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Rosie Dempsey

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

New large 2bedrm house in Esperanza: Casita Rosita

20 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Esperanza House Rental Photos and Description

All in the neighborhood: beaches/restaurants/bars/bakery/water-sports

Stay at the charming CASITA ROSITA for lavish value, comfort and easy logistics—go carless if you want. CASITA ROSITA is a short block from the coast and the promenade: find 4 beaches, 8 restaurants, 4 rental outfitters, boutiques, vendors & the Malecon—our boardwalk where you can promenade, hear music or hit the culture/history museum. Bakery & market 4 doors, and around the corner from Casita Rosita. Our spacious 2 bedroom home was renovated in 2012 and has WIFI and air conditioning, as well as:

Light-filled large rooms, fully furnished indoor & out

Air conditioning, ceiling fans & an ocean view from the back yard

Large roomy bathroom, plus outdoor shower & dressing area

Watch wild horses roam by from our front porch or grill on the big back deck in tropical private back yard

Full complement of beach & snorkeling equipment

Casita Rosita features king & queen bedrooms in a fully equipped home, complete kitchen, all linens, hammock under the shade of our towering mango tree, front porch to watch the sun rise.

There’s a games table, desk, luggage racks, reading lights, outdoor furniture front & back. Kitchen includes a bar, microwave, filtered water spout, espresso and coffee makers, full complement of matching dishes, pans, etc. See our Pictures. Go to our website.

The best bio bay in the world is on Vieques. Other recreation fun: rent kayaks, jet skis, sail, snorkel by boat, motor scooter, tennis, yoga. OR Snorkel from shore! Swim to the little island in Esperanza Bay. Baseball field, basketball court, playground around the corner.

Inexpensive eats right in the neighborhood of of Casita Rosita:

Duffy’s – large mircobrew selection, only on the island, great nightlife

Belly Buttons – breakfast & lunch, but also special nights with chef’s: Wed: Paella, Thurs: Tacos

Lazy Jacks – a good drinking bar, brick oven pizza

La Nasa – fried Puerto Rican foods, locals eat here, great dancing out back over the water

Mucho Gusto – we like the conch salad and whole fish, Puerto Rican owned

Columbian Food Cart – Friday-Sunday, good/inexpensive vendor

Medium to Expensive Prices (in order) near Casita Rosita:

Tradewinds – specials are good value, view is lovely

Billi – love the whole snapper, try what was caught that day

El Quenepo – unique food, posh atmosphere, high end

Sports Rental Right in the neighborhood of Casita Rosita:

Blue Caribe Kayaks Snorkeling & fishing, snorkel rental, bio bay tours

Caribbean Fly Fishing Co. Saltwater fly fishing, deep sea/offshore fishing, beach charters in 28? Bertram

Fun Brothers Land & Sea Equipment Rental: scooters, jet skis, kayaks, snorkel gear, scooters, boat rentals & bio bay tours

Heaven Caribe Snorkel w/ local biologist

Maruader Sailing 34 ft/up to six guests, since 2003 licenced/insured

Vieques Paddleboarding: Stand on a surf board and paddle in Esperanza Bay, snorkeling, fitness.

Walk to Beaches:

From Casita Rosita you can walk past 3 house, turn at the coast road to the right and left to a short path driveway wide down hill to a lovely cove. Walk around the rocks to your right and get to a wide open coconut grove lined beach. Or walk to the Malecon down steps to the sea, or step to the sand all along Esperanza Bay, or walk the sand to the huge long beach of SunBay State Park.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge beaches are not to be missed, for the diversity of settings, beach entrances, and most make you feel you own the place. See the island maps in the house and distributed everywhere.

Snorkeling from shore by Casita Rosita:

The beach just down from our house has good snorkeling that continues along the high cliff and a short ways the other direction. Snorkel also on the west side of the little island you can see from shore—it’s a 15 minutes swim out.

SunBay State Park:

Just around the corner from Casita Rosita at the edge of the Esperanza neighborhood, the SunBay State park can be walked to along the coast, or driven to. This is a very long beach with a view to an island and an isthmus. Easy beach entrance, park casually just across the sandy road from the water. Access to bathrooms, snackbar, tapas & drinks delivered. Swim area is roped off.

Other Refuge Beaches:

On the southwestern side of Vieques includes Playa Grande–great for walking and listening to a loud ocean; and Playa Negra–a reak walk in. On the northern side, there are many beaches. These are all on the Atlantic.

WILDLIFE: Four species of sea turtles live in the waters of Vieques and nest on its shores, sometimes you can see them when snorkeling. Birds and frogs sing in this tropical ecosystem. Egrets stand on the backs of horses. Vieques feels out of time. The main streets are newly paved and wild horses roam them & the beaches.

Vieques is, again, voted the Best Island in the Caribbean (as well as in Bermuda & Bahamas) by Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. We are famous for our natural landscape, on land and in the water, and dozens of unspoiled beach choices.

Stay at Casita Rosita and relax, or you can horseback ride, ocean kayak, bicycle, motor scooter, play tennis, take yoga classes on the beach or in studio, sail, boat, jet ski, surf, and scuba dive. Jump off the new and old piers in Esperanza Bay, paddle surf, explore lagoons & mangrove wetlands, an old sugar mill, and experience wildlife, from sea turtles to wild horses that roam the island. Plenty of healing massage therapists, including reflexology. Join the drum circle, sing your heart out at karoke, listen to a live band, eat at your pick of 43 restaurants.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Rosie Dempsey (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Rosie Dempsey

We have rented our home for over a dozen years. We understand the importance of helping you with logistics and getting the most out of your stay in Vieques. We bought a home in Vieques after working as volunteers there. We write for the local island magazine about wildlife, flowers and nature. We have traveled extensively ourselves as nature volunteers and have outfitted our Vieques home accordingly. We endeavor to make you comfortable and happy.

Rosie Dempsey purchased this house in 2011

Why Rosie Dempsey chose Vieques Island

Open, airy, bright, close to everything, water view, large rooms, stone floors, nice bathroom.

What makes this house unique

The prior owner gardened, so our soil is fabulous and we are intent gardeners. The huge mango tree, the nice neighbors, the closeness to everything, the consistency of the housing on this block, all made this house a great choice after looking at many. We were so lucky.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rosie and Donald's home surpassed our expectations and made for a wonderful place to spend our nine day vacation in Vieques. I feel like the photos don't really do their home justice, as they don't capture what I can only describe as the "good energy" on their property and the cute little personal details inside that immediately make one feel at home. Arriving at Casita Rosita, we immediately appreciated how cute the exterior was with its white, pale yellow and lavender color scheme, which compliments their LOVELY, private and walled in tropical garden, complete with outdoor shower (which we used everyday). Casita Rosita provided a few things that are VERY important to us, namely cleanliness (everything was immaculate), great natural light and LOCATION! It is perfectly situated to provide easy walking access to the beach at The Malecon, or even Sun Bay, restaurants, bars and a little grocery and bakery are even right around the corner. All of these are literally a very short walk from the house, but being in a residential neighborhood affords more privacy which was nice. We enjoyed all of it as it made us feel like we were really living the rural island life with all the conveniences of being in town! And speaking of conveniences, the house was stocked with just about anything anyone would need for outings to the beach: towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach bags, coolers, etc. etc. All in all, our experience was FANTASTIC! Everything went very smoothly in regards to check-in and check-out. We had a wonderful vacation enjoying the exquisite natural beauty that the numerous beaches had to offer. Our kayak Bio-bay tour with Melaya's Tour Company was epic! It's a must do! We didn't have a bad meal during our entire stay, in fact we had excellent food at various restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed the animals around the island both wild and domestic, and our stay at Casita Rosita couldn't have been better or more comfortable. For all of these reasons and more, I highly recommend it!
Jul 2016
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New large 2bedrm house in Esperanza: Casita Rosita
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
Washington, DC
5

Casita Rosita is perfect! Perfect accomodations, location, caretaker and more!

  • 5 of 5

Rosie and Donald have done an exceptional job of creating a charming, clean, and comfortable home for their guests to enjoy. The five of us had plenty of space, comfortable beds (we slept like babies!) and great guidance from our hosts. The nearby grocery store and abundant restaurants make the location a no-brainer. Not to mention, the house itself is adorable with incredible outdoor areas, including a beautiful garden. The availability of Ivonne (caretaker) for any emergencies, needs or questions was a bonus and added to our peace of mind. Everyone in our family (teen, toddlers and adults) are looking forward to a return trip as soon as humanly possible! The house is stocked with games, books, beach equipment and more - I really can't recommend Casita Rosita highly enough!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A home away from homr

  • 5 of 5

This adorable house felt like a home away from home. It is Conveniently located (we walked to the restaurants, bio bay tour and shops),. It has a quaint front porch, large open kitchen, nice size rooms with comfortable beds and the back yard is beautifully landscaped with an outdoor shower. The owner has thought of everything you might need and went above and beyond in every area to make certain our stay was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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5

Great 2 Bedroom spot in Esperanza

  • 5 of 5

I glance outside today, and watch the rain pummel the colorful October leaves loose from the gnarled maple branches I begin to daydream about the coming winter. And as much as I love the first few months of winter in Upstate NY, I can't not think about when we will get back to Vieques and once again stay at Casa Rosita outside of the melacon in Esperanza.

This past stay was our third time to the little island, but our first to Casa Rosita. Our first stay was up in Isabel Segundo and our second trip was at a house up in the hills. Both nice trips, but at Casa Rosita you are sooo very close to the heart of what you're looking for in Vieques. There is an amazing bakery right around the corner for fresh bread and breakfast each morning. A 2-3 minute walk right into town for late night bites and drinks. a 10-15 minute walk and you're in the water on the world's most beautiful beaches - it's all right there.

The house? Couldn't ask for more. The upkeep is superb, and that was honestly a big concern for us when initially renting, but it was beautiful. 2 clean beds with fans and AC in each room. A FULL kitchen stocked with every appliance you could think of needing, Shower and water work great. Backyard shower is fantastic!

The key was easily picked up from the housekeeper across the street who was super friendly. We really couldn't have picked a better spot and plan to come back on our next trip.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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5

Great location with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casita Rosita. It was great to be able to walk to Sun Bay and all of the restaurants along the Malecon as well as snorkel near the 2 piers. Rosie was incredibly responsive and provided thorough information about the property prior to our arrival. Her website is very informative about not only the house but the entire island! The outdoor shower was perfect for rinsing off after the beach.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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5

Comfortable, well-equipped house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

As other people have already stated, this fabulous house is in a great location in the small town of Esperanza. The house itself is comfortable and has EVERYTHING that one needs for the beach, cooking (if you opt to do so) and a relaxing time. Ivonne, the caretaker is a lovely person who was most helpful when the possibility of a storm forced us to change our travel plans. The owner, with whom we had phone contact, was also very generous and helpful. The house offers plenty of comfortable space for relaxing and reading. The yard is beautifully landscaped and the outside shower is not to be missed!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Great vibe, just our speed

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at Casita Rosita, loved the whole Vieques vibe. The house was so comfortable, well equipped, and conveniently located. It's an easy and fun walk in the neighborhood - just a couple of blocks - to town and the Malecon, with places to swim, great views, dining and drinks all within super easy reach. The little grocery around the corner was a good amenity. My family of 4 (2 adult "children") had everything we needed here, and we loved having coffee and evening drinks in the back yard. The caretaker Ivonne lives right down the street and met us at the house upon arrival. She was delightful and so helpful. She is locally known as the "Flan Lady" for good reason - her flan was addictive, and our daughter Madison enjoyed practicing Spanish with her. We went on the bio bay tour with Malaya's Tours (Jimmy was our guide) and it was just great! All the Vieques beaches are easily reached by car, and all worth visiting. The snorkeling at Mosquito Pier (Jimmy recommended) was terrific and easy. We'd love to come back sometime and stay a lot longer because 3 days was NOT enough. The owner Rosie was very responsive and helped so much with our questions and plans. We felt welcome, safe, and had a super vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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El Quenepo
"Best Restaurant on the island"
Duffy's
"Only Microbrew pub on the island with well priced Americana fare, facing the beautiful ocean..."
Bananas
"Love their gazpacho, muscles appetizer, blender drinks."
The Trade Winds Guesthouse & Restaurant
"We always go our first night in town as it is closest to CASITA ROSTA, and has lots of fish ..."
Lazy Jacks
"Great Hang Out Spot: This is a bar for people who love bars, the young, drinkers, karokites"
http://vcht.org/
"VIEQUES CONSERVATION & HISTORICAL TRUST Great little museum right on the malecon with exhibi..."
Malecon House
"Check out the posh boutique on the first floor on the right."
Colmado Lydias Vieques Puerto Rico
"The market around the corner from CASITA ROSITA, it has a little of everything you might nee..."
Car: not necessary

Esperanza is the most accessible neighborhood on the island of Vieques. Bakery and market four doors away. Four doors the other direction is the coastal road and the beach just beyond that. A block away is the Malecon--our mainstreet with 8 restaurants, boutiques, nightlife, microbrews, beaches, incredible spots for watching the sun set. Bio bay tours, recreation rental all right here. Shop, hit the musuem, right here in Esperanza. Promenade along the Caribbean Sea right here. Jump from the piers right here. Go horseback riding right here.

Park in front of our house. Great block, good neighbors, nice houses. You don't need a car to get around. Not everyone in you group has to do the same thing. More freedom at this location. Walk to Sun Bay, too.

You can also catch a shared taxi along the boardwalk road.

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Rates & Availability

Esperanza House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
FALL 2016
Sep 9 2016 - Nov 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
$100
$650
 
 
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,050
 
 
WINTER 2017
Mar 21 2017 - May 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
$150
$900
 
 
SUMMER 2017
May 22 2017 - Nov 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
$140
$900
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$150
$900
 

Additional information about rental rates

CLEANING fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

* ONLY STAYS OF 5 NIGHTS OR LESS ARE SUBJECT TO A CLEANING FEE: $100

* 3% fee if you want to pay through VRBO--the fee they charge I pass on to you. No fee to pay by by check directly to owner.
* You have the choice to pay a security deposit of $250 that can be refunded, or a $49 non refundable fee for rental insurance. You let me know so I can alter the contract or the online payment request.

* More than 4 persons results in an additional fee via discussion with the owner/manager, generally $30 for a 5th person per day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Esperanza House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Snorkeling gear, beach bag, beach toys, beach towels, beach spread, beach chairs, beach umbrella, lifevest. Board games, puzzles, cards, books, DVDs & music CDs.

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