Palmas del Mar (Carr. 3, km 86.4, Humacao, 787/852-8888, www.palmasdelmar.com) is a 2,700-acre planned community that includes residential and resort developments.
Sheraton Four Points Hotel & Casino (170 Candelero Dr., Humacao, 787/850-6000, fax 787/850-6001, www.starwoodhotels.com, $240–314 s/d) operates the 107-room hotel, featuring all the amenities one would expect from a Sheraton. Attractions include more than three miles of beach, a casino, an 8,000-square-foot pool, a 200-slip marina, two golf courses, tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, an equestrian center, and 18 restaurants.
For vacation rentals in Palmas del Mar, visit www.prwest.com. Police, fire, postal, banking, and medical services are all available at Palmas del Mar.
Casa Cubuy Eco Lodge (Carr. 191, km 22, Naguabo, 787/874-6221, fax 787/874-4316, www.casacubuy.com, $90–115 s/d plus 9 percent tax, includes breakfast, 2-night minimum) is a small low-key lodge on the quiet, less visited southern side of El Yunque. Perched on a hill above a gurgling stream, this is definitely the place to go to get away from it all. Amenities are few (no TV!) beyond balconies and hammocks. But you’re a short hike away from waterfalls and a natural pool where you can take an invigorating dip. You can buy sack lunches for $7, and dinner is served if six or more guests request it by 1 p.m. ($18 per person). In-room massages are available.
Centro Vacacional de Humacao Villas Punta Santiago (Carr. 3, km 72.4, Punta Santiago, Humacao, 787/622-5200, www.parquesnacionalespr.com, $65–71 cabanas, $109–115 villas, 2-night minimum) is a government-maintained and operated vacation center patronized almost exclusively by Puerto Ricans but open to anyone looking for basic economical accommodations on the ocean. The gated property features a yellow-and-adobe-colored complex containing 99 cabanas and villas. Only the villas are air-conditioned, but both cabanas and villas have full kitchens. Linens, towels, and cooking utensils are not provided. Amenities include tennis courts, a playground, a pool with a waterslide, and lovely shady grounds featuring almond trees, palms, and flamboyans.
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