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Rte. 995, km 1.2 Barrio Pilon, 00765 Puerto Rico See on map
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Free Wifi
Free Parking
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Kitchenette
Breakfast included
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Vale H
Miami
3065
Reviewed 26 Jul. 2017
Now, here’s a travel post completely different to the other ones I’ve written. This one involves an eco-friendly retreat, in the middle of Puerto Rico’s jungle, where guests get to have their own “casita” (small home) with a private kitchen and balcony! In other words, you get to feel at home while being away from home! I spent four relaxing days at La Finca Vieques falling asleep to dozens of crickets and frogs orchestrating a soothing symphony outside my room, waking up to birds singing loudly while the sun peeked in through my window, putting on my bohemian and fair-trade dresses every day, walking barefoot on green grass, picking up flowers off the ground and braiding them into my curly humid hair, sipping fresh coffee at the communal casita with astonishing Pachamama views, cooking with fresh veggies and fruits from the nearest farmers market (and La Finca’s gardens), driving an electric golf cart to the nearest beaches with the most astonishing clear blue waters., and bathing in delicious outdoor showers powered by solar panels. A back-to-your-essence getaway I can’t wait to relive soon!

La Finca Vieques has a unique charming beauty with five guest casitas (entirely built by local women and the current owners) and made with reclaimed materials, solar panels providing electricity and heating the water and pool, and a big garden growing bananas, mangoes, starfruit and passionfruit. La Finca also has a communal casita for everyone to use. A super colorful and bohemian two-floor home offering daily morning coffee, beautiful views, board games, yoga mats, hammocks, and the perfect place for you to bond with other guests if you feel like doing so.

The casita we stayed at was simply perfect! Two floors, big windows, boho décor (just how I like it!), big balcony, colorful kitchen, and recycled furniture.

There are different ways of getting to La Finca and I tried both options. On the way there, I decided to take the adventurous route and chose the ferry. I flew from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico (about a 3 hour flight), took a 1-hr taxi from San Juan’s airport to Fajardo (Ferry station), and a 60-minute ferry from Fajardo to Vieques. La Finca is only a 20-minute drive from the ferry station. The second option is to take a charter plane from San Juan to Vieques, which is what I did on my way back. It’s a little pricier but saves a lot of time since the flight from Vieques to San Juan (or vice versa) is only 30 minutes, compared to the three hours you’ll waste hopping in and out of taxis and the ferry. Whichever route you take, getting to La Finca will make the entire sweaty trip worth it!

The hosts, Scott and Bill, are adorable! Sweet, attentive and kind human beings ready to make your stay extra comfortable, and to bathe you with tips and secrets about the island. We bonded over our morning cup of coffee and, in between sharing our lives’ stories and watching the sunrise, they also recommended which beaches I should visit and what tours to take. During those four days, I got to enjoy the Bioluminescent Bay Kayaking experience, the farmer’s market, the restaurants on Esperanza (one of the settlements in Vieques and an ocean-front area full of bars, restaurants, and tiny stores), and a quiet beach with turquoise water called Sun Bay Beach.

If you are looking for a getaway within the US (Puerto Rico is a US territory, hence, no passport needed), this is the place! Ocean, peace and quiet, eco-friendly “hotel”, nature and delicious food. All in one single gem!

Things to know about La Finca Vieques:

-Eco-friendly

-Made by women with recycled materials and solar panels

-Collects rain water for garden

-Has a garden with fruits

-Beautiful views

-10 minutes away from town and the nearest beach

-15 to 20 minutes away from the ferry

-10 to 15 minutes away from the charter airport

-No A/C but a lot of fans

-Great WiFi

-No need to bring your pots and silverware, they provide everything. You’ll just need to buy the ingredients at the nearest farmer’s market or store. Scott and Bill can also cook for you if you make those arrangements beforehand.

-There are car and golf cart rentals everywhere, but make sure you reserve in advance. They sell out fast during high season!!

-Scott and Bill will provide you with all the tips and contacts you need to book your tours, taxis, etc.

-Service dogs allowed.

Things to know about Vieques:

-Vieques is incredibly safe!

-There are mosquitoes everywhere! Bring your eco-friendly repellent.

-Delicious vegan or vegetarian food spots: 1) El Blok Hotel (cute eco-friendly boutique hotel in Esperanza. Order the vegan risotto or the grilled veggie salad. Delicious!) 2) at Sun Bay they have a small food restaurant. Order the veggie burrito. It’s sooo good! 3) Go to the nearest farmers market and get ingredients to cook for yourself!

-The ferry from Fajardo to Vieques is USD2 per person (yes, only two dollars!)

-The charter plane from San Juan to Vieques (or vice versa) cost us around $150 per person. (We bought it the night before though)
Thank Vale H
lmdja
Massachusetts
13973
Reviewed 11 Jul. 2017
This is not a luxurious hotelt with all the amenities of a high end resort. It is a rustic get-away where the frogs peep at night and the birds sing at dawn. It is in the top of the rain forest with lush foliage, mangos dropping fruit ripe for breakfast and nothing to disturb the sounds of nature.
The pool is lovely surrounded by the rain forest, warm and welcoming. The main house where we stayed has one toilet on the floor with the bedrooms and another on the main floor, it's all very relaxed.
The showers are outside in a small shower house.
It is easily reached by taxi from either the ferry (book in advance) or the airport, only minutes away. A car would make exploring the island easier but can't be brought from the mainland so either rent a car in VIeques or take taxis. It is a small island so they aren't that expensive.
We stayed in the main house, there are other more private cottages that I can't speak about but the location and amenities will be rustic, the charm and location fantastic.
Thank lmdja
831leilar
Charleston, South Carolina
60
Reviewed 6 Jul. 2017
My family of four recently stayed at La Finca! We all loved every minute. From eating fresh mangoes from the the trees every morning, to swimming in the pool, to doing yoga on the deck, to reading in the hammocks, to bird (and iguana) watching from the porch- it was all heavenly. The two person staff were helpful and super friendly. It was the perfect, rustic, nature-filled, magical getaway! We'll be back with friends one day, for sure.
Thank 831leilar
Response from corkyparker, Owner at La Finca Vieques
Responded 8 Jul. 2017
Great! Thanks for sharing -- and of course thanks for coming to stay. Glad the finca's magic worked it's natural charm on the whole gang. That's what we're here for, and --Yep! Come back with friends!
mangualm
Starkville, Mississippi
41
Reviewed 19 Jun. 2017
La finca Caribe is that place naturalist dream about ! We enjoyed the plain and simple living at La finca. The beautiful sounds of nature early in the morning. The sunset and sunrise are absolutely astonishing. Scott and Bill was just wonderful host, they met us at the gate with warm smiles even though we arrived late that evening. This was our first time in Vieques, so as we ventured out Scott and Bill gave us the locations and insights of all the best places to visit. They also are very helpful in our renewal wedding planning ceremony at nearby Sun Bay beach. This is the place we will return to as often as we’re able.
Thank mangualm
Cristian R
10
Reviewed 8 Jun. 2017
Once you enter La Finca you'll find yourselves in a very blessed and sacred place. The vibe is really beautiful and is a great getaway place to reconect with nature and with ourselves. I'll totally comeback to this beautiful place.
Thank Cristian R
Response from corkyparker, Owner at La Finca Vieques
Responded 16 Jun. 2017
Muchas gracias Christian...great to have you here to share this special place with. Tell your friends and come back soon! -- best to you, from all of us
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Description
Vieques' most beautiful rustic getaway and original eco-tourism destination since 1995....A rare taste of the Caribbean -- the way it used to be, quiet, natural & affordable. Perfect for groups of two to thirty, More workshops, family reunions, or romantic getaways for just the two of you. Anyone who likes off the beaten track and wants to experience the Caribbean the way it was meant to be: quiet, natural and affordable. Salt water pool, outdoor showers, hammocks, views and breezes. La Finca is a cluster of handmade houses -- our large wooden main house, Casa Grande, alone can sleep 18-22, but we also have two family size cabanas and two smaller casitas, all on 3 acres of fruit trees & palms, on the off-beat island of Vieques, seven miles from Puerto Rico's eastern shore; a 25 minute flight and a world away from San Juan....We're up in the hills, with beautiful views and tradewinds, three miles away from the bustle of town...Talk about getting away! We're not a hotel, or a b&b ... The finca is our family's own private "finca" that we love to share with like-minded eco travelers -- folks who like things as natural and simple as possible. Our towels don't match, our showers are outdoors (don't worry -- they're private), the skies are jet black and studded with stars, and the property is dotted in coco palms, mangoes, starfruit, bananas, and a dozen hammocks ... Tropical summer camp, quiet and beautiful. Think Swiss Family Robinson... (Please note: Feb-March 2015 renting the whole finca means all houses/cabins with exception of Cabanita and includes 10 bedrooms with 7 baths and can sleep up to 33.) Less
Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Pool
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Refrigerator in room
Beachfront
Room Service
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Suites
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Suites
Number of rooms
10
Price range
USD 87 - USD 195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Formerly known as
La Finca Caribe
Also Known As
La Finca Caribe Hotel Isla De Vieques
Location
Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Suites
Number of rooms
10
Price range
USD 87 - USD 195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Formerly known as
La Finca Caribe
Also Known As
La Finca Caribe Hotel Isla De Vieques
Location
Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
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C Jay R
28 January 2015|
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Response from NewOrleansBill |
Yes young in Esperanza. Hwver be aware that Lafinca is in the hills and the ride up can be tough if you are not a seasoned cyclist.
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C Jay R
28 January 2015|
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Response from NewOrleansBill |
It is a small island so it doesn't toke long to get anywhere. Best to rent a car while there. Publico's (taxi) are also available.
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Room Tips
"My ratings of service, value and sleep quality are all based on my total revue. It is rustic."
lmdja
11 Jul. 2017
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"We always stay in Casa Grande which has a great energy, wide open space, and an adorable kitchen"
marthagulo
5 Jun. 2017
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"We stayed in room 6 and loved the cross breeze from both windows"
Julie011786
20 Mar. 2017
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"wifi available in main lodge in public spaces."
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3 Mar. 2017
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