervise the construction of this vacation home.

Hector or Kim Melendez purchased this house in 2010

Why Hector or Kim Melendez chose Rio Grande

We chose this location because it is in close proximity to all the attractions and amenities of the big city of San Juan, the kid-friendly beach in Luquillo, and the ferries in Fajardo to neighboring islands Culebra and Vieques. We enjoy the privacy of the home and its surrounding tropical fruit, flowers, rocks, and palms. We are hybrid Tourists and Locals -- we want to see everything the island has to offer, but we don't want to pay the high costs associated with being a tourist, and we know THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO THE ISLAND THAN SAN JUAN!

What makes this house unique

The location of this home allows you to vacation comfortably with all the amenities of home. It is close enough to San Juan for an easy road trip, very close to Luquillo Beach, one of the best beaches on the island, and very close to the El Yunque National Forest. Move in for your vacation ... the house allows you to just relax, cook meals if you want, and spend quality time together. Excellent restaurants are in close proximity and there is a book in the home with recommendations, but feel free to ask us too!

If you have questions about the property, location, or the island in general, please feel free to contact us by telephone, text, or email.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is surrounded by rain forest vegetation and beautiful landscaping, including banana and mango trees. It is on a gated private drive with no close neighbors to deal with, a little ways up a mountain. A comfortable home.
Feb 2014
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)
Your Vacation Home Awaits You!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 26 reviews
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Wonderful Property!

  • 5 of 5

Our arrival at La Lomita was awesome, beautiful driveway full of flower and plants... making the trip to the secluded house more magical. We were welcomed by the owners, Kim & Hector. Kim showed us the house and where everything where within, while Hector showed us the beautiful surrounding Garden and fruit trees. They shared with us some Quenepas, which gave a sparkle to my grandkids eyes as they devour them, thanks for that too!

The listing pictures are accurate, a beautiful property, decorated with taste! Plenty of Towels, Sheets, Pillows, Dishes, Utensils, Pots & Pans, and all the kitchen small appliances in good working condition. Everything was VERY clean, well maintained, and organized which adds to the overall feeling of peace at the property. Too bad we didn't have the chance to use the BBQ!

Great location, close to everything in the area: Supermarkets, La Monserrate Beach & Kiosks, Pharmacy, El Yunque Rainforest, Restaurants, Mall, and the Expressway!

Their dog Domino was pretty social, well mannered dog, and the cats came closer to greet us in the mornings.

Our family would like to express our Thanks to Kim & Hector for being wonderful hostess at La Lomita, we really felt welcome! We will recommend your property to anyone of our friends or relatives traveling to Puerto Rico.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing La Lomita for your family vacation! We are thrilled that it met or exceeded your expectations, and we hope you are back again soon!
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Wonderful house with rainforest views

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 loved staying here. You enter the property through a secure gate and drive through some of the most beautiful grounds I've ever seen. The house has amazing views of the rainforest with nice cool breezes all day that can be enjoyed from a private balcony on the front of the house. The property is totally secluded, yet still close (about 10 minutes) to the El Yunque entrance and to dining and the beach. The house itself is very clean and comfortable. The hosts, Kim and Hector, are incredibly kind and helpful and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is wonderful. You can't go wrong staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Rainforest Home!

  • 5 of 5

I can not say enough good things about La Lomita! Your first impression of the home is WOW! You come through a gate and down a private, tropical rainforest driveway lined with flowers, trees and so much beauty! The house is great--the layout is wonderful for families or for groups--just enough space to be together, yet private for when you need to be apart! Kim and Hector definitely add that personal touch to help out, offer suggestions and provide visitors with a local's perspective. We traveled with our 3 teenage kids who love adventure....Kim suggested we visit Toro Verde which was in Orocovis. When I looked at the map my first reaction was--Oh My! There were about 100 ways to get there...but Kim offered to have them lead the way so they could visit family. I don't know many people who would give up part of their day to lead tourists across the island...but they did and we soooo appreciated it! Toro Verde was a spectacular experience! Thank you so much Kim and Hector for sharing your home and your beautiful island and hometown with us! We definitely recommend La Lomita!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to share the island with you and your family! Thank you for your trust in allowing us to lead you through the beautiful countryside mountains and farmland to the Toro Verde Zipline in Orocovis. We are fearless in our exploration of the island so we can WOW adventuresome guests like you! Come back anytime!
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home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

I have been visiting the island of my birth for the past 34 years, off and on. Staying at La Lomita was the first time I ever thought I could live or want to live on the island again. The pictures on line look fantastic, but the reality of the property is beyond even that. My family LOVED the house, the location...everything. Driving onto the property is like arriving at paradise. Hector and Kim have put a lot of thought and effort into making it beautiful and welcoming. My children (ages 9 and 5) were excited to meet their dog Domino and the cats that are so sweet and enjoy being lazy in the sunlight. You are away from the beaten path, but close enough to enjoy conveniences. Should we ever return to the island, we hope La Lomita is available for us to enjoy our stay in again....for much longer than this last visit too. Do yourself a favor and stay at La Lomita. You will have no regrets.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worth every dollar you pay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my family from May 2-5 2016. I retired from the military two years ago and returned to Puerto Rico to visit all the beautiful places that this island has to offer. La Lomita is the best place where we have stayed. From the way Hector and Kim kept us informed and handled our reservation, the location of their house and all the attentions they gave us, made it a great experience. The house was equipped with eveything you might need and more. As we drove up to the house to the house I heard a loud Wow! From my family. We will be back soon and hopefully for a longer stay. Thanks to Hector and Kim.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's our turn to say "WOW"! We are so thankful for the great guests we get to meet that are enjoying their family, friends, and the beauty of Puerto Rico. Thank you for staying at La Lomita and we look forward to seeing you again anytime you are in the area! Happy Retirement!
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Cozy, clean and beautiful mountain view

  • 5 of 5

It was so perfect! Cozy and very clean. Decor is very nice, Loved the front porch in the morning drinking my coffee looking at the morning sun glistening on the MOUNTAINS . . We enjoyed our stay at the LA LOMITA we stayed for 5 nights in April 2016. Kim and and Hector were extremely helpful and made us feel at home. We had all the amenities we needed to cook and my 11 years old son loved every corner of the house, specially the trail Hector showed us, that we were able to see a beautiful view of Rio Grande and the surroundings . We have traveled to so many Countries and, this vacation home met our expectation. Looking forward to coming back again!!!

SPANISH

La casa vacacional muy acogedora , limpia y muy bonita la decoración . Lo que me encanto fue sentarme en el porche en las mañana beber mi café tomando un poco de sol y disfutando la vista a las montañas .

Disfrutamos de nuestra estadía en el LA LOMITA. Nos alojamos por 5 noches en abril de 2016.

Kim y Héctor son muy serviciales y nos hicieron sentir como en casa . Teníamos todas las comodidades que necesitábamos para cocinar . Mi hijo de 11 años de edad lo disfruto y le encantó cada rincón de la casa . Héctor nos mostró un caminito que nos llevo en la parte alta y tuvimos una hermosa vista de los alrededores . Hemos viajado a muchos países y esta casa de vacacional cumplió con nuestras expectativas . Tenemos ganas de volver otra vez!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
El Yunque National Rainforest
Metropol Restaurant
Old San Juan
Bacardi Rum Factory
Camuy Caves Park
Luquillo
Escambron Beach
Paseo Tablado La Guancha
The Outlet Ruta 66
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
SJU
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Tropical
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
to Vieques or Culebra
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Trump Coco Beach or Wyndham Rio Mar
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
PR 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Tropical on PR 3 or Subway on PR 3
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Luquillo Beach
Car: necessary

This home is a great place to unplug and unwind from your busy life. The tourist attractions are easily accessible by expressways, but the home is tucked into a private rural piece of paradise, just 1 mile from Highway #3!

New! UBER can deliver you to La Lomita from San Juan for $23!!

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Rates & Availability

Rio Grande House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay
$160
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Standard rate is based on occupancy up to 6 persons. Additional guests are welcome at $25 pp/pn and additional bedding will be provided. Feel free to contact us with any special requests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Rio Grande House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1760 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower, vanity, and toilet. Many toiletries included.
  • Each bathroom contains a large shower, vanity, and toilet. Many toiletries in each bathroom are available for you, along with plenty of towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • The bedrooms of this house are spacious. We could easily add additional beds or sleeping capacity (bunks) to any of the rooms, but we really want the guests to sleep comfortably, not cramped. There is a queen sized air mattress available, as well as the large sectional couch if necessary. We also have a Pack N Play for babies. Because of the higher cost of utilities, we do need to charge for additional guests beyond 6.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This is a family vacation home. We welcome those seeking time with the family, to explore the beautiful island, or just relax in the secluded home.

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