OK, I'll start positive. It's inexpensive, even over Xmas week. (But remember you get what you pay for). It's a million-dollar view. The undeveloped 6 miles of beach is awesome. Monserrate Beach is 3 minutes away and great. Easy to get to ferry, great golf, more beaches, the rain forest, etc. Free wifi.
Now the negative:
Reluctant to identify the specific condo publicly, because the owner seems like a nice guy. Message me for details if you're considering a vacation rental in Luquillo or Sandy Hills condos specifically.
But VERY DISAPPOINTED in the Sandy Hills complex, the condo we rented and Luquillo overall. Owner was disorganized from the beginning and his listing way over-exaggerated the "luxury" nature of his property. The condo was dirty/full of sand on arrival. Even the relatively new leather sectional couch had sand in all the seams. Overall, the furnishings had all seen better days and the place was pretty beat.
The complex is about 40 yrs old, comprised of twin 22-story towers. Maintenance appears to be an afterthought. Oh, and that private, hidden beach in front of the condo? Not private at all and gated access is a joke. It was a very secure complex which was a good thing, since the surrounding neighborhood/town is absolutely destitute. Seriously, numerous abandoned homes 20 yds from condo entrance, and every house/store in town had bars on all windows and porches. This is a very poor, nearly Third World neighborhood. And Luquillo generally is not a place anyone would want to walk around alone at night. I've been around, traveling to Mexico, Central/South America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. I've seen some nasty places and know how fortunate we are to live in the USA. Again, the surrounding area is something to be seriously considered before renting, especially if you're vacationing with your family.
You are 5 min walking distance to a variety of good restaurants, the closest being Boardriders, Guava, and Pasta y Pueblo. All good. But... first night, got hit up for $ by a pretty aggressive local. Second night, while walking through the town square to another restaurant, got approached by a group of 4 locals. Definitely felt uncomfortable and and they were hard to shake. One hit us up for money, another wanted cigarettes, another tried to sell us weed.
Despite the above, hard to hate 85F and sunny on the beach to end the year. Just wish I had chosen a different locale.
- Also Known As:
- Sandy Hills Condominiums Hotel Luquillo