The SpacePlease read the entire listing before booking. Thanks! I have hidden a codeword in the listing. If you respond with my code word I will know you have read the entire description. I know its annoying, but I've had too many problems with people not reading all the information, which leads to problems when they arrive.
This villa is gorgeous, the large rooftop patio offers great views of the Caribbean ocean.
2 master suites, as well as a sleeping nook can accommodate 6 people comfortably.
The dining room opens up onto another patio over looking the Caribbean ocean.
The kitchen is large and open, surrounded by windows so that you can always catch a glimpse of the sparkling sea.
The house is in the city, so throughout the day you can hear local music from the ferry. Expect normal city noise. It is still a very peaceful and calm property.
Please note that the bedrooms do not have doors. This is a attempt to keep air flowing through the house and temperatures cooler. We have sewn curtains for privacy.
There are a variety of excellent restaurants within walking distance, as well as grocery stores and other fun shopping.
A rental car is necessary to reach all the best beaches in Vieques. The majority of the best beaches are in the Vieques National Wildlife refuge, which has terrible roads and requires a Jeep to access. There is no public transportation and Taxi's will not drive to these beaches. It is generally accepted that a car is necessary to enjoy everything Vieques has to offer.
We provide a SUV Semi -Beater for a additional $65/night for the exclusive use of our Villa Indigo Guests. The SUV is not in pristine condition, it's a island car, so expect dents, scratches and other cosmetic imperfections. It does run perfectly and is more than adequate for the roads and beaches of Vieques. Currently we have 3 cars, a 2005 Subaru Outback, a 2004 Honda CRV or a 96 Isuzu Rodeo stick shift with badass 4WD. Please let me know which you prefer
Newer cars on this island often have their check engine lights on. The car is always mechanically perfect, but the corrosive salty air combined with dust from the Sahara often clogs up filters and throws off the light. I will take the car to the mechanic, have him clear it, and it comes back on 2 days later.
If you are staying in Vieques longer than your stay at Villa Indigo we are able to let you keep the SUV. You will have to put down a $250 security deposit on the car when you leave Villa Indigo.
The SUV will be ready and waiting for you at the house when you check in. Payment for the rental car can be made via PayPal with your credit card.
Please note that cars rented on the main island are not permitted on the Ferry.
IMPORTANT!: The car rents on a nightly basis, just like the house. We ask that if you take advantage of our cars, you rent for your entire stay. That way, the car is ready and waiting for you when you check in, and you have it until you check out. It's more convenient than having to stop at the rental car office, (Codeword: Sofrito!) and it will be waiting for you at the house when you arrive.
Gas: It is VERY important that you return the car with the same amount of gas recieved. Every guest seems to think it's ok to just leave us cash and let us fill it for them. This is not OK and inconsiderate for both us and the next guest who arrives. The fee for not returning the car with the same amount of gas you received it with is $30 + the cost of gas, billed at $15 per 1/4 tank or less.
Check in for house and car is 3pm
Check Out for house and car is 11am.
This is flexible, depending on when the guests before you leave, and the guests after you arrive, and we do our best to accommodate everyone. When planning your trip please don't expect the house to be ready until 3 PM, and expect to return the car and house keys by 11AM.
I do want to take this time to warn you about the ferry. It is a absolute mess and incredibly un-reliable. It never runs on time, you have to wait hours for a ticket, and they often cancel ferry runs without any warning. Just yesterday I had a family with 2 small children wait 6 hours of their precious vacation time to get on a ferry. I strongly suggest you look into flying. There are 3 airports, Ceiba is right across the channel on the main island. Flights to Vieques are $35 each way. Isla Grande is the domestic airport in San Juan and flights are $75 each way. San Juan International is the big main airport, flights from here run between $90 and $120. since you are likely flying into this airport, flights from here are most convenient. The other 2 airports only make sense if you are visiting other parts of Puerto Rico before coming to Vieques. The 3 airlines that run these routes are Cape Air, Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco. All of them have online booking.
We can arrange rides from the airport or Ferry to the house for a additional $20. My house keeper will pick you up and deliver you to the property, getting you established in the house and car. If you can find your own way to the property the house keeper will meet you there.
Please provide me with your arrival and departure times a week in advance.
A note on Utilities: Vieques is a remote tropical island. Obviously we have running water, electricity and Internet, but it isnt very reliable. Occasionally we will loose 1, 2 sometimes all 3 at the same time. It never lasts longer than a couple hours, but please be prepared for the possibility that you will loose utilities for short periods of time. Usually right when you get home from the beach and you are covered in sand.
A Note on WiFi: Our only Internet service provider is notoriously unreliable and the lines for the whole island often go down for no reason. If I have a problem with a line at the property then It will take me weeks to get a technician to the property. Therefore, despite paying $80 a month for a internet line, I unfortunately cannot guarantee internet service. Rest assured, I do everything in my power to get internet up and running like it's supposed to, but sometimes its completely out of my control and there is nothing more I can do.
A Note on Bugs. Welcome to the tropics! We have bugs here. Big Ones. Every property on this island, even the W, will have bugs. I'm sorry if you aren't used to them, but it's part of island living and short of A-bombing the property with toxic pesticides, there is nothing that can be done.
A/C: We do not have Air Conditioning in this house. Electricity in Puerto Rico is very expensive ($280 a month on this property!) , Any house that offers A/C will have a higher nightly rate. This house is fully screened, but the windows are open, A/C is not possible. We want to offer our guests budget accommodation, so in a attempt to keep costs down, we do not offer A/C. We do have ceiling fans and box fans for you to use.
A note on Beach Umbrella's : We no longer offer beach umbrellas. Vieques can be windy, and our guests have repeatedly been breaking the beach umbrellas we keep buying for the house. We've gone through at least 15 in the last 6 months. If you need a beach umbrella they are sold at the Black Beards, the grocery store and many other shops for around $30. I also highly recommend Palm Trees for shade :)
Cancellation policy: We maintain a strict cancellation policy. This once again has to do with our budget pricing, if you cancel at the last minute, then it is un-likely the house will re-book. We as hosts will lose the income, and we won't be able to offer this rate for all of our guests. I'm terribly sorry, but I absolutely cannot offer any refunds on any last minute cancellations. Please understand this policy when you book. When booking, you agree to this cancellation policy and I cannot make any exceptions.
Problems: If you have any problems with anything, I will do my best to fix it as soon as humanly possible. Vieques runs a little slower than the rest of the world. Nothing is going to happen on a Sunday. If you email me at 11PM saying you're having a problem with the toilet, I won't be able to fix it until the morning. It is very important that you call me as soon as any problem arises. Guest AccessGuests have access to off street parking for one vehicle and use of the rooftop patio. Interaction with GuestsGuests can expect to be greeted and oriented to the island upon check-in and have text message communication for any concerns and questions. The NeighborhoodIsabel II has access to the ferry which services Vieques from the main island of Puerto Rico. Within walking distance are several restaurants, grocery and mini-markets, scenic views from the Punta Mulas Lighthouse and the Conde de Mirasol Fort, and sports outfitters and souvenir shopping. Other Things to NoteWhen it comes to the official weather report, don’t pay any attention to it. We live in the tropics, its technically hurricane season. The weather report always say 80% chance of rain because theres a 80% chance we’ll get a passing shower and thunderstorm. It never means its going to rain all day. its the nature of weather reports in the tropics during hurricane season. right now it is sunny, breezy and beautiful.
With heavy rain, the roof will leak. But that's how it goes with concrete island buildings. Throw a towel down and enjoy your stay!
I have found the most accurate weather reports to be those posted by local sailboat captains. Try to join Vieques weather on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). Captain Judy is a accomplished sailboat captain and has a great grasp of whats happening with weather on a day to day basis.