Category Archives: Fun

Fun, sporty places to visit. Usually a mix of man-made and nature.

Join a Join: a different way to travel in Puerto Rico

The economy is not doing so good. It’s time to ditch the traditional hotel and stay local. What’s that? Well, staying local is literally staying at a local’s place. From renting out a spare bedroom in a home, to entire vacation houses, furnished and waiting for someone to come and stay there. Imagine topping that with a customized personal tour of an unknown place by a local.

Complicated you say? Well, not anymore. JoinaJoin.com is a brand new travel website featuring both places to stay and things to do. Through this platform locals post their properties or private tours for those adventurous travelers seeking a different experience. A beachfront villa in Vieques, a Golf Villa in Dorado, a surf shack in Rincón, a house in La Parguera… just about anything.

Launched in 2013, the site’s listings are growing fast and I suspect will continue to grow as users continue to leave reviews. I personally found an adorable set of houses in Isabela with a spectacular view!

If you’re looking to visit Puerto Rico and have a truly local experience, this website definitely has something to offer.

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The Bamboo Hooches: Tropical Treehouse @ Rincón, Puerto Rico

Honeymoon-like Hooch behind the house
Honeymoon-like Hooch behind the house

Nestled in the mountains of Rincón, on the west coast of Puerto Rico, is a small guest house unlike any other. The entrance is almost invisible, hidden among long green bamboo, but once you cross that threshold, it’s like being transported to another place. The dry, golden hills of Rincón disappear beneath a tall bamboo forest canopy.  A doorway leads to a path and a wooden house. Beyond that is a small fountain and the path continues towards the Luna Hooch.

 

The Buddha Hooch Photo by: Maricel Jiménez
The Buddha Hooch
Photo by: Maricel Jiménez

A Hooch is a bamboo structure built like a tree house. It runs on solar panels, making it self-sustainable, and it’s equipped with a full kitchen (with cooler for a fridge), bathroom, and queen-sized bed.

The Luna Hooch has it’s own little private porch and beyond that lies the Sunset Hooch: a slightly bigger version of the Luna. To the left of the Sunset Hooch is a path leading to a large bamboo swing. The path connects to other paths throughout the property. One of those leads to the Buddha Hooch, a large-scale version of the hooch. I suspect the view must have been magnificent.

Really tall bamboo
Really tall bamboo

The grounds are full of all kinds of bamboo, some over 20 feet tall. Take your time to explore the paths, look at the spiders and taíno inspired decorations.

 

More pics on previous blog by same author: The Tropical Treehouse

Website: www.tropical-treehouse.com