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Turtle Bay Inn 2.5

Lajas, Puerto Rico

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Pros

  • In a quiet, mostly residential area, walking distance to downtown La Paguera
  • Clean, pleasant rooms with basic amenities and small flat-screen TVs
  • A colorful side terrace with a small outdoor pool and walk-up bar
  • Free breakfast served in an air-conditioned building overlooking the pool
  • On-site laundry facilities, 24-hour attended front desk, and lots of free on-site parking
  • Eco-friendly practices including a living vertical wall at the entrance
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Area can occasionally become noisy with cars, residents, and barking dogs
  • No full restaurant on-site
  • Stairs to the second floor are steep; no elevator
  • No views of the Caribbean, just rooftops and streets
  • It's a 10-minute walk to the restaurants and services of La Parguera

Bottom Line

This hotel was impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. We will update our review as soon as we have more information. The 12-room, eco-friendly Turtle Bay Inn is an immaculate budget hotel set in a mostly residential area, walking distance to the village of La Parguera. The hotel has an inviting bright yellow exterior with a living vertical wall planted with ferns at the entrance, demonstrating the hotel's green policies. The side terrace -- with its colorful chairs, small pool, and walk-up bar -- is an ideal spot for an afternoon drink. Somewhat old-fashioned rooms with their dust ruffles and four-poster beds are pleasant and comfortable enough for crashing between daytime excursions and nighttime trips to the bioluminescent bays. If Turtle Bay is booked, travelers could try the neighboring Parador Villa Parguera, a country inn with similar rates.

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Scene

A cute and colorful, eco-friendly, budget inn set in a sleepy residential neighborhood

Turtle Bay Inn is a budget, low-key property with some homey touches. Painted bright yellow with key-lime-green trim, the well-kept, two-story building is a burst of brightness in the mostly drab neighborhood that's dominated by a huge recreational field. Inside the white fence that surrounds the property is a large parking lot on one side shadowed by a huge billboard that highlights the area's activities, while on the other side of the inn, a small terrace serves as the hotel's social center. Cafe tables and chairs in an assortment of bright colors of red, blue, and orange are shaded by tiki umbrellas. Strands of colorful lights crisscross the space, illuminating the terrace at night. A tiny pool delivers just enough space for a cool dip while the walk-up bar serves cold beer and fruity drinks and poolside snacks.

The eco-friendly hotel educates guests on green policies through the use of an interpretive mascot, Tertelin the adventurous (and endangered) sea turtle. The inn follows strict green practices such as solar-powered energy, the use of indigenous plants, and recycling. 

Location

By a large recreational field, walking distance to the restaurants of downtown La Parguera

Most visitors check in at the Turtle Bay Inn for its proximity to the nearby nature preserves, taking daytime boat rides to explore the surrounding mangrove cays and islets and evening boat rides to the phosphorescent bays. The Turtle Bay Inn is within walking distance to the restaurants and services of bustling La Parguera, a fisherman's village located in Lajas, on Puerto Rico's southern coast, bordering the Caribbean sea.

  • Five-minute drive to Playita Rosada
  • 10-minute walk to El Poblado, La Parguera's public square
  • 20-minute drive to Laguna Categena
  • 30-minute drive to Cabo Rojo
  • 30-minute drive to Guanica
  • 50-minute drive to Mercedita Airport, Ponce
  • 70-minute drive to Rincon
  • 90-minute drive to Rafael Hernández Airport, Aguadilla
  • 2-hour drive to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
  • 2-hour-10-minute drive to Old San Juan
  • 2-hour-10-minute drive to El Yunque National Forest

Rooms

Homey rooms with old-fashioned furniture, tiny flat-screen TVs, and updated bathrooms 

Turtle Bay Inn's 12 rooms are set along the first-floor hallway that connects to the lobby or on the second floor, accessed via a side stairwell from the lobby. The rooms come furnished with either one or two queen beds set in four-poster bed frames and finished with navy blue, yellow, or brown patterned comforters with coordinating dust ruffles.

The rooms are outfitted with ceramic tile floors, eggshell-painted walls, wicker side chairs, large mahogany armoires holding small flat-screen TVs, free in-room Wi-Fi, and bedside tables with reading lamps and clock radios. The rooms have blackout window shades to help keep them cool, but they also help block out the views of the unattractive surroundings of the street, parking lot, and rooftops.

The bathrooms are updated with neutral tiles, vanities with granite countertops, and decorative turtle soap dishes, plus basic toiletries. The walk-in showers have glass-block walls and strips of decorative square tiles in shades of white and brown. 

Features

A cute terrace with an array of colorful cafe tables, a tiny pool, and a walk-up bar

The staff at the Turtle Bay Inn mans the front desk in the turtle-themed, small lobby around the clock, offering guests assistance with local activities as well as selling small items such as sunblock. The hotel's jewel-box terrace provides an excellent place to relax; the narrow stretch on the side of the hotel is a colorful oasis with red, blue, and orange metal chairs and cafe tables with palapa umbrellas. A walk-up bar serves cold Coronas and other brews as well as other libations and guests wanting a snack can purchase nachos, burritos, and pizzas that the staff prepares in the microwave. The small pool with its turtle statues is just enough for a dip and there are a few lounge chairs to relax and dry in the sun. The breakfast room/event space is an air-conditioned cocoon with tables and a buffet bar that's set with continental breakfast daily. While the hotel has no restaurant on-site, guests can walk around the recreational field to reach the bustling little town of La Parguera which offers several local bars and dining spots. Wi-Fi throughout is free, and there's a laundry room for guests to use. 

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Address

Calle 6 # 153, La Parguera, Lajas 00667, Caribbean

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