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Mango Fish Guesthouse
Ranked #6 of 20 Culebra B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in Culebra. WE stayed in the guesthouse which is in a great location. Fred picked us up and gave us a tour with lots of helpful information and recommendations...not too much though :) The airport is very close to the house and so is the grocery store. We didn't use kitchenette too much beyond fridge and coffee maker. You have to use sink in bathroom to get H20. We walked to almost all of our meals and really liked the central location...quiet enough but right in town. Lori and Fred are very involved in the community and staying at Mango Fish gives makes you feel more involved in the culture and state of mind of the town. It isn't full of tourists which is why we chose it. The bed was very comfortable and room very peaceful. AC available but not needed at all. Multiple cosmetics were helpful to have since you have to pack light. Lori provided excellent communication throughout our stay, before and after.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I stayed here with my boyfriend and we had a wonderful time. The rooms were clean and nice; they were the perfect place to sleep after spending all day outside. Fred and Lori are lovely people; they don't intrude on your privacy but make themselves very available for any of your needs. The tour Fred gives you at the beginning of your trip is really helpful to orient yourself around the island.

One warning: the ferry ride on the way over is slightly nightmarish. Take travel sickness pills, even if you don't usually get sea-sick... seriously.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

After reading all the great reviews we decided to stay here. Overall it was decent but nothing to write home about. Fred and Lori are nice and generally stay out of your way. Fred gives his tour of the island which can be beneficial.

We stayed in the bigger suite in the back which is great for privacy since its not attached to their house. It has one full bedroom and a sitting room that has pull out bed. Lori accidently charged us for an extra person but kindly refunded the money later.

You can read the good points in the other review so I will touch on what we didn't like:

No room service (maybe its typical for B&B types but how about some coffee or even milk?

Early check-out: 10AM. Seriously? Kept reminidng us of the check-out time.

Overall I wouldn't stay here again. Spend the extra money and stay in the seabreexe where most of the tourists stay. These guesthouses make you feel secluded from rest of the tourists I feel, especially since there's not much to do in Culebra anyway honestly.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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MangoFishGuesthouse, Owner at Mango Fish Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

It seems to us that we are the victims of your overall dissatisfaction and displeasure with Culebra. All of your negative comments are simply untrue, and we have information from you that demonstrates these untruths. First and foremost, we run a very honest establishment. Your claim that we accidentally charged you for a third person is entirely wrong, as dated in your 12/23/2013 email to me:
to:
 Lori Novis <lanovis66@gmail.com>
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 Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Hi Lori,
We will take the casita :)
Yes 2 beds should be good. Total guest is 3 people.

When you first arrived to our guest house, I asked you where the third guest was. You said they weren't coming (you didn't mention in your review of us that, indeed, there were 3 sets of bath and beach linens, 1 for each guest). I immediately mentioned that I thought I charged you for 3 guests, would check, and corrected your balance due (I did not refund your money as I did not need to since you did not pay the full amount up front; I simply charged you less for the balance due).

Your second statement of our B & B not offering coffee or milk is also wholly untrue. We are not a B & B, nor do we advertise ourselves as such. We are listed under the B&B/Inns tab on TripAdvisor, and fall under the category of an inn. More importantly for future guests, we do provide fresh and free Puerto Rican coffee, tea, sugar, and coffee filters in the casita and in the Palometa guest room. All of these were available to you in the casita. Incidentally, your friend came and asked for some milk for tea that evening, and we hospitably gave him some.

Regarding check out time -- check out time is posted on the living room door, and is noted on our website. We believe this to be a fair and standard check out time. According to my texts to you, at 9:19 a.m., on the morning of your check out, I texted you to remind you that check out was at 10:00 a.m. Your comment was: We just woke up. We will need a lil longer to check out please. I responded: We'd appreciate it if you'll be cleared by 10:15. This light interaction doesn't warrant the following statement by you -- "kept reminding us about check out". In the meantime, our cleaning personnel had arrived on site, and was not able to enter the casita until 10:25 a.m. You entered a clean and tidy casita, and the next guest deserves the same. What you didn't mention is this -- that we checked you in early! We have one of the earlier check in times on the island. This was a courtesy we provided to you.

Most of Culebra's guests do not stay in the Seabreeze Hotel (formerly Costa Bonita); check out their reviews on TripAdvisor. As a Culebra resident, we hope that all businesses thrive and succeed. However, Seabreeze Hotel was a boondoggle from the beginning, and I have witnessed overflowing sewage in their restaurant bathrooms. Little Culebra's infrastructure simply can't handle a mixed-housing development such as this. Seabreeze has been under several management teams, and has filed for bankruptcy many times. But it is your prerogative to stay there if you return to Culebra. If you wanted to mingle with tourists, there are lots of places to do that: El Batey, Dingy Dock, Bahia Marina, The Sandbar, Heather's, The Spot, Zaco's Tacos ... on and on.

Lastly, all guidebooks, and electronic media will tell you that Culebra is a sleepy island, a place to unwind, relax, and take in all of its natural beauty. It seems to us that you chose the wrong destination for your vacation due to too little research, and that is too bad, since we were the target of your displeasure.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

When we arrived Fred picked us up at the little airport and gave us a tour of the island. It was a nice intro to everything that they have to offer. We met Lori towards the end of our stay as she was stateside. Both are very nice.

We didn't stay in the guest house that has a kitchen, but rather the bedroom that is below their house with our own bathroom. The room was larger than I expected. It had everything we needed with a little fridge, coffee maker. It has AC, a nice shower with warm water. They had a little cooler for us to use, beach chairs and beach towels. There are lots of books in this room so you might even find something you want to read on the beach. The room has a very comfy king size bed. We saw no uninvited guests in our room at all (bugs, lizards). Mango Fish is a very short walk to the most reliable grocery store on the island (this one is open when they say it is.) You can walk to Flamenco Beach but we chose to rent a jeep to explore the island more. You can literally walk across the street and up the block to Mango Fish from the airport. We also walked into town for dinner as it was about 15 minutes and nice to get a little exercise. I would absolutely go back to this island and stay here again.
There isn't daily cleaning in the room like a hotel. It's your place for your stay so don't be messy!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Very good communication with Lori before arrival.
Once there, Fred went to pick us up at the airport and gave us a tour of the island to show us the good places (he really knows the island very well so it was really interesting!!)
The casita was really clean and nice to stay in.
During our stay Fred and Lori were really helpful everytime we needed an advice or had questions about Puerto Rico.
It is located right next to the small Culebra airport and not too far from the beautiful Playa Flamenco (5 min driving). The supermarket is very close too.
You would need at least a golf car to discover the island and go to diner on the evening, if you want to be free (sometimes hard to get a publico). I recommend Carlos Jeep Rental which is very close to Mango fish.
We really felt at home during our stay and would go back again !
Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Mango Fish Guesthouse is in the best walking location on the island.Your close to both beach and town. Lori and Fred are the most gracious hosts you will ever find and will help you learn how to relax.The insight that Lori and Fred have of the island and culture lets you discover true island life. I love this place so much i’m looking to make my third trip to Mango Fish in Culebra this spring and only want to stay at Mango Fish Guesthouse.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We did a lot of research and had a hard time deciding on where to stay in Culebra, and we couldn't have been happier with our decision! First of all, Lori and Fred are great hosts. Their knowledge of Culebra is great, but most of all their enthusiasm and love for the island is evident right away and is quite contagious. Fred picked us up from the ferry terminal and drove us around for about an hour, showing us some of the best spots for swimming and snorkeling, the best places to eat, markets, gas stations and other highlights. He slowed down to show us the crabs in the mangroves, and let us get out of the car multiple times to scout out some of the places. He also told us the many ways in which Lori and him are actively engaged in the Culebra community, which was very impressive to hear.

They live on the upper floor of a two story house, and rent two places. One is the "Casita", a one story small home behind their house (free standing structure), and the second one - the "Palometta" - is a flat on the first story of the main house, easily accessed from the side of the house right close to the entrance gate to the property. The house is very conveniently located north of the main part of town, close to the small airport. This means that to go to most beaches you don't have to drive in or out of town, or through it. It's a very short drive to Flamenco Beach. As far as convenient access to everything, their house seemed to be perfectly located. There is also a little market three buildings down. Since they live close to the airport, be prepared to hear the rumbling of little airplanes during the day, but thankfully they didn't seem to run at night, and we were hardly there during daytime anyway. As others have commented, there's roosters all over the island, but for those of us sensitive to noise, the window AC unit helps a lot.

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Casita, and my parents stayed in the Palometta. Technically, four people can stay in the Casita, as the layout consists of a little hallway that you walk into, with one bedroom to the left, a living room to the right (that has a door and fouton, so it can also function as a bedroom), and a bathroom in the middle. When we booked it, we thought maybe the living room didn't have it's own door, but it does. Still, it's mostly perfect for a couple, and feels very comfortable with a nice balcony out front with a view over the room of the main house. There's a chair for sitting there, and I'd recommend to Fred and Lori that they place a second chair there with a little table, as that is the perfect spot for a couple to enjoy some morning coffee. The Casita is stocked up with everything you need to make simple meals, and we washed the few dishes we used in the bathroom sink. Just don't come expecting a full kitchen! I saw someone posted that they missed having a toaster, but if you're in PR just get some good pan criollo and you won't miss it!

While the Casita was in my opinion the best of their two rooms, the Palometta room was very nice and cozy and also has a king size bed. It's also more easily accessible as there are no steps to get to it, and it's close to the street, whereas to the Casita you have to climb to the top of the driveway past the main house. Both were very clean and nicely appointed.

I can't say enough about Culebra, and I wished we had spent more than 3 nights there. Zoni Beach and Flamenco Beach are incredible, but so are some of the less famous ones. I wished we had a few extra days to explore a little more and take a day trip to Culebrita, so we'll have to do that next time.

Room Tip: Go for the Casita if available. Otherwise, the Palometta is very nice also, just no cooking possible...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 172 Calle 2, Barrio Flamenco | PO Box 899, 00775, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Culebra
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #6 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Culebra
Price Range: $85 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mango Fish Guesthouse is a colorful retreat conveniently located 1.5 miles from world famous Flamenco Beach. It is an easy 1.5 mile walk into town along Culebra's beautiful harbor. Our relaxing and artistically decorated guesthouse and guest room is a great place for small families, friends and honeymooners. We are nestled in a hilltop village surrounded by lush tropical trees and flowers and are on premises to offer you the best of Culebra. ... more   less 

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