PURA VIDA- 8 SEAT SUV, 1 BLOCK TO MALECON, KID/BABY FRIENDLY

Jeff Blanding

Advertiser since 2007
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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PURA VIDA- 8 SEAT SUV, 1 BLOCK TO MALECON, KID/BABY FRIENDLY

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Overview

Vieques Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Pura Vida is an inviting home located in Esperanza, the quaint fishing town of Vieques as well as the most popular tourist area. The three bedroom, one bath house is located in a great neighborhood, only 1 block, or less than a 5 minute walk, to the Malecon (ocean front promenade).

*** Please visit our web site to view additional pictures, maps of our location on the island, floor plans and real time availability calendar www.puravidavieques.com ***

There is a lack of rental cars on Vieques, and if not reserved ahead of time, they may all be sold out. Avoid being left without a car to explore Vieques. Our SUV has three rows of seats holding 7 passengers. If you are a larger group staying at Pura Vida, a 7 passenger SUV negates the need to rent two vehicles, you can everyone fit in one SUV, thus saving you money on both rental fees, gas etc.

We are baby and child friendly! We had our first child in November of 2007, our second in January 2010. We enjoy bringing them to the island and they love Media Lunas gentle waves and shallow beach. At Pura Vida we have a Pack N Play crib, child booster seat for feeding (works well instead of high chair), and two convertible car seats for our Jeep, capable of forward and rear facing. We also have a bunch of beach toys, child snorkel gear, books, games and puzzles to keep kids entertained. That is if they aren't worn out after a long day at the beach. We are happy to provide these child amenities to our guests free of charge, pending no abnormal damage to them. We also have a TV, DVD player, vast library of adult and children DVDs and a Playstation 2 and Wii with games for you to enjoy.

Although we offer a SUV, our convenient location allows one to easily enjoy much of what Vieques has to offer without driving. Stroll to dinner and dine overlooking the Caribbean, grab a drink at one of the oceanfront bars, spend the day at the park, or experience the beauty (and nightlife) of Esperanza Beach and the Malecon, all within walking distance.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jeff Blanding (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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About Jeff Blanding

We purchased Pura Vida in the summer of 2006. Myself (Jeff), my wife (Michelle) and our two kids (Andrew born 2007, Caroline born 2010) are the proud owners of the property. We have put countless hours of sweat, capital and time improving and maintaining the home each year, which is not exactly easy on a remote Caribbean island!

We feel we provide an excellent location, value and convenience with our vehicle at Pura Vida, and many others feel the same. We have had many repeat guests who have become friends each year, hopefully you will become not only a guest but a friend as well. Each year we continually invest with capital improvements to make your stay more comfortable. We've installed an outdoor shower, completely remodeled the kitchen (summer 2010), and continually update and replace amenities for your satisfaction.

We have averaged over 250 days rented each year since 2009. We would not have rental numbers such as those without amazing and knowledgeable care takers, and satisfied guests. No house can claim to be all things to all people, however we feel we offer a tremendous value and location.

Jeff Blanding purchased this house in 2006

What makes this house unique

We offer 100% Air Conditioning at Pura Vida. All bedrooms and the main living area have AC units.

We are in a very safe neighborhood within walking distance to oceanfront shops, nightlife, and dining. Our 7 seat SUV will be waiting for you in the driveway and costs considerably less than a similar vehicle at a rental agency on island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time at Pura Vida! The house is so lovely and all your reference materials were a huge help. I will definitely recommend your place to friends and hope to stay there again on future trips to Vieques! Absolutely lovely! Joe and Mimi were wonderful as well. You've got some good people down there!
Dec 2012
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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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Reviews

5
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Pura Vida- 8 Seat SUV, 1 Block to Malecon, Kid/Baby Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews
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5

I fell in love with Vieques

  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoy our stay on Vieques. It was so much more (and so much more beautiful) than we imagined. Pura Vida was a perfect size home for us- the kids (which are more like young adults- 15 & 22) loved having their own space- to read, listen to their music and do their social-media thing. (YES! free Wifi) The house came with plenty of board games & movies which we made very good use of after long days on the beach. The house had everything we needed, it was comfortable & roomy & the location was perfect. We learned our way around quickly with Joe & Mimi's help (They were really awesome) and we enjoyed so many great beaches and some FANTASTIC meals. After a few mornings, even the Roosters didn't seem so bad :) (side note; if you're a light sleeper, I suggest ear plugs but that goes for ANYWHERE on the island....) The house had a very powerful AC system that was recently put in. It was so powerful that we really didnt need it the entire night... Most nights we would wake up freezing at 2 or 3am and shut it off completely. The house is within walking distance to El Malecon which is filled with GREAT places to eat & drink. The house was also 3 short blocks from a delicious town bakery that sold the most amazing, piping hot, bread and pastries!! We'd walk over to the bakery in the early morning (he closes by noon) and we'd make some great breakfast sandwiches before we would head out. The kitchen is equip with everything you can possibly need. Coffee Maker, Blenders.. They also supply beach chairs, beach towels and for families with small children; plenty of sand toys and things of that sort. Much to my surprise there was a washer and dryer on the back porch which made keeping the clothes fresh and dry a lot easier. The small yard also has a clothes line to dry off damp clothing that might not necessarily need to be washed. There are many wonderful and secluded beaches to visit on Vieques and most of the time, there will be very few people sharing the beach with you. I cant speak enough about the food. WOW!! Consistently good no matter where you went. Having the SUV was a MUST!!!!!! Yes, you can walk to places from the house but you'd be doing yourself an injustice not having a car there and venturing out. Driving is easy and you quickly learn that there are only 3 main roads.... You cant go wrong! I can go on and on about Pura Vida & Vieques but I will just end it by saying; We WILL BE BACK!!!!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Chicago
5

Great property with terrific service

  • 5 of 5
I would definitely recommend this place.

Property
Very clean and comfortable for seven of us with many amenities for the beach (chairs, snorkel stuff, coolers) and the house itself (wi-fi, air conditioning, full kitchen).

Location
The property is in a great location. Close to restaurants and the beach. The nicer beaches are a 10 minute car ride away but for a quick dip you can walk five minutes to the beach by the Malecon. You can snorkel right off the pier and see alot of fish. Lots of rental services on the Malecon too.

Service
Both the owner and the property manager were fantastic. Explained everything real well and very responsive to all needs and questions. Gave great recommendations on what to do, where to go.

Getting there
The only downside to our trip. We took the ferry from the main island to Vieques which was our mistake. Next time we will pay the extra money to fly either from San Juan or Fajardo (which is what the owners suggest to do).
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the courteous review. We are happy you enjoyed Pura Vida and we would be happy to host you again in the future. I'm glad we were able to get our AC unit in before you arrived.
Yes, next time fly! It is usually so much less hassle.
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Vieques Island Puerto Rico
Austin, TX
5

Great little house for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5
What a lovely little island paradise! We stayed at Pura Vida with a wide variety of ages in our group - seniors, 30-somethings, a teenager, a 3-year-old, and an 8-month-old - and we all enjoyed our stay very much. The beaches were gorgeous and everyone loved using the outdoor shower when we returned to the house. Being able to walk down to the malecon in Esperanza was also quite nice. Since we were traveling with little ones, it was great to have a bouncer and a booster seat with tray for eating/feeding. There is also a nice backless booster seat for the car. There is not a bathtub, only a stand up shower, which wasn't a problem for us but might be good to know for others with small children. The living area got quite warm, especially at the end of the day, but the owners were planning to install a central air unit shortly after our visit so future visitors will be in luck!! We just chalked the heat up to being on a tropical island and sat out on the front porch until the mosquito attacks began at dusk (again, this comes with being on a tropical island!) and then we braved the heat in the house or retired to a cool bedroom.

The caretakers were great and Joe gave us a ton of useful information about the island! It was also nice to have a car waiting us in the driveway and not have to hassle with a rental agency.

If you do choose to visit Vieques, bring your laid back attitude with you. Things run on island time and places may or may not be open at all. The ferry is totally unreliable - we took it over to Vieques which was a fun experience but then had to fly back because the ferry workers went on strike - so book a flight if you're on a tight schedule. Also, the publico drivers range from fast and crazy to slow as molasses.

One last thing - beware of the Fun Brothers stand on the malecon and also of a guy named Din Din - they scammed us out of some money and are not to be trusted!
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hello Sarah
Thank you for the thoughtful and complete review. We just installed a 26,000 BTU air conditioner for the main living area, so we now have 100% AC coverage in Pura Vida. Master and Twin bedrooms also have new AC, and we brought down two new Britax carseats.
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5

Better late than never!!!! Wonderful, awesome time!!!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I arrived from the States and met my family that lives in Puerto Rico. The next day we traveled to Vieques and were at Pura Vida by noon. It was an awesome experience!!! we have vacationed in many islands in the Caribbean and they were wonderful but nothing like the experience in Vieques. Of course, the experience could not have been so great without the help of Jeff and Mimi. We were able to stay at Pura Vida and enjoy the great house it is. This was Thanksgiving of 2012 and we are still talking about it!!! thank you Jeff for all your help and Mimi for guiding us in our adventure. You will be hearing from me soon because we are planning to go back soon with friends.
Thanks again for a great experience!
Cariños,
Rosy & Enrique Lopez
Linden, New Jersey
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, we love it!
Will we see you again this season?
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Vieques Island Puerto Rico
Albany, NY
5

Can't wait to come back!

Can't wait to come back!
  • 5 of 5
Pura Vida was a perfect place to stay in Vieques. A block away from the Malecon, it was easy to get to restaurants, snorkel and kayak rentals. We rented the SUV and were happy we did so we could get to the other amazing beaches Vieques has to offer. Sun Bay Beach was great and within walking distance, but the short drive to Las Chivas, Caracas, Pata Prieta, and Playeula were SO WORTH IT!! There are a lot of great snorkeling places and just jumping in by the pier on the malecon was fun to see the wall of fish!

Jeff and Michelle had so much written information about Vieques, the house and things to do that we didn't have many questions. Joe and Mimi were also extremely helpful once we were there to give suggestions of places to go and were totally available if we needed anything (which we didn't because the house is so well-equipped).

I've read about the roosters in other posts and I have to say that we were not bothered at all, though I did appreciate Jeff and Michelle mentioning it before we came. We've been to PR before and knew to expect to hear the roosters, but with the AC or fans on we couldn't hear them at all!

All in all this place is like no other, and we will definitely be back! We barely dragged my mother out of there!
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Awesome review Maureen. Thank you so much. We hope to see you again next season!
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Vieques Island Puerto Rico
Sheboygan, WI/USA
5

Another Great Stay at Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5
I need to admit, Pura Vida was one of the reasons why we decided to visit PR for the second time (we revisit places, very rarely and this time we almost opted for Costa Rica).

The house not only has an excellent location but also has all amenities (including tons of toys, DVDs, games, and now also WiFI, etc.) that made our stay very comfortable, especially considering we brought along a 22 month old baby.

The 3 bedrooms, living room and the porch, make the house very spacious. If you need more fresh air, there is a shaded gazebo right in front. That made a great "playground" for our kid.

The hosts - Joe and Mimi - are extremely helpful and reliable. During our stay they are available in any emergencies and give great advice on how to interestingly spend your time on the island.

Prior to returning to Vieques, as always, we did additional research trying to see if there are any other places worth staying. All things considered - price, quality of accommodation, inclusion of a rental jeep, I don't think it is possible to beat Pura Vida.

If we decide to come again I won't even bother, as I know Pura Vida is the best option for us. It will certainly be the place we will stay at.
  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Zieminski's for your comments. We look forward to hosting you in the future and watching your toddler grow up a Vieques beach bum like yourselves.
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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Vieques Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
May 1 2014 - Nov 1 2014
4 night minimum stay
$1,050
 
 
High Season 2015
Nov 2 2014 - May 1 2015
5 night minimum stay
$1,350
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $60
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes VRBO does not provide an option to include the SUV. If you would like to rent our SUV I can send a separate email detailing all costs. From this email you can easily reserve and pay via Paypal.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Vieques Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • 1 Full bathroom with Shower. 1 Outside shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Green Room (Twin) - 2 twin/ single
    Blue Bedroom (Queen) - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) We have a Pack and Play type crib., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 small sofa which turns into a bed. Suitable for one adult or two small children.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Notes:
Wifi hot spot Forward/rear child car seats for SUV Pack N Play Crib Baby monitor Child Booster seat Playstation2 (doubles as DVD player) with games Large assortment of adult and children DVDs Hotel safe
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