My place is close to the city center with its art and culture, and free public transport (when it's running) is on the main road. You can also walk to coffee and several food carts. But more important than all that, it's close to the BEACH. The best snorkeling in Rincon is a 15 minute saunter down the road, and world-class surf starts just 5 minutes north from there. You’ll love my place because of the location and the price. Small but ample, the Cabaña is good for solo adventurers and pets.
I've been hosting on Airbnb for a couple years, and in that time I've met some real characters. One of them just left. Coincidentally also named Sam, he was a surf-chasing Kiwi by way of Canada who came down to escape the winter.
I got to know him pretty well over several days of hanging out and surfing together. He was quite an interesting guy and like I mentioned, a character.
I have a shed on my property, and when all my rentals are booked, I've been known to turn my own room over to an Airbnb guest and sleep there instead.
Sam took one look with his weathered travelers eye and said, "Mate," (Kiwis and Aussies always call you that) "Mate," he says, "You ought to put the shed on Airbnb! Think about it: It's already got a bed, fast wifi and air conditioning. It's mosquito proofed, and if you make it cheap enough it could make the difference in someone being able to spend a week surfing instead of just 3 days!"
That got the wheels turning. I've been traveling for a couple decades now, sometimes broke, sometimes flush, and always seeking new experiences and good times. I remember how much I appreciated cheap digs when I was low on funds, especially when there was a swell running.
So I outfitted the shed into a Cabaña.
So here's the deal: The Cabaña is perfect for one person. It's clean, safe and secure, it keeps the sun and rain off you and your gear and keeps the mosquitos at bay. The Cabaña has a locking door and it's got power, three lamps, a twin bed and a raffia rug, a place to hang clothes, surfboard racks, a hammock chair, screens over the windows and yes, fast (video conferencing capable) wifi and more-than-ample air conditioning.
The Cabaña is surrounded by lush landscaping (passionfruit, orchids, pineapple, mango, papaya) and it's really quiet yet you can hear the coqui frogs at night. With the door and window closed it stays quite dark even with the beautiful Puerto Rican sun set on high so midday naps are no problem.
Guests in the Cabaña share the bathroom and kitchen in the upstairs apartment. Just out the door and up the stairs five feet away. You'll have everything you need and still have your own space.
To do something different, I also decided that for the time being, all profits from renting the Cabaña will be put back into further improving it for future travelers. This is going to be a study in the utility of a small space. So while you're helping yourself to budget accommodations, you'll also be benefiting future travelers.
Upcoming improvements will be:
Adjacent shade structures.
Outdoor cool water shower.
Outdoor surfboard racks.
Secure bike storage.
A new backyard barbecue grill (my old one just gave up the ghost).
Whatever else we can think up that would be valuable and utilitarian. Stay here and then give me your suggestions please.
I have snorkeling gear, beach chairs and beach towels for your use, and I'm working on getting soft-top surfboards.
Kitchen and bathroom are in the adjacent apartment. Bathroom has shampoo and conditioner, kitchen has all the gadgets and reverse osmosis filtered water.
Towels and linens are of course provided.
Bring your laptop or tablet. The house has free 20 meg wifi for your convenience. There is no TV but Netflix streams perfectly well.
For adventuring, I have a number of amenities available to my guests. First, beach towels. I have plenty. There's no need to bring your own. I have a wheeled cooler, feel free to take it to the beach or wherever you're going. I also have several sets of snorkeling gear available for your use. Finally, there are beach chairs and a small beach umbrella you can borrow, though you'll find plenty of natural shade at any of the beaches in town. Please be sure to return anything borrowed, and please rinse off snorkeling gear before replacing it in the bin.
All of these items are located on the back patio. Help yourself and have fun!
Interaction with guests
During surf season (November through May) I'm usually around to hang out or help with any questions or recommendations you may have, and I'm usually down to hang out or jump in the water.
Other things to note
Travel light. You don't need much here. :)
1. Respectful and responsible parties ONLY.
2. We live on the property, we have neighbors and we all value the peace and quiet of the surroundings. Please no loud music or other noise after 10 PM.
3. Please conserve water and energy. We use solar hot water but it's not unlimited. Remember to shut off fans, lights and air conditioning when you're not using them.
4. This is a very safe neighborhood yet it's still a good idea to lock up when you leave. Remember to take your key!
5. Please, no smoking indoors. If you smoke outdoors, please dispose of your ashes and cigarette butts appropriately.
6. The Shed does not have plumbing. You'll be sharing the kitchen and bathroom in my loft right up the stairs. It's imperative that we all clean up after ourselves and leave things at least as neat as we find them.
7. Please wash dishes as soon as possible to not attracts ants or other nonpaying tropical "guests".
8. Please be sure to bring any personal items that you might need, including hair dryer.
9. The property is shared with me (your host) and sometimes other Airbnb guests. Therefore, it's very important to not bring anyone to the property that has not been previously authorized by the host. Under no circumstances may you bring an extra person to spend the night. This is a breach of safety and very disruptive.
10. Please enjoy your stay at The Tool Shed and understand that the beach nearby is the place to have gatherings of people or parties. The property itself is only shared with those I welcome as my guests.
11. There are big trash bins outside of the property where you can place your trash daily.
12. Please do not flush personal care items in the toilet.
13. The Shed is the only one of my rentals where I will consider a pet. I have a polite, well trained senior cattle dog on the premises and she has the run of the yard. Aggressive or poorly trained animals will not be accepted, nor will dogs with a disposition towards barking. Again, this is a quiet neighborhood. If accepted, please be certain to clean up after your animal without fail.
14. If there is anything I can do to make your stay more comfortable, contact me and I'll see what I can do. Enjoy yourself and the property and thank you for abiding by these rules.
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Hello! I have five listings on AirBnB, all in my home town of Rincon. I've used Airbnb a number of times in my travels and its always been a positive experience, so I decided to become a host.
I love that technology like Airbnb has let me pursue a life of maximum freedom and mobility. I travel regularly for festivals, dance events, canyoneering, scuba diving, surfing, Baja desert trips, the Pacific Northwest and waterfall jumping, and I manage a theme camp at Burning Man. Right now I'm learning kitesurfing, which is thrilling and scary at the same time. (Those kites are powerful!)
When traveling I enjoy both the journey and the destination, but as much as I am afflicted with wanderlust, my favorite part of travel is always the departure. Heading off on an adventure always holds so much promise.
I love good dogs and good people. I've worked at various things over the years, usually self-taught, often self-employed, and always open to the next thing. My current pursuits are metal fabrication and building construction.
I moved to Rincon from San Diego on a quest for more personal freedom. After thirty years on the mainland, Puerto Rico filled the bill! I invite you to come experience all this island has to offer. I can give you advice and recommendations from a fresh perspective of a surfer and diving enthusiast. So far I have discovered the best barbecue and a really good woodfired pizza place, as well as where to get handmade tacos of all kinds and the coldest drinks in town. In addition, I surf most every day and I can give you directions or maybe even a ride to the best breaks for the conditions.
When hosting or traveling, I enjoy meeting new people and sharing illustrative life stories. I like welcoming and feeling welcome, and I prefer people relax and make themselves at home while at my home. Above all, I respect my guests' privacy.