Welcome to the Puntas Tree House Vacation Rental located in the Punta Higuera area in the town of Rincon on the western coast of Puerto Rico.
The Puntas Tree House is a three story family run vacation rental home just steps from Sandy Beach, famous for world class surfing, sun bathing and it’s sand bottom, one of the only sand bottom beaches in the entire area and within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and bars in Puerto Rico.
Our Caribbean beach house vacation rental offers hotel quality amenities at budget prices in a familiar environment so you can feel at home while you’re on your Caribbean vacation trip to Puerto Rico.
Each floor has it’s own amenities and private access. You can rent the house per floor for smaller groups or for larger groups you can rent the entire property.
The first floor of the Puntas Tree House is a one-bedroom studio with a queen size bed, air conditioning, HDTV and private bath, perfect for 2 people.
Our second floor is a two-bedroom suite that sleeps up to 4 people, great for two couples or a family with children who want to enjoy a little bit of extra privacy. This unit has two bedrooms each with air conditioning, and queen-sized beds. This unit also features a full kitchen with a stove and oven, private balcony facing the ocean and HDTV.
Our third floor penthouse has often been called the honeymoon suite. This one bedroom sleeps up to 6 people and has a large kitchen and living room area with two futons, queen size bed in the bedroom, air conditioning and a cozy private balcony with great views of Sandy Beach. Great for groups and couples a like.
Every floor has hotel quality amenities found in most Puerto Rico hotels like high speed WIFI, coffee makers, linens, basic toiletries and hotel quality shower heads but unlike some of the hotels in Puerto Rico we try to go above and beyond by providing the most down to earth and friendly service possible to keep you coming back on all our trips to Puerto Rico.
We pride ourselves in being one of the only green vacation rental homes in Puerto Rico by supporting local and global conservation efforts by donating some of the proceeds from our rentals and doing our part by using green products and recycling. We hope you enjoy some of our up cycling projects around the property.
If you’d like more information about our beachfront vacation rental click the Vacation Rentals and Rates button.
We love spending time taking our guests and friends on adventures to some of the most beautiful places in Puerto Rico. Cueva Ventana is one of those places. We've seen many changes to Cueva Ventana over the years, from a little known place where locals would go to snap that unmistakeable facebook profile picture to a full blown tourist attraction ranked among the best attractions to visit in Puerto Rico on TripAdvisor.
Cueva Ventana is Spanish for Window Cave, it's pretty easy to see where they came up with the name if you take a look at the breath taking view from inside the cave.
Cueva Ventana is situated atop a limestone cliff overlooking the Río Grande de Arecibo valley, close to the Arecibo/Utuado border, just off of Route 10 on kilometer 75 next to the Puma Gas station. It is amazingly easy to get to. There are 2 caves here that one can enter — and they are right next to each other.
For this trip to the cave we were joined by our friends Susie and Brittany. Susie is a radio personality on Mix 105.1 in Orlando, FL and Brittany is a Fort Lauderdale, FL based flight attendant and works with me at the same airline.
Before taking the ride up to Cueva Ventana, there's a few things you need to know. Flashlights will be provided by the tour guides that preserve this beautiful cave. In addition the fee for entry includes a guided tour with the history of the cave and information about the flora and fauna in and around the cave as well as history about the Taino Indians that inhabited the caves. The hike to the mouths of the caves is about 10-15 minutes, partly up-hill and partly in full sun — so bottles of water for everyone is a must. The caves are inhabited by bats, so there is a lot of guano droppings inside the cave — so antibacterial wipes are also good to have. Because the caves are in the karst region of the island, the cave floors are wet and slippery from the water leaching through the limestone, so shoes with some good grip are required. Puerto Rico is hot and humid, plan to go early and beat the hotter parts of the day.
Once we had all our gear, we were ready to go explore the caves.
The path leading to the caves is located just next to the Puma gas station. There is a free parking lot just for people visiting the cave.
There is an entrance area, with a desk for you to sign in and start your walk to get to the tour staging area- where you get your guide (or info on where to met your guide), and helmet. Once you've got your helmet and guide, it's off to the cave.
While you make the trek to the cave the tour guide will answer questions and give you the background information on the surrounding area and how the funds from the tour go into preserving the caves unique Taino cave paintings and carvings.
They also have information signs around about the trees and other things you are seeing.
As we walked the trail, we eventually noticed a large tree on the left whose roots are going down into a cave opening. This is the second cave’s little light source. You will be able to enter this cave at the large main entrance area, just next to the Window Cave entrance. Just keep following the trail. The trail will curve around and it will end up at the openings to two caves. We went into both.
Cueva Ventana is the cave on the left, with the steps going down into it. Your guide will give you a flashlight and walk with you through the cave. All the way, the guide talks about the nature in the cave, how caves are formed, about the bats and all sorts of other cave related info. Also the Taino experience. This cave has a bunch of very pretty formations — stalagmites and stalactites. It has a number of smaller caves, tunnels and hiding spots. It also has bats! But the goal is the window. We kept going through — and then we saw the light at the end. What a great view! We went out as far as we felt comfortable. One must be careful, it is a long way down and there is nothing to stop you from falling (except your own common sense to stay away from the edge). There is such a magnificent view of the green fields and river below. At this point the guide usually breaks off from the group and allows you to explore on your own.
The cave on the right is smaller and shorter. There is a large cavern inside, the entrance (with some steps) is just by the Ventana cave entrance (you will see a bench). Inside the cave was a bit slippery, but very neat.
Since both caves are open on both ends, they were the warmest and windiest caves I have ever been in. And they didn’t smell bad either (considering the number of bats living there)! I found this to be an easy place to go and see caves. Since this place is located up in the mountains, unlike the underground Camuy Rio Caves that close if there is rain (since it floods), I bet this place would stay high and dry. One can visit both this cave and Camuy Rio Caves in the same day if they wanted since they are located in the same general area.
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Don Reno Intreglia is the Digital Marketing and Web Developer for La Vida Hospitality and owner of DRI Media and Puntas Tree House Vacation Rentals. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He has developed marketing, social media, and customer retention programs in the hospitality industry for over ten years. In addition, he is the Master Executive Council of Communications for Spirit AFA - CWA, the largest flight attendant union in the world, creating nationwide mobilization campaigns. He splits his time between Rincon, Puerto Rico and Lewes, Delaware. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Before I get started on the post and details of our remodel, I want to welcome you to our blog and share some of our plans for it.
In the past we've posted from time to time about things to do around Puerto Rico and Rincón as well as history behind holidays and other happenings in the area. With the new year we'd like to spend a little more time on these blog posts and share our experiences with our guests. Follow us on Instagram @puntastreehouse and on Facebook.com/rincontreehouse to stay up to date with our blog posts.
For me the Puntas Tree House has always been about sharing a piece of Rincón with the world. It's a special place, it's the place of my birth and the place where I learned about the hospitality industry, but we'll leave that for another blog post.
At the end of August we decided it was time to upgrade the our little beach house. The house was built over 30 years ago during those last 30 years we'd spent a lot of time on making small upgrades here and there but this time we wanted to make some huge improvements.
The Outdoor Shower
Before the remodel we had an outdoor shower by our main staircase, the shower was open air and didn't provide any privacy, it was more of a place to wash off sandy feet than an outdoor shower. We decided to put up a standalone private outdoor shower under our palm tree. Now you can step off the sand and into the shower surrounded by banana trees and the natural beauty of Puerto Rico.
The deck for our Second Floor Suite was also completely replaced by a new heavy duty cement balcony. With this new balcony we added some nautical lighting to brighten up the exterior of the house at night and made it a little more spacious than before.
With our new deck we added some really cool nautical lighting. The house is nice and bright now!
Once we finished the deck we added a nice patio down stairs for the first floor, the patio is covered and offers a nice shaded spot to relax for our guests in the studio.
We also had to make some changes to our roof, which had a few little leaks as the roof was also very old. With the new roof thanks to our friend George Ruggles, owner of Ruggles Construction one of the best contractors around in both Rincón and Delaware, we were ready to work on the interior.
With a new roof and a new deck we shifted our gears and started work on the inside of the house.
We added a fresh set of paint, new stair case to our top floor and some new furniture.
The last step in our remodel was to replace our old chain link fence that surrounded the property with a brand new privacy wall and gate. The wall will help keep the property totally private and will have two gates, one main gate and a side gate. We're not quite finished with the wall yet but we will post updates when it's painted!
We're almost done with the remodel and we couldn't be more excited. Once we finish painting the wall we will post an update. For now take a peak at how some of our other remodels turned out!