It’s a safe haven for so many, and it’s a place where millions of people flock to for vacations. We wanted a real experience for our Spring vacation with friends, and we knew we’d need to be near a beach. The search was on for a great place in Rincon, Puerto Rico that was ocean side but without a huge “by the beach” price. As soon as the guest list reached 7 people, I knew we needed to rent a place. Boy, did we luck out.
HomeAway.com was one of the first sites I frequented while I was deployed. I knew that I needed to use a site that could really show me the deals and give a detailed breakdown of the amenities at each rental. We needed a minimum of 4 rooms, a kitchen, and if possible, a pool. With all those requests from guests, I was a little leery about finding a place that would fit our budget. I typed in the information on Home Away, crossed my fingers and hit search. This is what popped up on my screen:
I fell in love immediately. It was a cool looking beach house with a unique design. My group of friends and I fancy ourselves as “cool and hip” (ha!) so a totally one of a kind place would fit our personalities. I just a little more searching, making sure that I gave a few options to everyone. There were many other beautiful places nearby, even next door to us:
But we all agreed: the 3 story beach house was the place for us. I made the reservation with Juan, the owner, through Home Away and we were all set. When we got to the house, we couldn’t believe our eyes. It was amazing and I personally couldn’t believe that we got all that was included for the price quoted to us.
We made ourselves at home and bought lots of local Puerto Rican Rum
Stainless steel appliances and an awesome mustard color paint on the kitchen walls
Loved this light fixture! Provided light all over the kitchen and living space but looked tres chic
Vaulted ceilings! Swoon….
The view from our kitchen balcony. One balcony of three! This was the walkway/driveway and the beach is right at the end
Stairway to heaven a.k.a. the secluded beach
The other stairway to heaven a.k.a. our own private pool
The pool! It was a little chilly but we didn’t mind. There’s also a full patio right next to it and a large table right next to:
The built-in BBQ pit. This thing was a God-send. We ate like kings for lunch and for our first dinner on the island.
The DH and I on our first night out. The night life was surfer chic, laid back but exciting!
After 5 days of bliss, it was time to leave. We all had wished that we’d taken Juan’s suggestion of staying 7 days; he’d even told us that by staying longer we’d get an even better deal. But, work (and kids) were calling us back to the Continental U.S. and we had to depart. Before we left, Juan stopped our car and told us this: “Always remember that you have a friend and a home in Rincon.” Those words have stuck with us all, even 2 months later. We vowed that we would be back, and maybe make this a yearly vacation. Oh, did I mention the price was right? For the 7 of us to stay 5 days in this extraordinary house, we shelled out 850 bucks. That was only 121 per person or 24 bucks a day. I couldn’t make this stuff up, people. Get yourself a rental house on your next vacation! You won’t regret it. Plus, wouldn’t like to look as relaxed and happy as this:
This post was in no way sponsored by Home Away. I just really dig their site. And I dig cheap vacations. You dig?