I cannot emphasize enough how incredible Oreanda is. It is truly a gem. A group of us were able to stay for almost a week on the entire property and there is not one thing I would have changed about our trip. The view is amazing, the amenities are perfect and the location is prime.
I felt very safe on the property even at night; the owners had attached a small flashlight to the Casita keys and although it is such a simple thing, it made a huge difference in how I felt walking to and from the main house at night. Howard and Stephanie were extremely helpful throughout the trip planning process and made me feel welcome to their home.
Vieques itself is a great little island and we had a wonderful time exploring. One of my favorite adventures was walking the riverbed behind the house down to Black Sand Beach--I definitely recommend it! It's not too far of a walk and you can take the road back for a shorter walk home (I would only recommend this during the day, you do NOT want to walk on these roads at night!)
Having access to a car was great, but the gas was a little bit of a stress since there are only 2 gas stations on the island. The house manager, Tyler, was really helpful and fun; having an islander a phone call away was very comforting for me.
We took a Bioluminescent Bay tour and it was really incredible, if you're on Vieques the Bio Bay is a must see! But if you do this tour, DO NOT bring ANYTHING on you except cash to pay for the tour, you will get wet!
We ended up taking the puddle jumper flights both ways, but there is a Ferry option to get to the island. I liked the puddle jumper for the fact that it was quick and beautiful, but I think the ferry would have been fun to take one way (and much cheaper).
Our go-to place was Duffy's; it was right on the strip with a great view and outdoor bar. I wish I was back there now!
All in all, this was a fantastic trip and I hope to visit again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy views of the sea, outdoor living island-style. Only a mile from Esperanza our two private casitas offer the best of Vieques: lounging by the pool, sensational sunsets, great hikes, outdoor kitchen with grill, tennis and horseback riding nearby. Pick a spot to explore, run to Playa Grande or grab a good book and unwind. The perfect blend of hospitality, independence and nature therapy. The tradewinds and fans help keep the air moving; please note we take an eco-friendly approach and do not have AC. ... more less
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