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Villa Altamira. Panoramic Ocean Views. Beautiful new pool.

John and Karen Guernelli

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Villa Altamira. Panoramic Ocean Views. Beautiful new pool.

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Vieques Island Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 large private bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.

Villa Altamira. A modern, architect-designed 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with a spectacular panoramic ocean view. Sleeps 10. The Villa has been renewed and renovated for 2013. Relax and enjoy beautiful sunsets from several decks and the pool. Ten foot high ceilings and French doors capture the cooling breezes. Very complete and comfortable but most importantly private. The whole house and grounds are for your exclusive use. The grounds have been newly landscaped to provide a lush tropical paradise. Koi pond with waterfall, a fruit orchard with bananas, plantains, passion fruit, lemons and breadfruit.

---For more photos & up-to-date information please click on owner's link at the bottom of this page.

Overview: If we don't drive to the main beaches, we often walk (10 min.) down to a little cove near the house called 'La Lanchita beach:' which is frequently deserted. In the evening we always walk into the village of Isabella Segunda (15 minutes) to wander around the plazas or to visit a pub. At times it's like having a holiday in Spain. Vieques is one of the few islands that we know of where you really feel safe to walk anywhere at night. Besides, the smell of jasmine is enough to lure you outside anyway! It is an easy 20 min. flight from the airport in San Juan (about 60 dollars) to the new airport on Vieques. You will be met at the airport or ferry by our agent and taken to the villa. Our agent can also arrange for a rental car to be at the house for you. The house has everything you need-- even books and towels. Just bring shorts, T shirts, bathing suits, and your favorite CD's!

We hope that you enjoy Villa Altamira as much as we do and that you will return more than once.

Guest Comments: ' I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at your house and on the island. It was wonderful. The house was fantastic, the weather was great and the people on the island so friendly. We felt right at home the first day. JoAnne was great, she met us at the ferry and got us our cars, showed us around the house, and gave us pointers on the local restaurants and pubs (especially Al's Mar Azul!). We will definitely be doing this again! And thanks to you for all of your attention to detail in your e-mails. Everything was covered and if we had a question, we just pulled out your notes. We look forward to another trip to Vieques in the future! Happy holiday!'

Guest Comments: We just returned yesterday from our wonderful stay in Vieques, made more special by your lovely home. It was one of those few times when our expectations did not exceed reality. We loved the breezes on your upper deck (I called it my air-conditioning), the pool, the CD player, the kitchen and the barbecue grill! We actually found Secret Beach this time (last year we spent a couple of hours one afternoon and never did find it). We added a few notes of our own to your guest book, which will hopefully help future visitors. Thanks again for letting us share your home. We look forward to our next visit in Vieques.'

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John and Karen Guernelli (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi John and Karen,

We have arrived to our little slice of paradise, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This is a gorgeous house in an amazing location. We are so thankful to you for making this possible for us, and appreciate all the efforts you have made to keep the property so beautiful. We went to Red Beach today, but waited maybe too long as we got there around 1:30 and the sea was a bit rough. Did get to stand and enjoy a school of angel fish for a while. ( : Tomorrow, we are off to Mosquito Pier. Yay!

Annette was great, so welcoming and so helpful. My kids are LOVING the pool, my son LOVES the hammock, and Joe and I LOVE it all. We have found our way into town, but I’d read that there is a small beach close to the house where we can walk down and snorkel. Can you let me know where that is?

Anyway, we have 5 more days of glory, and will be sure to post a glowing review very soon!

Thanks so much,

Jun 2014
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Villa Altamira. Panoramic Ocean Views. Beautiful new pool.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 31 reviews

Great House and location - very well equipped

  • 5 of 5

This was a very nice house for a family with young adults particularly, as there is a separate apartment (air conditioned) attached to the house. Joe from the management firm met us at the airport, arrange a car for us and gave us tips on the island generally. The gardener/lands keeper Bob was very nice and made sure everything was in good working order. The pool is lovely and kept very clean, and the house has everything you need including beach chairs, umbrella, ice chests. The beaches are the best I've seen, and the bio bay a true unique experience - one of the reasons we went to this island and we were not disappointed. The stars at night are very clear given not much light pollution which we loved. I think the house location on the hill cannot be beat - I loved drinking coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening overlooking the ocean. Relaxing! The island is beautiful, not a lot of night life which was perfect for us. The weather very good despite being hurricane season. Although we only stayed three nights we could easily have spent a week here and really enjoyed it. I recommend the house highly to any age group.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the feedback. We are overjoyed when our guests have a great vacation. We want everyone to enjoy Vieques as much as we do! John and Karen!


  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough good things about the house and the island. The house was very clean and accommodated our group of 10 with lots of elbow room! The property is beautiful with plants, trees, and flowers. It feels private. I loved getting up early to have coffee on the deck with the view of the water. Walking around town was a favorite as well as snorkeling at Mosquito pier. The beaches are amazing and so few people that you feel like you have the beach to yourself. We rented a 4wd Jeep so we could get to some remote beaches. It was hard to leave...

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We hope you and your family can return again soon!


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at villa Altamira for a week, not long enough. The house is great. Clean and comfortable. There were 5 adults and 1 teenager. Plenty of room for all of us to have our own space. The view and pool were fantastic as well as the large porch where we ate breakfast and dinner very day. It was nice to have some staples left in the kitchen, ie: spices, oil, etc..... we left some as well for the next group. Parking was challenging but once we figured it out it went well all week. Annette and Dennis were great, very prompt and friendly. The property is beautifully planted with lovely plants and flowers. Easy walk to town but you will need a car to get around the island. Our 4rd time to the island and we will be back....

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jacqueline! Karen and I are so glad you and your family had a good time. Please stay with us again in the future! Have a Happy new Year! John and Karen

Awesome view & great time

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Villa Altimira for for 12 days over the holidays and had a great time in Vieques. We were initially supposed to have another family join us but they dropped out so it was just my wife and I and our 17 and 20 year old daughters. The house is on top of a hill overlooking Isabel and the lighthouse. The decks face west so you get a great view of the sunsets and PR off in the distance. The house is on three levels with bedrooms and baths on all three. Since it was only the four of us we just used the top two floors. My wife and I stayed in the top floor and gave the main floor bedroom to the kids. It was great to have coffee in the morning on the deck and drinks in the evenings watching the sunsets. We used the grill a few nights as we packed some ribeyes down with us and we also went to the fish market right down the hill to get some fresh fish for the grill. The house is nice - not luxurious by any means but it's clean, in a great location and as I mentioned the view is awesome. The house also has some beach chairs and some snorkel equipment you can use. There's wi-fi in the house that I barely used (I needed to unplug) but my kids used it constantly for downloading movies, etc. Annette and Dennis manage the property and they picked us up at the airport and were very helpful throughout the whole trip. I even rented their jeep while we were there. From the house it's a short walk downhill to town. Al's Mar Azul is a great bar for watching the sunsets and football games. There's a couple of Puerto Rican breakfast places that have good food and are inexpensive. There are also a couple of bodega type stores to get whatever you need at. We had dinner at Coqui Fire and Taverna in Isabel (good) and a few places in Esperanza like Bili as well as at the house. We've been to Tortola previously but not to Vieques. We like smaller non-developed islands better than the chainstore mega resort islands. Vieques has no chain stores and about 30 beaches so it was very relaxing. We went to one or two beaches every day. We like Navio the best but you need a jeep to get to it. Sun Bay and Red Beach are also great. Go to Bio Bay on a night with no moon or just a little moon showing. The glow is more subtle than the brochures show it but it's still very cool. We used JAK sports for the kayak tour and they were great. All in all we had a fantastic trip and I would recommend the house to those looking. I also look forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tom, Thank you so much for your review! The information will be very useful for future guests and returning guests. Thank you for sharing so much of your trip with us. We greatly appreciated having you stay at Altamira. We are sorry that the rest of your group could not join you. We will continue to improve the Villa for 2015. If you or your family have any additional suggestions that you think might make this Villa . Even more special. Please feel free to let us know. We are adding an outdoor and indoor sound system so that you can listen to music by the pool and on the patio. We will be adding more fruit trees. We hope you have a wonderful new year and best wishes to you for health and prosperity. Sincerely, John and Karen

The only bad part was having to leave...

  • 5 of 5

We've been home from our trip to PR for a week, and our week at Villa Altamira is one of the sweetest family memories we'll share for a lifetime. It was me, my husband, a 14 year-old son, and two daughters, 13 and 12. We were in San Juan first for 4 days, and were eager to move to the quiet of Vieques after all the excitement.

We were in NO WAY disappointed by the Villa. Annette met us with an open and welcoming smile. The pictures don't do the place justice, and that hardly EVER happens. It's not that the pictures are bad; it's just that pictures can't capture the comfort and ease the place envelopes you with. It's bright and breezy, so clean, warm, and so well stocked. The views are amazing. The pool is beautiful, clean, and just cool enough to be refreshing without making you shiver. The grounds are covered beautifully with fruit trees (be careful though, I tried to pick a lemon and got stung by a bee!), bougainvillea, banana palms, and more. My girls took the upstairs, gleefully pretending it was their college apartment in NYC (goofy girls). My son grabbed the downstairs room, with the gorgeous bathroom (love the sink and tile). It was a little hard to have him so separate at night (as this space can be rented out separately), but we gave him a phone and had him lock the door. He loved having his own "boy" space. That's a great thing about this property, you really do have SO many spaces to just "be."

Some of our faves of the house: coquis at night, little geckos and iquanas by day, the landscaping, the hammock, the pool, a well-stocked kitchen, the AC in the rooms (it was HOT!), dining on the back deck watching the sun set on the water, drinks on the high deck, the laundry, and all the beach/snorkel gear for your use. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and after burn lotion, though.

Some of our faves on the island: BIO BAY (magical, you must do it!), snorkeling by the Mosquito Pier (we swam with sea turtles), snorkeling off the side of Cayo Afuero (tours not too expensive), Caracas/Red Beach was my #1, Navio was everyone else's, going down to the fishermen's pier to buy dinner from the fresh catch (saw a HUGE puffer fish in the water), COQUI FIRE PIT (Go and eat carnitas, YUM!), all the markets, Al's for drinks, Oh, and the horses, LOVE the horses, everywhere!

Thanks for making this little slice of paradise available, John and Karen, and for all the love and work you've put into the place. My daughter was right, it was SO hard to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Vivian, Thank you for such a wonderful review. I am not a good photographer so it is very hard as you say to capture any property and do it justice. I will make sure that Annette and Dennis get your feedback as well. We hope you have a wonderful summer and happy Fourth of July. Please let us know if we can be of service in the future! Best Regards and thank you John and Karen
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Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

The entire experience from booking to check out was a pleasure. John and Karen were easy to work with and they always were very timely with responses. We traveled with 4 adults (2 couples). We used a rental car that Karen and John recommended. It was a pleasure to rent from Jurgen. He was easy to contact, had quick responses and greeted us at our arrival. The property manager, Annette, was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. She was always extremely prompt with answering our emails and texts. She escorted us from Jurgen’s car rental to the villa and provided suggestions for beaches to visit and places to eat. She contacted us prior to our arrival to confirm our dates and ensure that the villa was ready for our stay. We found Villa Altamira well maintained inside and out. It was comfortable, clean, spacious and had everything we needed. The views are amazing, and the pool was a great place to hang out at the end of each day. The Villa is a wonderful place to unwind and relax. We had a great vacation and recommend choosing Villa Altamira. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Linda Thank you for your kind posting. We greatly appreciate your feedback. Sharing your experience helps us and future guests learn more about Villa Altamira. As always we would love to host your family again when you return to Vieques. We strive to improve the villa each and every year so that when you return it will be even better! Best Regards John and Karen


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Vieques International
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles

Things to do: Relax around our new pool, walk into the village of Isabel Segunda for restaurants, great ice cream, and people watching in the town square. Vieques has some of the finest beaches in the world. Try a different beach every day and come 'home' for a drink on our roof top patio with beautiful views of a Caribbean sunset.

You will be met by JoAnne, our friendly agent and taken to the house. She will assist to make your vacation special.


Rates & Availability

From $1,700 Per week

Vieques Island Villa Rental Rates

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Off season
Jun 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 20 - Jan 14
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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Property Damage Protection $59.00

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Vieques Island Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Three bedrooms and three bathrooms ensure your privacy. Also two outdoor after-beach showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , Can be configured as two twins and a queen as well.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Comfortable and Fully screened! All the extras you deserve including a cooler for the beach, beach chairs, towels, hammocks and two BBQ grills a portable smoky Joe Weber grill and a propane grill for your big cookouts! Air conditioning in every bedroom!
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
4 queens, 2 twins, 1 fold-up bed. Gas BBQ; 2 outside 'after-beach' showers; new washer and dryer, ten foot ceilings with fans, extensive decks; rooftop patio, beach chairs, coolers. Newly added air conditioning in every bedroom!

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