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Spacious studio casita with sitting, kitchen and dining area

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Last updated: 02/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:0.75
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Two open air studio casitas with sweeping island and Caribbean views, 60' pool

Vieques has recently been highlighted as one of the Most Romantic Islands in the World (Conde Nast Traveler Magazine) and one of the 6 Caribbean Islands You Can Visit Without A Passport (Caribbean Journal)

Now, about Boulders.......
Finished in Spring of 2014 we decided to share our special place with family, friends and fellow afficionados of the fine but simple things in life. Boulders has two fully self-sufficent studio casitas, each sleeping two people. (prices are PER casita) All rooms are one with the outdoors, allowing tradewinds and ceiling fans to provide all of the ventilation needed. Seven foot overhangs on all openings protect from tropical rainshowers and wide window ledges are the perfect perch for enjoying a conversation, writing in a journal or contemplating the perfect cup of tea while watching the glorious sunrise behind the Caribbean. Tempurpedic beds are enveloped by gauzy mosquito nets, creating an inviting oasis inside. Bathrooms stocked with luxurious towels have outdoor showers with spectacular views so nature can be enjoyed at every opportunity. Each casita has an outdoor space, a comfy sitting area, dining area and small well-stocked kitchen. Fresh produce can be had at a biweekly local farmers market and island shops provide basic groceries for those who love to cook or grill on the Weber gas grill behind the casa. Restaurants of all types abound. The 60 foot pool can be enjoyed for lap swimming or just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view. And of course, the beaches of Vieques are legendary in their own right. Snorkling highly recommended. Drive slowly; there are many wild horses on the road and at some beaches.

The stunning architecture of Boulders provides the ideal escape from the clutter and clamor of daily life. So if you can live without air conditioning and television, don't mind inquisitive little geckos scampering around, and are looking for an other-worldly experience, let Boulders be your nirvana.

ABOUT VIEQUES
An island apart from an island, Vieques is the ‘Little Sister’ of nearby Puerto Rico. A tiny Caribbean island that’s sparsely populated, unspoiled and undeveloped. Vieques is a rare treasure to find these days when so many other islands are sprouting mega hotels. Vieques was recently named “Best Island in the Caribbean” by a popular travel magazine, but we will let you decide that for yourself! Get out and go! See Vieques and enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, horseback riding and dozens of cultural and historic locales… Or imagine yourself relaxing on a remote beach, doing nothing at all!

Vieques abounds with things to do- take a stroll on the quiet beachfront boardwalk in Esperanza, ride a bike to a nearby beach… or you might take a walk into the rock strewn hills beyond Boulders. For those looking to explore the island, Vieques has many opportunities. Here's a list to help you plan:

THE VIEQUES BIOLUMINESCENT BAY
Caused by micro-organisms and chemistry, the experience of seeing the mystifying, glowing waters can only be called magical. The World’s best, most well-preserved Bioluminescent bay is here in Vieques. It is not to be missed!

SNORKELING AND SCUBA DIVING
The endless Vieques coasts have entire worlds below the waves. You can find gorgeous, world-class coral reefs all around the island. Go snorkeling along the shores, or plan a Scuba trip and take a boat dive.

KAYAKS AND SUP
For the adventurous, single or double ocean kayaks, as well as stand up paddle boards, can also be rented


BEACH TOURING
With so many gorgeous and easily-accessible beaches, the trouble is choosing which ones to visit! Take your rental vehicle to the most distant, and go beach hopping, or let a local point out their personal favorites.

HORSEBACK RIDING
You will see plenty of horses, wild and kept, during your stay on Vieques. Why not ride one? Tour throughout Vieques and across long beaches on horseback.

HISTORIC LOCATIONS
You can find history all around Vieques; a late Spanish Fort in our capital Isabel Segunda, now a museum, tour Navy relics, explore plantation ruins and see ancient Taino villages. There is a rich history to the island that you can uncover. Right in the middle of Esperanza you'll find the Vieques Conservation and Historic Trust, a small museum featuring local historic relics, art exhibits, and plenty of information about the fascinating ecosystem of the island. Here you can also book a tour of the ruins of the sugar mill on the southwest end of Vieques. The gift shop offers a variety of books with a decidedly local flavor.

DINING
‘Fine dining’ might mean localy caught lobsters and fish under candle light or eating finger foods along the beach. Vieques has an up-and-coming restaurant scene with food by creative gourmet chefs and authentic Caribbean cooks. It is to your taste where you dine in Vieques.

SHOPPING
Get appareled like an islander at a small number of casual-elegant boutiques*. Update your beachwear or get outfitted for your aquatic adventures at small shops. Pick up local handworks (the best souvenirs) at boardwalk kiosks. All this, along the Esperanza Malecón! And more in the town of Isabel Segunda.

Information Courtesy of The Vieques Guide

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/16/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Not suitable for children under the age of 16. Exceptions MAY be considered if both casitas are rented by the same group....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Not suitable for children under 16...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Lower Casita: 1 king

    full bth, al fresco shwr, sitting, dining, kitchen and patio...moreless

  • Upper Casita: 1 king

    As lower casita but with roof terrace instead of patio...moreless

  • Each casita sleeps two and is rented separately. The price listed is for each casita....moreless

Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, outdoor shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, outdoor shower

    ...moreless

  • Both casitas have full bath with al fresco showers. Bamboo towels. Beach towels....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Catering available with advance notice. Massage and private yoga instruction also available with advance notice. Beach chairs and coolers provided....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Overlooking the islands in front of the seaside village of Esperanza, on a clear day you can see St Croix on the horizon. Mountain views and sweeping views over the northern end of the island...moreless

  • Village:

    The village of Esperanza is home to colorful beach bars, world class restaurants, and small shops. Meander along the Malecon with views down the island to Mount Pirata....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dine at the table for 4 or on the patio in the lower casita. Upper casita guests dine at the table for 4 or under the pergola on the roof terrace....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Finest bamboo linens...moreless

  • Parking:

    Rental car is a necessity. Parking below house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is full cellular service ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Finest bamboo towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer in garage available by arrangement with property manager...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of dishes & utensils for 4 people...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Each casita has a small kitchen with apartment size fridge, two-burner gas cooktop, toaster and fully stocked with dishes and utensils, pots and pans. Use of Weber gas grill behind the casa...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Available for rent on the island...moreless

  • Boat:

    Jet skis, kayaks SUP available for rent on the island. Yacht charters and fishing trips available....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Lower casita has a patio with 2 lounge chairs Upper casita has access to pergola'd roof terrace...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Available by appointment at the W Hotel...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Available for rent on the island...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    60 foot pool with solar foutain for use by guests in both casitas...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$299
$2,000 $7,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

Please note prices are PER CASITA.

Each casita sleeps 2 people. (King or twin beds)

Please pay by Paypal. Instructions given in rental contract.


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Location

4 Miles
Nearest Airport
Vieques (VQS)
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Isabelle II
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Tin Box, Noce
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sun Bay

Car: Necessary

Enjoy scenic walks just above Boulders in the hills of La Llave, through boulder-strewn fields of grazing cattle or hike the cattle paths down to Esperanza. The village of Esperanza offers numerous restaurant options, lively beach bars and simple shops, right on the beach. Walk from there to the sweeping beaches of Sun Bay. You'll need a car to reach the many other varied and mostly secluded beaches on the island---yours to discover! For history buffs there are tours of the sugar plantation ruins and the well-camouflaged military bunkers on the west end of the island. Be sure to visit the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust on the Malecon in Esperanza. Esperanza Riding Company offers scenic trail rides, including beaches, on safe and well-cared for horses. A visit to Bioluminescent Bay is a must---book that on the night which has the smallest or no moon for the best luminescent experience. Restaurants galore offer something for everyone. For those who choose to use their complete kitchen facilities to eat in Morales on the 200 is the best grocery shopping destination. Fruits and veg are available at the farmers market on Tuesdays and Fridays on 201 just before its intersection with 200.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2011

About: Peter and I have lived in CT for 30 years. We share a love for the outdoors, a yen for adventure, and enjoy exploring the more undiscovered parts of the world.

Why Puerto Real, Vieques, Puerto Rico:
On our first visit to Vieques in 2010 we experienced the architecture of John Hix. Instantly smitten with its simple beauty and the effortless merging of indoors and outdoors into one tropical living space, we decided then and there to create this for ourselves. After an exhaustive search we found a beautiful property in the hills of La Llave. As a landscape designer I believe that every home should be properly anchored in the surrounding landscape. So when we discovered the magnificent boulders at the top of our property those became the anchor and hence the name for our new John Hix designed home.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Get away from it all in the hills of la Llave, situated in the middle of Vieques Island with sweeping views of mountains, Bioluminescent Bay and across the Caribbean to St Croix. Take leisurely walks down the little road or in the the boulder-strewn cow fields above. The 60 ft pool is ideal for lap swimming or just relaxing. The unique open concept of the house gives you a sense of being one with nature, and the 7ft overhangs on all of the openings provide plenty of shade and protection from weather. Kitchen provides opportunity to cook in, or you can enjoy fine dining restaurants or charming local eateries. There are endless pristine beaches to explore, and you'll learn quickly that you share the road with horses roaming freely over the island.


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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/16/2017

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Photos

  • Spacious studio casita with sitting, kitchen and dining area

    Spacious studio casita with sitting, kitchen and dining area

  • Private and secluded

    Private and secluded

  • Lower casita terrace

    Lower casita terrace

  • Upper casita window, perfect place to enjoy a sunrise and a perfect cup of tea

    Upper casita window, perfect place to enjoy a sunrise and a perfect cup of tea

  • Casita kitchens

    Casita kitchens

  • Roof terrace has spectacular views in all directions. Availabe with upper casita

    Roof terrace has spectacular views in all directions. Availabe with upper casita

  • Main house living space, available for your poolside enjoyment.

    Main house living space, available for your poolside enjoyment.

  • Cows in the "neighborhood".

    Cows in the "neighborhood".

  • Black sand beach, on horseback with Esperanza Riding Company

    Black sand beach, on horseback with Esperanza Riding Company

  • Bananas, one of many bar/restaurants on the Malecon in Esperanza

    Bananas, one of many bar/restaurants on the Malecon in Esperanza

  • Boulders, set high in the hills of La Llave.

    Boulders, set high in the hills of La Llave.

  • Al fresco dining on lower casita terrace

    Al fresco dining on lower casita terrace

  • Sitting area, in both upper and lower casita

    Sitting area, in both upper and lower casita

  • Well supplied kitchen and dining for 2-4 people

    Well supplied kitchen and dining for 2-4 people

  • Bathroom with al fresco shower.  In both upper and lower casitas.

    Bathroom with al fresco shower. In both upper and lower casitas.

  • 60 foot pool with solar fountain

    60 foot pool with solar fountain

  • Early birds can enjoy beautiful sunrises

    Early birds can enjoy beautiful sunrises

  • Nighttime magic. Wonderful stargazing from the rooftop terrace.

    Nighttime magic. Wonderful stargazing from the rooftop terrace.

  • Nearby Sun Bay,   Swim, walk, or sling a hammock in the sea grapes

    Nearby Sun Bay, Swim, walk, or sling a hammock in the sea grapes

  • View from the Malecon, in Esperanza

    View from the Malecon, in Esperanza

  • Horses at Sun Bay

    Horses at Sun Bay

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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