Viva Esperanza is a newly renovated 2 BR apartment in the quaint fishing village of Esperanza, on the Caribbean (south) side of Vieques. We are an easy walk to the Malecon (waterfront w/restaurants, bars, shops), beautiful beaches, and bio bay tours.
Viva Esperanza is a newly renovated 900 sq ft 2 Bedroom apartment in the quaint fishing village of Esperanza, on the Caribbean (south) side of Vieques. We are an easy 5-10 minute stroll to the Malecon (waterfront w/ restaurants, bars, shops). It is also just a short walk to beautiful local beaches (Esperanza beach 10 min; Sun Bay 15 min; Media Luna 30 min & Navio 40 min), groceries, bakeries, snorkeling, and bio bay tours (all bio luminescent bay tours meet in Esperanza, only a few blocks away). The ferry dock in Isabel II and the Vieques airport are a quick 10-15 minute drive (we can help arrange a taxi for arrival/departure if you do not have a car rental - usually only $5 pp each way).
We are also only a 5 minute drive to main entrance of the largest nature reserve in the entire Caribbean - the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Within the refuge you will find some of the most gorgeous untouched Caribbean beaches you have ever seen, such as - Playa Caracas (Red Beach), Playuela (Garcia Beach), Pata Prieta (Secret Beach), Bahia de la Chiva (Blue Beach), La Plata (Silver Beach) and Escondida. There is no development within the reserve area, so all of the beaches are in their beautiful natural state, and all you will see for miles is white sand, turquoise sea, rolling green hills, and palm trees. This is the Caribbean the way it used to be, before large scale tourism. There are never any crowds, and you may even have the beach to yourself for a few hours as your own private tropical oasis.
The entire apartment has been completely renovated and everything inside is new, including - comfortable furnishings and high quality mattresses (one Queen sized bed & one Full sized bed), ceramic tiles, a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a huge bathroom with walk-in glass block shower, new ceiling fans throughout and air conditioners (in bedrooms only). It has been re-designed with a bright, lofty, airy floor plan, where the living, dining, and cooking areas flow together seamlessly, creating an open social space. The interior is decorated in a clean modern style with a focus on guest comfort. The kitchen is thoroughly stocked with everything you need to cook a great meal - a full sized stainless refrigerator & full stove/oven, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, bowls, mugs, cups, wine glasses, a toaster, a coffee maker (with fresh local coffee, filters, creamer & sugar included), etc.
All towels (for both bath & the beach) and 300 thread count 100% cotton bed linens are provided. We also offer 4 brand new Tommy Bahama beach chairs, an extra large beach umbrella, 2 coolers, a raft, a boogie board and a set of snorkel gear for all of your seaside adventures. There is a small library with books, cards and games for guest enjoyment. We do not have TV, but we do have high speed wireless internet, so you can surf the net and stream your favorite shows and movies from your laptop via WIFI, and we have a selection of DVD's that you can watch on your computer.
Esperanza is the only area on the island that is so easily accessible by foot or bike to so many beautiful beaches, attractions and amenities (the beaches on the south side near Esperanza and the Wildlife Reserve are the best on the island, hands down). It is a small Caribbean fishing town with a very unique Vieques flair. All of our neighbors are Viequense, and most of their families have lived here for generations. This is by no means an isolated resort area or a gated development. We are a very small friendly local community. Viva Esperanza is the perfect place for people who want to have an authentic Vieques experience - to walk around town, to restaurants, and to incredible beaches, immerse themselves in the culture, meet neighbors, learn about local history, perhaps practice their Spanish, and see the island through the eyes of the people who live and work here everyday.
As with every small town in Puerto Rico, there are many unique local sights, sounds and flavors - like the smell of slow cooked Sancocho on a Sunday afternoon, the sound of salsa or bachata playing on a tropical breeze, neighbors on Paso Fino horses trotting through town, children laughing and playing with their dogs, or the crow of a rooster welcoming a new day. Just a heads up: there are roosters everywhere in Vieques, in every single neighborhood, no matter where you go or how fancy the house - they even ride the ferry and fly VIP in small planes with us sometimes (no joke), and it is a big part of our culture and island lifestyle. However, if you like to sleep late, the air conditioning will definitely block out any sounds, no problem. This is all a part of day to day life in Vieques, and it will be a part of your experience as well when you stay with us in Esperanza. Although the neighborhood is more active during the day, our neighbors usually go to bed early, so it is very quiet and peaceful at night, with only the sounds of the coqui frogs to lull you to sleep.
Your hosts, Lauren and Edison, have lived full time on Vieques for 5 years and know the island very well. Both of us have also worked in the travel and hospitality industry for many years and have a passion for creating an awesome island experience for everyone who stays with us. We live upstairs and are on site to answer all of your questions, and help you plan the best vacation possible, with all of the inside info that only a local host can provide. We love helping our guests explore our favorite parts of the island, and sharing all of the special places that make Vieques so beautiful and unique.
We highly recommend a car rental for a few days while you are here, so that you can venture out to the most remote undeveloped beaches in the Wildlife Reserve. We can provide the names and contact info for local rental companies upon request. If you would like a vehicle, we recommend booking it well in advance, as they are limited on the island and tend to sell out quickly. However, if you do not have a car, you can easily walk, hike or bike to many places from the house. We can also arrange for a local publico or taxi to pick-up and drop-off at places that are further away from town.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We are happy to give recommendations regarding travel logistics and help you make arrangements for car, scooter or bike rentals, tours and outdoor adventures, restaurant reservations, etc, or just point you in the direction of our favorite reef or untouched beach. We are available to help you out with any of your vacation planning needs. We look forward to welcoming you into our home and sharing the incredible natural beauty of Vieques with you, your friends, and family!
Interaction with Guests
Edison no dudó en comunicarse con nosotros en todo momento y en ayudarnos en todo lo que necesitaramos. y la casa es como se ve en las fotos no te engañan en nada. Recomendaria el alquiler del coche sin él no haces nada en la isla.
Lauren was extremely helpful, and patient, since I must have asked her for the information about the ferry 3 times! She arranged for the taxi for us, both coming and going. The location itself is a bit of a walk from town, though not too bad. We should have made car rental reservations much earlier, when Lauren gave us all the phone numbers, but we waited and wound up renting scooters when no cars were available.
The space itself is wonderful! Open aired, comfortable, clean. The water pressure in the shower wasn't the best, but it got us clean, which is the important thing! All in all, a hugely positive experience and I would definitely go back.
Lauren was so friendly and welcoming! It was my first airbnb trip and I couldn't have been happier. The apartment looks exactly like the pictures. It is spacious and clean and ready when you arrive. The air conditioning in the bedrooms works great and the WiFi was a life saver, as I didn't get service at all with Verizon on the island.
You are close to everything in Esperanza and if you rent a car (highly recommended), you have a parking space in front of the house at all times!
There are bath and beach towels provided, along with beach chairs (so comfortable), a beach umbrella, small cooler, and a thermal tote to keep things warm/cold. All the above weare so helpful.
Skip the hotel/inn/hostel options and stay here! We felt like locals, chatting with neighbors and returning home after fabulous dinners around the island (most were blocks away), only to step into what felt like our own place.
We will be back!
Lauren was so kind and knowledgable. She prepared our family very well for Vieques before we traveled and set us up for success when we arrived. Her accommodations were very comfortable, clean and enjoyable. Her roommate was very kind and also helpful when we asked for suggestions. This was the perfect off the beaten path vacation. You can absolutely walk from her home to the beach for dinner and enjoy the local scenery. Staying with Lauren, you are staying in a true village, the neighbors say hello, the wild dogs and horses roam and the roosters crow. This was exactly the experience we were looking for. The air conditioner does drown out some noise, so if you're not tolerant of the sounds, this would not be for you. If you're willing to have a new adventure and live like the locals, there is nothing better and Lauren is the perfect host!
My friend and I really had fun at Vieques. Jordan and Lauren both provided us lots of information. The room is so comfort and location is pretty good.
Lauren and Edison weren't living here during our stay, so we never met them, but Jade (their caretaker) and her roommates made us feel very welcome. We were very grateful that they let us use the sun-umbrella, chairs, and boogie board for our daily excursions to the beach. The house is set back in a neighborhood about 6 blocks from the bars and restaurants of Esperanza, so getting around is quick. The apartment is very nice, clean, and functional. It was great to have a big kitchen to cook breakfast and dinner. The bed is comfortable and A/C works very well. Because Vieques is a rural area, there are lots of animals around, so be prepared for the sounds of roosters in the morning and dogs that will bark all night long. I had to wear headphones to bed a few nights. That being said, it's a big apartment with a kitchen, close to the Malecon, that will fit 4 people comfortably.
Lauren was great about communicating with me, via email and text, prior to our arrival and on the day of arrival. She shared tons of helpful information regarding activities on the island, car rentals, etc. We were greeted by Jade who is caring for the home. Although there is an apartment above this listing, we still felt that the rental was our new home away from home. We had privacy, but Jade and Lauren were just a text away.
The listing is just as described, very comfortable and clean. The beach accessories; cooler, chairs, snorkel, umbrella are a wonderful perk to this listing. We loved the neighborhood. I loved the chickens, dogs, and horses roaming the street in front. I was excited about this island because it doesn't have the resort feel and hype; staying in this apt in a local neighborhood (instead of one of the islands hotels) made it even better. We always felt safe walking around town. Definitely recommend this listing.
Lauren and Edison are originally from Brooklyn, NY. We moved to Vieques 5 years ago to renovate her family home in Esperanza and fulfill her mothers dream of making it into a small guest house. In the process, we fell in love with the island and decided to make Vieques our full time home. Both of us have worked in the travel and hospitality industry for many years and have a passion for creating an awesome vacation experience for everyone who stays with us, by sharing all of the inside info that only a local host can provide. When we are not working, or fixing up the house, we enjoy exploring this beautiful place that we call home. We love going to the beach, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, hiking, camping, cliff jumping, grilling, beach bonfires, and pretty much any outdoor activity that brings us closer to nature and helps us appreciate the wonders of small island life. We look forward to welcoming you to our home and sharing the natural beauty of Vieques with you, your friends and family!