This parador is nothing fancy, but for a basic accommodation right on the ocean, you can't beat its facilities and price. The beachfront suites and jr. suites are the places to stay. We got a suite for only $130. We were about 40' from the waterline. You could hear the waves crashing over the hum of the air conditioning at night. Clear view of the setting sun directly in front of you off the private balcony. The Rincon of the Seas is right next door, and though it is a completely different type of experience (sterile, resort-like), it is twice the price, and more setback from the water. The rooms are very clean and spacious here. The staff couldn't be friendlier. There was a basketball court, tennis court, and pool, but we didn't use them. Free internet access in their gameroom, as well as additional ports if you have a laptop. We stayed there early March 2005 and the beaches were nearly deserted, though that could be different on weekends, as this area south of Rincon is a favorite weekend and vacationing spot for Puerto Ricans. Most of the guests were retired Americans, the staff told me some of them stay for months and come every year. It is a very quiet place, if you want activity, stay on the north side of Rincon. The beach is relatively calm, but be careful with rocks near the shoreline, the entire coastline here is rocky, but certainly swim-able. The beach is somewhat narrow with alot of other accommodations as far as the eye can see. Explore some of the other nice beaches such as escalera (steps) beach, a short drive away. You can also snorkel there. Next door to the parador on the other side is Villa Confresi, which has an outdoor bar, have a "pirata," a coconut and rum drink served in a coconut. One good thing about being at the parador is that you don't have to hear the music from this bar at night. Nearby across from the Rincon of the Seas exit is an excellent restaurant recommended by the staff, Rincon Tropical, with an exceptional whole red snapper (chillo) deep fried and topped with creole sauce (salsa criolla entomatada). Pick up eggs, bacon, and toast in the morning at the EC Bakery nearby for only $1.75 or cook on the kitchenette in your room. Our time here topped off an excellent vacation, we are already planning our next trip.
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- Also Known As:
- Parador Villa Antonio Hotel Rincon
- Parador Hotel Antonio
- Parador Hotel Rincon
- Parador Villa Antonio Rincon
- Antonio Parador Villa