Coconut Palms Inn Hotel, Rincon
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Wonderful Placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The major advantage of the hotel is its location - right on a beautiful beach. We stayed in the room on the second floor called "Coqui", which is a tiny frog that lives only in PR and nowhere else. We only had to go down the stairs to get to the beach. The best part was to be able to hear the waves (pretty loud) in our room. Sleeping under the sound of waves was marvelous!
Angel, who works at the hotel is the sweetest guy, he even helped us look for coquis in a beautiful garden in the backyard of the hotel. The hotel is close to everything you need in Rincon. The hotel is not brand new but incredibly charming and cozy. We were more than satisfied with what we got for the money we paid.
I need to mention that the place is very quiet and more suitable for people not looking for a crowd or active nightlife. I have never stayed at a hotel in such beautiful natural surroundings and that close to the ocean before! The place makes you feel like it is your home on the water. We did not want to leave!
Fabulous ocean front resortfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Don't visit Puerto Rico without a stay at Coconut Palms
Beach Front Blissfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great beachesfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The diving was great with Taino Divers who took me out to Desecheo Island, about 13 miles off shore. There were neat passages through caverns in close to the island as well as small reef structures further out in 50 feet of water. There is a surge in close so be careful when passing through tight swim-throughs. The sunsets were spectacular right from the patio and snorkeling was good right off shore or down off the public beach.
Wedding at Coconut Palms Innfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Loved the Coconut Palms Innfrom onefootoutthedoor
great beach, sunsetsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms are rented by the week; not the day. People who ask for reduced rates should not blame the staff for changes they make personally. The rooms are stocked with towels for the week and rooms are only cleaned once or twice during the week. We liked the privacy.
I don't understand people's review complaining about the dog. Beau is sweet and most of the time he sleeps by the front gate. He is usually there only at night. He will play ball with visitors if they like, but obeys commands if told to. Since visitors are told about Beau in advance, I simply don't understand why they chose to come if that's a bother. We found Beau to be delightful.
There is road construction in the cities (Aguada and Rincon) to the North of the hotel. Getting to the Inn is much easier going south on 2, then taking 402 (right turn) to 115 (right turn). Plan on 2 to 2 1/2 hours from the San Juan airport.
For great day trips from the Inn, go just North to El Faro to visit the lighthouse and park. Then watch surfers! Take a day to go to Camuy Caverns and then go to the Arecibo observatory; the world's largest radio telescope. The back roads through the mountains and valleys have some spectacular scenery. Stop at a roadside diner for barbequed chicken, coco frios, tres lechhes (3 milks), fresh fruit, pinchos, etc.
Coconut Palms is a wonderful choice for people who want a quiet neighborhood, great uncrowded beach, who either want to eat in or at nearby restaurants, and see the island. (There's a huge grocery store, Econo, about a mile from the Inn on 115.) Not a great place for people who are used to all-inclusives and don't want to see the island. If you absolutely must, there's a casino about 30 minutes south in Mayaguez.
We would definitely go back to Coconut Palms.
For scuba divers:
Dive with either Aquatica in Aquadilla (Jose is a great scuba teacher and bike adventurer too) for shore diving; or go south to La Parquera (Parquera Divers). Aquadilla is low relief diving (Gas Chambers site), pier diving, or go to the Crashboat site. The barrel sponges were spawning this week! The best diving we found was on the south shore in La Parquera. Wall is about 85-110 feet and 30 minutes offshore. Lots of soft corals and sponges, barracuda, eels, lobsters and small fish.
Avoid Taino Divers in Rincon (daily new scuba classes and snorkelers) and Oceans Unlimited in Rincon. Unfortunately, we found them to be kind of unprofessional; catering to brand new divers thrown off the boat without any professional training.
Loved it and even liked Beau too.from A TripAdvisor Member
Staff was wonderful. Angel was a shinning example of what people look for in house staff.
Had a great time, am going back again in a couple of days, and will be back again after that.
A+ vacation in my book
Wonderful Find for the Independent Travelerfrom lov2travel
The Coconut Palms Inn is a very special place for people who prefer independent travel. It is a terrific place with or without children. As you can read in the other reviews, everything you need is supplied. However, perhaps the reviews don't reflect the incredible location quite well enough. This is the place you will never forget. Waking before sunrise to enjoy the glow turning to day, snorkeling the small protective reef right in front of the inn, swimming out and viewing the fire coral ring from afar, sipping through fabulous sunsets, chatting just over the coquis late into the night... these things we remember of Rincon.
We stayed in the Coqui and Parrot suites and found both quite comfortable for our family. We had a wonderful private oceanfront balcony just 30 feet from the breaking waves. Gail even provides a blender and juicer to make the most of the local produce! The black lab, Beau, is a joy. We considered sneaking him into one of the kids' suitcases to bring him home. His training puts our dogs' training to shame! (He brought my husband the paper in the morning!) Beau was a willing stowaway until we told him we don't have a beach or garden back here in Georgia and he bolted for the surf. Have a coco on us, Beau!
Gail and Johnnie have done a wonderful job with this place. No doubt it's due to Gail's very substantial innkeeping experience. Rosie, Angel, Allison and John were wonderful and anticipated any need. Directions are EASY if you follow them. We drove straight to it! We didn't see a single bug inside our suites. Everything you need is here. It's a private, romantic beach place, not a cruise ship on land. Vacation is what you make of it! Who could ask for more?
Thank you, Coconut Palms, for making our holiday unforgettable!
Wow! Amazing vacation!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Rincon
Rincon Tips You need a rental car. Especially if you are arriving from San Juan, PR. Is about 2 hr 1/2 drive from San Juan to Rincon. I would recomment arriving at Aguadilla Airport which is closer to Rincon. Thing to Do Go to Yunque-it was excellent, Camuy Caves call to make the caves is open, Mayaguez Flea Market is pretty cool
If you rent a car in San Juan and drive to Rincon. Either pay the fuel charge up front and bring the car back empty, or leave very early to find a gas station near the airport. I paid $85.00 in fuel surcharge because I was running out of time to find a gas station. The drive is easy and well marked.
Flying to the westside of Puerto Rico If staying on the westside of Puerto Rico try flying into Aguadilla instead of San Juan. Several Airlines now offer service to this airport non-stop.
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