The sweet owner/hostess Mary welcomed us and gave us the informational tour of her (and husband Hector's) lovely property where they live and offer guesthouse accommodations. They offer one small room that stands upstairs like a crow's nest, and 2 large rooms that are housed together duplex-style. The two large rooms mirror each other with very spacious room for 2 double beds with soft cotton coverlets; plenty of closet space furnished with cooler and beach towels; a small simple kitchenette with dorm fridge, microwave, and coffee maker; bath with nice shower. The louvered windows allowed the breeze to flow through and the ocean breakers to be heard, and they could also be closed for using the AC.
My daughter loved lounging in the hammock on the small front porch while reading. I enjoyed the hot tub and crystal-clear pool, not to mention walking along the rocky beach combing for pieces of coral, sponges, and shells. The beach here is more for admiring than for swimming; but we found plenty of amazing swimming beaches on the island. Beach chairs are provided; but the only wish I could add would be for snorkel equipment to borrow or rent as a convenience.
We had Verizon voice and text connectivity the entire time, and I was happy to be without TV and internet for awhile; but my daughters went next door to try to get connected. They said service was too slow for their apps, etc; but we found service in town.
My older teenagers loved it but there are some hazards for youngsters, like the pool, hot-tub, and horses ... all of which are openly accessible.
Horses can be seen all around the property but they were never roaming completely free while we were there, even though Mary warned us she has a friendly one who has learned to open the gate. While the property and stay were tranquil, the drive in is anything but ... we got good use out of our jeep on the short but well-rutted entry, which basically is a right hook around Hacienda Tamarindo, as if you are driving around back to the staff entrance.
Both the Hacienda Tamarindo and Inn on the Blue Horizon are just a stone's throw from Hector's and we enjoyed walking over for breakfast at either. You pretty much need a car to get around the rest of the island; although it would be nice to have alternatives to everyone having to rent a car of their own ... I did see several of the locals trotting along on horses, but they didn't have to carry luggage.
*** Don't forget that Mary requests CHECK OR CASH to pay your balance. I didn't bring my checkbook, but luckily had the cash. ENJOY !
- Also Known As:
- Hector`s By The Sea Hotel Isla De Vieques