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Coco Loco Guesthouse
Ranked #13 of 32 Isla de Vieques B&B and Inns
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Convenient”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stayed at Coco Loco for two nights in late February. We wanted to split our time on Vieques between a few nights in the town of Esperanza (for night life!) and in the hills (for peace and quiet!). We started our stay in Vieques at Coco Loco. Let me start by saying that we booked relatively late, and many of our higher preference options were booked for our dates. In addition, the smaller, less expensive room at Coco Loco was also booked. Therefore we booked the two bedroom at Coco Loco.

Overall the interior space was more than we needed. The front room (kitchen and living room) was breezy and cool even without AC. The kitchen was well-equipped for our needs, but we only really used it for breakfast items and cocktails. We didn’t plan on cooking, but I did note that it would have been difficult with the items provided had we opted to cook. The front rooms seemed dark to me. However there is a table, chairs and a hammock on the porch. The 2 bedroom has relatively private use of the side portion of the porch, while the 1 bedroom gets the front portion of the porch. There is a curtain if this degree of privacy is insufficient. The tenants in the 1 bedroom must come through the side porch to enter their unit. For us, this wasn’t an issue.

The 2 bedrooms are along a hallway in the back of the unit. The first bedroom has windows out to the back, and is overall very dark. We used it for our luggage. There is a freestanding clothes hanger in the room and a double bed. The 2nd room has windows facing the back yard, side and to the front, overlooking the porch. The windows make the room so much brighter and quite breezy. AC is available in the bedroom, but we didn’t use it because the room was cool enough with the windows open. The bed is very comfortable and has really nice bedding. This is rare in my experience in this type of rental. There is a wall with a built in closet system for shelving and hanger space.

The drawback to having the windows open was the “sounds of the Caribbean”. Other reviewers have mentioned the roosters. Roosters are the least of the issue in town. We did leave the windows open overnight and in general the noise did not disturb us. I only recall being actually woken up once, and it was rain. It was loud, but many of the locals also commented on how hard the rain fell that night. That said, if you are staying in town, you have to decide if you are going to be ok with the sounds of roosters (all day long), dogs barking, cars revving, loud music pumping from car stereos as they pass by, horses click clacking down the street, and neighbors talking or TVs. The most annoying (outside of the cars \ stereos, which honestly didn’t happen at night) was the neighbors talking. So many times, I really thought someone was in our unit. The fact is, if you are staying in town, houses are very close together and everyone has windows open.

The two bedroom unit also has access to the back porch, which is shared with the one bedroom tenants. There is a table on the one bedroom side of the porch and access to the backyard. The owner has many plastic totes stacked on the two bedroom side of the back porch and the laundry area, but the two bedroom has access to the roof (I don’t believe this is shared with the 1 bedroom, but I am not sure). The roof is pretty stark… a couple of chairs, a table and 2 loungers. Nothing fancy, no ambience. We did hang out there one day in the sun. It was nice because it was private, with views of the sea and nice breezes. We didn’t venture into the back yard, but it was large with nice trees and foliage. There is also a gazebo space with chairs that tenants can use.

Lastly the owner, Joe, was great. He was extremely helpful and not at all invasive.

In general, we enjoyed our stay at Coco Loco. It was conveniently located for what we wanted to do while in town, clean enough and provided the basics.

If you are trying to decide between staying in Esperanza vs. Isabella, my recommendation would be Esperanza. Yes, it is more touristy. It is also smaller, easily walkable, and calmer. It is also much closer to the beaches, and getting around in a car from Esperanza is faster. We didn’t get into Isabella much during the week, but we did rent a car after leaving Coco Loco and had to go into Isabella to get it. The pace of Isabella was stressful. There is a lot of traffic, and just looks way more run down than Esperanza. We hung out in Isabella for a few hours before catching our flight back to mainland Puerto Rico, and the run down feeling was pervasive in the few spots we stopped for lunch, drinks, etc. There is definitely more to do in Isabella, particularly in terms of nightlife, restaurants etc.; but we unequivocally agreed that we made the right choice staying in Esperanza.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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St.Louis
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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Casita for one night and it was exactly what we were looking for. The Casita was just right for two people. The host were very nice and we loved the two dogs. We would stay longer on our next visit to Vieques Island and we wouldn't stay any other place that Coco Loco.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

My husband and I stayed for a week at the end of January 2014. We stayed in the one bedroom apartment for 5 nights and then had to relocate to the Casita for the last two nights as the apartment was already booked for the last two days of our trip. The Casitia is very small and works well for a short stay but comfortable and clean and when you don't spend your day in your room, it really doesn't matter. Joe and Margo are so gracious and accommodating. We were walking distance to the grocery store, the Malecon and beautiful beaches. We never rented a vehicle. We loved it. Would definitely consider returning here again. Thank you so much Margo and Joe for a wonderful and much needed relaxing vacation!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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leeds
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

I experienced problems locating a hotel/ guest house which would accommodate a 2 night stay- most ask for a minimum of 3, some 5. Coco Loco offer their Casita for short stays- even of 1 night .The Casita is essentially a wooden garden hut at the rear of the 2 storey residential property, 5 minutes walk from the Malecon. It has a bed and bathroom, is clean and well decorated. It is tiny though- there's no room for hanging clothes and 2 people struggle to stand in the room together. It has A/C and fan and shuttered windows with intact insect screens. It also has a rooftop terrace overlooking the large garden. The property is in a residential street a block from the Malecon so is away from noise from the bars. However as Vieques is quite rural you should expect a dawn chorus of cockerels!

The owner Margo was away when we visited so we were looked after by her friendly and talkative husband Joe plus 2 dogs ( one - Prince, is a big boy who may unnerve people who are afraid of dogs). In my opinion the casita is a good lowish cost option in Vieques. It's comfy enough, clean and in a good location. Negatives? Couple of small ones- 1 was that the resident dogs had left a couple if deposits on the grass- one which I nearly discovered barefoot - probably my fault. The other was that the casita was home to a number of tiny nocturnal centipedes.Probably not noticeable to the daytime cleaner and nothing an insect spray won't solve. A Final small gripe was that check in is 3pm as it is in much of Puerto Rico. We arrived around 11.30 and the cleaners were still cleaning the rooms. As there was only one other room occupied that night by long term residents I'm not sure why our tiny room couldn't have been prioritised but it still wasn't ready at 2pm meaning a rushed clothes change in Joe's kitchen.

Those were small complaints though and in the end we liked Vieques enough to change our flight and stay an extra night. Unfortunately Coco Loco couldn't accommodate us so we moved to Esperanza Inn down the road. The fact that we tried to book an extra night shows that overall we were happy with our stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Crofton, MD
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

My husband and I stayed in the Casita, which was perfect for our short stay in Vieques. The Casita is cosy for 2 nights, but would feel small for a longer stay. The price is great if you don't plan on hanging out in your room (and why would you?). We didn't have a car, but it's a quick walk into town for meals and ocean gazing.

The owners were helpful and always available for questions. There is a also a lovey yard with beautiful tropical plants. Coco Loco is the perfect relaxing place to stay on Vieques.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, ohio
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

My wife and I stayed here during Xmas ans we could not have chosen a better place. Margo and Joe are great people and full of good advice for yor stay on the island. We stayed in the one bedroom apt. which was very comfortable with a king size bed and kitchen which we used to cook breakfast and have coffee every morning. The balcony on the front is great to sit on and enjoy watching the horses and people walk up and down the street. The sitting area on the roof was great to watch the stars from and so peaceful that I fell asleep up there one night until I got rained on. There is a market and a bakery less than half a block away and the malecon is another block further down the street. If you are going vieques, I recommend staying in Esperanza and definitely stay with Margo and Joe at Coco Loco.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, ohio
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

You can not go wrong staying here. The one and two bedroom apartments are clean well equipped and give you a place to call home during your stay on Vieques. Margo and Joe are very helpful with where to go and where to eat while staying there. The location is about block and a half from the malecon strip so you don't get all the traffic. Half a block away there is a grocery and a bakery where you can buy goods to come back and cook in your kitchen. You definitely need to rent a vehicle to cover the island.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coco Loco Guesthouse
Address: 14 Calle Hucar | Esperanza, 00662-2847, Puerto Rico (Formerly Alas Del Coco Loco Guesthouse)
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coco Loco guesthouse is walking distance to just about everything you need: beaches, little grocery stores, pizza shops, parks, and the Boardwalk (Malecon) with oceanside restaurants, gift shops, bars, clothing stores, a museum with an aquarium of local creatures, rentals of kayaks, snorkeling equipment, jet-skis, and scooters, and more! The Biobay Tour companies pick up people at the corner of our street. We are in the popular neighborhood of Esperanza- but just far enough from the Boardwalk to be free from its occasional noisiness. You can walk a block and a half to join in the fun, or stay behind at Coco Loco if you want to relax! We offer cottage-style beach living at a very low price. Stay for one night, two nights, or however many you need. Our Studio is perfect for short visits or a low budget vacation. Our One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments have wonderful balconies, and stairs to the rooftop! The apartments are spacious and comfortable for however long or short a time you'd like to stay. ... more   less 
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