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Beachfront Large Studio With Stunning View And Best Location In Isla Verde

Bedrooms 1
Space 54 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Oversize Studio, 1 Bath w/walk-in closet, private balcony, wi-fi, secure parking

HURRICANE MARIA UPDATE: Our building was lucky enough to avoid damage and power has been restored as of mid-November. We will be staying in it for the Holidays during which we are remodeling the unit and turning into a large studio configuration, while also installing new double-glass windows and upgrading the wall AC unit to a quieter and more powerful split unit which will cool the entire apartment. Isla Verde is slowly but surely recovering from the storms and our lovely condo will once again be available from mid-January on. See you then!

We bought this lovely apartment in 2013, completely refurbished it in 2014 and further remodeled in 2017. It is 583 square feet, comprised of a large L-shaped studio space in which the bedroom and living/dining areas sit side by side framed by wall-to-wall ocean views, along with a bathroom, walk-in closet, kitchen and balcony, right on the water at Isla Verde Beach, recently rated the world's #1 Urban Beach by the USA Today Readers' Poll.

The unit has a powerful split air conditioner unit, which cools the entire apartment, as well as three quiet ceiling fans, each equipped with a remote (in our experience the AC is only needed during the hotter summer months, and the fans are way more than enough in the winter). The bed consists of a modern wood frame with a queen size Sealy mattress, and has built-in fluorescent reading lights at either end. There are one-drawer bed tables at either side as well, and a matching dresser drawer large enough for all your needs, including spare linens and towels. There is also a large walk-in closet with shelves and plenty of hangers. The windows all face to the beach, with stunning views day and night, and are equipped with roll-down shades to keep out any unwanted sunlight.

The bathroom has a shower stall and a tank-less water heater, so hot water is never a problem. It also features two mirrors and a hair blower.

The living space includes a round dining table with seating for four. The chairs and seat cushions are waterproof, so feel free to use them in your wet bathing suits. There is a wall-mounted 40” Samsung flat-screen smart TV hooked up with Claro IPTV service, which includes many popular US channels (ESPN, TNT, TBS, CNN, etc.), as well as Netflix, Hulu, etc. There is also a SONY Blu-Ray DVD player and a high-speed wireless modem with free Wi-Fi throughout the apartment. There is also a land-line telephone with free local calls. There is also a futon sofa that folds out to a full-size bed, which could accommodate a third guest, but please keep in mind occupancy by more than two guests needs to be arranged in advance.

The kitchen was remodeled shortly before we bought the apartment, and includes a Frigidaire stainless steel refrigerator and freezer, a four-burner electric stove, a GE in-wall microwave oven and a Hamilton Beach counter-top oven with rotisserie. It also includes a full-size blender, a Black & Decker 10-cup drip coffee maker as well as a stainless steel espresso maker (greka). It comes with a white stoneware dinnerware set and a stainless steel silverware set for 4 people, as well as 8 sets of small espresso white stoneware coffee cups, a white stoneware sugar bowl, a white stoneware teapot and a tea kettle. You will also find wine glasses, glass plastic tumblers and all conceivable utensils, knives, bowls, corkscrews, can and bottle openers, etc. There are frying pans, stockpots and rice cooking pots (calderos), as well as pot holders, towels, Pyrex bowls, measuring spoons, place mats, cooking shears, etc. The kitchen also features a high-top counter, with two bar stools (also waterproof).

The apartment was recently painted throughout, and is tastefully decorated with original artwork by Puerto Rican artist Poli Marichal. The highlight, however, is the balcony. Completely private, it offers a truly breathtaking view of a half-moon cove. It is furnished with a high cocktail table and two high chairs, from where you can sip a cup of coffee, a cold beer or a nice glass of wine and enjoy the view from your 12th floor perch. If you’re an early riser you’ll catch stunning sunrises, and if you’re lucky enough to be there during a full moon you’ll get to experience a romantic moonrise reflected over the ocean. When we first caught a glimpse of the view we knew this was the place for us, and once we realized all the other conveniences this apartment had to offer it became clear this was the best possible spot in all of Isla Verde. We think you will agree.

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Ricardo Mendez Matta & Poli Marichal
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
November 26, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Isla Verde

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 12
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 54 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3 ...
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rental Manager is only available between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. Off-hour arrival and departures must be arranged in advance, for a $40 fee each.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Tank-less water heater
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Nearest Airport
2 Miles
San Juan International (SJU)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
La Playa Hotel/El San Juan/Ritz Carlton
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Berwind Country Club/Trump Int/Grand Melia
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
PR 26
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
La Playa Hotel
Nearest Beach
Isla Verde
Car: not necessary

Our unit is on the top floor of a relatively small 12-story residential building located near the tip of a narrow peninsula between the two best beaches in San Juan. On the East side is the Ritz Carlton beach (aka Pine Grove), favored by surfers, and on the West side is the El San Juan Hotel beach (aka El Alambique), with its hard-packed sand favored by joggers, walkers and paddle boarders, which was recently rated the #1 Urban Beach in the world by the USA Today Reader's Poll. The nearby hotels also offer all the typical beach rentals, whether it’s a kayak, jet ski or paraglider, or just a lounge chair and umbrella. In their lobbies you may also book fishing trips and guided tours, as well as one-day trips to some of the neighboring islands such as Vieques and Culebra.

Before purchasing this unit, we scouted the area for several years looking for the perfect spot. During different visits to the island we stayed at the Ritz Carlton and Caribe Hilton hotels, the ESJ Towers, as well as the Marbella, Girasol and Raquet Club condominiums. All of them are right on the beach and offer easy access to the shops and restaurants of Isla Verde Ave, but for our taste they were either too big, too noisy and/or too crowded. Navigating large lobbies, circling around parking structures and fighting traffic on Isla Verde Ave just wasn’t our idea of a nice vacation. Then we found the Amapola 14 condominium.

Only six minutes away from the airport, it is on a quiet dead-end street which can be accessed directly from the main highway without having to traverse busy Isla Verde Ave (surprisingly, the airport noise is a non-issue). Since it has only 60 residential units (most of which are not offered for rent), the building is quiet, family oriented and peaceful, yet the hustle and bustle of Isla Verde is always a few steps away, with its top-rated dining, bars, supermarkets, cafes, banks, drug stores and shops.

If casinos are your game, some of the best in the island are nearby, such as the Casino Metro at the Sheraton, the largest in Puerto Rico, with almost 450 slot machines and 16 table games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, pai gow poker and three-card poker, as well as the Condado Plaza, the Ritz Carlton and the Marriott.

If you choose to rent a car, our unit includes a reserved spot in the building’s secure parking area, right at street level, in the shade and steps away from the lobby, so you can get in and out easily, rain or shine. Puerto Rico has many attractions to offer within short driving distance of the condo, such as Old San Juan, the best-preserved colonial city in the Americas, the El Yunque tropical rainforest, with its beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and hiking trails, and the phosphorescent bays in Fajardo and Guánica. You can rent from one of the national chains, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and National, or try one of the often cheaper local alternatives such as Popular Auto, Target, Charlie or VIAS.

Venturing outside Isla Verde to the neighboring areas, you will find an even wider array of truly excellent restaurants. Lima, in the Miramar area, offers delicious Peruvian dishes and ceviche. The local cuisine has some strong entries, such as José Enrique, near the Plaza del Mercado in Santurce, where crowds gather on weekends to enjoy the popular cluster of bars and restaurants, including the also wonderful El Pescador and Boronía. Other terrific local cuisine choices are La Casita Blanca and La Jaquita Baya, both in Santurce, and Manolín in Old San Juan. Keep in mind San Juan also has the strongest Spanish presence of any Latin American capital, which includes fine restaurants such as Compostela, José José, Casa de España, El Mesón Gallego and El Picoteo, but also the immensely popular and not-to-be-missed Spanish-style delis Kasalta, La Ceiba and Cafetería España, where jamón ibérico, caldo gallego and Spanish wine can be savored side by side with espresso and delicious sweets such as mallorcas, natilla and tembleque.

At Amapola 14 you get the best of both worlds, you can relax in your own private balcony overlooking a stunning view, or walk to one of the many nearby lively casinos, bars and restaurants. You may opt to walk alone on the beach, book tours alongside fellow travelers or drive around the island. It’s your choice.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Isla Verde

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017-2018
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest
Spring/Summer 2018
May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$102.93
Additional Guest Fee C$38.6 per person per night
Damage Deposit C$257.32

Check-in and check-out during off hours (9:00 pm-8:00 am) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, for an additional fee of $40 each. We will consider 3-night stays on a case-by-case basis, for an additional $75 fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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