I am starting my research to rent a house (i.e., through VRBO) for 6+ weeks next summer and I am trying to decide which area of the island would be most ideal.
I want a house, not a condo. Close to the beach, but doesn't have to be ON the beach. As much as I would like to, logistically, I don't think out on Vieques would work, plus we aren't just flop-on-the-beach types. I will be able to stay the entire time, but my husband will travel back and forth, plus teenagers. Also grandparents will probably come part of the time. Because of this, I don't think we want to be messing with getting back and forth to Vieques. (We may go over there for the day via a flight or a ferry, as well as Culebra. Already been to Culebra.)
I would love to be over in Cabo Rojo area or Rincon, but I worry that it is just so far. Yes, I realize there are airports other than SJU, but I need to keep budget in mind. I have thought about Vega Baja area near Los Tubos beach, or near Humacao/ Punta Santiago. Is the Humacao side of the island at more risk for Tropical Storms/Hurricanes? (Had to deal with an evacuation last summer from Irene-I realize it is always a risk, but would like to avoid.)
I would also like an area that is fairly safe, not to chaotic-not too interested in being in the hubub of San Juan. I like to let my teens be adventurous, but be able to go off on their own and be safe.
I have been to Puerto Rico several times and know my way around, and my Spanish is clunky but functional, but would really like to hear from others their thoughts.Edited: 15 November 2011, 10:42