I had the pleasure of staying at David's beautiful apartment for an entire month (July2014). I'm a New Yorker who only needs a good internet connection in order to do my job and so I decided to work in Puerto Rico while my Wife, 7 year son and my Sister in Law relaxed poolside. This "working vacation" was great. I set up my "office" on David's Rooftop Terrace which had a commanding view of the ocean and greenery. My family and I did short 1 day trips thoughout the Island, keeping Vega Baja as our Homebase. Although my wife, son & Sister in Law don't speak spanish, they had no trouble socializing.
I have to mention that David (the apartment owner) is a True Professional. This guy responded to all of my very detailed questions/requests exactly as I was hoping and in an expedited manner. My family is from Vega Baja, I know Vega Baja very well and he schooled me on good restaurants & good tourist advice.
I had hesitations sending money in advance and receiving only a promise of a beautiful apartment, but everything went perfectly as planned. Again, David is a True Professional (and a Puerto Rican intellectual).
David, Thanks for making me proud, Javier Cordero.
This was our first time booking for an entire month at a time, and to say we were slightly apprehensive is an understatement. Let me just say up front, that this was one of the best overall booking experiences we’ve ever had! From our initial contact with Dave and all through the entire stay, Dave made certain that we were comfortable and was always available to answer any questions or concerns. Dave provides an info packet with information on places to see, dining and directions on getting around that you normally wouldn’t find in the guide books. Check in and check-out were flawless thanks to Dave’s communication and follow up.
The rental condo was just as described in the booking site, and actually the pictures don’t fully do it justice. From the spacious Living room, terrace, kitchen to the bedrooms and the gorgeous rooftop deck the unit always felt roomy and comfortable. We loved spending time up on the rooftop deck and especially the barbecue. Having a sink, refrigerator and bathroom up there was wonderful. The views from the rooftop were gorgeous. Also if you enjoy sunbathing, there is plenty of privacy. We had visitors staying two out of the four weeks, and the condo never felt cramped. Plenty of space.
There is a well stocked supermarket about a short 10 minutes away, which made it very convenient to obtain groceries and supplies. My wife loves to cook, and the kitchen was well equipped. We actually ate out much less than we expected.
The pool is about a minute and a half away and the beach is about a three minute walk. The pool was always clean and never crowded. At the most we saw maybe 2 or 3 families at a time at the pool. The beach is great for long walks and watching sunsets. If you plan on going in the water, rock shoes are a must as the beach is rocky with a lot of coral. There’s plenty of space for lying out by the beach. Also the beach was never crowded either. If you do plan on swimming in the ocean, there’s a very nice public beach just minutes away.
From the manicured lawns to the landscaping, the grounds in the complex are impeccable. The gated complex itself is very secure, with a wall surrounding the entire area and 24 hour security, we always felt safe. The neighbors were also very friendly.
This is our fifth visit to Puerto Rico, and overall, I would not hesitate to return to Vega Baja and Dave’s condo.
In general, we really enjoyed vey much our stay at this wonderful penthouse apartment in Chalets de la Playa. WE loved how spacious and comfortable it was being a three story apartment. Also, one of my favorite amenities was the upper-level terrace being a lounge area with spectacular views, where we enjoyed daily activities, like BBQ’ing, as well as having wonderful and peaceful nights under the stars while listening to the sounds of the waves gently crashing in the background. We loved that all the rooms, including dining and tv area, were fully air conditioned (it gets hot in Puerto Rico). The kitchen was fully equipped and spacious. The facilities were great; the pool and the private beach were a short walk away from the apartment. Everything in the apartment was clean, organized and well kept. We loved the little messages and facts the owner hung up around the apartment (letting you know about important issues that made a difference in the way certain things worked which wasn’t blatantly obvious). This way, one can really appreciate how much work and dedication the owner puts into maintaining his property. The apartment is equipped with absolutely everything you may need, but just in case, there's a gas station and a supermarket minutes away. Also, the apartment is approximately 15 minutes away from this beautiful beach we went to called "Los Tubos" and other beaches in the nearby area of Manati.
We highly recommend this property not only because its very spacious, clean, organized, well located, beautiful and accessible, but also because it really makes you feel like you're at home. We would definitely book this property again if we ever visit Puerto Rico again.
Stayed here for 5 days. Close to airport without being in the city surrounded by tourists. Place was very clean and beautiful to enjoy. Plenty of info and extras provided! Rooftop views and lounge area can only be beat by a quick drive to amazing local beaches :)
Plenty of space for large groups, but definitely a great spot for a couple's weekend getaway too. Pool and hot tub was a treat to have for relaxing after a day of exploring the island. Location is perfectly situated for equal travel to most areas of interest.
Will definitely return soon!