Vieques Country Homestay Lodging

House - Entire home/apt · PR, Vieques, Vieques 00765, Puerto Rico

For people seeking a private serene sanctuary in a half acre botanical garden on a beautiful peaceful tiny Caribbean island.

The Space

Hi & thanks for visiting our listing. Please read some of our guests' reviews and have a look at our photos, they say it better than we can! And Please read our House Rules and various notes about our property (that tab right below our photos) prior to booking with us.

( Pour les personnes de langues francaise, merci de vous reporter a notre descriptif francais a la fin du texte ci-dessous.)

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Here is a unique private lodging experience in the Vieques residential countryside, a private apartment on a 1/2-acre fenced property, part of our home residence. We have lived here full-time for 6 years. You'll be our only guest(s) and have 400 square feet of your own living space with separate private entrance, plus a private terrace on the botanical garden level of our 3-level home. You will find peace here, and an authentic experience of how "regular folks" live together in Monte Carmelo, a historic Vieques residential community.

The efficiency apartment measures 20 by 20 feet; high on a ridge, it's naturally breeze-cooled (no AC), fully screened with mosquito net over the bed and fans in each room. You'll have an excellent queen bed, with fold-out futon-sofabed also available, a bathroom with hot water actually working well ( we promise!); also wifi; and for limited food prep a coffee maker, toaster, microwave, small fridge, ice chest, utility sink-- with full kitchen privileges upstairs for those inclined to cook more elaborately on vacation; located 1.5 miles from the north coast, in our bird-filled botanical garden (3 species of hummingbirds, plus about 50 examples of ornamentals and fruit!) with great views (from your private terrace with table and chairs) of Vieques and the surrounding islands/NE Caribbean, in a residential neighborhood, an easy 1/2-mile stroll to a country store and "locals'" restaurant on the main north-south road on our island (Rt. 997).
This lodging opportunity will be a lovely home-base hangout for you if you want a local-culture perspective in an informal casual country-lifestyle Caribbean setting with privacy; if you want to be quiet, left entirely alone until you want to do something out and about on Vieques. And if you want any assistance or suggestions, we can help you plan your activities around Vieques because we are live-here property owners on the floor above you. If you want your own casual tranquil private sanctuary to relax, in a fenced half-acre botanical garden neither remote nor secluded but "off the tourist path" and fairly close to everything, you'll find it here.

A little more about us....we're a knowledgeable & friendly married couple who moved to Vieques after several decades of travelling & guiding in about 80 different countries. We are French and American people with a combined total of about 30 years of living in Puerto Rico and all around the Caribbean. We are having active lives full-time in Vieques building a house of stone, a Tuscany-like adventure in the Caribbean with lizards everywhere, growing food, having fun in the tropics-- positive and proactive facilitators, happy to answer questions and help resolve challenges. This is our "give back" time to our community of world travelers, and we welcome all of you who believe in peaceful coexistence.

And again.....Please be sure to read our important notes and House Rules at the tabs above (you'll need a full-screen computer for this) before booking a reservation with us, so we'll all know we're on the same page of music and harmonizing from the start. This information will help you synchronize your vacation goals and expectations with "reality" in Vieques and at our home. Thanks & Travel well, travel smart!
Elisabeth & Chris

DESCRIPTIF FRANCAIS

Nous sommes heureux de vous accueillir sur notre site.
Nous vous proposons un sejour chez l’habitant, a Vieques, a la campagne. Nous vivons depuis cinq ans a plein temps sur cette petite ile.
Lors de votre sejour chez nous, vous serez nos seuls hotes, dans un appartement avec acces independant en rez de jardin donnant directement dans notre verger. L’appartement est tres aere grace aux alises (mais pas de climatisation), les portes et fenetres sont des grillages anti moustiques et il y a un ventilateur dans chaque piece. Vous dormirez dans un tres bon lit (dimension Queen Size) ; nous avons aussi un futon double dans le sejour. La salle de bain comprend une douche avec eau chaude. Nous avons la Wifi, il y a un coin cuisine dans le sejour pour les petits dejeuners et repas legers, avec frigidaire, four micro ondes et cafetiere electrique.. Nous habitons sur une crete vers l’Est de l’ile a trois kilometres de la cote nord et d’Isabel II la capitale . Nous avons un point de vue magnifique sur la campagne environnante, la mer, Puerto Rico, Culebra et les Iles Vierges Americaines. C’est un coin de l’ile tres tranquille. Vous aurez des vacances au calme avec un hebergement independant ou personne ne viendra vous deranger. Nous serons a votre disposition pour vous aider a organiser votre sejour a Vieques, si vous avez besoin d’aide ou de renseignements. C’est un endroit simple, serein et tres beau, nous avons pres d’un demi ha. de verger grillage ; c’est le point de depart ideal pour decouvrir Vieques avec ou sans notre aide. A vous de choisir.
Nous vous offrons les transferts gratuits lors de votre arrivee et de votre depart depuis (vers) le port ou l’aeroport ; nous serons a votre disposition pour tous les renseignements concernant l’ile, ses environs et les differents types d’activites que vous souhaiterez y pratiquer. Nous pouvons vous preparer un repas commande a l’avance, vous faire decouvrir l’ile en voiture, nous parlons francais, anglais et espagnol. En bref nous sommes presents si vous avez besoin d’aide. Ce sera a vous de decider. Apres un premier sejour, nos hotes deviennent generalement nos amis.
Mon mari et moi sommes de jeunes retraites, americain et francaise. Apres des annees de voyages a travers le monde et une longue experience de Puerto Rico nous avons choisi Vieques , la seule ile des Caraibes encore inchangee ; Les chevaux y vivent encore en liberte le long des routes. Nous avons maintenant une bonne connaissance de l’ile et des Caraibes et sommes en mesure de vous donner un coup de main pour organiser votre voyage dans les iles, vous parler de la complexite de la culture locale. Nous avons une attitude positive et aimons partager notre experience de voyageurs avec nos hotes. C’est un peu notre facon de remercier la communaute des voyageurs qui nous a souvent aides par le passé.
Meilleure saison de fin octobre a mai. Aeroports internationaux les plus proches : San Juan (Sju) et St Thomas (STT), En haute saison en particulier, nous vous conseillons de reserver une voiture ou un scooter longtemps a l’avance.

Guest Access

Full kitchen upstairs if you want to do serious cooking during your vacation. Common-area covered terrace on our top floor for rainy times and socializing.

Interaction with Guests

We live here, and we'll see our guests around the property. The botanical garden is your private space. It's been working great; check out our reviews!

The Neighborhood

We're in Monte Carmelo, a historic residential community, on the high ground in the center of Vieques, with fantastic views of surrounding islands, sparkling water in all directions, and friendly people all around.

Getting around

Easy and safe walking and hitching, good public transportation on the main roads, and private taxi service on call. Bikes, scooters, cars and 4WD Jeeps available as well (high season: reserve yours well in advance of your arrival!)

Other Things to Note

Have you wondered about living in the tropics? If so, here is an authentic opportunity to live and wander in a friendly safe residential neighborhood and see the possibilities with your own eyes...talk about buying, building, etc with people who are doing it in Vieques....awesome!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $40 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)

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  • Lovely ground floor apartment - plenty of space for the 3 of us. We enjoyed the great views from the patio for dawn, breakfast, and sunsets. We appreciated the fresh fruits and the coffee that awaited us. Chris and Elisabeth were friendly and informative.

    High on a ridge, I highly recommend a rental car. (I'd thought about relying on bikes, publicos, and taxis - at best, it would have consumed too much time and energy.)

    Due to biology and moonlight, bio-bay was not luminescent but at under half-price via Abe's, moonlight kayak tour and great tour guide were a good value.

    April 2014
  • Elisabeth & Chris were the most wonderful of hosts and truly incredible people. Their place is perfectly located between Isabel Segunda and Esperanza; and is clean, peaceful, and very beautiful. I would recommend this AirBnB to anyone traveling to Vieques & we certainly hope to return ourselves one day. (Thank you so sincerely.)

    April 2014
  • As a single traveler, I couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Elisabeth and Chris are very interesting people and were extremely accommodating. Their place was quiet and relaxing which was just what I was looking for. They helped orient me around the island, get groceries, and let me cook with them in their kitchen. I highly recommend staying!

    March 2014
  • Elizabeth and Chris were amazing hosts. Their home and their guest space are just incredibly lovely and tranquil. This was the perfect place to stay during our vacation. They were warm and welcoming, and very helpful in helping us get oriented on the island.

    I saw dozens of hummingbirds and bananaquits in their flowering trees and vines, and when we came back at night with sunburns, Elizabeth gave us cuts of her aloe plant from the garden.

    I honestly can't wait to get back. I can't imagine anything better. The view, their garden, and every single thing about it was just idyllic.

    March 2014
  • First of all, Chris and Elisabeth are amazing hosts. They're friendly without being intrusive and just genuinely wanted us to enjoy our stay, encouraging us to make ourselves at home. Like the house itself, they're unpretentious and welcoming-it helped that we bonded with Chris over Thomas Pynchon on the ride from the airport! They offered not only the use of their kitchen, but also their pantry of dried spices, limes, etc., and some homemade yogurt for the next morning.

    While you're staying in rooms attached to their house, there is a separate entrance and we never felt too crowded. There is a private patio which is beautiful. The rooms themselves are quite comfortable - enormous bathroom - and have a relaxed and homey feel. The only inconvenience is that I found the bedroom a little hot at night, but nothing too bad if you're used to sleeping with a fan. Overall, Elisabeth and Chris give a really accurate impression of what to expect from their description. If you're deciding where on the island to stay as well, everything's so close together that it doesn't really matter you're not staying in one of the towns (in fact, we preferred being away from the more touristy Esperanza). We'd return in a second! Thanks again!

    March 2014
  • We had a fabulous time on Vieques Island and staying with Chris and Elizabeth was definitely part of it ! We highly recommend their sweet "room" for a lovely stay over while touring the island. It was clean and bright and sunny and just as they described it. They surprised us with a "kitchen" area with a small refrig and cutting boards on a table and coffee maker with complimentary Puerto Rican coffee and bananas from their own trees. Birds and hummingbirds and many fruit trees and lots of sky surrounded our quiet homey lodging.....which also included a sitting area inside and outside. Our hosts were pleasant and friendly and eager to share information about the island, it's history, and where to go.

    March 2014
  • This property is located in the hilly and picturesque Monte Carmelo neighborhood of Vieques. The accommodations were comfortable, clean and accurately described. I particularly enjoyed the outside private area adjacent to the unit, which includes a well-tended garden. The view of the surrounding area and out to the water from that area is amazing, and the comfortable table and chairs was a great place to read, take morning coffee, and enjoy an evening sunset.

    I really enjoyed meeting Chris and Elisabeth. They are the type of folks I would want to hang out with here in Chicago -- friendly, wise, well-traveled and kind. Their recommendations as to how to get around the island and access the beaches were practical and welcome. My stay on their property exceeded all expectations. Without hesitation, I would stay with them again!

    March 2014
  • Elisabeth and Chris were fabulous hosts! The apartment was nestled amongst gorgeous gardens and was a lovingly decorated home. Don't miss the spectacular view from the top of the house! Elisabeth had fresh guava jam in our fridge when we arrived, and lent us the blender (along with frozen mango from their garden and homemade yogurt!!) so we could make smoothies. As it's mentioned, there is no kitchen and this was really helpful for our breakfasts. They went above and beyond to help us navigate the island the first day we didn't have a car. We felt fortunate to have a night we could all BBQ- it was great to get to know them a bit more as they both have wonderful life stories. We truly had a most wonderful stay here. Thank you both for all of your hospitality!! Besos to Lulu and Sweetie pie Suzy. Thanks again for everything.

    March 2014
  • Hard to add more accolades for Chris and Elizabeth and their place. The apartment has all you need for a wonderful, relaxing stay and they are perfect hosts; great people, with lots of local knowledge and a willingness to help you find and get to what you need. They nicely met us at the ferry and Chris took several opportunities to give us quick tours (even offering a trip to the dump and the nearby wonderful purple beach). The views from the patio are the best way to start the day, along with jelly and fruits from their garden. We hated to leave and hope they will have us back. While you can certainly get around by public buses, taxis and hitching, we found it was nice to have a car for a few days to explore some out of the way places.

    March 2014
    Elisabeth And Chris
    Response from Elisabeth And Chris:

    Ooooh, wish you hadn't mentioned the dump run. Now everyone's going to want that!

  • We had a beautiful time with Elisabeth and Chris! The apartment was lovely and private, and we made much use of the little patio with its outstanding view. It's a gorgeous place to eat breakfast and watch the hummingbirds zing through the fruit trees and flowers. Chris and Elisabeth are helpfully knowledgeable about Vieques. They are also respectful, interesting, thoughtful, and above all, generous hosts. We would love to stay with them again.

    Thank you for the terrific stay!

    February 2014
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We came to Vieques from Puerto Rico SE coast and have lived in Vieques since 2007, after decades of travel in dozens of countries. This is our "give back time" -- we're offering friendship, hospitality, and assistance to our worldwide community of fellow travelers, voyagers, and visitors, as we hold in our thoughts all the people worldwide who have helped us as we have wandered the globe.
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