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Villa La Sirena or the Mermaids cottage has been converted from an old fisherman's dwelling. It doesn't have a flush wall or square corner anywhere,but has been lovingly rebuilt and remodeled to be the dream vacation spot for one or two couples or any other small group that that would find the cottage comfortable .There are two queen bedrooms, no cots or pullouts are available.This very romantic villa is perfect for a honeymoon or an anniversary. The cottage is not suitable for small children.
We have lots of towels and all the nice soft high thread count sheets are 100% cotton.Enjoy long hot showers as we have an on demand hot water heater for an endless supply. The mattresses are high quality.We have an assortment of pillows for every taste even a couple of down pillows if that is your preference.Both bedrooms have AC for warmer nights.
The cottage has a definite nautical theme and been finished with an eclectic mix of antiques, comfortable stylish furniture,and beautiful things collected from around the world. There is an extensive collection of whimsical art work, much of it done by the owner.
Overlooking the busy working harbor, the activity starts early and you can have your morning coffee or evening glass of wine on the ample deck and enjoy an ever changing panorama. Stay entertained Watching Tarpon hunt and the rays coming in close to shore, dolphins, turtles and large schools of fish are seen regularly. Pelicans and several varieties of seabirds provide constant amusment. House binoculars and a bird book are available. Watch as fisherman and ferries come and go, charter sailboats take on guests just below you and then watch perfect sunsets over Puerto Rico in the distance. Later on in the evening, you can spot your favorite constellations among the thousands of stars visible on a dark night.
When you can drag yourself away from the view you will find a gourmet kitchen with everything you could want (and if not just ask, as the owners live on island ). There is a 4 burner European gas cook top, a micro convection oven, sturdy Kitchen Aid cookware, and a full size dishwasher lots of counter space, good knives and a gas grill. We are just above the fisherman's dock, you can walk down when you see them come in and buy some fresh fish or better yet some local lobster. We have several pots big enough to steam or boil a lobster or two. If you miss the boats,one of the fishermen lives a few houses away and you can go see what he has available or put in a special order. Of course there is a blender for frozen drinks and a coffee maker, toaster oven and some cool cook books to inspire . You will love cooking at home and eating on the deck BUT if you prefer,get takeout because there is not a restaurant on the island that has a view like this one.
If cooking is not part of your vacation program, don't worry you can walk to half a dozen restaurants and get delicious drinks at the local bars, some just a few steps from the villa. Yummy nearby takeout is available, Sushi, Pizza, great seafood stew , smoothies or Puerto Rican Specialties are all available within a few step or a hundred or so yards of the villa.
It is recommended guests rent a car for visiting the famous Vieques beaches, however you can walk to several grocery stores, Buen Provecho, the gourmet store has imported cheeses,and better quality meats and other treats ,The emporium has a great selection of spices and ingredients for more international tastes, two bakeries, the bank, the health food store, the post office and several gift shops are nearby.
Runners and walkers will find pleasant routes to the East on the un congested roads along the ocean in the quiet neighborhoods of Bravos de Boston and Santa Maria.
Sometimes you will see locals swimming in the harbor right in front of the house, and just beyond the ferry dock you will see some pretty sandy spots that are suitable for taking a quick dip. HOWEVER Vieques ' truly gorgeous beaches are located inside the Fish and wildlife reserve which is about a ten minute drive to the gate.There are many other beaches worth visiting, Green beach on the western shore, the three beaches inside the Sunbay state park , Black Sand beach and Playa Grande out beyond La Hueca. All of these beaches are just a short drive, and we recommend you rent a vehicle from one of the 10 or so licensed car rental agencies on Vieques. We do not offer a car with this property.Some guests chose to not rent and we can recommend several reliable local drivers who will be happy to chauffeur you to some distant beaches and further out restaurants . Publicos ,16 passenger vans that are a cross between a bus and a Taxi are available at the nearby ferry dock and meet all the incoming boats. They charge about $5 per person for a shared trip across the island.
If you enjoy walking ,you can walk from the cottage along the water to Sea Glass beach and beyond to some pretty beaches along the north shore.
Beach towels, coolers and good quality beach chairs and an umbrella are provided when you want to visit our beautiful beaches.We even have a couple of Boogie boards if you want to try the surf at Navio or at certain times of the year, just around the corner in Bravos de Boston.
we are connected,there is reliable Wifi at the house and we enjoy a good signal for most cellular phone providers.
You can sleep well knowing the house is very secure with roll down hurricane shutters and modern security window and doors throughout.There is off street parking behind a convenient beeper operated rolling door. Mosquitos do not thrive near salt water and have never been a problem at this property, but just in case, the windows and doors have screens.
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Rent is non refundable unless we are able to rebook the same dates less a $250 administrative fee. We will however credit the amount paid to a future booking if the space is available within a 6 months period.
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Watch the fisherman arrive with their fresh catch and walk down and to first choice of lobster and fish.walk to town for groceries and fresh bread in the mornings, several restaurants and bars just steps from the front door.
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: The Sailor and the Mermaid met many years ago on a lovely tropical island. They traveled the world building beautiful houses , painting and collecting wonderful things. The Mermaids cottage is a dream realized. We have lived in Vieques for more than 20 years and can help make your vacation perfect
Helen is a licensed Real estate broker with her own company. (www.islandrealestate.net) with many years of experience in the tourism ,airlines and real estate business. Aside from selling Property she also manages several successful vacation rentals on Vieques. You can read about her in the reviews for both Isola
and Breakers, popular waterfront rental villas on Vieques.
Why the Owner Chose Isabel II: We fist tried to purchase this property about 15 years ago for our own residence but it didn't happen, When it became available in 2012 , we jumped on it and used our combined talents, he a skilled carpenter and cabinet maker and she an artist to create the perfect vacation cottage. It took eighteen months to complete and is being offered for the first time at New Years 2014.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: When we travel, we love to stay in places that offer us the option of walking to shops and dinner. We always opt for smaller intimate places and look for the word CHARM in the discription. We love to find places that feel like a family home filled with interesting collectables and art work. We want to feel the love.
In Villa La Sirena we have strived to create exactly what we would love to find when we vacation.