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We have a large 1 bedroom apartment. With a nice kitchen, living room and two private rooftop patios. The Apartment is exquisitely decorated with an array of items from around the world. There is a Queen size bed in the master bedroom, and a full size bed in the sleeping nook. This apartment will comfortably sleep 4 people.The living space is well over 1500 sq feet.
The Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you will need to cook for yourself. The Fridge tends to want to pop open on its own, so we put a stick through the handles to make sure it stays closed. It works perfectly otherwise.
This is a quiet and serene space that we have built for ourselves and we hope our guests can respect this. Please be courteous of late night noise.
*** Super Super important! My husband and I live on this property, but in a separate residence. We have a new baby due mid June 2015. There is a good chance this baby will cry the first few months he's home! If this is a concern for you please look into alternative accomodation.***
We have recently added a flat screen TV with a DVD Player and a Roku Media player that gives guests access to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. We do provide a excellent internet connection.
A rental car is necessary at this property. If you do not want to rent a car, then this property is not a good fit for you. Vieques has no public transportation and our property is to far from any restaurants or other conveniences to walk.
A rental car is necessary to reach all the best beaches in Vieques. The majority of the best beaches are in The Vieques National Wildlife refuge, which has terrible roads and requires a Jeep to access. There is no public transportation and Taxi's will not drive to these beached. It is generally accepted that a car is necessary to enjoy everything Vieques has to offer.
We provide a 2001 Jeep Cherokee for a additional $55/night for the exclusive use of our Villa Indigo Guests.
The Jeep will be ready and waiting for you at the house when you check in. Payment for the rental car can be made via PayPal with your credit card or with Cash when you arrive.
Please note that cars rented on the main island are not permitted on the Ferry
IMPORTANT!: The car rents on a nightly basis, just like the house. We ask that if you take advantage of our cars, you rent for your entire stay. That way, the car is ready and waiting for you when you check in, and you have it until you check out. It's more convenient than having to stop at the rental car office, it (Codeword: Sofrito!) includes a ride from the airport or ferry and it will be waiting for you at the house when you arrive.
Check in for house and car is 3PM
Check Out for house and car is 11am.
This is flexible, depending on when the guests before you leave, and the guests after you arrive, and we do our best to accommodate everyone. When planning you trip please dont expect the house to be ready until 3 PM, and expect to return the car and house keys by 11AM
I do want to take this time to warn you about the ferry. It is a absolute mess and incredibly un-reliable. It never runs on time, you have to wait hours for a ticket, and they often cancel ferry runs without any warning. Just yesterday I had a family with 2 small children wait 6 hours of their precious vacation time to get on a ferry. I strongly suggest you look into flying. There are 3 airports, Ceiba is right across the channel on the main island. Flights to Vieques are $35 each way. Isla Grande is the domestic airpot in San Juan and flights are $75 each Way. San Juan International is the big main airport, flight from here run between $90 and $120. since you are likely flying into this airport, flight from here are most convenient. The other 2 airports only make sense if you are visiting other parts of Puerto Rico before coming to Vieques. The 3 airlines that run these routes are Cape Air, Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco. All of them have online booking.
If you plan on taking the ferry I cannot pick you up or personally check you in if you arrive past 6:30 PM. I will leave you directions to the house, and hide a key. I will personally check in with you the next morning. Keep this in mind if you plan for the 4 PM ferry, Chances are you will leave and arrive late.
There is no Air Conditioning, but the tradewinds, ceiling and box fans keep the air cool and moving. The Apartment has it's own private gate, parking and entrance. Our property sits on 1 acre of fenced grassland and jungle in the Destino neighborhood. Destino is a 5 minute drive from the main town of Isabel Segundo. It is also 5 minutes to the main entrance of the wildlife refuge, which holds the majority of Vieques pristine beaches.
There are roosters. Every property in Vieques, except maybe the W has roosters. It's a part of island life, they are wild and there isn;t much we can do with them. Bring ear plugs if you are sensitive. The apartment does come fully equipped with a modern slingshot, roosters make excellent target practice at 4am.
A note on Beach Umbrella's : We no longer offer beach umbrellas. Vieques can be windy, and our guests have repeatedly been breaking the beach umbrellas we keep buying for the house. We've gone through at least 15 in the last 6 months. If you need a beach umbrella they are sold at the Black Beards, the grocery store and many other shops for around $30. I also highly recommend Palm Trees for shade :)
A Note on Bugs. Welcome to the tropics! we have bugs here. Big Ones. Every property on this island, even the W will have bugs. I'm sorry if you aren't used to them, but it's part of island living and short of A-bombing the property with toxic pesticides, there is nothing that can be done.
Cancellation policy: We maintain a strict cancellation policy. This once again has to do with our budget pricing, if you cancel at the last minute, then it is un-likely the house will re-book. we as hosts will loose the income, and we wont be able to offer this rate for all of our guests. (Codeword: Sofrito!) I'm terribly sorry, but I absolutely cannot offer any refunds on any last minute cancellations. Please understand this policy when you book. When booking, you agree to this cancellation policy and I cannot make any exceptions.
Problems: If you have any problems with anything, I will do my best to fix it as soon as humanly possible. Vieques runs a little slower than the rest of the world. Nothing is going to happen on a Sunday. If you email me at 11PM saying you're having a problem with the toilet, I wont be able to fix it until the morning. It is very important that you call me as soon as any problem arises.
-Smoking is only permitted on the back patio. The front Patio is right above my bedroom and I'm not a fan of the smell. -Please dont invite anyone not staying at Casa Elefante back to our property. This is a safety concern. Petty theft and robberies have been a problem in Vieques and I do not want to share the interior of our home with any potential criminals. -Since we live and work on the same property please be considerate of late night noise. My husband and I are early to bed, early to rise and we appreciate quiet time after 10PM
-Please keep the gate closed at all times. I do not like wild horses pooping in my yard.
- Make sure you provide us with your arrival and departure plans within a week of your arrival so I can plan your pick-up, check in and check out with my house keepers. If this information is not provided we cannot guarantee a pick up.TripAdvisor property ID 2574915...Read more
Casa Elefante*Pastoral Paradise* Jeep Available Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
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My husband and I will off the island from August 18-October 10. We've hired housesitters to manage all of our AirBnB's. Larry and DJ are really awesome, and will be available to check you in and help you with anything you need. They will take over my airbnb account and you will be able to communicate with them through here.
I do want to take this time to warn you about the ferry. It is a absolute mess and incredibly un-reliable. It never runs on time, you have to wait hours for a ticket, and they often cancel ferry runs without any warning. Just yesterday I had a family with 2 small children wait 6 hours of thier precious vacation time to get on a ferry. I strongly suggest you look into flying. There are 3 airports, Ceiba is right across the channel on the main island. Flights to Vieques are $35 each way. Isla Grande is the domestic airpot in San Juan and flights are $75 each Way. San Juan International is the big main airport, flight from here run between $90 and $120. since you are likely flying into this airport, flight from here are most convenient. The other 2 airports only make sense if you are visiting other parts of Puerto Rico before coming to Vieques. The 3 airlines that run these routes are Cape Air, Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco. All of them have online booking.
Left on 07/22/2015 for a stay in March 2015 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 22, 2015Stayed Mar 2015
I hate writing bad reviews, but I also hate arriving at a place when I’ve carefully read many reviews and find that the reviews aren’t representative of the condition of the property.
Casa Elephante is in a great location, and it’s very private. It’s plenty big for two people, or a couple with a kid or two. For some, I’m sure it is worth knowing ahead of time that there isn’t a bathroom door. In general, it’s pretty quiet, other than the usual Vieques roosters. We rented the Jeep and while it’s definitely a “beater” car, it’s perfectly adequate. We appreciated the convenience of having it waiting for us at the airport, key under mat.
We’ve rented houses on Vieques, at this price range, and have never been dissatisfied or unhappy. We understand it's an island, and it's tropical, but It would be pretty easy to address the issues we found troubling at Casa Elephante. We’d even consider staying there again, if these issues were taken care of. In fact, the most exasperating aspect of the whole experience was that so many things would be so easy to fix or address. We left Jillian a note of utensils we felt a “well-stocked” kitchen should have. We weren’t talking Cuisinart (although a blender would be nice since I imagine we aren’t the only tourists who want to make Pina Coladas), we were talking a working can opener, coffee cups with handles, decent plates and bowls, etc. We also let her know that there was an ongoing sewage smell near the bathroom. That may be something they have addressed by now. The internet was intermittent, and we regularly had to ask Jillian to reset it. She expressed her own frustration and mentioned going to satellite, so maybe that will fix the problem. The fridge, as mentioned, doesn’t close. We found this troublesome. It’s the equivalent of being taped shut. We get the challenge of bringing things to an island. But this is a rental, and there is the environment to think of.
The most annoying part of staying here was that neither door had a doorknob. What that meant was that every time you came in or out, you had to lock the door, with the key, or else the door swings open. In addition to being difficult to lock, the back patio door is also missing a pane and is covered with aluminum foil. That, in and of itself, wouldn’t be a big deal, but on top of everything else, it just seemed emblematic of the make-do fixing that has happened throughout the house. Note also the lack of a knob on the wardrobe- such an easy fix, to make things look nicer.
While it looks surface clean, the place needed some serious cleaning (note the bugs attached to the lampshade). The mold in the bedroom (along ceiling) was not only unpleasant but unhealthy.
The easiest things to address are things like a light over the kitchen table (mentioned in an earlier review). Adding some patio furniture would be a fairly obvious addition- the two chairs there are pretty grungy.
Again, Casa Elephante has a lot going for it- the beds are very comfortable, the furniture is nice, and the location (for our purposes) was perfect. The price is reasonable. But a bit more care and attention needs to go into maintaining this rental.
Notes: This couple stayed last winter 5 months have passed and a lot of their issues have been addressed. We have a new fridge, we have satellite internet. We will try much harder with the cleaning.
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Left on 12/05/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 5, 2013Stayed Nov 2013
We really enjoyed our stay. The option to rent the vehicle was a huge plus! Jillian picked us up from the ferry so we didn't have to worry about getting to the rental. The apartment is very cute and spacious.
Left on 11/24/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 24, 2013Stayed Oct 2013
Best setup for island of vieques. Jillian was an amazing hostess that she is super helpful and friendly yet gave us a lot of privacy.
The Place is enormous. Really recommend renting the stylish/rugged suv from Jillian.
Overall great accommodation. I prefer it than the W.
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