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Hola everyone!!Amber and I had the best sleep last night! The bed was comfy and the air conditioner stopped us from hearing the roosters in the morning. Amber made a wonderful breakfast and we headed out the door for the days adventures.First was a trip to the dive shop to make sure everything was set for us to do our scuba course (which starts tomorrow). They were out so we walked down to the end ...
... We made it about half when when the dingy engine sputtered and died. We found ourselves in the middle of the bay with the sun setting behind us. Again Jonathan had to tweak the engine, his facial expression began with concern and then looked a bit frantic. Would we get stuck here in the middle of the bay in the dark? I noticed that Jonathan only had one paddle... So obviously we weren't going to get far with that. Thankfully Jonathan was able to get the ...
... Luna sniffed at her food bowl once, looked up quizzically as if to say "This is for me?!?" then ate ravenously. She was not nearly as excited about the collar and leash. We quickly realized that a collar was not going to work. To her this was just a game of tug of war. My mom had suggested a harness, and we decided that was the way to go. We also still needed an appropriate carrier. And we needed somewhere to board Luna to avoid two more nights ...
... are quite a few hills to walk depending on where we are going. The people in Puerto Rico have been generally very friendly and helpful, and most speak a small amount of English. It was quite interesting to walk around the area, and notice that many people are a mixture of different races, such as African American or Asian and Puerto Rican, and Spanish is their native language. The area that we are staying in is ...
... that are about 5 miles from our resort. They are literally about 90 of them, and most are eateries. We snagged some cool souvenirs (and the lady asked if we were sisters!) and then decided to grab lunch at "La Parilla," where they have great mofongo, according to some people we have met here. Mofongo is very well known here.
They didn't open until noon, but we were able to sit and have some drinkie-poos. Kate ...
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Oh my goodness! I have to agree with the last post. This place was horrible! It took us forever to get to the hotel with the crappy directions (4hrs instead of the 1.5hrs they have posted). Then we drove by the place because we missed the entrance. So I tried to calm down from the drive only to go in and see that the currents were so rough, you could hit your head on the rocks as soon as you went into the water. So we headed towards the pool which obviously hadn't been cleaned for a while. And then thank goodness we rented a car because the hotel manager informed us that the transporation rates had almost doubled (from $55/oneway to the airport to $105/oneway) and they haven't gotten around to "updating the website". And then the room, my good-ness. There was no circulation since the windows are covered with plastic, the ac wasn't working and the refridgerator looked so horrible, that we didn't want to look inside. Then there was the bathroom. Once inside there is a sign that read "please do not put toilet paper, tampons or sanitary napkins in the toilet". WHAT!!!
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU WILL READ PLEASE HAVE A LOOK TO MY PICTURES, IT CAN LOOK FUNNY BUT FOR ME IT WAS... A VERY PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE.
My stay at Caribe Playa Beach Resort was a very welcomed stay. The staff was very friendly and curteous. Treated there guest with the utmost respect. The property is breathtaking. Enjoyed waking up in the morning and seeing the waves crashing down on top of each other. Loved the views and beach as well. Also, enjoyed the food, lively music, and a smile around every corner.
While the people were very friendly and the rooms were clean, we were dissapointed at our choice of hotels. Unfortunately if it were not for the terrible road noise, this really would be a gem of a hotel. The beach is nice, the room simple but clean and the staff extremely friendly. We liked the fact that it was so small and remote and did not have that conference hotel feel. However, the road noise made it almost impossible to sleep and there were no restaurants in the near by areas. All in all not very relaxing except when outside near the beach.
Private and peaceful setting.
This is a very pleasant small resort with a lovely setting on a quiet and private beach, even though it sits right on the main southern route of the country. There were fascinating multi-colored smooth stones on the beach. Ocean waters were a bit rough with considerable undertow so not great for swimming. Modest but clean and pleasant rooms. Very good food at open air restaurant. But not much else to see in this very poor corner of Puerto Rico.
Visited late Dec 2003. This place is for you if you want to read some books and go for a snorkel in a non-touristy environment. Rooms face the Caribbean and yes the road noise can be an issue but was not an issue with the a/c on for some white noise. Bring plenty of patience - the staff (although very nice) often juggles front desk and phone duty as well as waiting a few tables, helping in the kitchen, and cleaning rooms. The food was great, although we had one nightmare dinner where we were never served any food after 2 hours of waiting and watching everything fall apart. The owner was there, and although he never made any effort himself to help out in the kitchen or serving tables, he did apologize the next day for the problem. We ended up at Burger King that night - a 15 minute drive away - so rent a car. Beach enthusiasts may be disappointed here, not much sand and it was windy. Bring your own snorkeling equipment - the hotel only provides beach towels. The rooms do have plastic sheeting for windows which was odd at first but not a problem. The mattress wasn't great but the room was very pleasant overall (basic digital cable). Also a great place to mingle with other guests if you need some social interaction. Day trips are a bit cumbersome, even with a car - we would have been happier staying put under ther palms in a hammock with a good book or two. Overall, the setting makes this place great for a Puerto Rican trip outside of the major tourist centers in San Juan. I think the memory I will keep the most from the Caribe Playa is watching the stars through the breezes of the palm trees overhead while lounging on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.
The resort is right on a busy highway, so traffic noise is an issue.
Pay the extra for the upgraded room. The standard rooms are small, dark and cramped. The food at the hotel is decent, but the local resteraunts were just as good if not better. And we felt serious pressure, from the staff to eat all of our meals at the hotel (c'mon asking if we will be dining there that night 5 times is serious pressure.) But the beach was beautiful and the weather outstanding. Which can offset the rest of the problems. Go here if you want an off the beaten track experience, but don't feel up to dealing too much with the locals.
My experience was not at all what I read in the other reviews on trip advisor, or what I saw on the website. The website photographs are cropped so that you do not notice that it is in a strip of land of no more than 30 feet between the ocean and the road behind it. It was difficult to sleep with the noisy road right next to our window. You are not allowed to swim in about half of the guest house's beach... and the other half, we didn't even dare since it looked way too rough and too many rocks. The room had a huge kitchen, with way too many cabinets, one small fridge and no microwave, stove, oven, or any other appliance except for a coffee pot, where you can brew your first coffee (which is on the house). Service was not good at all, made us wait way too long to register and we were the only ones there!. It felt as if they were doing us a favor!. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Very Relaxing in a Beautiful Setting
This was the first of three places we stayed in Puerto Rico and it was by far the best. The setting was terrific, the tiny restaurant was delicious, and the staff were very nice. The road runs too close to the hotel, but its a country road, not a main highway. It is not in a big tourism area and we went in the off season, but the people and places around the hotel were very nice and accomodating.
Great view, helpful staff, peaceful atmosphere
All the staff was wonderful, helped any way they could. Including arranging for an officiant for my wedding. The view was breathtaking! Road noise was a little irritating as the windows are plastic not glass. The winds were strong so we couldn't go in the water much but according to the locals, the area is great for snorkeling. This is a great place to stay if you want a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. And, the hammocks are a great place to enjoy the stars and sound of the waves. We will visit again.