Here are answers to some of the questions we are most often asked:
Where is the Blue Boy Inn located?
We are in Rincon, a laid-back beach town on Puerto Rico’s west coast. Puerto Rico’s western coast is called the Porta del Sol, or “Gate of the Sun.” The west coast is best known for swimming, surfing, and great beaches. You can find us easily on Google Maps.
Why can’t I reserve a room on your website or through other online booking sites?
At Blue Boy Inn, we are committed to personal customer service. Because we are a small place with only 8 guest rooms, we need to be absolutely sure that there will be a room available for you when you check in. Any overlapping of stays or double booking of rooms would be detrimental to your vacation enjoyment, and we can’t take that risk! So, while it may seem “old fashioned” to make direct contact with us by email or phone, please know that it is for your ultimate benefit. We won’t be asking you to “take the next flight” because we have overbooked. 🙂
Are there “resort fees” or extra charges for cleaning or electricity usage?
You will never be surprised by hidden fees at Blue Boy Inn! There are no booking fees, resort fees, or extra charges for cleaning or electricity usage. You will pay only the room price plus the 9% room tax required by the Puerto Rican government. All of our property amenities (including breakfast, air conditioning, daily housekeeping, and more) are included in the price of your room.
What is the best airport to fly into?
Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla (BQN) is the closest major airport to Rincon. A limited number of airlines fly into this airport. We recommend Aguadilla if the routes and schedules fit your travel plans.
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan (SJU) is the largest airport in Puerto Rico. Because so many airlines service this airport, you are likely to find more variety in prices and schedules if you use the San Juan airport.
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport in Mayaguez (MAZ) is a small airport not far from Rincon which offers flights to and from San Juan on Cape Air.
How long is the drive to the Blue Boy Inn from the airport?
The drive from the Aguadilla airport can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour, depending on the time of day and the traffic conditions.
The drive from the San Juan airport can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the time of day and the traffic conditions.
The drive from the Mayaguez airport can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day and the traffic conditions.
Do you have a shuttle service that can pick me up at the airport?
Because we are a small guest house, we don’t have a shuttle service. If you need transportation, we will be happy to provide you with a list of local taxi drivers we recommend, and you can make arrangements directly with the driver of your choice.
Do I need to rent a car?
That depends on your preferences. We do recommend renting a car as the easiest and most convenient way to enjoy all that Rincon and the Porta del Sol have to offer. If you plan to stay around our property and enjoy the pool, swim at the Marina Beach, and eat and drink at the four restaurants/bars within walking distance, you may be content without a car. We can provide you with a list of taxi drivers if you need transportation. If you want to surf, explore other beaches, or try different restaurants/bars outside our neighborhood, you will probably be happier with a car.
If you do choose to rent a car, you will likely find the greatest selection and best prices at your arrival airport.
My flight arrives at Aguadilla airport really early in the morning. Is it OK if I check in early? Is there an extra charge for this?
While we do understand about awkward arrival times in Aguadilla, in our type of business, we can’t make partial charges for partial nights. If a room is occupied for part of a day or night, that means we can’t allow anyone else to reserve and pay for that room. It’s best to reserve a room for the night of your late-night/early-morning arrival. That way, we can have your room ready and you can go right in when you arrive and get some sleep. Otherwise, our check-in time is 2:00 p.m. It’s possible your room may be ready earlier, but if someone is checking out of the room that day, it’s not likely. You are welcome to come as early as 9:00 a.m. (no earlier, please!), leave your luggage, and enjoy the pool, the grounds, and the beach. We can even recommend places for breakfast and call or text you as soon as your room is ready.
My flight departs from Aguadilla really late at night. Can I have a late check-out? Is there an extra charge for this?
Our check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The only way to guarantee that you can continue to use your room beyond that time is to reserve the night of your departure. If someone is checking in that day, housekeeping will need access to your room at 11:00 a.m. in order to be ready for our 2:00 p.m. check-in time. If you don’t want to add your departure night to your reservation, we ask you to check out and turn in your keys at 11:00 a.m., and then you are welcome to stay around the property and continue to use Blue Boy Inn as your “home base” until you need to leave for your flight. We have outdoor showers and restrooms by the pool that you could use for a quick clean-up before heading home.
How many nights should I stay at the Blue Boy Inn?
We have a minimum stay of 2 nights, except around holidays when the minimum is 3 nights. However, we recommend that you plan to stay a minimum of 3 nights at the Blue Boy Inn. If you read the reviews on TripAdvisor, you will notice that people often comment that they wished they had stayed longer. If you stay only 2 nights, you really only have one full day to enjoy here.
Can I have an ocean-view room? What about a room on an upper/lower floor?
We are not a beach-front property, and we have no ocean-view rooms. All of our rooms look out onto gardens, terraces, or the pool area. All of our guest rooms are ground-floor, but because we are built on the side of a hill, you may have to go up or down stairs to reach your room.
Do you have smoking rooms or smoking areas on the property?
Because Puerto Rico has very strict laws prohibiting smoking in public places, the Blue Boy Inn is a NON-SMOKING property. This includes all guest rooms and the outdoor areas within our walls. We provide a designated smoking area outside our gates. The government imposes steep fines on people AND establishments caught violating the no-smoking laws ($250 to $2,000 per occurrence), and that’s a risk we can’t afford to take!
You say you are “steps from the beach,” but I am skeptical. How many steps is it?
We have not counted the steps, but we are 4 houses away from the beach, and it’s a short stroll of a minute or less.
Can I walk to the surfing beaches from the Blue Boy Inn?
The best surfing beaches are a mile or more from the Blue Boy, so it’s probably easiest to drive… but that’s your call!
Is your property pet friendly?
We’re sorry, but because so many people have allergies, we can’t accept pets.
My friends/family are staying nearby and they don’t have a pool. Is it OK for them to come over and hang out at your pool?
While we understand your desire to spend time with your friends/family, the Blue Boy Inn has a “no visitors” policy, and only registered guests are permitted on the property. Our guests come here expecting the peaceful, private, “secret garden oasis” experience that they have read and heard about. It’s not fair to other guests to have the pool and grounds crowded with extra people.
My friends/family are staying nearby. Can they come and have breakfast with me?
We’re sorry, but our fabulous breakfast is served only to guests who are staying in one of our eight guest rooms.
What will the weather be like when I visit?
When you look at the climate data, you will notice that Rincon doesn’t have big seasonal differences in high and low temperatures. Our normal high temperatures range from 84 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and our normal low temperatures range from 65 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
Our greatest seasonal difference is in the amount of rain and the time of day that it occurs. In the warmer summer months, it is common to have rain every day… but not all day long! We advise people to go out and enjoy the sunshine in the morning and early afternoon, as there is often a brief rain shower by the mid-afternoon. When the rain has passed, we typically enjoy beautiful, clear evenings with cooler temperatures and lower humidity. In the cooler winter months, it is more common for rain to occur at night or early in the morning. Winter days are often sunny with lower humidity.
Check out the NWS Climate Data for Rincon.
I have heard that there is a risk of Zika virus in Puerto Rico. Should I be concerned?
In Rincon and at the Blue Boy Inn, we are doing everything we can to reduce the mosquito population. We check the property daily for standing water and other possible mosquito breeding grounds. We also provide insect repellant spray for our guests to use, and citronella candles are outside every room. Those of us who live here go about our normal lives without giving much thought to Zika.
You can read more about Zika on the WHO website.
How will the economic situation affect my visit to Puerto Rico?
The economic crisis has not had much effect in Rincon. Because Rincon relies on tourism as a primary source of income, we aren’t nearly as affected by the unemployment and other issues facing San Juan. When you come, you will find hotels, restaurants, stores, and other businesses operating as usual. We place great value on our travelers who come to boost the local economy!
If you are interested in learning more about the economic climate here in Puerto Rico, we recommend Caribbean Business Puerto Rico as a good source of information:
What about crime? I hear that Puerto Rico is dangerous. Will I be safe?
It is difficult to find accurate crime statistics for Rincon. When you look at data for Puerto Rico, most of that data is for San Juan and the surrounding areas. San Juan is a densely-populated urban area with crime rates on par with U.S. cities such as Washington, DC, and Dallas, Texas. Just as in the U.S., things are much different in the more rural areas away from the big city. Those of us who live in Rincon full-time live quite safe, very peaceful lives.
What activities can I do in and near Rincon?
Rincon is a great place for swimming, surfing, and other water sports. You can also ride horses, take a yoga class, or get a massage. Here’s a list of a few of the local activities:
For more recommendations and information about Rincon, you can click here:
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