We stayed on the 18th floor of the Sandy Hills and the view was priceless. We spent a lot of time on the balcony reading and just enjoying the view.
The Condo itself was very comfortable, good appliances and really nice furniture. The beds were great. The over the stove microwave had to be unplugged every time or the fan would keep going....that is about it for grips! The water pressure was terrific for such a tall building too.
The Condo high-rise is right on the beach, and our best day was probably when we hauled the beach chairs out and swam and body surfed until our 50 sunblock was overwhelmed. CAUTION, the area right in front of the building has terrible rip currents. It is between two natural lava reefs. If you walk east past the last reef, just a hundred yards or so, you will be fine. My 80 year old mother came with us and swam there! The lagoon behind the beach was like Jurassic Park, loads of iguanas running around. It was fun to explore. There were very few people and it felt perfectly safe.
We called the Condo the Battlestar Galatica as it is gated to the extreme. You get a garage door opener with the keys and open the gate with it when you drive up. The entry to the beach also is gated, and then locked with a chain at 6pm. The security guys are very nice and friendly, but Joel doesn't speak English to well. No problemo though, we just registered our car with him, and never had to do much else.
We were assigned a parking spot way down in the dungeon, but I noticed the parking lot right by the main doors was virtually empty. We just parked there all week. I was waiting for someone to give us a hard time, but again no problem.
We wanted to do a zip line and the only availability was about 2 hours away in Utuado. We thought it would be fun to travel south first on Rt52 and then West through the center of the Island. BIG MISTAKE! The only roads to travel are on the coast, the inland roads are like goat trails, with numerous switchbacks through the mountainous terrain. Needless to say, we missed our appointment to zip line by several hours, and spent 5-6 hours in the rental car trying to survive the grueling trip!
If I can prevent someone from making that mistake, then this review is worth the time!
Otherwise we had a great time. The best food was right outside of the condo, down by the square called Pasta Y Pueblo or something like that. Awesome food and good prices. We found another terrific restaurant in Old San Juan called Jimenez or something....It was on Sol street between Cruz and San Justo streets...green awning....awesome food and prices.
We tried the Kioskos…..a ragtag collection of buildings right on the main drag toward San Juan. The first restaurant at the very western end was very good, expensive though. The rest of the Kioskos got seedier as you went toward the eastern end. Juan, the local guy who works in the Sandy Hills complex, told me even he doesn’t really like the Kioskos at night. We went during the day and just drove right though the one time we went there at night. It was a local biker crowd then. If you want a drink AND a tattoo it would be the perfect place for you!
Like everyone says, PR is not the US. I read that the per capita income is almost half of Mississippi, which should speak volumes (sorry Mississippi!).
Crime is supposedly bad, but as a result of the drug trade. I think tourists are off limits....but if you use common sense you will be fine. We felt very safe at all times.
Overall, I would go back there tomorrow!
- Also Known As:
- Sandy Hills Condominiums Hotel Luquillo