Tropical Treehouse, Puerto Rico

by Kim on January 27, 2011 · 9 comments

Looking for a hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico?  How about a treehouse?

Last year, Brian and I spent some time in Rincon, a small surfing town in the northwest corner of Puerto Rico.  We had a lovely week snorkeling, eating mofongo, consuming a few too many rum and cokes, and watching the sun set over the water.  Ah, heaven.

It was a fabulous trip, made even more fabulous by the amazing place we briefly called home, the one and only Bamboo Treehouse

The treehouse (called a “hooch” by the owner) is located on acres of bamboo forest (80? The exact number escapes me now) and owned by a nutty-professor type expat.  Unlike a “normal” treehouse, this hooch isn’t built into the canopy of trees.  Instead, it acts as a tree, freestanding, but anchored to the trees that surround it to maintain its balance. 

The Bamboo Treehouse: A Day in the Life

After roaming the grounds and checking out the two “hooches” available to rent on the property, Brian and I opt to stay in the Sunset Hooch. This hooch costs a bit more than her sister, the Luna Hooch, but has views of the ocean visible from bed.  Enough said.

We haul a few things up to the top tier of the treehouse and nestle beneath the mosquito net to watch the sun set over the Atlantic.  When the sky is dark and inky, we light candles and read by the flame.  Later, we lay silently in bed and listen to the lizards scamper over the dry leaves on the ground below, the moon glowing low over the ocean. 

The next morning, we brew coffee and eat a breakfast of fresh pineapple.  We walk a half mile to the beach, stopping from time to time to coo at the grazing horses, then spend the afternoon floating in the warm, rolling waves. 

In the evening we go for a run around the rural, hilly roads of Rincon.  The horses raise their heads and squint at us quizzically as we plod by.  Back at the treehouse, we rinse off in the outdoor shower in the shade of mango trees. 

Clean and tuckered out, we open a bottle of wine and point our rocking chairs towards the ocean (yes, this treehouse comes with rocking chairs).  We talk slowly about whatever comes to mind as we watch the sun sink over the ocean once again.


Though we didn’t mention it then, it strikes me now how the experience was enhanced by what we didn’t have: no Internet, no television, no cell phone service, no electricity- just Brian and I and our treehouse hooch, rocking slightly in the Caribbean breeze. 


Phone: 541-499-3885 (US phone number)



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Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

That looks so cool, albeit a little scary. it looks a little top heavy don’t you think? Was it pretty stable?


Kim January 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Err… it was stable enough! We took our chances, haha. Though Brian did accidentally knock the panel next to the bed, the panel that prevents you from ROLLING OUT OF THE TREEHOUSE and we had a few scary moments until we figured out how to put it back together again. All in all, well worth it.


Brian January 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Don’t forget our nightime surprise – the large from (about the size of a tennis ball) found in the toilet!


Brian January 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I meant frog (not from)!


Kim January 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Don’t you mean YOUR nightime surprise? If I remember correctly, he jumped up on your bare ass. Hahaha.


Mike Lenzen January 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

That’s funny.

Really neat looking place.


Phu-Tho October 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

My husband, (also named Brian) and I also stayed at this wonderful treehouse when he proposed to me…your pictures gave me such beautiful memories of our trip. Though we didn’t get to see the MANGOES! Four years later, now we just bought a second home –full of bamboo in the backyard–and I would love nothing more than to make a treehouse like this for our two girls.


Kim October 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

Oh, what a wonderful place for a proposal!!! I’m so glad the photos brought back memories.


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