About this listing
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
La casa era muy tranquila y estaba muy limpia! tuvimos todo lo necesario para sentirnos cómodos y a gusto en la casa. Aunque desafortunadamente no tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer en persona a Lauren y Edison, Cara y Davin estuvieron muy atentos a ayudarnos en todo lo que necesitáramos. La casa esta ubicada a cerca de 2 cuadras de un mini mercado y los restaurantes y negocios principales de Esperanza del malecón quedan a cerca de 3 cuadras.
Vieques como tal ofrece varias playas para conocer, si recomiendo que se alquile un auto así sea por un solo día, se puede dejar parqueado al frente de la casa sin ningún problema, Vieques es muy seguro.
Excellent experience! Clean and spacious apartment with open floor plan, nice simple design and everything we needed. Allowed us to have an affordable vacation in beautiful Vieques!
Easy to book and check (website hidden) in the rooms was nice and cold. Close enough to walk to beach.
The apt was accurately advertised. It is clean and comfortable. The location is perfect, only a few blocks to the malecon in Esperanza. Lauren was very responsive and helpful. I highly recommend staying here if you go to Vieques.
Lauren was the sweetest girl and was very easy to communicate with via text before and during our stay. She gave us recommendations for restaurants, beaches, and also rental cars before we arrived. The apartment is on the first floor and is completely private. The house is in a cute neighborhood where you really feel like a local. There is never a dull moment on your walk to and from town! Be sure to rent a jeep or other 4wd vehicle as you can explore so much more of the island and other beaches that way (you can park it out front). The apartment is spacious, open, and nicely decorated with lots of windows and all of the amenities you should need, even coolers and chairs for the beach! The hammock out front was a bonus! We would absolutely stay here again and actually, my boyfriend and I got engaged during our visit here, right on the Malecon!
The place was great: comfortable, clean and nicely decorated. It is exactly what you see in the pictures. The kitchen has everything you could need to prepare simple meals if you don’t want to eat outside all the time, or if you want to prepare snacks for the beach. The complimentary use of their beach chairs, umbrella and cooler was perfect for our beach trips! The location was very good, just a short walk to the malecón where all the restaurants and bars are. As someone else said, the roosters and dogs in the neighborhood are pretty noisy, especially early in the morning, but the AC pretty much drowns out all the noise (and you are going to need the AC given the hot climate of Vieques and the tones of mosquitoes everywhere outside).
Lauren was super easy to communicate with, and she answered all our questions before and during our stay. She is a great host and made us feel very welcome. She recommended us her favorite beaches and restaurants and gave us good advice about the car rental companies and bio bay tours. Make sure you rent a 4wd vehicle so you can explore the best beaches (you can park the car right in front of almost every single beach).
We really enjoyed our time there and would definitely stay here again. Highly recommendable!
I couldn't have imagined a better place to stay in Vieques! Lauren and Edison's place was the perfect beach town hideaway. We could walk to all the major things to see in Esperanza, and had the best time at the beaches and by the Malecon. Lauren was a fantastic host who was always available during our stay and made us feel very welcome. The apartment was our perfect retreat after a hard day of beach reading and Piña Coladas. 10/10
About the Host, Lauren & Edison
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!