Post # 1
FI and I really want to go to Puerto Rico for our honeymoon. It is where he was born, and he hasn’t been since 2000. Anyway, he wants to stay for a while, like 2 weeks. However, the hotel that we chose initially would be too expensive to stay that long, and we don’t want to impose on his family for so long, since it is our honeymoon. Anyway, we are looking into extended stay/apartment rentals in the area, and some are really, really nice, near the beach, and have all the amenities of an apartment. We would like to use this, since they have fully stocked kitchens and would save us breakfast and lunch out. Has anyone ever thought/done this for such an important vacation, or a vacation in general? There is so much to do there, that we want the time. The rates are much more reasonable than a hotel.
Post # 3
brendaray2009 This is the only way I travel! I have done this in several countries and cities, including in Puerto Rico in San Juan. Do it! It’s sooooo much better than hotels. So much more space, privacy, comforts of home. I wouldn’t dream of staying in a hotel on my honeymoon!
I loved Puetro Rico by the way, great choice! I can’t wait to go back!
Post # 4
Definitely check airbnb. I’ve used them for three vacations and have only had great experiences. It’s definitely a bargain and we were able to save my money by preparing some of our own meals.
Post # 5
We booked a VRBO for our honeymoon and were just talking to friends last night who did the same thing in PR for theirs, and they loved it.
Post # 6
@louisianablue: That’s who I joined! I loved the prices, and the availability of the owners. People say the apartments are just as advertised. Hotels are somewhat….illusions? Not all, just some are.
Post # 7
We’re doing it! We’re going to London and it will end up being cheaper and with more space, on the plus side it also means that we aren’t forced to eat out for every meal.
Post # 8
@brendaray2009: We’ve done it for a bunch of vacations in the US and abroad, including our honeymoon! I love being able to save a little money by buying groceries and cooking a few meals instead of eating out for every meal!
Post # 9
I’ve done this on previous vacations (altho in the USA, not abroad). We went thru FlipKey which is associated with TripAdvisor and Expedia
You can find actual Reviews on TA for FlipKey properties… and they will be exactly as shown… and the booking system is reliable (alot of other sites that offer these types of services run scams… so be aware of that)
TripAdvisor – Vacation Rentals in PR = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/VacationRentals-g147319-Reviews-Puerto_Rico-Vacation_Rentals.html
FlipKey = http://www.flipkey.com/
Puerto Rico is GORGEOUS… and Old San Juan stunning.
Do be aware tho that EVERYTHING there is waaaay more expensive than on the mainland of the USA, so you’ll have to budget very carefully.
Be sure and check out the other areas on the TripAdvisor website as well for Puerto Rico… Travel Guide – Reviews (Accommodations, Restaurants, Attractions) – and the Discussion Forums where you can ask Questions and get answers from TA Destination Experts & Locals.
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
We went to iceland and paris for our honeymoon and i rented an apartment for both places! When i went to playa del carmen for my bachelorette i also rented a penthouse apartment. You get so much more for less than what you would pay at a hotel. Ive also rented villas in bali and koh samui. All experiences were amazing.
I recommend you find an apartment thats got lots of good reviews on homeaway, vrbo, tripadvisor/flipkey. and takes credit card as payment so that at least you are somewhat protected.
Also ask lots of questions. Since you are going somewhere tropical id ask about ac, daily maid service, bugs/rodents, hot water. And also find out the exact location so you can see what will be around you because sometimes google maps is wrong. I always do a ton of research before i rent and ive never been dissapointed. Good luck and happy honeymooning!
Post # 11
@brendaray2009: we love vrbo! We booked for our Maui DW- was not cheap, but did negotiate a great deal by paying immediately in full. Highly recommend- have used it for places all over the world and never had a problem! I found airbnb to be not as reliable, so only used that site once.
Post # 12
Thank you so much everyone! FI and I will definitely be doing this, he thinks it is great. Our spot is Puerto Rico, which he is from, so we want it to be amazing. He knows the San Juan area, that’s where he grew up, so we want to have a feeling of “home away from home”. He wants me to experience it, and I want him to relive good memories.
Post # 13
@dli: Question for you: When I went to some of these sites, they list “vacation rentals”. They are not the ones that pressure you into timeshare are they? That is the last thing we need on our honeymoon!
Post # 14
I love renting an appartment or house when I travel and often do this. I prefer being able to cook healthy meals rather than haivng to go out all the time. Plus it’s nice to have things like a washer/dryer on some vacations. You also have a lot more space than in a hotel.
I say go for it. I really don’t need someone coming into my room and making the bed every day and changing my towels to enjoy a vacation.
Post # 15
We rented a condo through VRBO for our honeymoon. We went to Vail, skiing, and knew we didn’t want to stay in a hotel for 12 days. We stayed our first night at an adorable Inn, then checked into our hotel the following night.
Post # 16
@brendaray2009: no i’ve never run into any that are time shares. they say vacation rental because they are vacation rentals. usually they are owned by individuals and managed by a local management company. or owned by a rental agency itself. they rent them out to people on vacation. you’re actually more likely to run into time share pple at a resort.