I do a ton of research when we go on vacation and my research paid off again when we chose Luquillo & the Playa Azul complex as our base. I wanted our family to see Old San Juan and the forts, El Yunque, and the Bio Bay at Fajardo. I knew from past vacations that my boys (ages 11 & 13) love to boogie board and the beach would be our main attraction. From my research, it sounded like Luquillo had a nicer beach than those beaches around San Juan and we wanted a beach stay more than a "city" stay. Playa Azul was perfect - great location for the activities that we wanted to do, nice clean beach backed by palm trees, great waves for the boys, walking distance to a few restaurants (we were advised not to walk on the beach at night) and easy driving distance to plenty of others, Definitely go to Pasta y Pueblo & we walked to Boardrunners Rum Shack a couple of days for lunch. An Amiga grocery store is conveniently located right across the street. We never used the pool but it looked nice. Another big hit for us was the basketball court at the complex. It was lighted at night and we went there every evening for the boys to play - they loved it! We rented a 3 BR penthouse unit in Building 1(listed on HomeAway.com) and it was really nice. Building 1 is closest to the beach and has the nicest views. I looked at a lot of units listed on HomeAway and VRBO and the quality definitely varies from unit to unit so do your research to be sure you are getting one of the better units. The area around the complex is a little run down but that is probably true of a lot of places around Puerto Rico (unless you are in a secluded resort which would also come with a much higher price tag for less.) We felt totally safe during our stay at Playa Azul - the complex is gated and there is security staff at the parking entrance and within each of the three buildings. I would love to bring our family here again.
- Also Known As:
- Playa Azul Hotel Luquillo