The Most Unusual Airbnbs in Puerto Rico

Bed down in a treehouse amid the palms, drift off in a bubble dome or enjoy a dreamy night’s sleep in a woodland cabin: these are the quirkiest self-catering stays across the island.

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It would be an understatement to say that Airbnb has revolutionised Puerto Rico's accommodation offering. Not only have its self-catering stays added a considerable £19 million to the island's economy, they've also provided a much-needed income stream for many Puerto Ricans recovering from the double blow of Hurricane Maria and the pandemic. And, while the platform's growth inevitably comes with certain repercussions, we can't help but be a little in awe of the creative boltholes popping up across the island thanks to its influence. From a renovated vintage Airstream caravan to a rattan-chic bubble dome, these are our favourites.

Seven beautiful Puerto Rico rentals to book for an island adventure

A treehouse rental in Puerto Rico

Treehouse of Life

Immerse yourself in nature by booking a night or three at this incredible treehouse, perched in a 30-year-old flamboyan tree high in the Rosario jungle in the town of Hormigueros. Climb the roped bamboo staircase to the childhood tree fort of dreams, complete with an open-air living space, minibar and four-poster bed to flop into. Disclaimer: you'll be sharing this earthy getaway with the resident birds, bats, geckos and coquí (native frogs) that also call this tropical slice of the world home - which we think only adds to the fun. Just remember to pack binoculars (and mosquito repellent - just in case).

A glitzy bathroom in a Puerto Rico rental

Romantic Suite

High-octane romance reigns supreme at this ocean-view suite in Rincón. Enjoy a king-size, four-poster bed, tub for two and private plunge pool overlooking the surrounding palms and towards the sprawling Rincón mountains. Sporting floor-to-ceiling windows and designed with great attention to detail (think brass bathroom taps, wicker furnishings and a well-equipped contemporary kitchen), it's the perfect base for a romantic getaway.

The bedroom in a treehouse airbnb puerto rico

La Botánica Treehouse

If we were to quit our job and buy a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico in pursuit of the beach yogi's dream, we'd hope to live in this modern-bohemian treehouse in San Juan. All cream, wood-panelled walls and polished cement floors, decorated with antique furnishings, it's the ideal home-from-home for aesthetes looking for a calming space. Enjoy your morning coffee in the hammock on your very own floating deck, then drift down to the communal garden for yoga at the wellness centre next door.

A cosy cabin in Puerto Rico

Hacienda Paraíso

Enveloped by towering bamboo, this rustic wooden cabin in Las Piedras offers a down-to-earth Puerto Rican farmstay in the woods. Renovated in 2020, the cosy space has wood-panelled walls and timber floorboards, plus modern additions that bring a touch of opulence - like the freestanding tub in the bedroom. Whisk open your white-linen curtains to a private balcony with views over the bamboo fields, or mosey into town to catch a movie at the local cinema or savour a farm-fresh meal cooked over an open fire at Bacoa Finca + Fogón.

The interior of a quirky dome-shaped rental

Boquerón Dome

Ever imagined you'd spend the night sleeping in a bubble? Nor had we, until we came across this domed home in Cabo Rojo, where chic design details like hanging rattan lanterns, candyfloss-pink sofas and a vintage freestanding fridge join a huge circular bed. Make the most of your surroundings by taking a trip to the famous Las Salinas pink salt flats nearby, or simply settle in for an evening of homemade dinner beside your small, fairy-light-adorned pool.

The exterior of the cabin rental

Casa Alpina

Although it's located just outside artsy Sabana Grande, this tiny A-frame cabin feels worlds away from civilisation. Tucked among the trees, it's a peaceful retreat at which to enjoy mountain views and verdant walks. Due to the remote location, there's no WiFi or cable TV here, which means you'll have all the more time to spend in the great outdoors (or enjoying the in-house board games and DVDs). Follow the trail downstream for a quick dip in the river, then watch the sunset over the palms from your private balcony.

A Puerto Rico airstream

Rooftop Airstream

This sleek, 1976-built Airstream elevates the glamping experience to a whole new level. Located in a rooftop house near Ponce, the caravan contains all you need for a comfortable stay, including a king-size bed, Nespresso coffee machine and bright, well-equipped kitchen. But it's the tiny home's outdoor space that really caught our attention - you'll love its flop-worthy outdoor beanbags, barbecue and huge freestanding tub that's just made for a night of palm-fringed stargazing.

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