"The owners, Anne and Joe, were great. This was my first time renting a home for a vacation and was a bit nervous trusting a stranger but I could tell off the bat I was in good hands. They returned emails and phone calls quickly.
The house managers, Mimi and Popp were wonderful. We communicated with ease by email prior to our arrival and by phone, text and, of course, in-person once we arrived. Popp gave us a great introduction to the island including restaurant, beach and activity recommendations, I won't go over everything he touched upon but it was thorough. He made it clear that that we were to contact him or Mimi if we had any questions or concerns and that they were always available.
The house was just as described. My family and I loved the outdoor spaces and would read and people watch (not there were a lot of people walking by. It was mostly horses) on the front porch and grilled out and relaxed in the shade on the back porch. There is a gated driveway but we always just parked on the street. The house had everything we needed for our many trips to the beaches. Towels, umbrella, coolers of various sizes made our days at the pristine beaches (Media Luna was our favorite) very comfortable. The bedrooms were air conditioned and nice cross breezes kept us cool during the days. I liked that the kitchen and living area were open to each other and the kitchen island was a great place to plot out our day.
As far as safety goes, Popp will go over everything with you but I can honestly say I never felt unsafe. Don't leave your common sense at home. I really did nothing here that I didn't already do at home (lock the doors, don't leave valuables on the beach etc.)The neighborhood looked different than mine but was filled with friendly locals and visitors. When I walked to the bakery alone I was greeted with smiles and nods along the way.
My husband, our 4 year old and I were there for 10 days and filled them with trips to the beach, Sugar Mill ruins, malecon (lots of restaurants, shops, beautiful views), Isabel II, Bio Bay, Mosquito Pier, eating at the food trucks and Smokey's,sea glass treasure hunting among other things. The island is a special place and Esperanza is a gem on the island and this home is a perfect temporary home."
Guest: Christine M.
Date of Stay: February 2015
Review Submitted: February 28, 2015