|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
With banana, mango, papaya, pinapple, passion and bread fruit, avocado and lemon trees surrounding the house, we decided to name it 'Los Frutales,' Spanish for 'The Fruit Trees.'
The house and pool are perched on a dramatic hillside overlooking an expanse of government protected forests and the world famous Bioluminescent Bays. Beyond is a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Caribbean with St. Croix on the horizon, some 45 miles in the distance.
it is located minutes from the spectacular and unpopulated beaches of the southern shore: Media Luna, Blue Beach, Sun Bay, Red Beach and Navio Beach where 'Lord of the Flies' was filmed in the 1960's.
The two level, three-bedroom house is set on a little over one acre. It features two completely separate living areas: Upstairs has two bedrooms - a master bedroom with a queen, and a guest room with two twins. It has a bath, fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining area and screened-in porch.
The roof has been recently converted to deck for sunning and dining.
The downstairs living room has DirectTV and DVD. The bedroom has a queen. The unit has a full bath.
The outdoor dining area is set in our courtyard garden of bougainvillea and palms.
The house has refreshing cross ventilation from the prevailing trade winds. The bedrooms are air conditioned for cool sleeping on hot nights.
For those of us who need to stay connected to the world, there is broadband Wi-Fi.
Our house manager meets visitors at the airport, helps with car rental arrangements, gives an introduction to the island and can provide deliveries of all sorts of provisions, gourmet foods, spirits and wines.
Other amenities include a Denon-powered, three-zone Bose speaker sound system with iPod dock, 5.8 GHz phone system, linens, towels, beach chairs & umbrella, outdoor gas grill and a laundry room with both washer and dryer.
Activities nearby the house include swimming, sailing, Ecotours, snorkeling, biking, sea kayaking, hiking, nature walks, bird watching, fine and casual dining and excursions to bars reminiscent of Hemingway’s Havana of the 40’s.
No children under 12. The maximum number of guests is 4. And no smoking, please.
Michelle the property manager is very helpful and accommodating. Great views from the rooftop deck. The property is very private and the outdoor space is great. I would recommend this property to anyone considering a trip to Vieques.
Being our third trip to Veiques, we knew what we required: beautiful home, great views of the ocean and conveniently located. Los Frutales was all three and more. We were traveling with another couple. We wanted a place that would give each couple space. This home was perfect for that. Let's start with the house. The extremely cheerful and helpful Damien met us at Maritza's Car Rental and we followed him back to the house. It was gorgeous. Well manicured property, clean and airy. The house was immaculate with all the needs of a beach vacationer. Including beach chairs and coolers. The bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and such were immaculate. Location, location, location....We enjoy heading into Isabel II for grocery shopping, the farmers market , shopping at Funky BeeHive, and great restaurants such as Coqui Fire and Cafe Mamasongas . We also prefer the South Side beaches, SunBay, Media Luna, La Chiva and Black Beach. All of these activities are 10-15 minutes drive. Esperanza was close by with many dining choices including Duffy's and Bananas for lunch, Bili and El Quenepo for dinner. Out of this world. Mid Island for Last Course and Tin Box. (El Quenepo is our favorite.) Safety.. We felt perfectly safe in the house and on the grounds (everywhere really.) The local neighbors would wave and smile when we saw them.
A couple tips. Buy a bottle of wine and head to the pier at Esperanzaor the Malecon for sunset. Fun to watch the sail boats. Stop by the fish market near the ferry and enjoy really fresh fish or on the road to Los Frutales, there is a fish guy... Drive in his driveway and honk. He has the best fish. I'm sure it is obvious we love the island, the beaches, the food and the people. This place is a true gem. Michelle and Damien are warm and kind and just a phone call, text or email away to help you with questions regarding the house or island. PS. We have Verizon and found the cell service working wonderfully. (Wifi as well.)It was football playoff time and we were able to watch the game on the tv downstairs.
I've been to the island 5 times...you could say I like the real grit the authenticity and the nature of things. There is something uber relaxing about a place where you don't have to bring 4-5 pairs of shoes. This house is great....clean and well equipped...and I say that as someone who also runs rental property and has stayed throughout Vieques. Great kitchen with sharp German Henckel knives...seriously! Awesome Bose stereo throughout property with internet radio :-) Nice Pool and you may get a visit from Los Satos, the local street dogs but they were cute pups and harmless. Roosters and iguanas are equally at home. Beach gear and snorkel stuff provided...nice touch. Michelle and Damien are great they know their stuff and made for a solid stay. I will come back!
Our family of 4 with two teen girls (age 16 & 17) thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. I could write an essay on how much we loved the home and the island, but I'll try to keep it short! We were on the island 14 years ago so it was amazing to return with our (almost) adult children. This home is lovely with multiple places to relax and enjoy the views. We spent time on the rooftop deck in the morning, we used the cool cement dining table by the pool in the afternoon or for dinner. The room off the kitchen was great for quiet reading. The bathroom is wonderful, really nice shower and all the beds were super comfortable! The home has details like speakers all over, outdoor lighting, beautiful landscaping (flowers, palm trees, bushes..gorgeous), screens to keep the bugs out on all windows and doors, and views from many locations that are typical of the island. There are towels, lawn chairs, coolers for your beach days; the kitchen is well stocked with basics (spices, oils, venegar) and has all you will need if you want to cook in.
Others have commented about the roosters; and it's true, there are roosters all over the island, so no matter where you stay, you will hear them. It's part of the charm of the whole place. There are also horses all over in the road, at the beach...dogs lay in the streets and wander all over but we never met an unfriendly animal. Geko's scatter across the porch or in trees. This is really the beauty, charm and quirkiness of Vieques.
Travelers to Vieques should research what it is like on the island so they are not disappointed. There are many "houses" all over the island that are run down or in disrepair, but the residents are nothing but kind and welcoming. Scattered among these local residents are beautiful homes, like Los Frutales. As a mother of two girls, I never felt unsafe in our home or anywhere on the island and my girls often traveled about the island on their own.
The beaches; oh my, this is the Spanish Virgin Islands and the beaches rival St. John. Our favorites were Media Luna, Red and Blue. Navio for body surfing.
The food; Esperanza is where we ate most of our dinners and you can pick any open air, casual, welcoming restaurant. There is a food truck outside the entrance to Sun Bay beach that served the most amazing grilled chicken, beans and rice, empanadas.
A trip to Vieques is an experience of a lifetime. We'll rent here if we are lucky enough to come again.
Reviewed by a real life guest!
Nice house but the location is wrong and deceptive. In the middle of a low rent neighborhood. Get the location right and stop jamming VRBO with deceptive reviews.
All the other reviews are true: the house is lovely, both in its architecture and in its furnishings; the views are stunning, even more dramatic than the photos suggest; and Michele and Damien, the property managers, are excellent hosts. (We had a few small mishaps during our stay, and they dealt with them quickly and with warm good cheer).
Frutales was wonderful in all the ways we expected, but it was wonderful in two unexpected ways as well. First, the kitchen. Most kitchens in rental houses are serviceable at best, but this one was quite well-equipped. Good knives, many pots, a dishwasher, an excellent gas grill, and more than enough counter space. We ended up eating in most nights because it was such a pleasure to cook.
Second, the guest apartment. Most guest apartments in Vieques are small and dark and smell faintly of mildew, but this one is large and fairly light and, most importantly, bone dry. Our guest found her rooms almost as pleasant as the ones upstairs.
I've been to Vieques four times, and stayed in four very nice places, but none of them compare to Frutales. In fact, I hesitate to praise it so highly, since I hope to rent in for all my future trips!
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|