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Escape to to what is known to our family for the past 50 years as the most magical place on earth!!!! El Cocal is a Gated community of Beach Houses tucked away between the beautiful mountains and caribbean ocean of in the east coast of Puerto Rico. Here your mind, body, and soul can't help but relax and become one with nature.
Villa Mar is a brand new house with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Master Bedroom has a queen size bed. 2nd bedroom has a bunk bed with twin bed on top and full on the bottom with a trundle bed. 3rd bedroom has a queen size bed. Full kitchen,living room tv, dvd , ipod station, games, movies, dinning room , big porch looking to ocean views, hammac and outdoor furniture, outdoor shower and bathroom,washer and dryer, all linens and towels provided, parking for 2 cars, club house with basketball court, beach chairs, basketball, etc.. Close to Snorkiling, Restaurants, Golf, Rainforest, Old San Juan.
Elizabeth’s house was such a perfect beach house for our family, the view is the ocean and Beach is not even a minute walk. the beach is beautiful, our family enjoyed it everyday and didn’t even want to go anywhere else . Outdoor living room hangout spot was out second favorite . house was clean, and very cozy ! Community is nice and safe ; you have to enter through gate so it’s secure. We got to meet Elizabeth and she is very nice and was well responsive when we had a few questions. My husband and I were so shocked to see this place in real life , because the photos displayed we felt really didn’t share how amazing the view is from this house. you will not be disappointed if you stay here!!!!! there is also a nice kid swimming area for the little babies and those that can’t handle the big waves. my husband was able to body surf as well . Nice and beautiful location and house, thank you again Elizabeth . We will be back!
This property was even better than we expected! The house was very clean and comfortable with great light and a well-stocked kitchen. The home is truly just steps away from the beach, which itself was very clean and never crowded. Elizabeth was extremely responsive to our inquiries and very kind - we would love to return to this special place!
Safe and nice gate in neighborhood. The house was immaculate clean which in COVID days is a must. It had all of what we needed to enjoy Christmas holiday. The main beach is a bit wavy, yet there is a small beach at the end like a pond, perfect for kids. Will visit again for sure!
Beautiful house with espectacular views of the ocean. Excellent property manager that quickly answers all your questions or requests. Will surely book this house again.
Nice and beautiful
This was a great and relaxing location that allowed us to enjoy beach walks and ocean bathing all day without hassle. We found the area very picturesque and non-touristy. A great place to stay fir any small group.
Excellent location and facilities.
Absolutely would recommend staying here, especially if you want to get away from the big city and enjoy the country side and beach. We stayed during the C-virus time, but did not let that slow us down. We still enjoyed golfing, hiking, beach going, and exploring. The gates community was quiet and it had a basketball area that we utilized frequently. Air conditioner in the bedrooms rooms worked fantastically. Overall great stay!
Great time great location
My family and I had the best time renting this property. The property is clean, well organized, and the host has a book with all the information you’ll need about the property and surrounding areas. Having access to the beach was amazing. Safe environment, beautiful beach, what more could you ask for. Can’t wait to go back!
This was the best location we could have imagined!! We would love to come and stay here again! We loved the house, it was perfect!! The gated community was so safe and we felt like we had a private beach and it was sooo beautiful and just steps away! It had great boogie boarding waves we and our kids loved, along with anything you could want in a beach!! We loved the huge sliding door on the covered patio that’s right off the main part of the house that let in the ocean breezes and sounds and made you feel like you were still on the beach! The views are simply breathtaking!! It truly is paradise!! Elizabeth was so thoughtful to have food there for us to prepare for our first morning, since we had arrived quite late and stores were already closed! Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home and for taking such great care of us while we were there!
Our stay at this location was incredible to say the least. Elizabeth the property owner was very attentive and hands on. She even greeted my parents with fresh bread the day before we arrived. Location was perfect and the beach was great. We spent our night in the open living area with doors open dancing the night away to great music in a safe and beautiful home. Thank you so much Elizabeth!!! We will definitely be back!!!
What an amazing place to stay! We had great time and were very comfortable. The home was immaculate and well stocked with family friendly activities. The view of the beach is beautiful and is one of the most beautiful beaches we have traveled to. There is a cove perfect for the little children and snorkeling and a wide open sandy area for playing in the waves. The property manager was easy to communicate with ands extremely responsive to any needs we had. Highly recommend this wonderful VRBO location.
Someone wrote a review that said that the pictures don’t do justice to the house and they were so right. It is a beautiful home. Well stocked, has everything you need from kitchen utensils, pots, toys, beach equipment, and all in perfect shape. The owner is very responsive, answers all questions diligently. We loved listening to the sound of the ocean all day. Nice beach a short walk away from the house. Would definitely like to stay again someday.
Clean, comfortable and well equipped property. Great for families with children. We really enjoyed it!
This house is a perfect Caribbean getaway. Steps away from the beach in a private community it was a great spot for a quick escape with our family.
We rented the property for a week to spend the quarantine close to the beach and it was worth it. The house was very comfortable and the view of the water was amazing and relaxing. You can hear the calming sound of the waves from any place in the house. It was very convenient because it only took a few minutes to walk to the beach. The neighborhood is very quiet and felt really safe. We barbecued almost every afternoon while sitting outdoors looking at the georgeous view. We would love to return soon!!!
My boys and I had an amazing stay at Villa Mar. The home is steps away from a beautiful and private Caribbean beach. It is so clean and comfy, and just feels like home. The people in the neighborhood are so friendly! The food in the area is delicious! This home is very close to Ralph’s and Walmart, so trips to the store are very easy. Elizabeth was so easy to work with, and always available to help. We cannot wait to spend more time here exploring this beautiful island!
We have stayed at this beautiful house twice before and are always very happy with how clean and well maintained it is. The host is responsive and helpful. The location is safe and perfect for a relaxing getaway. Walk a few steps to the beach or stay hanging out on the patio. We love it here!
Came here for 5 nights and really loved our stay. This is a magical place, the house is steps from the beach, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the beach. We had three kids with us (ages 2, 6, and 8) and they loved the beach. There's a less wavy part of the beach right near the house that's perfect for kids. We made friends with multiple neighbors in the five days we were there. You must rent a car if you're going to stay here and I would recommend stocking up on groceries as you will probably need to mostly eat at home. Nearby restaurant options are limited. The host, Elizabeth, was very communicative. We had some issues when we first arrived in the evening getting into the locked gate to the community but she had someone nearby come let us in right away. Highly recommend and want to go back! Bonus there's a washer, dryer, and dishwasher!
My husband and I stayed here with our two small kids and it was the perfect vacation to say the least! The view of the ocean from sun up to sun down and the access to the nearly secluded beach was everything we had hoped for! We did have a little trouble finding the place at first so be sure to ask for the exact address before you arrive- once you find it then you'll be set. Elizabeth and her parents were were so accommodating with our small family and so great to work with throughout our stay! My husband and I are already talking about coming back next year-- thank you again for such a wonderful stay in paradise!
My colleagues and I stayed here for a volunteer trip and we couldnt have asked for a better experience. The house is gorgeous, clean, and relaxing. The host is very communicative and helpful. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. I highly recommend this listing!
It was as advertised - peaceful tranquil and complete escape from everyday life. Time to rest and reenergize your batteries. Just you, the sea and the sounds of nature all around... Unforgettable 😊�
The property was perfect for our family of 4. Enjoyed the location and proximity to the beach. We had everything we needed. When any questions, Elizabeth was quick to respond and also provided helpful suggestions on places to go throughout our stay. Probably the best owner I had ever had the pleasure of dealing with!! We hope to make a return trip in the next few years.
From the moment we started exploring options for housing we knew that this property would provide us all the things that we look for in a vacation location. Elizabeth was responsive to all our questions, and properlly prepped us for entering the area. The property was magical, open, inviting, a breath away from the beach. we enjoyed the sound and smell of the ocean, the hammock on the porch was a gift to relieve the soul. we had a family reunion in the area and this home was a perfect staging area for the various activities. Thank you
The pictures don’t give this house or beach justice! It’s stunning! The house has a metal roof that sounds so cool when it rains, the beach is literally steps away, you can play in the waves or get behind the rocks and have calm water and snorkel. We checked out about half of the island the rainforest, diff beaches, San Juan, and Toro Verde to zipline. We will be back!! So much fun and such an amazing house. We recommend having Naomi cook for guest as well my husband went fishing and caught mackerel they cooked an amazing authentic dinner for us! PERFECT!! We are recommending PR to everyone now!
We have been to Puerto Rico 5 times and loved this location, house, and host more than anything! I have to start with how amazing Elizabeth was as an owner and host. We had the pleasure of her being in town during our visit and she truly treated us like loving family, and went above and beyond to help anytime we had a question or request. I asked where is the closet place to buy rum... Walked up to the house and it was waiting for me on the patio! Needed a pack and play bc I failed to request before our visit, and here comes Elizabeth at 11 pm with it for our baby! We enjoyed meeting her parents and family on the beach and my 4 year old was ready to go home with them at the end of the week... The house is great and had everything you will need to be more than comfortable and happy. The view was hard to leave, nothing will compare. We cooked almost every night on the grill enjoying the beautiful view from the patio. It is close to Palmas resort with restaurants and to nice grocery shopping and Walgreens, so although you will feel like you are at the edge of the world while sitting on the beach, modern comforts are a short drive away. The beach is just perfect for anything you want to do. The rocked off area is like a huge swimming pool and perfect for kids and just relaxing. The rest of the beach is good for surfing and boogie boarding. We had many days without anyone else being in eyesight, but major beach season has not started so I'm sure it gets more traffic starting in June. It is beautiful, rustic, and a hidden gem.
Beautiful location and home! We enjoyed the beach and watching the pelicans fish! We were fortunate enough to see many turtle nests in the beach and enjoy the relaxing environment!
The Villa Mar is well suited to a very relaxing laid back holiday - steps from the beach, which is usually almost vacant, lovely swimming area protected from the surf, great accommodations which are right up to date, and then there’s the covered lanai overlooking the surf, without question the finest feature of this private residence. We will definitely return!
We had an amazing time!! The property is beautiful and its just a few steps away from the beach. The house is fully equipped and super cozy. The terrace offer beautiful views and comfort. (floors on the terrace get a little slippery when it rains just be careful) Elizabeth was extremely accommodating and we sincerely thank her for her hospitality!! Also, Elizabeth's mom was super sweet and helpful.
This was our first time to Puerto Rico so I researched it a TON. I'm so glad that we chose Elizabeth's VRBO house as it was amazing. The view can't be beat. 24/7 ocean breezes. No humidity. Clean, open floor-plan. Our family had what felt like exclusive access to miles of beaches, a fun community to walk around in. Elizabeth was thoughtful enough to recommend a local chef for our full immersion into the Puerto Rico cuisine culture. What an amazing value and recommendation. I truthfully can't think of a way to improve on this vacation spot. We'll be back for sure. Enjoy your visit!!! Brian, Traci and Josiah
My family loved every second of our stay, it was the perfect place to relax and unwind. The house was very clean, beautiful, comfortable, great kitchen, perfectly A/C'ed bedrooms. The veranda had an amazing view of the ocean, beach and hills. The beach was fantastic, often we had it all to ourselves, and even if there were others using the beach they were friendly families out for a day at the beach. The surf could be strong at times, which we enjoyed, but when we wanted the just quietly wade and look for seashells there was a tranquil spot just a 2 minute walk east. Elizabeth and her family made sure that we were taken care of every moment of our amazing stay at El Cocal. Thank you again!
we stayed at the villa Jan.22-24, 2019 and we were not totally please with our experience. Here is a list of pros and cons of the house,,, Pros loved the colors of the decor, it was very light and airy the comforters in the second and third bedrooms were nice and clean the view of the ocean while you were in the kitchen was excellent the hammock was super loved the outdoor furniture, it was very stylish the washer and dryer worked fine I love the tile floors Cons only one small 32 in tv in the house... the tv did not work the internet worked about a third of our stay, if you are planning to do work while vacationing, you will not be happy. It was not reliable. ocean views were out the back of the house if you looked to the right, but the straight on view is of a parking lot and basketball court and road with quite a bit of neighbor traffic. the view to the left was a street view and direct view of the 3 neighbors.. Not a private patio area at all, in fact just the opposite. People can see straight into the house and there are not blinds, If you want privacy, this is not the house for you. The house had a terrible leak from the tin roof when it rained,,,,thank goodness we got a five gallon bucket from the handyman to collect the water. My husband and i would rate the comfort of the beds at a 5 at best. (1-10 scale). very soft and unstable,,, everytime you turned over they would bump the wall....maybe because there was not a headboard////???? i dont know the refrigerator was very old and rusty, but the worse part about it, was that it was noisy.
Our concerns of Puerto Rico's recovery were unwarranted! Lush and beautiful, this island is paradise, and we cherished every moment we were there. We can't wait to rent your beach house again. We loved every minute of our week-long stay in the BEST BEACH HOUSE EVER! Each day after breakfast we went to the beach. With enough waves at one end of it for boogie boarding, and soft waves at the other for our youngster - we had no trouble spending hours and hours in the sand! I was grateful for the outdoor shower and hose to rinse off - the lawn was perfect. There is easy access to a large grocery store in town, which suited us as we prefer to cook. The mountain bar and restaurant El Nuevo Horizonte was fun and had breathtaking views. Treat yourself to something yummy from the Yabucoa Bakery!!! You won't want to leave.
I booked this home based on its proximity to the beach...what a superb choice! I was able to take long peaceful walks on the beach every day...all day. The beach was never crowded. The waves are a bit rough but great for surfing or wake boarding. However, there is a perfect spot for those that prefer calmer waters. The home had everything we needed. The weather was so nice that we chose to grill out almost daily. The grocery store was a short drive and had everything we needed..including good wine, liquor and champagne! The home was exactly as described. Small note: rent a good vehicle, preferably a 4x4...make sure it has excellent headlights. Due to the hurricane, the roads are rough and there are no street lights. My husband and I and our 3 older children ages 17-22 fully enjoyed our vacation. We made a few trips, El Yunque, Zip Lining, Old San Juan, and it was all fun and about a 45 min drive. Book in advance. Loved our stay!!!
Our family truly loved every minute of our stay at Elizabeth’s place in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico! Thank you for prompltly addressing our questions and needs when we were staying there. The house was amazing and had everything we needed for our family which included kids and adults. Our children loved swimming in the ocean, collecting seashells and exploring the beach! This was a perfect beach home with the sliding kitchen doors that opened up to the porch and beautiful ocean views! Thank you Elizabeth for recommending Naomi! She cooked such delicious, authentic Puerto Rican food and we looked forward to each meal! Our family will forever remember our time in Yabucoa with fun, love and relaxation! We would definitely return in the future to beautiful Yabucoa, Puerto Rico!
Our stay was simply amazing! The owners' were so welcoming and helpful and the setting is like paradise. One whole wall of the living area opens up so that the prevailing winds off the ocean blow through the house. There were wake boards and beach chairs for us to use. We loved the empanadas at the bar up hwy 901. We did lose power for entire day but the owners made things right, and new generators were being installed while we were there for our stay. We'll be back next year for a longer stay!
Gracias mil Lizzie. A Los nenes les fascinó la playa y la vista.
Everything about the property was great. No complaints whatsoever. Alan and Sharon Willard
We arrived to find the house just as it appeared in the photos, nice and clean, and with a great porch with a magnificent view. The porch was where we spent most of our time, with a cooling breeze that made it very relaxing. The beach was very nice, with trees providing shade. Leatherback turtles nest there, (although we did not see any turtles). Elizabeth, the owner, was staying right across the street, and was warm, helpful, and friendly. We also met her brother, parents, and other family members who were also very nice. Our family had a great time and we hope to come back some time.
This home is absolutely beautiful and in a quiet, very safe and gated community. It is just steps from a beautiful beach. The beach was busy on the weekends, but, still far from crowded. The weekdays it almost felt like a private beach and if you were up to a walk to the end of the beach it was private! There is also a small protected area that is like a swimming pool with no waves from the ocean. It was so relaxing! If you are looking for a place to relax, feel safe, enjoy beautiful views and a great beach, this is your place. The home is new, very clean and well maintained. The owner was very attentive to my questions and we simply fell in love with the location and the people! We stayed as a family of four with our two teenagers and we all agree it was a GREAT choice for us. We plan on returning! I would highly recommend this home! Beautiful inside and a great location for a peaceful, relaxing vacation! Pros: gated, very safe and quiet neighborhood, steps from a beautiful beach, home clean and modern, beautiful views. Air conditioners in bedrooms worked great and the breeze from the ocean kept living area (no AC) cool as we always had it opened to the porch that had additional seating and living area. Remote area that really felt like an escape and was so quiet and just lovely. We felt like we found a hidden gem! Cons: remote from other activities (Airport and Old San Juan about 1.5 hours, Rainforest 1 hour, etc.) however, this adds to the charm of it! You absolutely must have a rental! No wifi (again, it was really great to escape and my phone had great service if needed (AT&T). No full size oven (but, we did discover we could easily survive with the small toaster oven provided for our needs and we cooked most of our meals on the grill or stove top!).
Overall we had a wonderful time.The directions given to us were helpful to a point and then we had to resort to using google maps along with the printed directions from Elizabeth to help us find our way.The house is about an hour or so out of San Juan and the airport. Look carefully at the pictures and you will be able to tell the house does not face directly towards the beach, you can see the beach over the top of the blue tin roof of the clubhouse.We did not have access to the clubhouse which included the basketball courts and netless volleyball court, the lock was broke and our keys would not work.The house is steps from the beach and as close to your own private beach as you can get.There were times when we were the only people out there it was amazing.If you like big waves then this is your place it was a workout at times and the four of us(my husband, and my 16 and 14 year old)had some scrapes and sore muscles to prove it.There was an area that had a rock break with calmer waters however this area was much more populated by the locals. We preferred the waves and couldn't have been happier with the beach.The sand was brown, not what we are used to, but it was much softer that that of the Florida beaches that we frequent.The house was located in a very quiet gated community. BRUSH UP ON YOUR SPANISH!! All of the rooms had window units however the main living areas did not and it became very hot as we were asked not to use the window units during the day. There are sliding glass doors across the whole front of the living room that we left open during the early mid morning it was very hot as the sun shines directly into the porch and living room but after the sun rose in the sky it wasn't so bad, we were at the beach or visiting the area during most of the day anyway and the window units cooled the bedrooms quickly. However one night our electricity went out and it became very hot in the night, the unit next to us had a generator but ours did not. There is a nearby Wal Mart and a few local fast food restaurants as well as a host of authentic places to eat. Don't plan on cooking as there is no full size oven in the house. There were 3 boogie boards, beach chairs, and sand toys in the outdoor storage. The house required a key to get in and if you locked up at night you also needed it to get out which I thought was a little scary in case there was a fire there was only one key, so remember where you put it at night! Overall the beach won us over
My wife and I were looking for a place to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Ideally, we wanted a house on the beach which would allow us the freedom to go out for an evening or stay in. We hit the jackpot when we found this property. The house is newly constructed and it was in impeccable condition. The owners lived nearby and were kind and helpful, especially in providing information about places to see, to eat and shop. During the first few days, we got a lot of rain, due in part to a tropical storm passing north of Puerto Rico. No matter. Staying in was just as good as being out. Suffice it to say that after 9 days, we didn't want to leave. We are certain to go back, if time and life permit. We simply loved it.
El Cocal is so beautiful and the Villa is in a perfect location to enjoy a day/evening on the beach with all the conveniences of the house being so close. We experienced as much of Puerto Rico as we could, taking a daily drive to Old San Juan and other areas, and the drive to and from El Cocal was very easy. I highly recommend this villa for a girls getaway or a family vacation. The only suggestion we have to make, is that a floor length mirror would be a nice addition. With 6 girls traveling together, you can never have enough mirrors! :) Other than that, the Villa has everything you would ever need to start your vacation! We all look forward to returning!! Thank you for sharing your home-away-from-home with us!!!
El Cocal is a very safe gated community, neighbours are very nice & all know everyone. Your parent were wonderful. The beach is beautiful & peaceful Monday - Friday a little busier on weekend with local families. The beach area protected by the natural rock break front is great for kids, swimming, snorkelling or just wading out without being tossed by waves. We walked the beach every morning beach combing for abundant shells. When not at the beach we spent most of our time on the beautiful terrace, our granddaughter spent a lot of time reading in the great hammock. From the terrace we had a full view of the beach & cold watch the Pelicans fishing. Very peaceful setting perfect for beach lovers. We drove to Old San Juan, & Fajardo for the tropical forest (La Mina falls), bio bay kayak tour and our daughter & her family went to Isla Culebra to the beautiful Flaminco beach. We played golf twice at Palmes del mar and went to their practice range several times. We went for dinner at the Palmes marina restaurant. Our stay during all of April was really relaxing. We didn't see any turtles although we went down a few nights but we did see on a few morning beach walks the prints they had been nesting over night. The house was clean, the 2 bath rooms were great, the outdoor shower was great when retuning from beach. We had enough towels. We also went to the local restaurant just above ElCocal which was a fun place. All in all it was a fun vacation. Louise & Sammy, (1 month April 2016) Lana, Alain & Elly (1week April 8- 15) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
We could not have had a more lovely stay at el Cocal! Lounging on the front porch watching the waves and pelicans, swimming and playing on the beach, listening to the waves, the coquis, the birds--really just wonderful. The house comfortably fit four adults and four children, and was well equipped with everything we needed to cook, plenty of towels, and abundant sunlight. Edwin and Gloria were friendly, helpful resources. The beach here is perfect for kids--an area with low surf as well as plenty of fun waves. Supermarkets are nearby, as is the highway for traveling to other areas of the island. If we come back to Puerto Rico, this is the house we'll rent again!
We had an amazing time staying in Yabucoa but it was especially amazing because the villa was AWESOME! Pictures are exactly what you get, there are no surprises. The beach is the best part, like a private getaway Monday-Friday however you can expect quite a few people on the weekends! We were six girls staying there and we felt very safe the whole time. The neighbourhood is very gated and it seems that everyone knows everyone which is quite nice, the locals were friendly. We got kinda lost on our way in but Elizabeth's mom rescued us even though it was 4AM! We didn't find much to do in Yabucoa, but the drive to Old San Juan and Fajardo is only about 1 hour if you don't drive during rush hour. The only advice we have for Elizabeth is to get a full sized mirror, other than that we had everything we could need and more. She has tons of beach stuff and beach towels are not limited which came in handy! Would recommend this house to anyone interested in a beach vacay, Puerto Rico is a great place to visit, I can't wait to come back!!!
We had an amazing time staying at Villa Mar, perfect house with the perfect view. Steps from the beach, quite neighborhood, if you want to relax, this is the place to be. We will be back for sure.
Pictures don't do the house and location justice. We were worried about distance from airport but it was a very safe and beautiful location. No issues with anything, everything you could think of is already there for you. Elizabeth was very helpful and always responded as quickly as she could. We already talked about coming back. A hotel would never come close.
Lovely home in a fairly remote area. We loved the layout of the house and the view of the ocean. Groceries were easy to get, but affordable choices for dinner out that didn't include American fast food chains or Chilis were slim, unless you were willing to drive for 40 minutes. We loved Bocata in Humacao. The food and staff were great. We also really enjoyed our snorkeling and bio-bay tours with Pure Adventure. The down side was mostly the construction going on next door (not fun waking at 6:30am to sounds of a jackhammer 7 days in a row but there isn't much anyone can do about that. People have a job to do.) Some small improvements, would include a second key to the beach gate, as not all families or groups operate on the same schedule, and adding a pitcher to the kitchen supplies to make batches of lemonade in.
Fantastic location with all the amenities you could need. Groceries etc are close and an easy drive down from San Yuan. House is an open space with a great walk out living area and views to to the beach. Hope to come back another time.
I had a wonderful time during my one week visit. This place is 45 minutes away from San Juan, on a remote and private beach. It was perfect. The beach is so beautiful and you can hear the waves crashing on the beach the whole time. The amenities in the house are top notch, everything I could think of was included: fridge, cups, dishes, cutlery, stove, coffee maker, washer and dryer, wine glasses, cutting boards, cooking knives, tv, family games, cards, speakers, clothes line, various sports balls, bbq, beach chairs... I could go on. The house was super clean and well laid out, It's perfect for a family or two. I went to the beach every single day. I highly recommend walking on the beach at night. On my last night, I walked on the beach around 11:30pm and say a leather back turtle struggling to crawl to shore, it was a once in a life time sighting. This place is perfectly located close by to the jungle as well as zip lining, snorkeling, surfing and various other activities. Note: There is a costco in Caguas that helped me stock up on my week's worth of groceries and drinks. I had an incredible time and would go back in a heart beat.
We just spent a great week in this fantastic, brand-new beach house with our 7 and 8-year olds. El Cocal in Yabucoa is a quiet little corner of Puerto Rico that let us combine all the relaxation of a beach vacation with access to fun activities and sightseeing. First, the house is great. Nice open living space, big outdoor area with a beautiful view of the beach. Everything is new – appliances, grill, furniture – and the home feels instantly comfortable. The beach is right there and nicely set up. There’s an enclosed area where rocks block the waves that almost becomes like a swimming pool. Very nice for smaller kids. Then there is plenty of beach with some larger rolling waves for people feeling more adventurous. Overall the beach is not huge, but that doesn’t matter because there are relatively few people. It ends up feeling private. Second, the location of the house works really well for people like us who want to do some exploring. We ventured to El Yunque rainforest and Old San Juan, both about an hour away. We did a great snorkeling outing through Pure Adventure near Fajardo, about 30 minutes from the house. Basics like groceries are a short 10-minute drive away. A month later we’re still missing our time in Yabucoa. We were able to combine a traditional touristy trip with a private beach getaway. We couldn’t recommend the home and trip more highly.
El lugar es un paraíso!