' 2 story, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, wooden cottage on the beach, open kitch & terrace
- english, spanish
About Tulio Ortiz
I grew up in San Juan but spent all of my Summers, X-mas breaks, Easter vacations, and holiday weekends living in Culebra with my grandparents and family. Joined the USNavy for 5 years at the age of 19. I graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and after 12 years of living in the US mainland returned to PR. I have three beautiful children.
Tulio Ortiz purchased this Cottage in 1886
Why Tulio Ortiz chose Playa Sardinas I
My family has lived in Culebra since 1886. Back then, Culebra was pretty much developed as an agricultural project by the Spanish Crown. My great great grandfather came over from Spain and became owner of some land, bought some more, and the rest is history. Sardinera beach II (Melones we call it!) has been owned and loved by my family and friends forever. Come share it with us for a while!
What makes this Cottage unique
From the moment you disembark or fly into the island you will fall in love with it. It's hard to describe but, if you ask anyone that has been to Culebra and they will tell you. The moment you get off the main road into the access road you will feel transported into a different world. Pass the tunnel of acacia trees and at the end you will see the yellow house sitting in the sunshine. A nice open area downstairs filled with brightly colored hammocks invites you in! But what really catches you eye and ears is the view and the sound of the ocean right in front of you. Lots of trees run along the beachfront. They provide a nice shade for when the Caribbean sun gets a little too frisky. Pass the trees and on the edge of the water, you'll see the island of Vieques in the distance. The small waves that run along the top of the reef in front of the house come towards you to die at your feet! If it's late in the afternoon you can just have a seat on the sand and enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see! Make sure you have a 'sundowner' in hand. Want to eat out? Town is just a 8 min walk away. Want to snorkel in the Biological Reserve? Walk 20 steps into the water, swim to the right, and you are there! Want to go to world famous Flamenco beach, Soni beach, Tamarindo, Carlos Rosario? Take the public transport or better yet, rent a golf cart or 4x4 and go exploring. Want to go to Tortuga beach in the island of Culebrita, or Luis Peña? Want to go diving? We'll arranged it for you! Come on down and enjoy!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
strict enforcement...wooden house, nature reserve
Minimum age of primary renter:30
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Simple, Peaceful, Heaven!
Tulio's simple, clean and well maintained beach house is 35 steps from the water, with the sounds of the surf breaking and ocean breezes a constant reminder that one is in a tropical heaven!
An easy 10 minute walk to town, a 5 minute walk to Melones beach and fabulous snorkeling or a 30 second walk to your own private beach are what make this property so appealing.
The house has 2 private queen bedrooms upstairs along with 2 adjoining rooms containing 2 sets of bunk beds and a futon couch for additional sleeping. The mattresses were comfortable and in good shape. Each bedroom has its own AC and the 2 adjoining rooms share an AC. Windows with screens, on all 4 sides of the upstairs, capture breezes from every direction. The sleeping areas open onto an oversized covered porch with a hammock and hammock chairs that overlook the beach. Even during the hottest part of the day, we found there was always a breeze on this upstairs porch.
A nice full bath with walk-in shower is downstairs ( and an outdoor shower as well), along with the kitchen, adequately furnished with cooking implements, microwave, electric range, oven and refrigerator. Kitchen has a simple layout yet two of us had room to prep meals together.
A glassed top dining table with 4 chairs is out in the yard that could be moved closer to or underneath the house if one desired - other wise, there are stools and counter top dining areas built-in downstairs, along with wicker chairs, loveseat, and hammocks.
Tulio's beach has a lot of crushed coral with some sand in spots. There are several nice shade trees right at the water, along with 4 comfy chairs, so shade is available, if you want it, for beach sitting, all during the day. Getting in the water from the beach is possible, but there is seagrass and rocks at different places along the water line, (as at many of the snorkeling areas in Culebre) so bring water shoes.. Flamenca beach is 15 minutes away if you want swimming at a rock free sand beach.
Tulio went above and beyond to help us get ferry tickets, and offered great advice about dining out, shopping and exploring the island.
I saw many beautiful properties while looking for a place to stay in Culebre - updated interiors and gorgeous furnishings - but if you are looking for a private and unique location -on the water, with snorkeling and town accessible by foot - and can be satisfied by simple, clean accommodations - Tulio's yellow house will not disappoint. We'll be back!
A relaxing base camp for exploring a beautiful island
We had a great week at Tulio's place on Culebra. Tulio was a thoughtful and thorough host who knows the place deeply and is dedicated to doing right by his guests. Before we arrived he told us several helpful things that made our trip better; met us at the airport; and gave us a great introduction to the place which left us with great confidence and few questions. The house is walkably close to the little town but not quite in town (you'll see the passenger ferry go by every now and then, on the ocean in front of the house); a minute down the road from a marine nature preserve with beautiful coral reefs; and Culebra is small enough that you could really get anywhere pretty quickly. (We rented a jeep; renting golf carts would work just as well. Reserve in advance.) We had an incredible vacation on a beautiful island, and Tulio's house was a great base camp. We unplugged, read in hammocks, and tried not to keep up with the news. Some other folks read the Mueller Report for us and we checked on what they had to say about it when we came back. There's a simple grill, an electric stove, and a functional and spacious-enough refrigerator. Beds and a deck are upstairs. There's an indoor shower but we never tried it. The outdoor shower worked great for us. There's no washer/dryer; hanging stuff on the line also worked great for us. Meanwhile we hung with the iguanas, geckos, chickens, and cats of the neighborhood, in between our beach journeys to see coral reefs, sea turtles, long stretches of white sand, and some fried food. Culebra is doing fine these days, with signs of Maria's damage scattered about but not dominating the landscape; and a number of folks seemed genuinely appreciative of the tourists from the rest of the US who are returning there. One of the things we liked best about it, though, is that it at least the week we were there (week before Easter), lots of visitors from other parts of Puerto Rico were visiting. When people from all over a beautiful island, come to visit this other beautiful island, you know you've got a good thing going on.
Great location- awesome snorkeling, short trip to town, private. Tulio’s a great host. Addictively peaceful.
Accommodations were open, inviting, and very Caribbean in features. It was perfect for us!
My wife and I both loved the location because we were close to town for shopping and dining and yet had a private beach and were just down the street for nice snorkeling at Melones Beach.
We really did not see any residual effects of the hurricane. In fact, the ferry system from Ceiba to Culebra is much improved with new boats.
We did not like dealing with Expedia and Seaborne airline. Our Delta flight was delayed for a mechanical reasons and we missed our Seaborne connection. They would not answer telephone calls for us or Expedia. Seaborne canceled our pre- paid flight off the island and we could not reach them to rebook. So, we will taxi or rent a car from SanJuan to Ceiba and take the Ferry in the future.
Still, overall great trip. Tulio is an awesome guy and we plan to return again next year.
Everything you need!
My family of 5 (Mom, husband, 2 kids 7 & 17 yrs old) stayed at this home during the Christmas and New Year's holidays of 2018. I could not have picked a better place for our family and all of our needs. When I find myself looking online at different properties, I never am sure just how "close" to the beach a property will be. This home is literally steps to the beach! There was only a small "sand" portion of the beach, most of it was small broken down coral (Thanks Hurricane Maria) but it is one of the best spots to watch the sunset! This location is walking distance to the ferry terminal! We loved walking to and from town. My Mom is of age and even she got in her daily exercise up and down the hill-y street. We did utilize a Jeep to get to other parts of the island. There is little to do on the island of Culebra with just enough adventure as you seek out. There was one breezy cloudy day where we stayed at the home and lounged lazily all day with the roosters and Iguana's nearby. We bbq'd at the home and even took the kayaks out for a day. I even got to sleep on the hammock outside overnight and felt completely safe! We always travel with our own snorkel gear but the house was equipped with sand toys and ice chests. That was a huge plus not having to buy any of that stuff! I was immediately sold on this property when I read other reviews about how helpful Tulio would be. All of our family were 1st timers in PR and considering the recent hurricane, we were unsure how everything would pan out. Tulio was helpful in so many ways. Completely responsive. Always in constant communication with me and our travel plans and anything else we needed...spots to visit, getting groceries, rental car, what to do and see. Anything and everything! It can be stressful going to a remote island with a family of 5 for the very 1st time but Tulio eased all of the worry and we were able to focus on each other and our new memories. **Some pointers**the shower is warm if you don't put the pressure all the up** (I mention this because I remember others reviews that there was no warm water) If you are a beach enthusiast like myself get a water taxi out to Culebrita and visit the Tortuga Beach! Flamenco is said to be a world-renowned but this beach is hands down way prettier! I cannot say enough about this beautiful small piece of heaven! Please go! and ease all of your travel anxiety by booking here!
Loved the house and the location!! Tulio was very attentive and accessible.
Very private and beautiful. Definitely will go back !!!