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“A Nature Lover's Perfect Vacation!”
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Sue's Place
J81ulia
1 review
“A Nature Lover's Perfect Vacation!”
Reviewed January 23, 2009

This was my third time to Puerto Rico, and my best! Sue's place is the perfect place for a nature lover. Set in a mountain town with close proximity to the Rainforest entrance and Luquillo beach. You are surrounded by tropical vegetation and nightly coqui serenades.

My boyfriend and I stayed in the loft apartment for a full week. The kitchen and bathroom were very clean with an ample supply of clean towels. The apartment was well equipped with pots, pans, and cooking utensils. We spent mornings cooking breakfast and relaxing on the porch which had a table and chairs and a hammock.

Again this is the perfect place for people who enjoy the beauty of nature, as an occasional lizard and small bug made their way into the apartment. It rained a lot while we were there, as should be expected in a Rainforest, but we were able to drive along the east shore of PR to find a sunny beach.

The weekly rental rate was a good deal, and we were able to save money by cooking in the apartment instead of going out to eat every night. Much more fun, beautiful, private, and affordable than a big hotel.

This definitely was my best vacation and I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2009

My wife and I stayed at Sue's Place in December of 08'. We really wasn't sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. The property is set up on the mountainside, outside of Luqillo. There are other residences (mostly native Puertoriquenos) in the area but it seemed Sue's place was pretty much secluded from everything else. Sue owns a house just down the mountain side on the same property and rents out a separate building which is a combination of "the loft" and "the chalet". The chalet is a larger accomodation just next to "the loft" where we stayed. The loft worked perfectly for us. The accomadations are modest but you have everything you need (kitchen, utencils, satellite TV-if you really need it, full bath, lofted sleeping area, small kitchen table, small den area). The property is very nice and there are naturally growing coconuts, bannans, lemons, and avacado. At night when the coqui frogs begin their mating calls, you will really feel like you're in the middle of the rainforest (which you are). The porch area is large, with bistro table and hammock. We fell asleep one night outside on teh porch until about midnight. The location is great for access to El Yunque National Park and Luquillo beaches. The entrance to El Yunque is just over a mile down the road (although you'll need to drive about 25 minutes to get to hiking). This must be about the closest you can stay to the National Park. Luquillo is only a ten minute drive down the mountain. The beach in Luquillo was very nice (not as nice as Vieques, but that's nearly impossible). We actually bought groceries twice in 3 days and cooked most of our dinners and packed our own lunches. There are a few places to eat in Luquillo but not a lot of choices. Sue was a great host and happy to help out in any way possible. She met us in Luquillo to show us how to get to the residence and she always answered her cell phone if I needed to contact her. Beware that the driving is a bit treacherous by flat road (Illinois) standards and you must watch for oncoming cars (narrow roads), stray dogs, and chickens. Night driving is a bit tricky, but Sue has a great map that will guide you. I'd definitely recommend this accomodation to anyone looking for good access to both El Yunque and Luquillo, while maintaining a very pieceful atmosphere. There aren't a lot of accomodation choices in this area, but this must be one of the best (if not the best).

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2008

We felt really lucky to find this little gem in El Yunque Rainforest. Sue, and her partner, Bob, are great hosts and totally friendly, reliable and accommodating.

When we arrived in our rental car to Luquillo, Sue met us at the gas station off of Route 3 and escorted us up the mountain through the hills. It was getting close to dark and we felt so lucky she was so accommodating and flexible. Our first time driving up in the rainforest as dusk set was a little intimidating with steep hills, narrow roads and sharp turns and it was so nice she went out of her way to find us and get us there!

We stayed in Sue's "loft," which is perfect for a couple. Although maybe a family of 3 or 4 could stay there, too, because there's a pull out futon as a couch. The loft is situated down the stairs on their property from their larger "chalet."

It's modest and very well kept with good charm. The bed and pillows were so comfortable, which was a very welcome change from other places we had been staying. And the sheets smelled so good and fresh! Ahhhh!

The patio looking out into the rainforest and the rest of their property was very peaceful. We loved the sound of the coqui frogs in the evening!!! It was sooo cool and like nothing I had ever heard before. One even hopped up onto the windowsill when I was washing dishes one evening.

If you're a surfer, you're in luck too. Although we didn't get a chance to go in Luqullo, Bob offers lessons and gives you a good map with the best places to go. The beach, which is only about 10 minutes away (beware of the chickens and dogs and people wandering around in the roads around blind corners when you're coming down the mountain.)

The public beach in Luquillo is the most beautiful and something out of paradise. Very smooth sand. And, if you're looking for a bite to eat, head straight for the kiosks off of the main highway. It seems like that's where all of the locals go. Derek and I both had great meals with a couple of Medalla for under $12!

El Yunque is about 10 minutes away, too! All-in-all, great place to stay!

  • Liked — Peacefulness
  • Disliked — There isn't enough hot water to take two showers consecutively.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sue's Place
Address: El Yunque, Luquillo, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Luquillo
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Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Luquillo
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Sue`s Place Hotel Luquillo

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