Awhile back I shared a bit of our trip to Puerto Rico because I want to incorporate more travel into my blog. I showed you Luquillo Beach in THIS POST, but I really wanted to show you where we stayed. Where you stay can set the mood for your entire trip because you want to be happy and comfortable where you sleep! After all you are on vacation! We always stay in the city of Fajardo which is in the northeast region or Puerto Rico. When most people think of where to stay in Puerto Rico they immediately think of San Juan but it can be a bit pricey since its more touristy. Fajardo is about a 30-40 minute ride from San Juan and it’s in the perfect location.
We stayed in a gated community of condos called Peña Mar Ocean Club. It was our second time staying here and ya’ll…..This place is one you must stay at if you come to Puerto Rico. Some people actually live here but I think the majority of the units are vacation rentals. Fajardo is also budget-friendly since like I said ….it is further from Touristy areas.
See a live tour of our condo HERE
(Sofia & her big sister!)
This is where we stayed for the first half of our trip and it was perfect. The first time we stayed here was back in 2006 and our cousin recommended it. This time we found it via VRBO/HomeAway and our place was around $160/night for a 2 floor condo with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms & a full downstairs apartment with a fenced patio overlooking the ocean. This apartment could easily fit 10 travelers or more so if you split the cost you are paying next to nothing! If you are traveling with fewer people you could obviously find a smaller condo to rent in this community but it’s definitely budget friendly! I linked 3 of the units below the post if you are interested as well as a couple other places that are similar.
The amenities are one of the things I love about this condo community. There are 3 pools including the infinity one pictured that overlooks the marina and ocean. One of the pools has a water slide for the kids but it was being repaired while we were there so we didn’t get to use it. The kids didn’t care though because the infinity pool also has a hot tub…..so we were all in heaven at that pool! There are also tennis courts and a clubhouse.
One thing about Pena Mar though is that it is gated and when you rent one of the units, the security guard has the names of all people staying with you and they do check every time you enter the community so security is very tight there. Unless you make friends with the security guards don’t plan on having any huge parties there or bringing a ton of people back to your condo! Unless you slip them a $20….then they may let you slide haha!
If you do choose to stay in this town, it’s pretty much a suburb. Not a huge city but not completely out in the country. There is a Wal-Mart about 2 miles from the condo we stayed in which was perfect for stocking up on food. There is also a Pueblo supermarket close by as well. I highly suggest stocking up on ‘Palo Ready’ which is my favorite thing to drink when in Puerto Rico. I have yet to find it here but it’s basically like a capri sun for adults with Rum in it. It comes in several flavors and you can freeze it or not! Just be careful because it will hit you fast!
The town is also home to an amazing bio-luminescence bay that you can kayak through at night. The water glows Sadly, we missed this because it rained a lot during our trip but it’s definitely a must-do for next time. The bay glows due to tiny micro-organisms in the water that are making their own food through photosynthesis! Puerto Rico is home to 3 bio bays like this so I highly recommend checking one out.
If you are a beach lover like me it, has some really cute beaches like Seven Seas beach which is very family-friendly with some cute little bars and restaurants For the absolute best beach though you will need to leave at 5 am and take the ferry from Fajardo over to Culebra Island. The ferry ride is about 2 hours but well worth it. That is where you will find Flamenco Beach which is one of the top beaches in the world! I will post more on that tomorrow though!
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