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Casa Elefante *SUV Available*

Puerto RicoPRVieques
Entire home/apt
4 Guests
1 Bedroom
2 Beds
$79
Per Night
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A large, comfortable 1 bedroom apartment in the countryside of Vieques. Very peaceful and quiet.

Casa Elefante *SUV Available*

The Space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $55
Security Deposit: $250
Cancellation: Strict

Description

The Space

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We have a large 1 bedroom apartment. With a nice kitchen, living room and two private rooftop patios. The Apartment is exquisitely decorated with an array of items from around the world. There is a Queen size bed in the master bedroom, and a full size bed in the sleeping nook. This apartment will comfortably sleep 4 people.The living space is well over 1500 sq feet.
The Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you will need to cook for yourself. The Fridge tends to want to pop open on its own, so we put a stick through the handles to make sure it stays closed. It works perfectly otherwise.

This is a quiet and serene space that we have built for ourselves and we hope our guests can respect this. Please be courteous of late night noise.

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We have recently added a flat screen TV with a DVD Player and a Roku Media player that gives guests access to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. We do provide a excellent internet connection.

A rental car is necessary to reach all the best beaches in Vieques. The majority of the best beaches are in The Vieques National Wildlife refuge, which has terrible roads and requires a Jeep to access. There is no public transportation and Taxi's will not drive to these beached. It is generally accepted that a car is necessary to enjoy everything Vieques has to offer.

We provide a SUV Beach Beater for a additional $65/night for the exclusive use of our Villa Indigo Guests. The SUV is not in pristine condition, it's a island car, so expect dents, scratches and other cosmetic imperfections. It does run perfectly and is more than adequate for the roads and beaches of Vieques. Currently we have 3 cars, a 2005 Subaru Outback, a 2004 Honda CRV or a 96 Isuzu Rodeo stick shift with badass 4WD. Please let me know which you prefer

Newer cars on this island often have their check engine lights on. The car is always mechanically perfect, but the corrosive salty air combined with dust from the Sahara often clogs up filters and throws off the light. I will take the car to the mechanic, have him clear it, and it comes back on 2 days later.

If you are staying in Vieques longer than your stay at Villa Indigo we are able to let you keep the SUV. You will have to put down a $250 security deposit on the car when you leave Villa Indigo.

The SUV will be ready and waiting for you at the house when you check in. Payment for the rental car can be made via PayPal with your credit card.

Please note that cars rented on the main island are not permitted on the Ferry.

IMPORTANT!: The car rents on a nightly basis, just like the house. We ask that if you take advantage of our cars, you rent for your entire stay. That way, the car is ready and waiting for you when you check in, and you have it until you check out. It's more convenient than having to stop at the rental car office, (Codeword: Sofrito!) and it will be waiting for you at the house when you arrive.

Gas: It is VERY important that you return the car with the same amount of gas recieved. Every guest seems to think it's ok to just leave us cash and let us fill it for them. This is not OK and inconsiderate for both us and the next guest who arrives. The fee for not returning the car with the same amount of gas you received it with is $30 + the cost of gas, billed at $15 per 1/4 tank or less.

Check in for house and car is 3PM
Check Out for house and car is 11am.

This is flexible, depending on when the guests before you leave, and the guests after you arrive, and we do our best to accommodate everyone. When planning you trip please dont expect the house to be ready until 3 PM, and expect to return the car and house keys by 11AM


I do want to take this time to warn you about the ferry. It is a absolute mess and incredibly un-reliable. It never runs on time, you have to wait hours for a ticket, and they often cancel ferry runs without any warning. Just yesterday I had a family with 2 small children wait 6 hours of their precious vacation time to get on a ferry. I strongly suggest you look into flying. There are 3 airports, Ceiba is right across the channel on the main island. Flights to Vieques are $35 each way. Isla Grande is the domestic airpot in San Juan and flights are $75 each Way. San Juan International is the big main airport, flight from here run between $90 and $120. since you are likely flying into this airport, flight from here are most convenient. The other 2 airports only make sense if you are visiting other parts of Puerto Rico before coming to Vieques. The 3 airlines that run these routes are Cape Air, Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco. All of them have online booking.


We can arrange rides from the airport or Ferry to the house for a additional $20. My house keeper will pick you up and deliver you to the property, getting you established in the house and car. If you can find your own way to the property the house keeper will meet you there.

Please provide me with your arrival and departure times a week in advance.

A note on Utilities: Vieques is a remote tropical island. Obviously we have running water, electricity and Internet, but it isnt very reliable. Occasionally we will loose 1, 2 sometimes all 3 at the same time. It never lasts longer than a couple hours, but please be prepared for the possibility that you will loose utilities for short periods of time. Usually right when you get home from the beach and you are covered in sand.

There is no Air Conditioning, but the tradewinds, ceiling and box fans keep the air cool and moving. The Apartment has it's own private gate, parking and entrance. Our property sits on 1 acre of fenced grassland and jungle in the Destino neighborhood. Destino is a 5 minute drive from the main town of Isabel Segundo. It is also 5 minutes to the main entrance of the wildlife refuge, which holds the majority of Vieques pristine beaches.

There are roosters. Every property in Vieques, except maybe the W has roosters. It's a part of island life, they are wild and there isn;t much we can do with them. Bring ear plugs if you are sensitive. The apartment does come fully equipped with a modern slingshot, roosters make excellent target practice at 4am.


A note on Beach Umbrella's : We no longer offer beach umbrellas. Vieques can be windy, and our guests have repeatedly been breaking the beach umbrellas we keep buying for the house. We've gone through at least 15 in the last 6 months. If you need a beach umbrella they are sold at the Black Beards, the grocery store and many other shops for around $30. I also highly recommend Palm Trees for shade :)

A Note on Bugs. Welcome to the tropics! we have bugs here. Big Ones. Every property on this island, even the W will have bugs. I'm sorry if you aren't used to them, but it's part of island living and short of A-bombing the property with toxic pesticides, there is nothing that can be done.


Cancellation policy: We maintain a strict cancellation policy. This once again has to do with our budget pricing, if you cancel at the last minute, then it is un-likely the house will re-book. we as hosts will loose the income, and we wont be able to offer this rate for all of our guests. (Codeword: Sofrito!) I'm terribly sorry, but I absolutely cannot offer any refunds on any last minute cancellations. Please understand this policy when you book. When booking, you agree to this cancellation policy and I cannot make any exceptions.

Problems: If you have any problems with anything, I will do my best to fix it as soon as humanly possible. Vieques runs a little slower than the rest of the world. Nothing is going to happen on a Sunday. If you email me at 11PM saying you're having a problem with the toilet, I wont be able to fix it until the morning. It is very important that you call me as soon as any problem arises.

House Rules:

-Smoking is only permitted on the back patio. The front Patio is right above my bedroom and I'm not a fan of the smell. -Please dont invite anyone not staying at Casa Elefante back to our property. This is a safety concern. Petty theft and robberies have been a problem in Vieques and I do not want to share the interior of our home with any potential criminals. -Since we live and work on the same property please be considerate of late night noise. My husband and I are early to bed, early to rise and we appreciate quiet time after 10PM
-Please keep the gate closed at all times. I do not like wild horses pooping in my yard.
- Make sure you provide us with your arrival and departure plans within a week of your arrival so I can plan your pick-up, check in and check out with my house keepers. If this information is not provided we cannot guarantee a pick up.

Other Things to Note

When it comes to the official weather report, don't pay any attention to it. We live in the tropics. The weather report always say 80% chance of rain because theres a 80% chance we'll get a passing shower and thunderstorm. It never means its going to rain all day. its the nature of weather reports in the tropics. right now it is sunny, breezy and beautiful.

I have found the most accurate weather reports to be those posted by local sailboat captains. Try to join Vieques weather on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). Captain Judy is a accomplished sailboat captain and has a great grasp of whats happening with weather on a day to day basis.

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House Rules

-Please provide us with the codeword to confirm you have read the entire listing. By Booking Casa Elefante, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the listing and you have reviewed all the images in our gallery
-Smoking is only permitted on the back patio. The front Patio is right above my bedroom and I'm not a fan of the smell. -Please dont invite anyone not staying at Casa Elefante back to our property. This is a safety concern. Petty theft and robberies have been a problem in Vieques and I do not want to share the interior of our home with any potential criminals. -Since we live and work on the same property please be considerate of late night noise. My husband and I are early to bed, early to rise and we appreciate quiet time after 10PM
-Please keep the gate closed at all times. I do not like wild horses pooping in my yard.
- Make sure you provide us with your arrival and departure plans within a week of your arrival so I can plan your pick-up, check in and check out with my house keepers. If arrival information isn't provided a week ahead of time we cannot guarantee your pickup

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Availability
2 nights minimum stay
Casa Elefante *SUV Available*

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