San Miguel Rentals is a small boutique vacation rental home business. Our motto “Your Key To The Doors Of San Miguel,” means we provide the first step to your dream vacation. Our company has been offering personalized rental service to visitors since 1985, when it was founded by Judy Arnold Hernandez. Upon her retirement in 2009, Judy McKay who had worked with Arnold since the early 90’s, assumed the role of President of the company. In 2012, Carolina Avila joined SMR as her partner.
Judy McKay, was born in Philadelphia, PA but by her teen years she became a Californian, attending the University of California in San Francisco. Her career is multi-faceted, and includes writing and producing television documentaries as well as extensive communications work in the housing and development fields in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 70’s and 80’s. She and her late husband, architect Jock McKay, moved to San Miguel in the early 90’s . In the initial year after their move, Judy wrote a humorous weekly newspaper column for the old San Miguel newspaper “Independencia” about the transitions to life here as an expat. Over succeeding years, she has been involved in a number of volunteer and social organizations here, including the San Miguel Bridge Club and the San Miguel Garden Club. Judy is proud to call San Miguel home and considers it the “ideal place to live and work – bar none!”
Her partner, Carolina, (aka Carol) speaks fluent Spanish, English, some Italian and dabbles in French! In the United States, Carol worked as a high school teacher of ESL and Spanish in Brooklyn, N.Y. She and her family moved to San Miguel in 2003 where her volunteer activities have included service with Jovenes Adelantes, Patronato Pro Ninos and as a teacher of English at secondary school at Rancho Don Francisco as well as at the Community Center for marginalized students in colonia San Luis Rey. Her love of dance has enabled her to be helpful to visitors with interest in classes for dance arts and of course, languages!
Carol says “we pride ourselves in finding you the perfect “custom” apartment or house to fit your specific needs. Check out our website to see the variety of accommodations we offer from studios for solo travelers to houses suitable for couples or friends traveling together – and to larger properties perfect for weddings, reunions, workshops. We work closely with you to insure that our recommendations offer you all the charm and comfort you’ll need for a fun-filled, pleasant stay.”
What We Do Best!
We take pride in going the extra mile to help you find just the right place, whether it be for a few days, months or possibly years! Ask about our special services tailored to help meet your specific needs. No request is too small or too large, just ask!