About this listing
Lodging for travelers seeking a private, peaceful refuge, pleasant cozy apartment w/ private entrance in the Vieques countryside.
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 2 House Rules prior to booking with us--you agree to accept and abide by our House Rules by booking a rez with us.
This is a private apartment on a 1/2-acre fenced property, part of our home residence. 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. You will find peace here, stress-free relaxation, a romantic hideaway, and an authentic experience with "regular folks" living harmoniously together in a Vieques residential community.
The apartment measures 20 by 20 feet; high on a ridge, it's naturally breeze-cooled (no AC), fully screened & mosquito net over the bed, fans in each room. Excellent queen bed, with fold-out futon-sofabed also available on request; bathroom has hot water actually working well ( we promise!). For food prep the apartment includes a coffee maker, toaster, microwave, small fridge, ice chest, with a utility sink and a lovely 2-burner Weber propane grill right outside your entrance, for Caribbean cooking at its best! in our bird-filled botanical garden with 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 a main island road.
This lodging opportunity will be a lovely refuge/hangout for you if you want a local-culture perspective in an informal casual country-lifestyle Vieques setting with privacy; if you want peaceful personal space to unwind, left entirely alone until you want to do something "out and about" on Vieques. If and when you want any assistance or suggestions, we're living upstairs and happy to help you plan your activities around our island. If you want your own casual tranquil private sanctuary, to unwind 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.
And again....Please be sure to read our important notes and House Rules 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!
Our "shared areas" include a flower and bird-filled patio on the level above your apartment, plus a covered terrace on our top floor, perfect for inclement weather outdoor lounging about-- two areas where close encounters with your hosts may occasionally occur.
Interaction with Guests
you'll be aware of us upstairs from time to time, while your apartment and botanical garden will always be your own separate gated and private refuge.
We're in a residential community on high ground in the center of Vieques, with fantastic views of surrounding islands, sparkling water in all directions, and friendly people all around.
If you want to rent your own vehicle for transportation around Vieques, you'd better reserve that rental vehicle-- bike, scooter, compact auto or 4WD Jeep-- as far in advance as possible because these are all limited on Vieques and it may be impossible (especially Dec-May) to rent anything on short notice!
Note well: An automobile, however, is a personal choice & certainly not an absolute necessity here; several other easy & fun options exist on our small island: 125cc scooters; bicycles; walking and hitching are safe, easy and free in Vieques; and we have good reliable cheap island-wide taxi service plus semi-regular public van transportation along the primary roads.
We strongly encourage our guests to give your personal transportation desires some thought during your planning phase, prior to arrival.
Other Things to Note
Our goal as hosts is to reduce any potential misunderstandings and increase harmony for all of us in our future time together. We want our guests to enjoy your visit to Vieques, and with us. You'll find us informal, casual, definitely non-invasive, amiably flexible and open-minded about coordinating with you to enhance your vacation in Vieques within the framework of existing Laws.
We sincerely hope the following notes will interest you, help you make workable plans for your vacation, and help us all avoid unexpected surprises and potential disappointments.
1. Vieques is a small island in the tropical zone of our hemisphere, with a few small critters / bugs around, small lizards climbing the walls, oh My! and other such things we all need to be aware of, because they could be potentially scary or even dangerous. If you have any concerns related to these topics, please discuss them with us before booking!
2. Our country home is a Work In Progress...that is to say, we are maintaining and improving our Dream Castle as you read this and it is not entirely finished. Your apartment is on the lower level down in the orchard, and it is entirely finished and sweet as pie. We don't do any work on our property, while we are hosting our guests, that could possibly have any negative impact on your tranquil ambiance. Your gaze may fall upon some aspect of our entire home & garden project that seems "incomplete." We hope that isn't going to be a serious concern for you.
3. With the world's most expensive electricity, and being as Green as we can, we utilize the local design concept of open interior spaces to provide air circulation /ventilation for natural cooling, with supplemental fans. Thus the bathroom of your apartment has no solid door, but rather a sliding curtain to enhance both privacy and air circulation.
Tropical country living is different from urban life in temperate climates. We sincerely hope these notes enable you to anticipate our reality and to enjoy your stay at our home even more when you arrive here.
4. We welcome kids over 10 if they are closely supervised by attentive responsible parents/guardians who have read and understood these notes, but please discuss this with us prior to booking, if applicable.
5. The Official Hurricane Season down here in the eastern Caribbean is from June 1st through the end of October. We are experienced hurricane survivors and our home is a very solid and strong concrete structure. In the unlikely event of a serious storm during your stay in Vieques, you'll be safe here with us.
If you have wondered about living in the tropics, here is an authentic local-culture experience, an 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 actually living the Caribbean dream here in Vieques!
Booking a rez with us indicates you have read and understood our 2 House Rules and agree to follow them while you are with us.
1. Absolutely no "illegal substances" of any kind will be allowed onto our property.
2. We ask you to appreciate and respect our privacy: If you meet people during your vacation in Vieques, please join up with them elsewhere in Vieques, at the multiple available venues for socializing et al; do not bring them back to our property with you for any reason.
We enforce these two House Rules in order to protect the privacy, safety, and security of ourselves, yourselves, and all our future guests. Thanks!
Chris and Elisabeth are lovely hosts, who went way out of their way to make our stay pleasant and to welcome us. They picked us up at the airport, gave us rides into town, gave us tons of fruit from their garden, and generally made themselves available as needed.
The accommodations were as described. The apartment is small and basic, but it has a lovely breeze, and there were 2 terraces available to us (one shady and one sunny), which were perfect for a cup of tea or a meal and a beautiful view of the ocean in the distance. Everything was perfectly clean and comfortable. We would certainly stay there again.
Chris and Elisabeth were the most amazing hosts that anyone could ask for! They really went out of their way to make us feel welcome -- they offered us advice on sights and eats around the island, they picked us up from the ferry and offered us rides into town when we needed them. The room itself was wonderful as well. The description of an "island sanctuary" is exactly right. Surrounded by tropical fruits, hummingbirds, and exquisite views. The room itself is clean, tidy, with fast and working internet. All the amenities (towels, plates, microwave) are provided. Very quiet and safe neighborhood. Highly, highly recommend.
"We would absolutely return if we could!"
You lovely people can absolutely return when you will, any time, we'll be very happy to welcome you back, and when that happens we'll see if we can't Improve on your first experience here. Thanks Debbie and Richard!
Our hosts were nice. We loved Elisabeth; she was kind and just great. It's a beautiful place on a beautiful island, a place to come back to again and again.
We absolutely loved staying with Chris and Elizabeth! The apartment was quaint and cozy, and our hosts were so kind and friendly. They had a lot of great insights about the island. They made us really feel at home, between the fresh flowers in the apartment and the bowls of amazing local fruit they gave us (grown right on site!). We would stay here again and again!
Staying with Chris and Elisabeth was fantastic! Before we even got there they were very helpful with how to get around, where to book, etc. When we got there Chris was gracious enough to pick us up from the ferry and give us a tour of Vieques so we could orient ourselves. When we got to their house Elisabeth showed us around our floor (yes, you get an entire floor of the house plus a terrace to yourself!) and also left filtered water, a papaya from her garden, and homemade marmalade in the refrigerator. The apartment was very comfortable, with a nice living space, comfortable bed, and hot running water. On our last night we made the trip to the third floor to see the sunset and it was beautiful. You can also see the stars incredibly clearly from here. Chris and Elisabeth were great hosts and we made the right choice in staying with them: they were very helpful and attentive. Thanks for helping us have a great time in Vieques!
Words can't express how great Chris and Elisabeth are, but I'll try! These two are an incredibly thoughtful pair - they picked us up from the airport and drove us around the island so that we could orient ourselves. They also gave us a tour of the apartment and and provided us with a giant bowl of Suriname cherries, passion fruit, and local bananas from their garden (which Elisabeth has kept lush despite the atypical lack of rain this season). There is something homey and inviting about the atmosphere of their apartment - we will definitely be back to visit!!
It was really awesome experience with such great people.
Chris and Elizabeth are awesome people. They are so responsive and friendly owners... We rly haven't met such people before, though we have a long history of our travels.
This place is unique for many things, and the atmosphere created by Chris and Elizabeth attheir own home allows every traveler to feel "as you at home", and it's very important for relaxa during your travels. We kindly recommen this place to everyone who have plans to visit Vieques. You won't be dissapointed.
About the Host, Chris And Elisabeth
We're a friendly retired couple who moved to Vieques after several decades of travelling & guiding in about 80 different countries; we also have a combined total of about 35 years of living all around the Caribbean. Now we are having active lives full-time in Vieques building a house of stone, a Tuscany-like adventure in tropical America, with lizards everywhere, growing food, loving year-round water sports -- AND we're offering our unique private lodging-sanctuary with Caribbean hospitality, assistance and friendship, to our worldwide community of traveling, voyaging, wandering sisters and brothers, while we hold in our hearts and thoughts all the people who helped and befriended us as we have wandered our planet individually and together.
This is our "give back" time to our community of world wanderers, and we welcome all of you who believe in equality and peaceful coexistence.