Lodging 4 travelers especially seeking a private, peaceful refuge, pleasant cozy apartment w/ private entrance, in a 1/2-acre orchard-garden sanctuary, in a historical rural residential community. with year-round owner-residents upstairs.
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 prior to booking with us.
This 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. 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, stress-free relaxation, and an authentic experience of how "regular folks" live together in Monte Carmelo, a historic 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! Located 1.5 miles from the north coast, 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 the main north-south road on our island (Rt. 997).
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
This is our full-time home, and 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 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.
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
The Official Hurricane Season 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!
If you are thinking about booking with us, please read this section before doing so. Our goal as hosts is to reduce any potential misunderstandings and increase harmony for all of us in our future together. Thanks!
Our Main Rule is: 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.
Rule no. 2: It's never too late to have a happy childhood!
Well, those are our Suggestions, not actually Rules!
However....a serious note is in order here because our goal is for all of us to enjoy your holiday in Vieques and have as few unanticipated/ undesireable challenges as possible, so kindly read and understand the following info before booking a reservation with us:
1. We are law-abiding property owners and full-time Vieques residents, so we do insist: 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.
Also....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. We have a few suggestions about getting to Vieques that are hard to get elsewhere, on request.
2. Vieques is a small island in the tropical zone of the western hemisphere, a place with a unique history of piracy and empire, and now of nearly unrestricted personal freedom. Vieques has a Hurricane Season (mid-July thru end of October); also 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
We had a wonderful time at Chris and Elisabeth's tropical sanctuary. The apartment was immaculate and well-appointed and Chris and Elisabeth couldn't have been more attentive and hospitable. The setting/location is ideal: on a hill-top overlooking the sea and countryside and within striking distance to gorgeous beaches and both of the island's main towns. It is private and peaceful AND really convenient- a perfect combination! I recommend without reservation and look forward to our next visit.
We were welcomed with open arms and guidance to all the wonderful things we could do on Vieques! Map included with all the details of places to play! The suite was sweet. spacious and clean- and the birds and roosters, and horses, and pigs, and dogs,and coqui's were all a welcome to the senses! The location is convenient to all places, but a car is needed. Views are spectacular,and food is fabulous! Elizabeth provided home grown fruits that added a nice taste in our mouths! And we were lucky enough to experience her home made jam. When we needed anything, they were there to assist and advise.Very friendly and helpful, and hospitable. Their 2 dogs are friendly but not invasive. We will come again bien sur! Merci beaucoup.Rachelle et Gunter.
C&E were excellent hosts and their apartment and surrounding land is a treasure. We were greeted with fresh fruit and warm conversation, what a great way to start each day! The apartment was perfect for my wife and I who travel light, it contained everything we could have needed. We felt safe and secluded while being close to town, I definitely recommend a car.
Excellent experience, would stay again in a heartbeat!
Wow! Great hosts! We stayed in Vieques for 5 days with Chris and Elizabeth. They were beyond nice. Their place was charming and secluded. This was just what we wanted. They helped make our vacation amazing with their knowledge of the island. They took great care of us and gave us all kinds of help crafting our visit into a wonderful experience we will never forget!!
We had a wonderful stay with Chris and Elizabeth. The accommodations are just as described, even more picturesque. Chris and Elizabeth were very accessible and so kind to pick us up from the ferry. We can't wait to come back!
Chris and Elizabeth were such accommodating and easy-going hosts. None of the half-dozen complications that arose during our trip to Vieques seemed to rattle them and their flexibility was appreciated. The place is a beautiful hilltop home with a great view. It was wonderful to walk in to the smell of ylang ylang flowers that Elizabeth had picked and placed by our bed. There was a bowl of guavas, papayas, passion fruit, and more all picked from fruit trees and vines on the property. The kitchen was well-equipped to cook in. We felt right at home.
Chris and Elisabeth were fantastic hosts! The 1st floor apartment offers a lot of privacy, inside and out. The ocean views are simply amazing from the private, outdoor terrace. We loved the grill, microwave, coffee maker and free coffee, collection of books, etc. Elizabeth was very helpful in offering fresh sheets and bringing us fresh fruit from the property. They were very helpful in giving us tips about the island and we greatly appreciated the free airport pickups and drop offs. The noise from the roosters and dogs down the hills could bother light sleepers, but it was totally worth it to stay up in the hills and away from the resorts. The views in the pix don't justify how breathtaking the views truly are. We 100% recommend staying with Chris and Elizabeth!
We're a knowledgeable & friendly French/American married 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 in Puerto Rico and 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 unique private lodging, Caribbean hospitality, assistance, and friendship to our worldwide community of fellow travelers, voyagers, and guests, while we hold in our 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 peaceful coexistence.