We had a lovely time at Keishya and Bob's house for two nights and days that we spent there in late November. Had a comfortable stay, as well as wonderful company.
Keishya and Bob rent out rooms in the downstairs apartment, while staying in the apartment above. We stayed in the larger room that has a private bath. The whole downstairs apartment is meticulously clean, cozy and well decorated. In fact it looks much lovelier than on some of the pictures that are posted here.
We used the kitchen to make sandwiches, coffee, and salads, and ate at the large dining room table. We felt like we were staying the entire apartment, rather than just the room, as we didn't encounter any other guests that time. (Someone stayed one night in the other room, but they left before we woke up).
The room where we stayed doesn't get much light, and that was perfect as it helped us sleep in more. That's not a room, however, where you are likely to spend much time just hanging out. The bed was comfy and Keishya tidied up the room after we left on the first day, replaced towels, etc. She also let us have towels for the pool/beach.
The bedroom's window faces the porch with a small, clean and refreshing pool, which our 4-year-old loved. She also adored the four dogs, which didn't bark very much. Though we kept the AC on at night to help block out any morning noise (wanted to sleep in a little).
Keishya gave us very detailed directions on how to get to the less touristy part of the rainforest, as well as how to get to Old San Juan for the last leg of our trip. She also told us where we could get some shopping done, which was helpful as we had a short time in between our rainforest excursion and the biobay. Having a light dinner at home was a great idea.
Keishya and Bob also shared stories about their lives both here and back home and it felt great to connect with people quickly and be able to find even old New York connections.
We went to the biobay with Bob and were so happy that we opted for going out there with him rather than joining those huge kayaking tours that we met there. We went all the way out to the middle of the biobay and spent a good time trying to scare up some fish to see them alight under water. My husband, daughter and I were in awe and it was great to be so unrushed and relaxed and move a bit away from the flocks of tour-group kayakers.
Overall, I would highly recommend staying at Barfoot Travelers Rooms. Don't spend a lot of time looking for a Web site -- Keishya is planning on creating one, but didn't get around to it yet. Also, be sure to get your directions ahead of time. We procrastinated with getting specific directions and then it turned out that the rooms are in a gated area before the main town starts, which we didn't realize right away and got lost a little, thankfully in daylight.
As for the area, the food and the beach couldn't compare to the loveliness and remoteness of Culebra where we first went (and which Keishya also recommended when we were planning the trip. She took a lot of time talking on the phone with me about our itinerary before our arrival to Barefoot.) But the area is great for other interesting excursions, as the rainforest and the biobay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to barefoot travelers rooms off the beaten track here on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. We welcome you to our guestrooms with private bath, use of full kitchen, large swimming pool all just 5 houses from a very gentle coastline of the Caribbean. We provide towels, linens, boogie boards, kayaks, guide assistance and a clean spacious guest home for your vacation enjoyment. We recycle here and welcome you to enjoy Puerto Rico off the beaten path. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Barefoot Travelers Rooms Hotel Humacao
- Barefoot Travelers Rooms Puerto Rico/Humacao