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“The view is magnificent!” 3 of 5 stars
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Tamarindo Estates Beach Cottages
PO Box 313 | End of Tamarindo Road, 00775, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Culebra
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“The view is magnificent!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2006

Tamarindo Estates consists of small cottages with amenities that include a small kitchen and sitting area. Since it is located on a 60 acre estate right next to the ocean, it makes for a fantastic view from the front porch. The website was deceiving though, because we expected the cottages to be right on the beach when in actuality they are located up a hill a few hundred yards from the beach with access only from the road. We were there during the week, and there did not seem to be any other guests, so it was very quiet. But I think that if the cottages were full, it would not be quiet at all because the cottages are located so close together. I was not too impressed with the rooms. There is an old window a/c unit in the bedroom that blew directly on the bed, so when it was on, it was freezing, but when it cut off, it got hot. The bedroom is in the back of the cottage, so opening the windows would have been warm. We were given 4 towels to start, and it seemed to be a problem to request clean ones when we had used the other ones at the beach. The beach at Tamarindo is reportedly best for snorkeling, certainly not a good beach for swimming or lounging. Flamenco beach (one of the world's top beaches) is located only 5 minutes down the road, so it is best to do your swimming there. Overall, if a view is all that matters to you, then Tamarindo Estates is the place to stay, but since the cost is more than other places in Culebra, I would have expected more from the accommodations. Nevertheless, Culebra is incredible and when you are there, all of the other stuff fades away.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2006

Culebra is wonderful - there's absolutely nothing to do. Take a snorkel and lots of books to read. Tamarindo Estates is not cheap but it was perfect for us. Lovely view, well-equipped cottage (we didn't want to have to eat out). Every beach we went to we had entirely to ourselves (except Flamenco). We had the hotel pool to ourselves - where in the Caribbean could you expect that! Found lots of good snorkelling and came home completely relaxed. Lots of useful information on arrival from the manager, and then we were left to ourselves. Perfect. Don't go if you want someone else to entertain you. Do go if you want the Caribbean without the people.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2006

We went the first week of May of 2005. The caretakers were very friendly and helpful but the accomodations left much to be desired. The suite was stifling hot except for the bedroom so the only place to comfortably hang out was the bedroom. The furnishings were very drab and old-foam slivers for pillows, worn down towels, old sheets; it was my impression that not a dime of the profit went back into the the establishment. The beachchairs were old and, for the most part, broken and stained. All in all I found it to be a depressing place. Because Culebra is so small there's not alot to do at night except hang out in your room. Perhaps if the charge was far less I wouldn't have had reasonably high expectations. I wasn't looking for luxury but neither was I expecting drab and depressing.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2005

We spent 3 nights at Tamarindo Estates. The property is located on the west end of the island just a 3 minute drive from Flamenco Beach and a five minute drive from town. The road to Tamarindo is probably the best pavement on the island. The property is a collection of condos on a hillside. Each building houses 3 livings spaces. The structures are separated by trees and shrubs to insure privacy. We stayed in the middle section of the the condo on the far end of the property #302. Our quarters featured a small kitchen with stove-top, microwave, and refrigerator. The coffee maker was an Italian style coffeemaker which made excellent coffee once you figured out how it works. The bath and bedroom are air conditioned while the kitchen and living area are not. The west facing property does not get the breezes that the east facing properties do so the AC comes in handy. The bed was a double bed that seemed a bit cramped. The water heater was an in-line model that you had to flip on a few minutes before getting in the shower. It was effective though.

Tamarindo has it's own rocky beach which features some decent snorkeling if you're willing to swim out a bit. I saw a barracuda, a large stingray, and the largest puffer fish I've ever seen. There are also some beautiful sponges and a forest of sea fans nearby. Watch out for the sea urchins though. A stick would be painful. Just down the road is a narrow sandy beach where you can rent kayaks. They also have a beach side pool and a restaurant. While we were there, Chef Rikki had just left to take a job at another property so the restaurant was not up and going at the time. They plan on hiring 2 chefs in the near future.

What you lack in sea breezes is made up for in view. Directly in front is a gorgeous vista of Cayo Louis Pena. The sunset views are also spectacular and not to be missed. At night you can see the city lights of Fajardo to the west and Vieques to the south. We enjoyed sitting out at night and counting the stars. Make sure you bring your insect repellent though. The mosquitoes are voracious. The Off seems to keep them at bay though. Also sweep up any dropped crumbs. They attract ants rather quickly.

Tamarindo also has a great supply of books and over 150 videos which you'll make use of. There's not much to do on Culebra besides relax and read a book. The television coverage is poor so if you want entertainment you'll have to grab a book or video. The only television channel we could get was an all sports channel out of Fajardo. I was a bit surprised that they didn't have satellite TV but we are here to get away from it all right? Everything is located at the caretakers residence at the middle of the grounds. You can also exchange your towels for fresh ones if you like.

The staff at Tamarindo was also very helpful. While you don't get daily maid service, they are willing to help you with just about anything else you might need. You get a fresh supply of water in your refrigerator when you arrive. You can purchase more at the ample grocery store in town. We just boiled water at the end of each day and refilled the container. They don't recommend drinking the tap water. It tasted fine to me though. Nevertheless, we boiled our water just to be safe. People who stayed at other properties mentioned to us that they were prohibited from flushing toilet paper in the toilets. We were never told anything about this at Tamarindo. I'm not sure if this was a failure on the part of the staff or just a limitation at other properties.

Overall, Tamarindo was a great place to stay. It's a bit rustic but it has a charm that's all it's own. Don't come with expectations of a beach side resort and you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's definatly an upscale property by Culebra's standards.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2005

We enjoyed Culebra and Tamarindo Estates.Very secluded and private.The main road to the hotel is now paved with easy access and lovely beaches.The snorkeling is nice,but not spectacular.The rooms are comfortable,but in the warmers months,not quite practical.We would have loved to have cooked in the kitchen,but only the bedrooms have A/C and are the only respite from the heat of the day.A/C to all areas of the units would be much nicer in addition to providing satellite TV to the living area to utilise that area better.The good news is there was a nice porch on our unit,(upstairs,overlooking the bay.Theres so much to see that the "bad" parts were small disapointments overall.In the cooler months,I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2005

This is a simple, nice place to stay on Culebra with the best snorkeling right off the coral beach. It is not the Ritz but if you are looking for luxury you are on the wrong island. Very helpful caretakers. Dont rent the cars as they are hazardous....go to Carlos Jeeps instead. Riccis was pretty good with nice sunset. The pool is very secluded and quiet as is the entire property. Five minutes from Flamenco beach and two miles from the airport. I would go back and stay there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2005

I recommend this establishment to anyone that is looking to spend some time in paradise. We spent several days on the island of Culebra, and Tamarindo Estates is a near perfect place to stay if you are looking to unwind.

The access roads have all been paved, so getting to the cabins is not at all a problem (some reviews mentioned that it was hard to get to from the road). They are only a minute or two from the main road, which also gives you access to the other beaches, restaurants and other needs that you may have. You get your own very clean and cozy living space with a spectacular view of the islands off of the mainland of Puerto Rico. There is also a nice little restaurant on the grounds, which is literally feet from the water. Bring a waterproof camera and gear from some great snorkeling right in that water.

The staff is VERY friendly and helpful. They know quite a bit about the island as well, so take their advice about what to do and where to go. The people of Culebra are also very friendly. You will always be in good hands.

If you want a getaway that is unforgettable, go to the great little island of Culebra, and stay at the Tamarindo Estates!

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 313 | End of Tamarindo Road, 00775, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Culebra
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Culebra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
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