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“Amazing, secluded place”
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TJ Ranch
Ranked #1 of 3 Arecibo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles
1 review
“Amazing, secluded place”
Reviewed March 29, 2008

This is about as hidden a location as you can possibly find for lodging, which is what makes it so special. After driving through steep jungle roads, you arrive at TJ Ranch, which is in a stunning ravine in the middle of the mountains. It's one of the most beautiful settings for a guesthouse I have ever seen.

The three guesthouses (casitas) are literally surrounded by vines, jungle, wildlife and mountains. Considering the location, the guesthouses are kept very clean and comfortable. They're also larger than a standard hotel room and appear to be very solidly constructed. The windows in the casitas have screens and can be covered by wooden flaps. They don't have glass windows so the frogs and birds in the surrounding jungle can be a little noisy, but nothing unbearable.

If you need 800 threadcount sheets, stage-managed "cultural experiences," or noisy nightclubs then this probably isn't your place. But if you want an authentic, natural, relaxing experience with extremely friendly hosts then TJ Ranch is well worth it.

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  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Az
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2007

We were amazed by the lush tropical beauty of Arecibo. The T. J. Ranch is a laid back working coffee plantation. Juanita is an architect who designed the beautiful large open air dining room. The views are incredible and the dining room takes full advantage. We listened to the coqui (small native frogs) sing during the night and in the mornings the birds took over. Tony is the chef. A full breakfast is included in the room rate. We asked him to surprise us each night...and he did. Each dinner was different and wonderful. We were sad to leave and will be back one day. Thanx T & J Steve & Nikki

Stayed October 2007
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Mesa, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2007

We just spent 10 glorious days in Puerto Rico. 3 of those days we spent at TJ Ranch in the Arecibo/Utuado area of Puerto Rico. I can't rate this place highly enough. If you are planning a trip to Puerto Rico you HAVE to go to TJ Ranch.

They only have 3 cabins, so book early to avoid disappointment. I knew this was going to be a highlight of our vacation, and so we arranged the rest of the trip around when we would be in the TJ Ranch area - and we're glad we did.

From the moment we arrived until the moment we (reluctantly) left, it was perfect. The setting was breathtaking, the couple who own it (Tony and Joan) and their children were really lovely and their love of the place was infectious. We were treated like royalty.

The cabins are beautifully done, we had the green one, which is a close walk up to the main cabin (which houses the restaurant and bar area). The scenary and being surrounded by a jungle full of tropical birds, huge butterflies and tiny frogs (coquis) was an amazing experience... everything I had hoped it would be. I was even pleasantly surprised at how few bugs there were considering where we were.

It would be impossible to pick a best bit of our stay, because it was all fantastic. But the food deserves a special mention. Every day we were treated to amazing meal after amazing meal. All Puerto Rican classics from arroz con habichuelas to tostones to chillo frito y mahi mahi prepared a la Tony . It was all prepared using local ingredients (most of which had been grown in the area) and innovation & quality of the cooking was exceptional.

The nighs were cool and relaxing. We were lulled to sleep by the serenade of the symphony of the jungle music outside our window created by the coquis and other jungle creatures. I can't wait to go out again and stay at TJ Ranch on our soon to be next trip to Puerto Rico..

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  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about TJ Ranch

Property: TJ Ranch
Address: HC 4, Arecibo 00612-9264, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Arecibo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Arecibo
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 3 casitas: green (queen size bed), blue (queen size bed)and yellow(king size bed-or 2 twin beds). Each has a private bath and screened porch (no kitchens). Wifi is available for guests, but not in their casitas. ... more   less 
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Tj Ranch Hotel Arecibo

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