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Recent Vieques Island reviews

  • Nice Getaway!

    "We had a lovely stay at Isola. It was very relaxing to start and end the day overlooking the ocean and Sun Glass Beach. We found some good snorkeling just off the beach to the right. One day it was murky, but the other days quite clear. We enjoyed being so close to downtown Isabel II for shopping, dining, the ferry, etc. The house was pretty well equipped...it only had two beach chairs and 3 beach towels (some had evidently been lost along the way). And while it wasn't a big deal for us, we were surprised that there was no TV (we missed picking that up on the listing). There was internet service, so that was good. One thing we were told and read before coming to Vieques Island was that having a rental car was a MUST on the island. We found otherwise. We found a great Publico driver who was super reliable! He drove us everywhere and was always there to pick us up as arranged. One night he was still waiting for us at 11pm after our bio bay tour (which ran a half hour late), and then the next morning picked us up at 7:15a to take us Horseback riding. He drove us to & from beaches all over the island. Never accepting pay on the "to", so that we trusted he would return to get us. (That was his suggestion!) We were a group of four....and there wasn't one day that we spent as much as we would have with a rental car for the day. And with our driver we didn't have to worry about gas, parking, potential accidents, theft, etc. We had him on speed dial. Ask the property manager for his name if you are interested. VRBO won't let me post it here. Or you can find his name in my trip advisor review (5 days on Vieques without a rental car) If we were to return, we'd look him up for sure!!! Plus the parking at the house is a little tight. So if you hear you MUST have a rental car (pretty expensive on Vieques), that's just not true. In hind sight, we might have rented for just one day to explore the entire island as a group - but, otherwise, we just wouldn't bother --- our Publico driver was perfect!"
    Guest: Debra S. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 3, 2014
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  • The only bad part was having to leave...

    "We've been home from our trip to PR for a week, and our week at Villa Altamira is one of the sweetest family memories we'll share for a lifetime. It was me, my husband, a 14 year-old son, and two daughters, 13 and 12. We were in San Juan first for 4 days, and were eager to move to the quiet of Vieques after all the excitement. We were in NO WAY disappointed by the Villa. Annette met us with an open and welcoming smile. The pictures don't do the place justice, and that hardly EVER happens. It's not that the pictures are bad; it's just that pictures can't capture the comfort and ease the place envelopes you with. It's bright and breezy, so clean, warm, and so well stocked. The views are amazing. The pool is beautiful, clean, and just cool enough to be refreshing without making you shiver. The grounds are covered beautifully with fruit trees (be careful though, I tried to pick a lemon and got stung by a bee!), bougainvillea, banana palms, and more. My girls took the upstairs, gleefully pretending it was their college apartment in NYC (goofy girls). My son grabbed the downstairs room, with the gorgeous bathroom (love the sink and tile). It was a little hard to have him so separate at night (as this space can be rented out separately), but we gave him a phone and had him lock the door. He loved having his own "boy" space. That's a great thing about this property, you really do have SO many spaces to just "be." Some of our faves of the house: coquis at night, little geckos and iquanas by day, the landscaping, the hammock, the pool, a well-stocked kitchen, the AC in the rooms (it was HOT!), dining on the back deck watching the sun set on the water, drinks on the high deck, the laundry, and all the beach/snorkel gear for your use. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and after burn lotion, though. Some of our faves on the island: BIO BAY (magical, you must do it!), snorkeling by the Mosquito Pier (we swam with sea turtles), snorkeling off the side of Cayo Afuero (tours not too expensive), Caracas/Red Beach was my #1, Navio was everyone else's, going down to the fishermen's pier to buy dinner from the fresh catch (saw a HUGE puffer fish in the water), COQUI FIRE PIT (Go and eat carnitas, YUM!), all the markets, Al's for drinks, Oh, and the horses, LOVE the horses, everywhere! Thanks for making this little slice of paradise available, John and Karen, and for all the love and work you've put into the place. My daughter was right, it was SO hard to leave."
    Guest: Vivian S. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 2, 2014
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  • Spacious, clean, comfortable - "no worries, mon ...”

    "We stayed in the spacious and clean upstairs unit (2bd/2bth) of 4 units with shared wonderful salt-water pool. The ocean breezes and views from our upstairs balcony provided the perfect starts and endings to 7 glorious days on the island. And those days were as carefree as the owners, Jen and Lauren, and Renee, the property manager, could devise. Jeeps on the property are available for rent and airport pickup and delivery was provided along with Renee's excellent local knowledge. Cooler, beach chairs, and ice maker were included. We used the poolside grills and eating area with refrig, restroom, and yard coconuts to great advantage under usually superb evening weather. The well-windowed upstairs floor plan required AC only when the breezes failed on a few occasions. With the windows open you can listen to the sound of surf instead of the local roosters. The only negatives worth mentioning were a few cranky window louvers, lack of a kitchen knife sharpener (if you want to filet the day's catch), hit-or-miss DSL connectivity (it shouldn't matter on vacation), and vehicle suspensions over-stressed by Vieques' killer beach roads. When the 2 gas stations on the island ran out mid-week Renee kindly provided an extra 5 gallons to get us through without losing any beach time. Be sure to ask about the fish market in town (shop before 10am for the day's catch). Phone in your sandwich orders to any of the excellent food shops in town for pickup on your way to the beach - menus are provided in the unit. Casa Ladera is a keeper being close to town, groceries, and great local cuisine. You can trust your hosts and know they're available anytime on the adjoining property. We'll be back."
    Guest: Bob F. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 7, 2013
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  • Absolutely Amazing - total luxury

    "Our stay at Villa de Paradis was everything we hoped it would be. The villa is nicely appointed and has high-end finishes and furnishings. It was spacious and accommodated our family well. It is even better than the pictures. It was an easy place to stay and relax. Being on the W Resort property was great for the security, restaurants (great food and service), cafe, & other amenities. Estela, the owner was always responsive to our emails and answered our questions as well as gave us recommendations for places to go for shopping (Buen Provecho -amazing) & restaurants. The property managers were very responsive, helpful and nice. Everyone in our family loved watching our daily visit from the horses and seeing brand new fouls play and be with their mothers. The beach below the property was difficult to get to but once there we had an amazing time exploring the tidal pools and snorkeling and it was incredibly private. We had so much fun spending our days in the sun and enjoying the beauty that Vieques offers. We enjoyed the pool as well, especially the kids. There are a few things that I want to mention to others to have a heads up. Unfortunately, we didn't find the formal path to the larger, less rocky beach until our last day. This path is just a few houses toward the end of the road. We wish we had known about it earlier so we could have explored and enjoyed that beach as well. It would have been great to have a 'what you need to know' guide at the house to orient new visitors to the house and immediate surrounding area. We also were able to connect to the house WiFi but could never get an actual internet connection. Many of us had limited or no cellular service on the island so having active WiFi would have been nice but we never had an actual internet connection. So for those that this is important (I actually benefited from being not connected as it encouraged me to stay connected to my family and surroundings without distraction), you may want to get confirmation that the internet connection will be active, not just an active router. Given my limited cellular service while staying at the house, I wasn't able to contact the owner to resolve the problem and honestly didn't want to waste time dealing with it. I did contact the property managers but they couldn't help resolve it. It wasn't a big deal but frustrating as we were expecting internet access. We loved our stay here and are already planning our next visit."
    Guest: Joy Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 30, 2014
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Vieques Island Travel Tips

Travelers to Vieques Island Vacation Rentals

Vieques Island is a long narrow island that forms part of Puerto Rico. It is one of the country’s premiere eco-friendly destinations. Most of the development is in the center of the island. The coastline and beaches are mostly national parks and nature reserves. The result is a pristine island destination. This attracts travelers who enjoy exploring overland. Many of the beaches can only be accessed over rough gravel roads and you will need a Jeep or 4x4 in order to drive there. There are many areas that can be explored by hiking. Photographers will find ample opportunities to capture the beautiful beaches and dry coastal forests on film.

Getting to Vieques Island Resorts

Flying from North America, you will route through San Juan in Puerto Rico. From there, you will need to take a taxi to the ferry port in Fajardo. It is advisable to pre-book a taxi for this transfer. The drive takes approximately an hour. If you do not pre-book a taxi then you are likely to pay much more. The last ferry to Vieques Island departs at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on if it is a weekday or weekend. Ensure that you have enough time for the ferry connection. If your flight arrives late into San Juan, you can stay overnight in Fajardo or the nearby seaside town of Luquilo. You can then get the first ferry out the next morning without having to travel too far. Once on Vieques Island, you can either hire a Jeep to get around or use a taxi to transfer to your rental home. If you plan to do lots of exploring then it’s advisable to rent a Jeep. A normal car is not suitable as many of the roads to the nature reserves are made of gravel and quite badly eroded. Rental companies will not allow you to take a standard car to the beach, instead they will insist that you hire a Jeep or similar 4x4.

Vieques Island Travel Attractions

One of the island’s most famous attractions is the Bioluminescent Bay. It is a unique natural phenomenon that is amazing to experience. It is best viewed at night when you can see the full effect of the microorganisms as they light up in the water.

Other attractions that are quite unique are the wild horses that roam the island. They were originally brought to the island in the early 1500s from Spain, with the objective of setting up a breeding project. After the collapse of the short-lived gold rush, horses became Puerto Rico’s primary export product. Today, many wild horses can be seen on the island. Horseback rides can be arranged from certain stables on the island who have trained horses available.

Near Green beach is a magnificent Ceiba tree believed to be more than 300 years old. It grows right alongside the road. Make a stop to view it while on your explorations. The tree makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.

There are many historical sites on the island. At the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust in Esperanza, there are a small shop and museum. Here, you can obtain more information on places of interest on the island.

Staying on Vieques Island

Many of the rental homes on Vieques Island are located high on the hilltops. This means that you have spectacular panoramic views of the island and surrounding seas. Set in peaceful natural surroundings, it’s like having your own private island abode. The rental villas on Vieques Island are perfect for relaxing and getting away from it all. When you are not exploring the island’s natural treasures, you can spend your time on the porch admiring the view and enjoying a favorite book.

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