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Casa Flamboyant
Ranked #1 of 4 Naguabo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, VA
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45 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Stop reading reviews and book this place now. Everything said here is true, and yes, it’s as good as all of the photos lead you to believe it is. The bad reviews say the frogs are too loud at night. I say bring it on – what a great place this is when those are the bad reviews!

The place is so great, that the “cons” are a bit silly:
- It’s on the south side of El Yunque and it’s a bit over an hour to the tourist entrance (because 191 has been closed for decades due to a landslide)

To this “con”, we resoundingly said “so what?!” Yes, we drove the hour to visit the tourist entrance (as a tourist we felt as though we must do it). But, news flash, El Yunque is right outside your window; we had everything we needed rainforest-wise at Casa Flamboyant.

What do you get when you stay here? A host with an incredible sense of *being a host*:
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- Bed had 2” memory foam and memory foam pillows (heavenly sleep)
- Room outfitted with literally everything you need (you bring food for lunches/dinners if you’d like):
- mini fridge, bottled water for hikes, serving tray on the fridge with paper towels, cups, wine glasses, wine/bottle opener, plates, plasticware, cutting board, and a sharp cutting knife
- So many thoughtful touches in and out of room:
- Bathroom had basket of washcloths just for "hiking cleanup"
- electric lantern in room (for walking to dinner and to/forth from room)
- Common area have easily accessible hiking backpacks, walking sticks (a must for the steep climb down to the waterfall!), ponchos and umbrellas (it’s a rainforest after all), and pool towels (also for swimming in waterfall).
- Back-up generator kicked on at least 3 times with no lapse in power or amenities
- Every breakfast was complete with unusual, delicious, juices, fresh fruit, and a main course (even provided us veggie-sausage – no effort spared to accommodate guests)
- There’s an extensive public DVD library and a portable DVD player your room (for night time!)

Recommendations / Tips:
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- Stay at least 3 nights – it’s too nice to make it a short visit. Stay for at least one day just enjoying the house and activities within walking distance (e.g. walks/hikes).
- Shirley is a fantastic host filled with information – talk with her!
- Do the hike the waterfall (~20 min down, longer up). It’s a bit tough on your knees/thighs (steep, slippery, and muddy (take walking sticks, go slow)) but even for us (not super fit) it was do-able and very rewarding. Wear your bathing suit, bring a book, stay a while.
- The 2nd hike up the road/along the ridge (~6 hours) we skipped – we heard it was muddy, difficult, and long with less rewarding views. But, if you’re up for a challenge it’s available!
- Take a morning walk up 191 each day – it’s easy (paved; little or no traffic), beautiful, and one of the neighbors’ dogs may hike with you, keeping you company. Go as far as you can until the jungle takes over, then turn around and come home
- Pay with cash, you’ll get a discount on the room rate (otherwise, bring your checkbook, no credit cards)
- Work with Shirley to find out when the 2 local places are open for dinner. We walked to and ate at Casa Cubuy twice.
- We stayed in the “Ginger” room (private balcony with waterfall view) and loved it.

Things to know:
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- We had to do all of the booking via phone and mail (no email) – it’s sort of a nice change!
- The road up is narrow and winding; we were nervous our first time up, and then got used to it. It’s well paved; you don’t need an SUV to drive it.
- There’s no wifi (a good thing), but my AT&T smart phone worked just fine.
- The constant breeze means no bugs (at least for us in Jan. that was true)
- There are lizards and snails everywhere – they live there, but aren’t problematic in the rooms. Just enjoy them.
- The weather changes rapidly and often (cool nights, warm days, sometimes with rain)
- Shirley has 2 super friendly dogs (Emo & Soma) - play with them!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bissamcuttack, Orissa
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

If you plan to visit El Yunque it will be well worth your while to come here. Located on the south side of the rainforest it is far from the maddening crowds and gives you the experience of solitude and calm that you would hope to get from a visit to a rainforest. Situated high on the mountain, the views are gorgeous as is the sunrise and sunset. There are trails on the property leading to the rivers and the waterfall. We were the only two people at the waterfall and it was worth the trek ( I hate trekking btw) . Shirley is a great host and her breakfast are delightful. I would definitely come back here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We stayed at Casa Flamboyant for our anniversary, and were very happy with our choice. It's on the back side of El Yunque national forest, so it's a bit of a drive from San Juan, but it means that you're really off the beaten track and can explore without running into people. Shirley has created a beautiful home, and really makes you feel welcome. She's more than willing to talk about the area, give advice on hikes (or guides), pass on information about local restaurants, etc. We drove into Fajardo one night for dinner, which is a very reasonable drive. Shirley tipped us off that some construction was going on, and gave us very clear directions to avoid it.

The house is third from the end of the road winding up the mountains, and opens into an incredible view down to the ocean. The property is surrounded by flowers and a variety of plants- exactly what you'd expect in the ideal Caribbean retreat (especially with the coqui chirping at night). The pool is perfect- so refreshing.

Shirley prepared a delicious breakfast each morning, with coffee, fruit plates, juice, and our main dish. The variety was impressive, and the food was very tasty.

Shirley's dogs, Emo and Zoma, are incredibly sweet and well trained. They were very willing to interact or leave us alone, depending on our mood.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Forever and Ever Room. It's on the main floor, closest to the common space, but...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

First of all accomodations clean, unique and beautiful. Then when you're not listening to the waterfalls and wondering at how so many exotic and wonderful flowers normally confined to a terrarium could pssibly grow so large, you look more closely at the furnishings and appointments that have made this property a destination for choosy travelers.

Much hiking from easy to challenging can be done right from the property and into the rainforest and rivers. Stayed two nights and next time will stay longer.

Breakfasts were exceptional and so was the service. Even to the extent that when we forgot a bag Shirley delivered it to San Juan, our next stop. Sharon & Jim, from British Virgin Islands & Sarasota Fl

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Redondo Beach, California, United States
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Beautiful facility with rain forest views that are out of this world. Short hike to the river below and spent the day there bathing an admiring the incredible flora in complete privacy.
Shirley made us feel at home and prepared a tasty breakfast each morning. Rooms are clean and well appointed with incredible views of the mountains and the waterfalls.
Dinner choices are limited; good Puerto Rican food at Noriela's (about a mile down the road), or drive all the way to Naguabo Beach for great seafood (Lobster a la parrilla, or fried chillo highly recommended).

We will stay in Casa Flamboyant for our next visit to El Yunque.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

My daughter and I stayed here a while ago. Not sure why I never wrote a review but shame on me. We both looooved this place. Shirley was an excellent and charming host and if the more recent reviews are any indication, that has not changed. The place was clean and perfectly located so you have a view of the mountains and luquillo beach off in the distance. The sounds at night are out of this world and the flora and fauna are a delight to the senses. The other guests as well were the icing on the cake. Also, not sure if its still oferred but there was a local gentlemen that did a 8-9 hour hike through the forest with his young song and that was amazing also. This was one of the most magical vacations I've taken. (FYI: this site only gives me the option to state I traveled in September 2012 but it was before 2012)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My wife and I spent two nights at the Casa Flamboyant and we enjoyed every second. We stayed in the Rainbow room which has a private balcony with amazing views of the mountains, waterfalls and forest below. Shirley was an excellent host and made sure we were comfortable while there. She even took care of getting our luggage delivered which showed up a day behind us on the island. That small gesture allowed us to enjoy ourselves and not stress about if it would get there, thank you so much for that Shirley!!! As others have said, bring snacks and drinks as there is nowhere near to purchase them. The one restaurant down the mountain Noella's is about as authentic PR food as you can get, just understand you may be dining with her dog who loves French fries! This was a great place to "unplug and disconnect" and I would highly recommend including this stop on your trip to the island. Thanks again Shirley. Todd and Lisa

Room Tip: Go with the Rainbow room as it is private and benifits from the moutain breeze. (no A/C)
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Flamboyant

Property: Casa Flamboyant
Address: Route #191, Naguabo 00718, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Naguabo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Naguabo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A true gem in the Caribbean, this timeless estate adjoining El Yunque National Forest, offers the ultimate luxury...Quiet beauty, inspiring views and rejuvenating energy. Your escape from the conventional at our boutique guest house where you will be lulled by warm, gentle breezes and the beckoning of the 28,000 acre El Yunque National Forest...The only tropical rain forest in the US Forest System. This mountaintop retreat is your escape to paradise with private jungle paths and waterfalls, and a dipping pool you'll never want to leave. ... more   less 
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Casa Flamboyant Puerto Rico/Naguabo

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