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Private Beach! Spectacular snorkeling 30 ft away! Beautiful hidden getaway!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

' 2 story, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, wooden cottage on the beach, open kitch & terrace


Beautifully remodeled wooden cottage, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 8. Right next to the ocean, and hidden from view! Spectacular sunsets and views of Vieques and Luis Peña islands. The house sits right next to the Marine Biological Reserve. The best snorkeling in Culebra right at your front door! Only about a 10 minute walk from town!

Air conditioned. It has 2 rooms with queen size beds, 1 room with 2 dbl bunk beds, 1 foldaway futon couch. Nice L shape balcony upstairs with views of the beach. The kitchen and the bathroom are located downstairs along an open/airy terrace were you can lounge on the many hammocks available to snooze the afternoon away!.

Two showers available (1 hot water, 1 outside shower). Cottage comes with linens, regular towels (sorry no beach towels!), kitchenware, micro, blender, ice chests, lounge chairs on beach, hammocks. 2 double ocean Kayaks and 1 paddleboard are available for rent upon request. The owner will be more than happy to receive and welcome you into his house and to make your stay an unforgettable one! We know you will be back in the near future!!!

Suitability - NO SMOKING in premises, perfect for a large family or for 2-3 couples looking for an adventure getaway, NO PETS!

More Details

Tulio Ortiz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Tulio Ortiz

I grew up in San Juan but spent all of my Summers, X-mas breaks, Easter vacations, and holiday weekends living in Culebra with my grandparents and family. Joined the USNavy for 5 years at the age of 19. I graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and after 12 years of living in the US mainland returned to PR. I have three beautiful children.

Tulio Ortiz purchased this cottage in 1886

Why Tulio Ortiz chose Culebra

My family has lived in Culebra since 1886. Back then, Culebra was pretty much developed as an agricultural project by the Spanish Crown. My great great grandfather came over from Spain and became owner of some land, bought some more, and the rest is history. Sardinera beach II (Melones we call it!) has been owned and loved by my family and friends forever. Come share it with us for a while!

What makes this cottage unique

From the moment you disembark or fly into the island you will fall in love with it. It's hard to describe but, if you ask anyone that has been to Culebra and they will tell you. The moment you get off the main road into the access road you will feel transported into a different world. Pass the tunnel of acacia trees and at the end you will see the yellow house sitting in the sunshine. A nice open area downstairs filled with brightly colored hammocks invites you in! But what really catches you eye and ears is the view and the sound of the ocean right in front of you. Lots of trees run along the beachfront. They provide a nice shade for when the Caribbean sun gets a little too frisky. Pass the trees and on the edge of the water, you'll see the island of Vieques in the distance. The small waves that run along the top of the reef in front of the house come towards you to die at your feet! If it's late in the afternoon you can just have a seat on the sand and enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see! Make sure you have a 'sundowner' in hand. Want to eat out? Town is just a 8 min walk away. Want to snorkel in the Biological Reserve? Walk 20 steps into the water,

swim to the right, and you are there! Want to go to world famous Flamenco beach, Soni beach, Tamarindo, Carlos Rosario? Take the public transport or better yet, rent a golf cart or 4x4 and go exploring. Want to go to Tortuga beach in the island of Culebrita, or Luis Peña? Want to go diving? We'll arranged it for you! Come on down and enjoy!


Playa Sardinas I Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , Playpen
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We believe that you will enjoy this property even more without TV, stereo, and phone.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Private Beach! Spectacular snorkeling 30 ft away! Beautiful hidden getaway!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews
Leavenworth, KS

Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at Tulio's house and could not overstate how gracious he was to our family of 4. We kayaked and snorkeled every single day at the end of December. The water was fantastic! The sweetest, clearest, calmest water was right around the corner from his house and that was my favorite area. Perfect for a baby! Go 10 more feet across the parking lot and snorkel to your hearts content. We really could have stayed in that little area the whole week and would have been content. We had cheap water shoes but decently priced snorkel gear and we were set the whole week. Definitely bring beach towels. A golf cart worked just fine for my husband, myself and our two teenage daughters. We went EVERYWHERE on the Island and make it up and down every hill on that little go-getter. Our favorite beach for snorkeling was Tamarindo. Our favorite pretty water beach was Brava Beach which included a hike to get there. Zacos Tacos was our favorite eat spot. Beds were all very comfortable and linens were very clean. My youngest daughter and I were on the stairs daily hoping for 4G on our phones but my husband and oldest could have cared less. We would all gladly go back and stay at Tulio's house again even without our precious internet. It was a perfect week.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house sits behind a couple of hills that block LTE signal on T-mobile, sprint, verizon (you get spotty 4G if you sit on the balcony stairs). However ATT and Claro signals are stronger and you get 2 dots and LTE. On the beach in front of the house you get a stronger signal than in the house... WIFI is available for free in town and in most of the restaurants. All that won't miss the internet in our isand! "No phone, no cable, no internet..,no to each other" LOL
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Perfect get away and beautiful beach

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect beach front house. If you dont mind cooking and enjoying the company you came with. You can snorkle right at the beach. Lots of iguanas to watch and hermit crabs crawl around, so watch your step. I feel very relaxed after spending 5 nights here. I hesitated writing this because I dont want this secret perfect place to get to popular. You can also drive or walk to the closest big beach. Beautiful, just beautiful beach cabin.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darien, CT

A very special place

  • 5 of 5

We just spent an amazing week at Tulio's yellow house on the beach in Culebra. Having been to Culebra 17+ years ago, it was wonderful to return and to find this home to stay in. We so enjoyed afternoons in the hammock after great days at the beach, watching chickens, huge iguanas and all sizes of hermit crabs, and having the chance to snorkel right outside our door.

The bedrooms are very comfortable and running the AC units at night make it nice and cool. The downstairs is open to the elements and makes it part of the adventure. We had breakfast burritos every morning and then packed up lunch for amazing beach days. Tulio was very helpful in telling us where to go and not given the many people coming to the island for Easter weekend.

I highly recommend this house and visiting Culebra -- both very special places!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simple yet perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed our stay. This property is exactly what it says it is. It was a perfect location from town and had everything we needed. It was perfect for the snorkeling we came for. We could snorkel right off the beach located in front of the home as well as down the street at Melones beach. We didn't need to go anywhere nor on any excursion. I would highly recommend this property and wouldn't hesitate to go back again if I return to Culebra. The property owner was very kind and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome home and host!

  • 5 of 5

An awesome home with an island feel, offered by a truly knowledgeable, caring, and helpful host! Tulio made every effort to assist us, as our trip was impacted by New England winter storms.

The Yellow House on Culebra is an inviting, comfortable, clean retreat in a perfect location. It is walking distance to town and some of best snorkeling on the island. We thoroughly enjoyed the open kitchen, centered in the outdoor patio area. The comfortable assortment of seating areas, hammocks, swinging chairs, wrap around porches upstairs and down offered a pleasant change of scenery depending on our mood. After our day’s adventures, we always looked forward returning to this private hide-away, with our own ocean front, to sit on the beach as evening settled in.

Following Tulio’s recommendations and local knowledge, we ventured to areas and beaches that were secluded and breathtaking. Loved the Crusty Crab and watching the sunset over the islands beyond. Having the access to his kayaks was wonderful, allowing us to leave car travel behind and paddle to spectacular snorkeling and flats for fishing.

We are looking forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from 8 idyllic nights at Melones Yellow House. I can't say enough about the house or its location. The house is just as pictured and has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. We loved the indoor/outdoor living and made good use of the hammocks. There is great snorkeling right in front of the house and nearby at Melones Beach, a short walk or golf cart ride away. The house is close to town and restaurants (10 minute walk or short ride), about a 7 min. golf cart ride to the airport, and less than 15 min. (by golf cart) to Flamenco Beach. Our favorite snorkeling beach was Melones, we also made two trips to Tamarindo and saw several turtles. Flamenco is gorgeous, I recommend going during the week if possible when it is less crowded. The owner, Tulio, was very helpful and always responded quickly to texts. He met us at the airport and led us to the house after a quick tour of the town and stop at Melones Beach. He also helped us find a captain to take us to Culebrita (Gilin) and that is a trip I would also recommend. Culebra is a beautiful, clean, safe island with several uncrowded, pristine beaches. We will definitely return and when we do, we will stay at the yellow house again!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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