My husband and I stayed at Oreanda for four nights. Besides being overall awesome, Tyler (the property manager) knew the island in and out, giving us the best recommendations on where to eat like a local, and where to find the best beaches. He picked us up at the airport in his International Scout, gave us an overview of the island and even offered to take us on a tour to the Playa Negra (Black Beach). We took him up on the recommendations, but even as an active couple, we weren't ready to take on a 1.5 hour hike to a beach. :)
Couple of things,; the cottages do not have AC, though there were fans. We rented to the cottage with the outdoor shower. It was a bit awkward to shower outside at first, but the cottage is pretty secluded making it easier to become comfortable. However by the last morning, it was difficult to shower because of the mosquitos! We brought bug spray, but it wasn't enough. I The mosquitos aren't bad after 8:30 am to 6:30 pm when its sunny. Outside of these times, or when its cloudy and rainy, you can expect to be bit. Lots of calamine lotion and hydrocortisone is recommended. Ultimately, NO where on the island is SAFE from the MOSQUITOS. IT was also nice because there was sun screen and bug spray that was on hand from prior renters. Despite the fans, and the screens, we were still bit throughout the night. If you need a quite sleep, Vieques is not the island to go to. You can definitely hear the sounds of the wild throughout the island and it gets louder at night, bring ear plugs if you need silence. Overall, it was a priceless experience and I'd recommend any nature lover to check out the island and stay with Oreanda.
- 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