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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Alas Del Coco Loco Guesthouse Hotel Isla De Vieques