If you are looking to rent and want to know where to find apartments in Puerto Rico, this page will give you some resources and tips on how to find the perfect apartment for you.
You can start searching at these popular classified ads websites:
Clasificados Online: http://clasificadosonline.com
Compra o Alquila: http://www.compraoalquila.com
*Clasificados Online has their website in Spanish and English on the same page as opposed to a Spanish version and an English version of the site.
*Compra o Alquila is fully in Spanish, so what I recommend if you don’t know any Spanish is to use the Internet browser “Chrome” by Google. That browser has a translate tool that will translate the website for you into English. It is not always perfect but more often than not it is actually very good.
One important thing you should know about renting an apartment in Puerto Rico is that you will be renting directly with the landlord, let me explain. You may see an apartment complex with several buildings, most of them are what we call “walk-up” apartments because there is no elevator (Don’t worry, they normally are no more than 3 floors up). But what happens is that there is no central office where you go pay rent, get the packages they held for you while you were out, or where you go to make a maintenance request.
Each individual apartment is owned by someone who had the intentions of renting the apartment as an investment. Some of my friends have had really good luck with their landlord and some have had terrible luck. I actually have a friend who is a landlord to an apartment in Isla Verde (Section in San Juan in front of the beach), and he tells me that some landlords rent their apartments and give the renter the option to buy it, also the amenities included vary widely, some landlords include cable, water, etc. while others include nothing.
So unfortunately, this is truly hit or miss with a landlord, so make sure you get to know the person before you rent an apartment, I have heard some really bad stories about really bad landlords.
I know a few Real Estate agents as well as apartment landlords who speak English, let me know if you would like me to assist you and put you in contact with any of them.