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

Vieques, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
  • House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

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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Jeff Blanding

Member Since 2007
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 09, 2018
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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Outdoor Shower
        outdoor shower
      • 1 Full bathroom with Shower. 1 Outside shower


        • Guests provide their own meals


            • Linens Provided
              All linens provided, as well as beach towels.
            • Air Conditioning
              Pura Vida is 100% Air Conditioned
            • Covered Parking
            • Hair Dryer
            • Internet
            • Clothes Dryer
            • Parking
            • Parking Off Street
            • Towels Provided
            • Washing Machine
            • Wireless Internet
              Wifi hotspot available.


                • Coffee Maker
                • Cooking Utensils
                • Dishes & Utensils
                • Ice Maker
                • Kitchen
                  Full kitchen, blender, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, crock pot, concrete countertops
                • Microwave
                • Oven
                • Refrigerator
                  Automatic ice maker included.
                • Stove
                • Toaster


                    • Dining
                    • Dining Area
                    • comfy seating for 4 people


                        • CD Player
                        • DVD Player
                        • Games
                          We have a bunch of board and card games for guests.
                        • Stereo
                        • Television
                          Each bedroom has a TV as well as Roku streaming device
                        • Video Game Console
                          Sony Playstation PS2 which doubles as a DVD player. Large library of adult and children movies, as well as some PS2 games. Nintendo Wii with games
                        • Video Games
                        • Video Library
                          75 + DVDs, including many Disney and children movies


                            • Deck / Patio
                              Very comfortable 8 piece front porch furniture to enjoy the trade winds.
                            • Gazebo


                                • 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

                                          House Rules

                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                          Cancellation Policy

                                          Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                          31 Reviews


                                          Latest reviews

                                          Beautiful house

                                          Ekaterina B.

                                          It was a great house in great condition. It is conveniently located next to a store and the restaurants.

                                          Comfortable and full of all the little details that make a place home and fun!

                                          Nadya S.

                                          Would go back in a heartbeat. Loved the laid-back vibe of Vieques and Pura Vida had the perfect space and location to enjoy it. The car was icing on the cake.

                                          Location, location, location

                                          Mary E.

                                          The property is more worn down than the pictures show and the chickens and roosters take a little getting used to but the location is perfect for walking to a store or a quick dip in the ocean or catching dinner and local festivities without having to drive. We had everything we needed in terms of coolers and beach towels and there was toy snorkel equipment available for use (no flippers though) if you just want to play around with that. We set up a puzzle for our down time and enjoyed the clean linens and visiting lizards, crabs and horses. Overall a good time but the property could use some upgrade to appliances.

                                          excellent location, nice home, very cold A/C which is much needed after all day at beautiful beaches

                                          marie g.

                                          very nice place, perfect for a beach type home. Had all the necessary amenities. The use of the jeep we rented was a plus and a necessity to get around the island. Great place overall!

                                          Great house, great location

                                          Miles B.Lower Langford, North Somerset, United Kingdom

                                          What a perfect introduction to the Caribbean and the antithesis of Disney the week before. Exactly what we were looking for.

                                          Great house in perfect location for meals out (we loved Duffy's); the beaches (cabins 12 and 13 at Chivas get the gold medals from us); and convenient for the Green Store for pretty much everything you could need.

                                          We've been very comfortable here. The locals are super firendly and Joe and Mimi are terrifically helpful.

                                          For us, the best thing has been the totally unspoilt character of the island. It feels very different to anywhere we've travelled before. It reminds me of remote Greek islands of 25 years ago - sadly no longer as original as then.

                                          Thank you very much for an unforgettable 6 days.

                                          Wild Wonderful Island

                                          ELENA R.

                                          Wowowowowowow! We stayed here for New Years this years with 3 kids 10,7, and 3 and my mother in law and husband and I. Absolutely the best family vacation we have ever had. LOVED the location of pura vida as we could walk to the malecon, pier , and Esperanza beach. Food selection was great, house was well equipped and it was great to not have to bring towels, beach towels, or sheets. The washer and dryer were a bonus to have on property and loved having the car there as well. My other favorite things were waking up to explore a different new beach every day it made every night exciting and it was like a new vacation each day filled with excitement and adventure. The island is crawling with wildlife , it was magical to swim with the turtles and biobay is such a unique experience . The only suggestions I would have is adding some kids books for nighttime reading and I didn't love the chickens at the neighbors house although they really didn't bother us and you couldn't hear them with the air on. Getting to the island can be a bit of a production if the ferry is delayed or your plane is delayed which happened to us but it's worth every second of delay to visit this unique magestic spot. I have been to several carribean islands and another interesting thing I noticed about vieques is that we never encountered one haggler which was very refreshing. Nice people as well. Loved the caretakers ! Oh and the wild horses. I heart vieques and if things go my way I'll be back as soon as I can get there! Better than Disney ANY day!!! Thanks for a great stay. P.s. Super fast refund on the security deposit was a nice surprise and all the information the owners gave in advance made traveling to this remote location a total breeze. Thank you thank you!!

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Hello Elena

                                          Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful review. I'm sure it will help many people in the future, and we thank you again for that.

                                          We have a lot of kids books here and put them on our list to pack next time we go down.

                                          So glad to hear you enjoyed your time on Vieques and we look forward to having you return as friends in the future!



                                          Vieques, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

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                                          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.

                                          31 Reviews
                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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