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Stunning Views From a Newly Remodeled, Beautifully Furnished Waterfront Cottage

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Queen Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps a maximum of 4 , no small children

Villa La Sirena or the Mermaids cottage has been converted from an old fisherman's dwelling. It doesn't have a flush wall or square corner anywhere,but has been lovingly rebuilt and remodeled to be the dream vacation spot for one or two couples or any other small group that would be comfortable sharing a cottage with just 2 Queen beds .There are no cribs, cots or pullouts available or space for them.This very romantic villa is perfect for a honeymoon or an anniversary. The cottage is not suitable for small children.

We have lots of towels and all the nice soft high thread count sheets are 100% cotton.Enjoy long hot showers as we have an on demand hot water heater for an endless supply. The mattresses are high quality.We have an assortment of pillows for every taste even a couple of down pillows if that is your preference.Both bedrooms have AC for warmer nights.

The cottage has a definite nautical theme and been finished with an eclectic mix of antiques, comfortable stylish furniture,and beautiful things collected from around the world. There is an extensive collection of whimsical art work, much of it done by the owner.

Overlooking the busy working harbor, the activity starts early and you can have your morning coffee or evening glass of wine on the ample deck and enjoy an ever changing panorama. Stay entertained Watching Tarpon hunt and the rays coming in close to shore, dolphins, turtles and large schools of fish are seen regularly. Pelicans and several varieties of seabirds provide constant amusement. House binoculars and a bird book are available. Watch as fisherman and ferries come and go, charter sailboats take on guests just below you and then watch perfect sunsets over Puerto Rico in the distance. Later on in the evening, you can spot your favorite constellations among the thousands of stars visible on a dark night.

When you can drag yourself away from the view you will find a gourmet kitchen with everything you could want (and if not just ask, as the owners live on island ). There is a 4 burner European gas cook top, a micro convection oven, sturdy Kitchen Aid cookware, and a full size dishwasher lots of counter space, good knives and a gas grill. We are just above the fisherman's dock, you can walk down when you see them come in and buy some fresh fish or better yet some local lobster. We have several pots big enough to steam or boil a lobster or two. If you miss the boats,one of the fishermen lives a few houses away and you can go see what he has available or put in a special order. Of course there is a blender for frozen drinks and a coffee maker, toaster oven and some cool cook books to inspire . You will love cooking at home and eating on the deck BUT if you prefer, get takeout because there is not a restaurant on the island that has a view like this one.

If cooking is not part of your vacation program, don't worry you can walk to half a dozen restaurants and get delicious drinks at the local bars, some just a few steps from the villa. Yummy nearby takeout is available, Pizza, great seafood stew , smoothies or Puerto Rican Specialties are all available within a few step or a hundred or so yards of the villa.

It is recommended guests rent a car for visiting the famous Vieques beaches, however you can walk to several grocery stores, Buen Provecho, the gourmet store has imported cheeses,and better quality meats and other treats ,The emporium has a great selection of spices and ingredients for more international tastes, two bakeries, the bank, the health food store, the post office and several gift shops are nearby.

Runners and walkers will find pleasant routes to the East on the un congested roads along the ocean in the quiet neighborhoods of Bravos de Boston and Santa Maria.

Sometimes you will see locals swimming in the harbor right in front of the house, and just beyond the ferry dock you will see some pretty sandy spots that are suitable for taking a quick dip. HOWEVER Vieques ' truly gorgeous beaches are located inside the Fish and wildlife reserve which is about a ten minute drive to the gate.There are many other beaches worth visiting, Green beach on the western shore, the three beaches inside the Sunbay state park , Black Sand beach and Playa Grande out beyond La Hueca. All of these beaches are just a short drive, and we recommend you rent a vehicle from one of the 10 or so licensed car rental agencies on Vieques. We do not offer a car with this property.Some guests chose to not rent and we can recommend several reliable local drivers who will be happy to chauffeur you to some distant beaches and further out restaurants . Publicos ,16 passenger vans that are a cross between a bus and a Taxi are available at the nearby ferry dock and meet all the incoming boats. They charge about $5 per person for a shared trip across the island.

If you enjoy walking ,you can walk from the cottage along the water to Sea Glass beach and beyond to some pretty beaches along the north shore.

Beach towels, coolers and good quality beach chairs are provided when you want to visit our beautiful beaches.We usually have a couple of Boogie boards if you want to try the surf at Navio or at certain times of the year, just around the corner in Bravos de Boston.

we are connected,there is reliable Wifi at the house and we enjoy a good signal for most cellular phone providers.

You can sleep well knowing the house is very secure with roll down hurricane shutters and modern security window and doors throughout.There is off street parking behind a convenient beeper operated rolling door. Mosquitos do not thrive near salt water and have never been a problem at this property, but just in case, the windows and doors have screens.

More Details

Owner
Helen Davis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Helen Davis

The Sailor and the Mermaid met many years ago on a lovely tropical island. They traveled the world building beautiful houses , painting and collecting wonderful things. The Mermaids cottage is a dream realized. We have lived in Vieques for more than 25 years and can help make your vacation perfect

Helen is a licensed Real estate broker with her own company. With many years of experience in the tourism ,airlines and real estate business. Aside from selling Property she also manages several successful vacation rentals on Vieques. You can read about her in the reviews for both Isola

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and Breakers, popular waterfront rental villas on Vieques.

Helen Davis purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Helen Davis chose Vieques Island

We first tried to purchase this property about 15 years ago for our own residence but it didn't happen, When it became available in 2012 , we jumped on it and used our combined talents, he a skilled carpenter and cabinet maker and she an artist/designer to create the perfect vacation cottage. It took eighteen months to complete and offered for the first time at New Years 2014.

What makes this cottage unique

When we travel, we love to stay in places that offer us the option of walking to shops and dinner. We always opt for smaller intimate places and look for the word CHARM in the discription. We love to find places that feel like a family home filled with interesting collectables and art work. We want to feel the love.

In Villa La Sirena we have strived to create exactly what we would love to find when we vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We truly LOVED our stay at this little cottage in Vieques. The pictures don't even do justice to the craftsmanship and attention to detail that is throughout this sweet little home. The location is on the North side of the island, and there is a lot going on there, all perfectly within walking distance. It has everything you need, is very safe, and has great views and a nice deck overlooking the water. There is definitely some morning noise due to the ferry terminal there, but we did not find it bothersome, as we like getting up on the earlier side. Some days we slept right through it.

There is great art and a safe place to park your vehicle (scooters in our case, which I recommend, BTW)..

Helen is a fabulous host! She will be there at the drop of a hat if you need any little thing, but she does not hover in the slightest. Very sweet and ultra-accommodating. Definitely recommend this spot!! :)



February 2014
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Amenities

Bravos de Boston Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , stacking laundry in bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Two Queen Bedrooms
Entertainment:
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming

Reviews

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average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews
Dillsburg, PA; Lancaster,PA
4

Outstanding from sunrise to sunset

  • 4 of 5

Always something to see,right from your deck. Ferry comings and goings, fisherman going for their early morning catch and walking distance to food. So enjoyed the Father's Day parade of horses and all the activities of the work week. Great fresh fish down at the dock, great little neighborhood bar just at the end of the street, smoothies, lighthouse park just up the street but we rented a car let us see the entire island. Views from high roads around the island were fantastic. Archeological rocks were interesting, view from the museum outstanding with all sizes of geckos and lizards.....we even had some lizards on our deck that came to visit. Check out Esperanza, the oldest tree and both wild life refuges. Got lost in the west side one but beaches for everyone in the eat refuge where you can go as far east as possible. Kayaked in the Biobay at night, and ate at many good restaurants from the guest book. Got a fresh fish from the wharf since it was less difficult to cook than lobster but the house has just the pot for lobster cooking too. Kitchen is well stocked with utensils and dishwasher works well. Laundry was a blessing, shower was great, and beds extremely comfortable. Played lots of games in the evenings. A few were there and rest my sister brought. Internet connection was good unless the bedroom door was closed. Early flight was not a problem, since rental office was on our way to airport and Maritza's allowed us to park the car at the airport for pick-up.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Mermaid House

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid House in Vieques is located on the water above the fish market. You could see the the ocean from the patio deck and the fishermen coming and going. The house was appointed very nicely and had everything needed for a comfortable stay. It could get noisy at times but that is part of the community. Not far from town made it walkable to the market and stores. Our stay was just what we wanted. Would love to go back.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Earthy people, good food, great beaches

  • 4 of 5

Good location, comfy house, had all we needed.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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4

If you want to be in town, this is perfect. Terrific views.

  • 4 of 5

A fine location in town with entertaining views of the ferry and small fishing fleet. It's an early morning start so be ready for that. Wonderful sunsets. The cottage is well equipped and secure. A couple of screen doors would be a good addition in the evening for those of us who don't care to use air conditioning. We enjoyed the cottage.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Cumberland Foreside
5

This place is magic!

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish, the experience at La Sirena was A+. Helen and Maria were excellent communicators and so flexible with our requests. The cottage is clean, centrally located and so comfortable. It has everything you will need for your island experience.

Any of the "warnings" that Helen mentions in her listing are all true, but we loved it! The sounds of the fish dock (people, boats equipment), the roosters, the street noise, etc. It was not overwhelming and we found it so great, but if you are sensitive to this - you may not appreciate it.

I will be back and highly recommend this cottage if you are looking for the in town, central experience where walking, dining and relaxing amongst the locals is your goal.

Our favorite dining experience is Coqui Fore (Monday to Friday only). For casual and local, we liked El Yate, and conventionality, it is right next door!

If you stay here, take the time to walk the neighborhoods Bravos de Boston and Santa Maria. The mix of homes and views and the beaches are just great.

Have fun and be the envy of so many others while you stay at La Sirena!!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wichita Falls, TX
5

Perfect Vieques base

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 6 days at the Mermaid Cottage and would recommend it highly. It was very comfortable and felt homey. I think the best part was the location, with the view of the fishermen's dock as well as the ferry dock. Even when we weren't out exploring this beautiful island, we had the constant happenings outside to watch. We purchased lobsters from the fishermen (fish market is right close also) and cooked them on the grill, and ate them on the very large dock. I was initially surprised at how close the water is to the deck. While there is a road between the deck and the water, it's almost "under" the deck, and we could have thrown a stone easily into the water. Do be prepared, as others have mentioned, that because of the location this home is not in a quiet location - between the fishermen, the ferry dock, the road outside the front door, and of course the ever present Caribbean roosters who can't tell time - but those very factors are what make it charming. I have already recommended this place to a friend who's planning a trip to Vieques.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
VQS
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Als Mar Azul
Nearest Ferry
0.09 Miles
Vieques Fajardo Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Cafe Mamasongas
Car: recommended

Watch the fisherman arrive with their fresh catch and walk down and to first choice of lobster and fish.walk to town for groceries and fresh bread in the mornings, several restaurants and bars just steps from the front door.

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Rates & Availability

Bravos de Boston Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$165
From
$185
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,100
$3,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$170
From
$185
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,100
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Rent is non refundable unless we are able to rebook the same dates less a $250 administrative fee. We will however credit the amount paid to a future booking if the space is available within a 6 months period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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