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Mary Lee's by the Sea
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

This place probably was great 20 years ago or so. However, now the owner is 89 years old and clearly can't be on top of things anymore. My main concern is cleanliness, all the walls & floors are covered in reed mats which clearly haven't been cleaned in ages. They do seem to be well-sprayed in insecticide, however, as we found several dead centipedes and a dead cockroach (which had suddenly appeared one morning). It really is too bad because the location and the view (from those rooms with a view) is ridiculously stunning. Some rooms literally are 15 feet away from the ocean...

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank thetwelfthman
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

We stayed for a night at Mary Lee's while we were driving all over the island. It is a lovely, laid-back property in a beautiful setting, facing the Caribbean and bordering the Guanica forest reserve. We stayed in Ruthie's, a lovely room with wicker furniture and done in pastel green shades.

The hotel is quirky and independent and not at all like the generic large resorts. In the morning you can have a cup of coffee on the large deck facing the sea. You will have to eat outside or make your own food in the kitchenettes in each room or by the main lobby. When we were there, a large party was coming in for a wedding.

If you want to be in a generic atmosphere with tonnes of activities, crowds and many dining options,this is not the place to be. If you like something more intimate and on a smaller scale with a strong personality, you will love the place. I strongly suggest you ask for a room in the main property. A couple of rooms, also beautifully done, are a couple of hundred feet away from the the main property.

As you will most likely have a car, you can easily get to great beaches and other activities nearby.

Room Tip: Cannot go wrong with Ruthie's. Ask for a room on the main property.
  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sandeep K
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Mary has transformed mundane beachfront housing into tropical paradise villas. Mary is warm and welcoming to this end-of-the-road, must-see treasure. Literally and figuratively Guanica is a long way from San Juan!

Room Tip: She has small to large options so choose one to fit your 'group'.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank cyclinjohn
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Good value and comfort. Clean too. Location of apartment was nothing special but there were wonderful beaches and snorkeling just down the road by car.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ckierstead
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

We stayed for two nights and loved it. This is a unique property and one of the most memorable - in a good way - places I ever stayed. Stayed in La Contenta, which is a spacious apartment and includes a fully equipped kitchen and a full covered porch overlooking the water and islands. There's also a separate outdoor eating area. The apartment was so delightfully decorated that I took photos before letting anyone drop their bags. We stayed with 3 teenage/adult children and there was plenty of sleeping room for them. Note that only the bedroom is air-conditioned but there are fans in the other rooms and it was not uncomfortable, particularly since there is low humidity here. The property would be ideal for smaller children as well since there are mangroves to explore and iguanas that bask in the sun. There is no swimming beach but there's a large public one a short drive or longer walk down the road. There are two docks on the property from which you can rent kayaks or be motored over to Guilligan's island. This is much better than the ferry because it's the same price ($7 RT) but you don't need to wait on line and can schedule a pick up when you like. The owner (and decorator) is a lovely and remarkable woman. When the other staff has left you may need to knock on her door to get assistance, but this gives you a chance to take a peek into her gorgeous living area!

The day we spent on Guilligan's island was one of the most enjoyable of our trip - it's a jewel. If you can find the pathway through the eastern part of the island to the entrance to the main channel, you can float with the current to the central lagoon through the mangrove lined channel. Many people snorkel, others just relax in the water. You need to bring food (Mary Lee's lent us a cooler) as there are no services other than restrooms if you plan to spend the day there.

Because Mary Lee's is at the end of a 4 km windy road and there are no restaurants nearby other than at the nearby resort and the snack stand at the ferry (great empanadillas), make sure to stop at the Economart or other shop in Guanica before driving the last part, especially if you arrive later in the day. A note on driving in Puerto Rico - I was expecting the worst but was pleasantly surprised otherwise. We drove all around the island over a two week period and found the roads to be very good and the drivers not at all aggressive or inappropriately speedy. True many of the off-highway roads are narrow and you sometimes you feel that they can't fit two cars, but they generally can. Once you get used to this, driving is fine.

All in all, Guanica is well worth the drive and Mary Lee's is absolutely a delightful place to stay - we will be back!

Room Tip: Take a look at the website for photos and descriptions of each accommodation - they're all very different.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank JAN222
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