Palmas Del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico

Exploring Palmas del Mar

After searching all of the vacation home rental sites, we finally decided on a two-bedroom two level-villa in the Club Villa section of Palmas del Mar for a week stay. The large outdoor patio sitting area within view of the beach sold this villa, along with the attractive interior. It is in the oldest part of the development and had a few quirks, but overall was great and would highly recommend. The owner, Annie, met us for check-in and a walk through, and was very nice and said to let her know if we needed anything. Here’s the link to the vrbo site for the villa we chose with lots more photos. http://www.vrbo.com/3787954ha

There is a gated entrance to Palmas del Mar and this sprawling development includes two golf courses, a top-rated tennis facility, a marina, a central plaza with a market, restaurants, gift shops and various other businesses, walking paths and trails, beaches, pools, horse-back riding facilities and more. Here’s the link to Palmas del Mar’s official website: http://www.palmasdelmar.com/

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IMG_6730Below is our home away from home for our week at Palmas del Mar. There is a restaurant located right behind the villa and the plaza is just a short walk up the hill. The marina is also just minutes from the villa and the beach is steps away. This crescent beach has strong currents and waves, so is not recommended for swimming. However, it is nice to sunbath, hang a hammock in the palms or bring your beach chairs and just enjoy the magnificent view.

IMG_6472View from the patio to the water…

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Our wonderful outdoor living patio where we spent most of our time.

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A few interior shots – there are many more on their vrbo link.

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I loved the wild palms and sea grapes along our beach and added my hammock between these two palms for afternoon reading while Wally golfed.

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IMG_6442We walked around the marina admiring the lovely boats.

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IMG_6429The central plaza – on the weekend evenings the “boxes” were opened up into tables and chairs for outdoor dining and it had a delightful ambiance.

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IMG_7744I had a 90-minute massage with Maraliz and for a little thing, she was strong!

IMG_7742The massage room is just big enough for the massage table, a sink and the masseuse.

IMG_7741We ate a few meals at the Beer Garden Cafe Restaurant and the burgers were huge, juicy and tasty.

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IMG_7730The riding facility

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IMG_6721Wally played both golf courses and found them to be “challenging but fair”.

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IMG_7799While he golfed, I hung my hammock on the beach to read… IMG_6468

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IMG_6459The tennis facilities

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IMG_6968There’s a Pterocarpus swamp forest located right behind the church. I’m sure it’s beautiful when the bromeliads are blooming up in the trees. The ferns are massive and the trees very interesting – worth a visit to check it out.

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IMG_6959So would we return??? You betcha!

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