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Well seasoned cottage, 3B/2b beach front property, Villa Nana

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Nestled among centenary trees lies this well seasoned cottage atop the beach, a few feet below, with amazing views. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with fully equipped kitchen, has three different type beaches within less than a 10 minute walk. Still more secluded beaches a very short drive away. And the Caribbean Sea is less than 40 steps from your bed, providing you with an almost private little space to enjoy the tranquil waves that will lull you to sleep at night.

Take breathtaking walks down the Dry Forest, go scuba diving, discover our small piece of paradise, as this is our home away from home. Or simply lie on the dock while the sun sets, enjoying the most spectacular Caribbean show, and finish your day with the amazing night sky. Scuba services, kayaks and jet-ski rentals, banana-boat rides, restaurants, convenience store, even a Chapel with Sunday Mass within walking distance. Drive to La Parguera (a nearby fishing village) during the day and rent a boat to the smaller mangrove cays, or at night and visit the Bioluminiscent bay. Further west, Cabo Rojo, with its wonderful light house and impressive cliffs. Ponce, the second most important city of Puerto Rico, is about a 30 minute drive away, with its museums, plaza, and golf course. You will not drive more than 3 hours in any direction on the island.

Air conditioned rooms (if you don’t mind missing the night sounds) with ceiling fans, fresh and hot water; BBQ, TV, DVD, movies, board games, more. If you need anything else, just contact us.

Villa Nana is 2 hours from the Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marin (SJU); 35 minutes from the Ponce Mercedita Airport (PSE). NO PASSPORT REQUIRED

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, some french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About Gianna

We are the Gautier-Castro family. We met each other here in Playa Santa (as the beach is informally known), Guanica, where we have been vacationing almost every weekend since childhood. We like traveling the world and still have much to visit. Our children are in college in Boston, MA and Tempe, AZ, respectively. So we decided it is time to share our privilege of enjoying this house by the sea with others. We love the outdoors, and this place has much to offer. You may stay secluded and relax; or you may walk, swim, and experience the area until you just need to relax to resupply your energy. Either way, we are sure you are going to have a wonderful time.

We love making new friends, so, if you want, we can meet you at the airport or drop by while you enjoy your stay. We are very environmentally conscious so we hope you join us in recycling glass, plastic and aluminum bottles and carton in the provided bins. Please contact us for any other request you may have. We will make every effort to please your requirements.

Gianna purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Gianna chose Guanica

We grew up visiting this area and are still in love with it. Our relatives and many friends still have houses here, but very few are waterfront. This one belonged to a friend who passed away after enjoying his retirement here. This is exactly what we plan to do when we retire. And we are convinced that if we need to let go one property, for whatever reason, this is the last one to go.

What makes this cottage unique

There are very few properties in this area that offer so much. You have an almost private little cove and dock (PR laws do not permit private beaches or docks) for yourself. Due to its location, and its hard access through the shore, you hardly get any visitors other than friends. Villa Nana is easily accessible from any part of Puerto Rico and you have any amenities you might need nearby. Shopping, movie theaters, grocery stores, pharmacies, historical sites, etc.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Well seasoned cottage, 3B/2b beach front property, Villa Nana
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Jacksonville Florida

Scuba Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were wanting to celebrate our 36 wedding anniversary in a memorable place. After much research and several phone calls, we decided Villa Nana in Guanica, PR. Our experience here was excellent! We were greeted promptly and courteously, everything was clean, organized, and well equipped. I'm an adventurous, my wife a conservatist. I like scuba diving and exploring, my wife likes quiet time and reading on a chair in the ocean. Well Villa Nana offered us both our perfect vacation and wedding anniversary. My wife was able to read several books in the water on the private beach in front of Villa Nana. I was able to do several dives, recreational with Island Scuba located one block away from the Villa and fishing (lobster, octopus, fish) with local fisherman (Willie Vargas) during our stay. The Villa is very private and safe, the balcony facing the ocean provides superb tranquility and breath taking sunsets. We have been in Hawaii, Key West, San Diego, etc, seeking gorgeous sunsets. Villa Nana has nothing to envy to other places, in fact, the view and privacy that it offers ranks it #1 in our peaceful sunset book. The scuba diving is out of this world. If you dive, you know how uncomfortable it is to finish a dive and head on home in a car to clean your equipment and take a well deserving shower afterwards. Well at Villa Nana you can be dropped off at the dock were you have access to an outside shower, gear cleaning facilities and a gas grill to immediately cook your catch before it dies! Carlos and Gianna, thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us to celebrate our anniversary. It was absolutely "The BEST" 😘

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Nana - A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Nana for 5 nights and it was wonderful. It is a prime spot for watching beautiful sunsets, having a family BBQ, reading a book, taking a day trip to one of PR's great beaches or attractions, going for a walk, swimming, and more. The house is lovely, super clean, quiet, and well equipped. We felt at home right away. Gianna and Carlos are super gracious hosts - full of great ideas on places to visit or things to see. We would definitely come back to this great spot on the sea.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting Villa Nana and for your great review. One of the best things about renting this wonderful place is to get to know our visitors. Thank you mostly for allowing us to help you enjoy your stay. Hope to see you again, Gianna and Carlos
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Just as promised on the web site. Intriguing property with a wonderful location and "sense of humor

  • 4 of 5

This is a delightful property and the hostess couldn"t be friendlier or more helpful. The caretaker is conscientious and the property was set up perfectly for our party of five. Good central location in a rural part of Puerto Rico which is begging to be explored.

The high rise on the closest beach did present some issues over the weekend but I am confident that Gianna can bring that to a resolution. Just remember that Puerto Ricans are very social and enjoy life...partying is part of the package.

Good luck and enjoy

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike It was a delight meeting you and your lovely family. Thank you for your great review. As mentioned to you, we have a complaint going on against the loud party from the building. Your comment might help with it. Or maybe, at least we can get permission to join the party! Thankfully, it does not go on every day, nor after midnight. Best wishes Gianna
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Le paradis, El Paraiso!!

  • 5 of 5

La villa nana es un sitio increible.

Desayuno junto al mar, natacion desde el puente, cena en el sonido de las olas...

4 dias que hemos regresado a Francia... y Puerto Rico, especialmente Guanica, especialmente la villa Nana nos falta...

Gianna es una persona muy amable, sonriente y cuidado, y Jeffrey (The "house Manager") Tambien!

Mis once amigos y yo fuimos encantado (normal, es la isla del encanto, "que acertadamente se llama";)), y espero llegar otra vez con mis ninas.

La villa nana est un magnifique.

Petit déjeuner au bord de la mer, baignade depuis le ponton, diner au son des vagues...

4 jours que nous sommes rentrés, et Puerto Rico, spécialement Guanica, spécialement la villa Nana nous manque.

Gianna est une personnes très agréable, souriante et attentionnée, et Jeffrey aussi!

Mes 11 amis et moi avons été enchanté (l’île de l'enchantement, elle porte bien son nom!), et j'espère à titre personnel revenir une autre fois avec mes filles pour leur faire découvrir ce magnifique endroit.

Besos, Bises de vos amis français

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mil gracias por sus fantástico comentarios. Fue un verdadero placer conocerle y a sus amigos. Espero verlos pronto. Merci beaucoup
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Well equipped house, beautiful, peaceful and safe neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

Our two families had a great time vacationing in Villa Nana. The best place of the house is the living room connected to the large shady deck. We cooked there on the grill, eat there, played games there, and some of us liked it so much that we even slept on the deck. I highly recommend the property to any large family.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tamas. It was great to be able to meet you and your friends at the airport. Hope to see you back! Gianna
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Lovely and comfortable retreat at Playa Santa

  • 5 of 5

This was perfect for our family - we especially enjoyed the large outdoor deck and patio with a beautiful view of the bay and beach at Playa Santa. Playa Santa beach is only steps away, but we also enjoyed exploring the beautiful SW of Puerto Rico - Cabo Rojo, Guilligan's Island, the dry forest, La Parguera and even Rincon were easy day trips. We highly recommend this cottage if you are seeking a truly relaxing vacation and natural beauty. In addition, the owner is very gracious and responsive to your invidual needs.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Ponce Mercedita Airport (PSE)
Nearest Barpub
190 Metres
Brisas de Playa Santa
Nearest Golf
31 Miles
Costa Caribe Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
8.5 Miles
PR 2
Nearest Restaurant
190 Metres
Prisas de Playa Santa, El Baden
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Playa Santa, Las Monjas
Car: recommended

You can also fly to the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) 2 hr 15 min, or to the Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla (BQN), 1hr 38 min


Rates & Availability

Montalva Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Additional persons $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $90
Tax Rate 7.0%

Less than 3 nights will be charged at $500/night. Call for details. Payments through Pay Pal. Call for additional information.

If you would like any special requirements please contact us to make arrangements. Other reservations, transportation, food in the fridge, tour ideas, etc. can be arranged for a small fee.

We will make sure you have the most wonderful time!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Montalva Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
  • We can provide a small crib upon request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Many memories have been and can be created here! This is our second home and we have left some stuff around in areas clearly marked. Please enjoy your stay as we enjoy ours.

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