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Pura Vida- 8 Seat SUV, 1 Block to Malecon, Kid/Baby Friendly, 100% AC

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 5 nights


Esperanza 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). We are 100% Air Conditioned at Pura Vida, stay in a house without AC at night in the summer and you'll know why it's a Nice To Have.

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 8 passengers. If you are a larger group staying at Pura Vida, an 8 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 SUV, 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. Each room is equipped with a TV and a Roku streaming device. We also have a Blu-Ray DVD player, a vast library of DVDs and a Playstation 2 and Wii with games for you to enjoy. WiFi is also included at the house to stream online video such as Netflix through a Roku in each bedroom.

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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Jeff Blanding
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016
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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 8 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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Pura Vida- 8 Seat SUV, 1 Block to Malecon, Kid/Baby Friendly, 100% AC
average rating of 4.96 based on 64 reviews

Excelent place for a family vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great vacation on Vieques in the perfect place. My daughters enjoyed every place of the house. Pura Vida had everything for kids. The house is very spacious and the air condition in all the house was really splendid mainly after a day at the beach . All was clean!!! The house is near to Malecon, so you can walk to the different restaurant if you want to do it. The location is perfect and the take care was very kind. I recommend Pura Vida for anyone that want to have an amazing vacations.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Pura Vida was a magical time for my family! To travel with kids is more taxing on a person then travelling alone but this experience was great! The house was clean and cool and spacious! After a long day of being at beach after beach having a kitchen to cook in Netflix to watch, our family was in heaven! The vehicle was a MUST because the really great beaches are not within walking distance. We enjoyed Silver Beach the best and met some locals who showed us how to trap a land crab and how to crack a cocnut! The hammock was well used by all people in our family (kids 11, 8, 6) as well as the games in the closet! Thank you for making this birthday week for my husband amazing with this little slice of the Pure Life!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Place on a Lovely Island

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 days on Vieques was the highlight of our trip. The car and the house were perfect. The three bedrooms let us spread out a bit after 4 of us being cramped into one bedroom for the other parts of our trip. The location is perfect. It's an easy walk to the shops but away from the noise of the main strip. Pura Vida had everything we needed from towels to beach chairs to wifi. Vieques itself was wonderful too. The beaches were fantastic. We especially loved Blue Beach and snorkeling at the pier. The food was good everywhere we went, but Bananas was a standout.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monticello, Illinois

Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

Pura Vida is a great house that has everything you need. The air conditioning throughout the entire house was one reason I stayed here. We have stayed in Esperanza before at a house with only air in the bedrooms. There is not enough air flow in town and the other house really heated up in late afternoon. We like to get fresh fish in Isabel and cook in the evenings. At Pura Vida we could do this. Preparing our own meal at night really saves some money. The Honda worked out well also. Though nothing fancy, it was nice to have the car right there and very quick paperwork. If I were coming to Vieques, I would definitely stay at Pura Vida again.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Very professional

  • 4 of 5

The house was well appointed and in a central location. The owners and managers were very professional and responded quickly and kindly to any questions. I would have loved to have been able to open the windows- but lack of screens made using the AC mandatory.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and kind words. At times having the windows open for breezes would be enjoyable, we have found most guests prefer the Air Conditioning to reduce the humidity. The plastic screens on the windows prevent the cold air from escaping. Glad you had a good trip, hope to see you next year!
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Great place to stay on a special island!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time visiting Vieques! Pura Vida was a great place to stay! The home was clean, comfortable, and convenient. The owner was super in sharing lots of great and helpful information (about house, care takers, directions, transportation options and suggestions, location of conveniences, things to do, etc) in advance. This was unusually thorough and helpful! In addition, the caretakers were friendly and helpful and answered all our questions, while showing us the home and sharing more information about the island. Great orientation! Even though we already had some information, by the time we got there, we had other questions about what we saw along the way to get there! And Joe was able to answer those questions too! The house is well equipped with everything you'll need!

We loved the horses, the beaches, the restaurants, the beauty of the island. The sugar mill ruins are so interesting! The fort in Isabel has lots of displays of history and helps one to have a better appreciation of the island. The light house is a great place for views. The restaurants have some of the best Puerto Rican food in Puerto Rico and a great prices! It is a friendly island and a safe place to vacation!

We will highly recommend Vieques and Pura Vida for our friends and family and hope to be back again ourselves.

Oh, and the car that can be included is a great plus! We are so glad we decided to include it in our arrangements! So convenient to do and allowed us to do and see so much more in the short days we were there! Although, the home is convenient to be able to walk to the store, the malecon, the beaches, the restaurants, etc. You could manage without a car, but the car definitely allows you to get more out of your stay in Vieques!

Thanks so much for sharing Pura Vida with us and for all you do to make others welcome and to make the best of a wonderful opportunity for a taste of Island life!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Colleen What a thorough note, I am sure many others will definitely appreciate your review of Pura Vida and Vieques. We hope you are able to visit again in the future.
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Esperanza House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2017
Nov 2 2016 - May 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2017
May 2 2017 - Nov 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Esperanza House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • 1 Full bathroom with Shower. 1 Outside shower
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
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 Blu Ray DVD player Roku internet streaming device (netflix) Large assortment of adult and children DVDs Hotel safe

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