Both Good & Bad
Both Good & Bad
First the good. The house is lovely and set up well for 2 couples. It would also work well for a family as there is a separate TV room downstairs with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It's great that you can get out of the house from all the bedrooms. The upstairs is very comfortable and has all the amenities. Sunsets from the upper deck were spectacular and we found some sea glass on the beach below. It is walking distance to town - groceries, restaurants, the few stores in town, coffee shop. We always felt safe walking around town.
Now the Bad.. The house sits on a dead end street next to several abandoned homes and abandoned vehicles. The house on one side has a barbed wire fence and an abandoned refrigerator lying on the sidewalk. The home's alarm system announces every time a door is opened, which gets annoying. The Sea Glass beach is covered with pebbles, and the water is murky. Since the town is the 'government town', there aren't as many people walking around at night, and the stores were closed in the evening. We didn't realize that most restaurants require reservations, so we couldn't just walk up and hope for a table.
Vieques is a beautiful island. The beaches are spectacular, the water was warm, the people are friendly and the food was excellent. If I were to return, I would choose a home near Esperanza or a small hotel.
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed our home. It is perfect for 3 couples or a vacation for an extended family as it has one bedroom suite upstairs with 2 additional bedroom suites downstairs separated by a sitting room with satellite TV and a library of DVDs. Each bedroom also has its own deck so you can enjoy different views of the ocean from each. The house is centrally located, so you have the option of staying in and cooking your own meals in the well-equipped kitchen or walking to a local restaurant. The rest of this response deals with the negatives aspects of the review, which really have nothing to do with our home but I feel it is important to respond to in order to put them in their proper context.
The location of the house is at the intersection of two streets in the town of Isabel Segunda (the main town on Vieques). It sits on the edge of a hill above Sea Glass beach. The house does not sit on a dead end street; by virtue of the fact that the house sits facing the beach, we are happily situated so that no roads pass by the side or front of the house. Many homes on Vieques were hit very hard by the last major hurricane and there are homes in varying stages of repair. This is no different than what I noticed on a trip very recently to the Jersey Shore almost two years after Hurricane Sandy. As for the barbed wire fence, many of the local people cannot afford to have wrought iron or even chain link fencing but have to make due with barbed wire.
The house’s alarm system is normally set to “chime”. If a guest prefers otherwise, the chime function can simply be turned off. A call to our caretaker could have easily remedied that. Because Sea Glass beach sits on the north side of the island, the currents are such that the beach is sandy or rocky depending upon the tide and the time of year. However, it is not hard coral like other beach-front homes on Vieques. As to the “murky” water, one attributes that to the tide as we have a wonderful little reef in front of the house that has great snorkeling. During the high season (when this guest stayed), every restaurant on the island books up and requires advance reservations. I don’t think a guest’s lack of prior planning or expectations regarding the development of Vieques should have an impact on the review of our home. Vieques is a developing island, which is what gives it its charm and appeal.
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