When my family was planning a getaway for Mom's 80th birthday, we needed to find somewhere that could accommodate as many as 18 people; no small task. Once we settled on Puerto Rico, there were few rentals that suited our needs. When I inquired about Villa Casa Maria, owner Tony immediately responded, first via email, then on the phone. Also from a large family, he immediately put our fears to rest. His home was large, had plenty of sleeping space, two bathrooms (a VERY big deal!) and walking distance to the beach and local eateries. Once we booked the rental, he followed up with me repeatedly to keep us updated and answer any questions. Normally about an hour's drive from SJU airport, on a Thursday afternoon in rush hour traffic it took us almost two. After getting lost once or twice despite GPS, we finally arrived, and caretaker Antonio was waiting for us. He is an absolute treasure! He got us settled, gave us the "lay of the land," and then escorted us to the local bakery to try to get some supper. Despite the bakery workers' protestations about the late hour (they were closing in an hour), Antonio sweet-talked them into making a dozen sandwiches. You can't ask for better than that! Over the entire stay, he checked in with us daily to make sure we were happy. Any issues with the house were resolved in a timely manner, although that was really only a few non-working lights. The man is worth his weight in gold.
The home itself is gorgeous: 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, three balconies. It's a short walk down a steep hill to the beach, and just a few miles from Hatillo and Arecibo. Between my Spanish and my sister's Portuguese, we were able to easily interact with the locals, although most people have a least a basic command of English. Rincon is a 45 minute drive. The bakery at the foot of the hill was a daily visit for the most amazing fresh-baked bread (a very large loaf is $2!).
I can't say enough about Tony, Antonio, and Villa Casa Maria. We will definitely visit Puerto Rico again, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else but here.