Stay at the charming CASITA ROSITA for lavish value, comfort and easy logistics—go carless if you want. CASITA ROSITA is a short block from the coast and the promenade: find 4 beaches, 8 restaurants, 4 rental outfitters, boutiques, vendors & the Malecon—our boardwalk where you can promenade, hear music or hit the culture/history museum. Bakery & market 4 doors, and around the corner from Casita Rosita. Our spacious 2 bedroom home was renovated in 2012 and has WIFI and air conditioning, as well as:
Light-filled large rooms, fully furnished indoor & out
Air conditioning, ceiling fans & an ocean view from the back yard
Large roomy bathroom, plus outdoor shower & dressing area
Watch wild horses roam by from our front porch or grill on the big back deck in tropical private back yard
Full complement of beach & snorkeling equipment
Casita Rosita features king & queen bedrooms in a fully equipped home, complete kitchen, all linens, hammock under the shade of our towering mango tree, front porch to watch the sun rise.
There’s a games table, desk, luggage racks, reading lights, outdoor furniture front & back. Kitchen includes a bar, microwave, filtered water spout, espresso and coffee makers, full complement of matching dishes, pans, etc. See our Pictures. Go to our website.
The best bio bay in the world is on Vieques. Other recreation fun: rent kayaks, jet skis, sail, snorkel by boat, motor scooter, tennis, yoga. OR Snorkel from shore! Swim to the little island in Esperanza Bay. Baseball field, basketball court, playground around the corner.
Inexpensive eats right in the neighborhood of of Casita Rosita:
Duffy’s – large mircobrew selection, only on the island, great nightlife
Belly Buttons – breakfast & lunch, but also special nights with chef’s: Wed: Paella, Thurs: Tacos
Lazy Jacks – a good drinking bar, brick oven pizza
La Nasa – fried Puerto Rican foods, locals eat here, great dancing out back over the water
Mucho Gusto – we like the conch salad and whole fish, Puerto Rican owned
Columbian Food Cart – Friday-Sunday, good/inexpensive vendor
Medium to Expensive Prices (in order) near Casita Rosita:
Tradewinds – specials are good value, view is lovely
Billi – love the whole snapper, try what was caught that day
El Quenepo – unique food, posh atmosphere, high end
Sports Rental Right in the neighborhood of Casita Rosita:
Blue Caribe Kayaks Snorkeling & fishing, snorkel rental, bio bay tours
Caribbean Fly Fishing Co. Saltwater fly fishing, deep sea/offshore fishing, beach charters in 28? Bertram
Fun Brothers Land & Sea Equipment Rental: scooters, jet skis, kayaks, snorkel gear, scooters, boat rentals & bio bay tours
Heaven Caribe Snorkel w/ local biologist
Maruader Sailing 34 ft/up to six guests, since 2003 licenced/insured
Vieques Paddleboarding: Stand on a surf board and paddle in Esperanza Bay, snorkeling, fitness.
Walk to Beaches:
From Casita Rosita you can walk past 3 house, turn at the coast road to the right and left to a short path driveway wide down hill to a lovely cove. Walk around the rocks to your right and get to a wide open coconut grove lined beach. Or walk to the Malecon down steps to the sea, or step to the sand all along Esperanza Bay, or walk the sand to the huge long beach of SunBay State Park.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge beaches are not to be missed, for the diversity of settings, beach entrances, and most make you feel you own the place. See the island maps in the house and distributed everywhere.
Snorkeling from shore by Casita Rosita:
The beach just down from our house has good snorkeling that continues along the high cliff and a short ways the other direction. Snorkel also on the west side of the little island you can see from shore—it’s a 15 minutes swim out.
SunBay State Park:
Just around the corner from Casita Rosita at the edge of the Esperanza neighborhood, the SunBay State park can be walked to along the coast, or driven to. This is a very long beach with a view to an island and an isthmus. Easy beach entrance, park casually just across the sandy road from the water. Access to bathrooms, snackbar, tapas & drinks delivered. Swim area is roped off.
Other Refuge Beaches:
On the southwestern side of Vieques includes Playa Grande–great for walking and listening to a loud ocean; and Playa Negra–a reak walk in. On the northern side, there are many beaches. These are all on the Atlantic.
WILDLIFE: Four species of sea turtles live in the waters of Vieques and nest on its shores, sometimes you can see them when snorkeling. Birds and frogs sing in this tropical ecosystem. Egrets stand on the backs of horses. Vieques feels out of time. The main streets are newly paved and wild horses roam them & the beaches.
Vieques is, again, voted the Best Island in the Caribbean (as well as in Bermuda & Bahamas) by Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. We are famous for our natural landscape, on land and in the water, and dozens of unspoiled beach choices.
Stay at Casita Rosita and relax, or you can horseback ride, ocean kayak, bicycle, motor scooter, play tennis, take yoga classes on the beach or in studio, sail, boat, jet ski, surf, and scuba dive. Jump off the new and old piers in Esperanza Bay, paddle surf, explore lagoons & mangrove wetlands, an old sugar mill, and experience wildlife, from sea turtles to wild horses that roam the island. Plenty of healing massage therapists, including reflexology. Join the drum circle, sing your heart out at karoke, listen to a live band, eat at your pick of 43 restaurants.