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Beach Rental Tips, and the Best Part of Puerto Rico

The most beautiful beach balcony I've ever experienced.

The most beautiful beach balcony I’ve ever experienced.

Before traveling to Puerto Rico, I spent a lot of Google-icious hours trying to determine the most perfect part of the island for our young family. After our two week trip, I now have our answer: we liked the West Coast of Puerto Rico best of all!

Sandy Beach in Rincon (just down the road) was perfect for swimming.

Sandy Beach in Rincon (just down the road) is perfect for swimming.

The West Coast of Puerto Rico has a much more natural, relaxed feel than the built-up East Coast, and it’s just two hours from San Juan using a handy-dandy rental car to reach the town of Rincon: the prime West Coast destination for surfers and English speakers.

The inside (besides the balcony!) was cosy, too.

The inside of our vacation rental was homey and fun.

So where to stay? Whether on the West Coast or anywhere else, really, consider a vacation rental instead of a hotel for part of your time. For the same price as a hotel, a rental property usually provides a full kitchen, and numerous rooms instead of just a single hotel bedroom. These two elements are endlessly useful when traveling with a baby, particularly because it’s awkward to have to whisper from 7pm onward if the baby has to sleep in the same room as you!

Pools Beach was the semi-private beach right below our rental's balcony. Yum!

Pools Beach was the semi-private beach right below our rental’s balcony. Yum.

We hit the absolute jackpot with our Rincon apartment. How did I find it? Having heard good buzz, I decided to try out the new online vacation rental site by TripAdvisor called FlipKey.

We spent so much happy time on this beach balcony.

We spent many happy hours on this beach balcony.

Now, as background, know that I have a rabid lust for oceanfront balconies. I’ve sought them out in Belize, Vietnam, Hawaii, and San Juan… but what I wanted in Rincon was to be RIGHT ON the water. Like, the ocean spray would get on my eyelashes. That kind of “right on the water.”

Nothing like watching the sun set on your own semi-private beach!

Nothing like watching the sun set on your own semi-private beach!

Delightfully, FlipKey has filters to narrow down your vacation rental options. I slid the budget option down low enough to suit our pockets, selected “Internet Access” (hey — a gal’s gotta blog!), then decisively clicked the “Waterfront” filter.

Sunsets on the West Coast of Puerto Rico are exceptional.

Sunsets on the West Coast of Puerto Rico are exceptional.

But here is the tip I have for you: Once you’ve selected all your preference filters, click on “View Larger Map” so you can actually see where each property is in relation to the town and its surroundings. Let me tell you, dear chum: Some places have a mighty broad definition of “Waterfront!”

Gazing at Pools Beach from the lower patio.

Gazing at Pools Beach from the lower patio.

The map helped me narrow the options down to four rentals that actually kissed the ocean. Next, I used the Reviews feature to rule out one rental which was described as “Good for party-hearty 20-somethings who don’t mind loud road noise and a terrible bed.” Phew!

Checking out the silvery twilight beach with baby.

Checking out the silvery twilight beach with baby.

Next, I studied the map and reviews to figure out which properties were within walking distance of food and fun. This eliminated one which required a car to get to anything. Finally, I corresponded with the owners of the final two options, and after much hemming and hawing, used the “Book Now” button to seal our date with what turned out to be the most gorgeous oceanfront balcony I’ve stayed at in my life.

Baby was NOT so sure about this "ocean" thing at first!

Baby was NOT so sure about this “ocean” thing at first.

Will I continue to use this vacation rental strategy? Without a doubt. The challenge is now on: Where in the world can I find an even more perfect oceanfront view? Challenge accepted.

Once we were on the magic balcony, all was smiles!

Once we were on the magic balcony, all was smiles!

We were guests of FlipKey, but all opinions and beach balcony obsessions are my own. If you enjoyed this article, consider doing your vacation accommodation search through this link, as you will find great deals, while supporting this site with a small commission at no extra cost to you. Merci!

 

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Adrienne S. @ AdrienneAway

Thursday 11th of September 2014

beautiful! I've been to San Juan a few times and loved it, but never the west coast. Will have to check it out next time I;m there.

De'Jav

Monday 1st of September 2014

Great suggestions. Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places.Can't wait to go back. FYI looks like you had good views form the balcony.

Lillie

Monday 1st of September 2014

PR is one of our favorite places now, too! :)

Annie

Sunday 31st of August 2014

This makes me want to jump on a plane to PR right now!

Lillie

Monday 1st of September 2014

Mission accomplished, then!

Adrienne

Saturday 30th of August 2014

PR is amazing!

Mags

Thursday 28th of August 2014

That sunset is to die for! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check flipkey out. I've never heard of it before now.

Lillie

Monday 1st of September 2014

I hadn't heard of it before, either, and am glad I've found it now.

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