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Sunny and warm were the two top priorities for our February trip -- and a carribean location, not Florida. Lack of passports and the new requirements dictated that we go to a US territory, $700 round trip airfare counted out the USVI, our first choice, and so we picked Puerto Rico. We wanted island, not high rise heaven, not hotel chain, mcdonalds cut out, Disney world type island, so we selected Aguadilla over San Juan.
As a family of five, finding accomodations can be difficult, especially with two teen girls (hello, two bathrooms.) We read the reviews and took a gamble on Villa Montana. This is a condo complex with villa style duplexs on the beach, townhouses behind them and garden view two level buildings behind that (we were in the garden view two level on the second floor). There were several units that had personalized furnishings and were occupied by local families. Other units (like ours) had the standard issue couch and no personal art. In the distance on the cliff we could see the hotel but did not go to it. Best part -- the resort was full, but you couldn't tell, and the grounds are very, very well maintained. This is where they put all their effort. It was a fine choice, but we were realistic in our expectations.
First, you are renting a condo, not going to a resort. Don't expect prompt mainland-type service, concierge help or other typical resort features. We did get a clean, cheerily decorated, roomy two bed, two bath villa, with washer/dryer and two lovely decks. The kitchen was equiped but missing a few items I expected -- like dishtowels, dish soap and potholders. (We stay at a lot of Residence Inns). I emailed a grocery list but no groceries were there and staff did not rush to get them, so the first day we did have to eat at the restuarant for lunch which was $70 for four people -- one child, two teen girls and my husband. Ouch.
If the price is right (and JetBlue airfare plus $460 a night for all that space is a pretty good deal during February break) and you do choose to go to Villa Montana here are our recommendations to make it a pleasant experience:
Rent a car. Bring dry goods (flour,rice, cereal), including small laundry soap and dish soap, and go to the grocery store on your first day to stock up. Full selection and reasonable prices (Unusual for the islands!) $150 got it done for four days. Bring all the stuff you think you'll need -- except for the grocery store, there are no tourist services like gift shops, etc. (The airport has the only gift shop, and it's only open when flights arrive and depart). Bring snorkling gear, boogie boards and beach towels.
Book snorkling in La Parguera with Paradise Scuba for the afternoon and evening bioluminescent bay. It includes some great, well guided snorkling in the cays and open water, terrific chicken empanadas and beer (soda for the kids) and the bioluminescent evening dip is great. (60-90 minute car ride from the Villa Montana to the far south end of the island, down commerical route 2, but worth the effort). If you are a a diver, this is the side of the island where you want to be.
If the weather cooperates, the beach at Villa Montana is fabulous and the pools are great, but not in a carribean sea kind of way, in a kiteboarding, surfing, wave crashing kind of way. Wake up early and get out on the comfy loungers, bring the towels from your room and don't sign any out at the beach. Drive down 4466 to the OceanView restaurant for your dinner out . Local food but tourist-friendly, be respectful of local custom and get dressed up -- skirts for ladies. Fun live guitar and kid/adult friendly food.
Drive through Rincon and check out the beaches, very pretty.
I called twice prior to our arrival to confirm and had booked via the internet so I had written confirmation -- I recommend that you do that. I sat in the lobby for internet service (the only location on the resort with high speed internet service) and witnessed one digruntled guest who wasn't getting the two bedroom they requested on the phone, after submitting an internet request for a one bedroom. The front desk person did try an alternate arrangement (a second room in the "hotel" portion) at a very reasonable price but the guest turned it down.
Front desk personnel are very friendly and have lots of information, but info is all you get. A fun story -- my daughter wanted a conch shell from this trip. None to be found on the beach at Villa Montana. She didn't buy one or take one from La Parguera, and so we went on a local quest, which involved info from the front desk, the staff person of the tourist bureau calling her mother and a visit to Mom's house where she makes shell jewlery. My daughter got her conch shell and a wonderful lesson about life in PR from a local perspective, but as always when you are a guest in someone's home, it pays to be courteous, friendly and flexible.
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