Newly Renovated -4 Bedroom Rental in Destino

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Last updated: 09/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Hakuna Matata is a newly renovated home on Vieques, - an island 8 miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, - 21 miles long and 4 miles wide. As part of Puerto Rico; no passports or currency exchanges are necessary for visitors from the United States.

Vieques is truly an island paradise featuring; stunning displays of natural beauty, clear clean water, bright blue sky, a vast array of magnificent beaches, and one of the most desirable year round climates to be found anywhere in the world.

With so much to offer and the main island of Puerto Rico right next door; you might expect Vieques to be overrun with tourists. Not so. Tourism is important and remains the island's primary source of revenue, but on Vieques older more traditional priorities have somehow managed to remain intact.

Vieques still responds first and foremost to the natural rhythms of the environment which turn out to be a good deal slower than you might think. No need to wear a watch while on Vieques. The tides will tell you all you need to know about the time. Going someplace? As long as you can keep pace with the billowing white clouds that float gently overhead ; you should be abler to get to wherever you want to go on Viieques with plenty of time to spare.

Laid back, rustic? Yes. But Vieques is not without the amenties you might expect to find on any Caribbean island vacation.

Great restaurants? We got ‘em. Cocktails by the sea. Oh, yes. Want to rent a jet ski, a /motor scooter or a sailboat for the day? Got them too. Massage? Yes. Yoga classes? Yes. Horseback riding? Big yes. Great snorkeling? You bet. Fishing? Deep water?, spear? or just off the pier? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

As for fast food franchises, restaurant chains, casinos, retail outlets, shopping malls, and Starbuck's? On Vieques!? Well, . . . not so much.

Two thirds of Vieques is a federally protected Fish and Wildlife Preserve where birds of every description, along with a broad range of tropical flora and fauna, carry on undisturbed in their natural habitats. Sea turtles make their way to the island's beaches every year like clockwork to lay their eggs and then disappear again back into the sea. Horses roam free throughout the island.

Some things on Vieques take a little getting used to. Driving a car for instance, can be an adventure. On Vieques, it’s often difficult to tell where the road ends and the off-road begins. Pedestrians, and of course the horses, always have the right of way. There are no stoplights on the island. Stop signs apparently are also in short supply. Hand signals, driver to driver, seem to work well enough at the intersections, and most potential hazards are neutralized by staying within the island's speed limit - 30-35 mph.
The prevailing attitude when it comes to getting around on the island is summed up rather succinctly on a popular bumper sticker, " You're on Vieques. What's the Rush?"

Hakuna Matata means "No worries" in Swahilis taken from a song in the movie "Lion King"(my daughter's choice) is the name of a house in Bario Destino, centrally located on Vieques on a hill overlooking the world famous Bio Bay. The higher elevation allows for excellent views of both the sunrise and the sunset, and invites a cool refreshing ocean breeze later on in the day. One might be tempted to think sitting on the deck in the late afternoon perhaps with a cool drink or glass of wine, that Hakuna Matata must have plopped down in the middle of paradise. If so, no worries. Few of the comforts of home have been left behind.

Hakuna Matata comes complete with: a fully-equipped kitchen, Wifi, washer/drier, quadraphonic entertainment area with a plasma television, designed for streaming Netflix, Pandora, and other news and sports media.There's on premises parking , indoor and outdoor dining areas, a barbeque, a generator (in case of a power outage.), and gardens that include palm trees. coconuts, mangos, bananas, limons, herbs and various vegetables. There are air conditioners in every bedroom and ceiling fans throughout the rest of the house. In addition, there is also a newly installed outdoor shower for keeping beach sand out of the house, and a fountain complete with a posse of friendly, if somewhat mischievous goldfish.

And yes, there is more. Call for all the details - (787) 477-8053. Ask for Richard.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Private bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Shared bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    Shared bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Private bath, Jet tub, Private balcony...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3),

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Generator on premises in the event of a power outage. Outdoor Shower.


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo:

    Quadrophonic sound in living room area....moreless

  • Television:

    streaming Netflix, Pandora, etc....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Indoors 8, and outdoors 6 comfortably...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    All bedrooms have air-conditioning. Ceiling fans throughout the rest of the house....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Dining and entertainment area...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    2 to 3 cars off road. Additional parking on the street....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Ask Concierge...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffe and cappuccino machine ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Ask Concierge about providing groceries in advance....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Off master Bedroom....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Electric bikes for rent. Ask concierge for details....moreless

  • Boat:

    Sailboats, fishing boats and excursion boats available to rent. Ask concierge for details....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available to rent. Ask concierge for details....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Garden with fountain...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Tennis and Racquetball available on the island....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkels, fins, masks available for rent. Ask concierge for details....moreless

Pool / Spa



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$1,740 $6,300
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


20% Discount for booking 60 days in advance.

All taxes included.

Satisfaction Guarantee - When the concierge is notified of dissatisfaction relating to any facet of the house or property, if immediate remedy is not possible, the guests will be offered reimbursement for time not spent on the premises.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 09/22/2016
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Vieques Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Most within 10 minutes by car.
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Isabel Segunda
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 997 (2 lane road?)
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2000 Miles
Nearest Ski
Stowe, Vermont
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
La Chiva

Car: Recommended

Bio-Bay, Old Fort and Museum, Plantation Ruins, Art Galleries, Festivals


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: My name is Richard Bambery. I am a retired photographer/writer and the owner of Hakuna Matata. I live on the property in an apartment separated from the main body of the of the house. For the most part I maintain a low profile when there are guests. I do take time however, to act as Concierge and make myself available to the guests to help them get the most out of their stay, and to see that everything goes as smoothly as possible. As Concierge, my duties include picking your party up at the airport or ferry on arrival and I offer the same service on departure. With some advance notice, I can also provide additional services, (sometimes for a small fee). For example, helping to make travel arrangements to and from Vieques , making reservations for restaurants and services while on the island, pre-shopping for groceries , preparing meals (breakfast) and running errands. Having owned and operated a photography studio for over 30 years, I am also available as a guide for instructional photo safaris and offer private lessons in most facets of film and digital photography, including lessons in photoshop. When I retired to Vieques, I brought much of my photography equipment with me, including a 24" Epson Stylus Pro 7800 (color), and a 24" Epson Stylus Pro 7600 (set up for Piezography - archival quality B&W in using seven shades of gray.) Call me, and I will be happy to help tailor your stay to meet your personal needs and all your expectations. - (787) 477-8053.

Why the Owner Chose Vieques, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico:
After visiting many Caribbean destinations, our family kept coming back to Vieques for our vacations. For me, choosing Vieques for a retirement home was a no brainer. After an extensive search and many visits to the island, it was decided. #1 -The a house would have to have a great view. #2 -We learned about the advantages of being higher up and keeping a safe distance from the water and that #3 - a location in a safe, quiet neighborhood would also be most desirable. Hakuna Matata had it all, but the property needed some work. After moving to Vieques four and a half years ago for my retirement. After installing almost all new appliances. After buying new furniture and giving nearly every square inch of the property no less than a fresh coat of paint, the day finally came to relax and enjoy, . . . and share my little slice of Paradise, with those looking for some time away.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
No snow. No deadlines.. No worries. - Hakuna Matata motto All taxes included. 20% DISCOUNT ON BOOKINGS RECEIVED 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE.

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  • View from Hakuna Matata.

    View from Hakuna Matata.

  • Rear Patio

    Rear Patio

  • Front Porch

    Front Porch

  • Queen with private bathroom.

    Queen with private bathroom.

  • Sunrise from Hakuna Matata.

    Sunrise from Hakuna Matata.

  • Fountain Fish

    Fountain Fish

  • Pu-Tai


  • UPStairs Queen BR

    UPStairs Queen BR

  • Master BR Balcony

    Master BR Balcony

  • Hakuna Matata

    Hakuna Matata

  • Sun Deck

    Sun Deck

  • Rear patio under the moonlight.

    Rear patio under the moonlight.

  • Kitchen


  • Andy's Gate

    Andy's Gate

  • Front Garden and Fountain.

    Front Garden and Fountain.

  • Sunset from Hakuna Matata

    Sunset from Hakuna Matata

  • Another sunset from Hakuna Matata.

    Another sunset from Hakuna Matata.

  • Master BR Bath-Jet Tub

    Master BR Bath-Jet Tub

  • Master BR and Balcony

    Master BR and Balcony

  • Breeze


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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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NEWLY RENOVATED -4 Bedroom Rental in Destino

Vieques, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico #118793

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