There's not much else to say except that two of us lived a beautiful vacation on an island in the supposedly most rainy month of the year (not one drop) during a time with hardly any tourists and secluded beaches.
For the overall perfect experience, the accomadation obviously plays an important part. Casa Ladera is everything as advertised and for us staying in the Casita, we couldn't have wished for a better time. Thanks Seth for getting us started...
So bottom line, if you like time away from the usual chaos, many many friendly people, snorkeling and stunning strips of sand along the coast, taking care of your own meals (lots of very good restaurants on the island, or nice new kitchen in the Casita), come to Vieques and if you get a chance try to stay at the Casa Ladera.
I spent a week in the Casita with some friends. I would definitely return to Casa Ladera. The property is lovely and we enjoyed the on-site mangos and key limes. The Casita was very well-appointed. The "living room" space is very small but we managed to adjust well. You can always hang out on the porch or poolside. The owners were not in Vieques at the time; however, the guy that they have overseeing the property in their absence was quickly available with a phone call. If you had a larger group, I would imagine it would be great fun to rent the whole property. The beach is about one minute away and offers some decent snorkeling and great sea glass collecting. I'm already starting to plan my next trip (in my mind) and I will definitely return to Casa Ladera.
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We stayed in a wonderful apartment on Vieques, PR - "Casa Ladera" - when we went in June for a friend's wedding. We had been to Vieques before and were charmed to discover Casa Ladera. The owners were warmly and genuinely accommodating, there is a large, private pool, barbecue area near pool, gated yard, a view of the ocean, huge apartment, wi-fi, dish TV - there are three apartments for rent, one is a
darling 'casita'. [--] . We could walk a few steps to a beach, or, of course, drive to any number of absolutely beautiful beaches. We highly recommend Vieques generally, but Casa Ladera was a very special find.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Casa Ladera with another couple, in the casita. We arrived in Vieques and were picked up by Jen, who helped us track down a missing piece of luggage before taking us back to the house.
I had spent time on the website and thought I knew what I was getting, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I got there, the reality exceeded my office daydreams.
The casita is tucked into the property, surrounded by palm trees and flowering plants. It feels tropical and secret. We had a lime tree just outside our door, coconut palms and bouganvilla, a rooftop deck that was perfect for that first cup of coffee in the morning.
Inside the casita, with terra cotta tiles throughout and warm carribean colors on the walls, wonderful wooden and wicker furniture make you feel comfortable. The kitchen is not just an attempt, it's the real deal. Full size refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, stove, microwave, and a full set of plates, silverware, cooking utensils and new outdoor grills complete the set up. And let's not forget the required blender for pina coladas!
Towels (and yes, even robes) are provided for you. The washer and dryer outside the door are an extra bonus, in my opinion.
Casa Ladera is set in a residential neighborhood, one house away from the beach. The beach is a good starting point on your first day, with a little snorkeling and a little beach combing. Yes, you can swim here, but there are other beaches that are more spectacular, and a LOT of them, so try a different one every day. The beaches on Vieques are amazing and you will want to visit them all. Jen and Lauren can tell you what ones will be best depending on what you want: snorkeling, sunning, beachcombing, etc.
We rented a car from Jen and Lauren, it was so convenient and perfect for what we were using it for, as it was an SUV. Some of hte best beaches are at the end of long dirt roads, you do not want to be making that trip in a rented Corolla.
The pool area is pretty, and very well kept. We were given Jen and Lauren's phone numbers when we got there, and saw one or both of them on the property every day. Had there been a problem, they were immediately accessible.
There are several markets in town, and we found that you can basically get anything you want. There is really not much in the way of "tourist" souvenirs...because this hidden jewel is not yet Americanized. You will feel the local flavor everywhere you go, so embrace it! This island, and Casa Ladera, are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity....at least till next year!
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A friend who was marrying in Vieques booked our stay at Casa Ladera, having toured the property a year ago. Not knowing much about the property or the island before going in, I can now say that Vieques -- and especially Casa Ladera -- rates as one of my best vacations ever.
My husband and I and a friend rented the Cassita for a week and were absolutely enchanted by its layout, fully-loaded kitchen (complete with dishwasher and full-size fridge) and washer/dryer just outside the door. In addition, ceiling fans in every room and louvered windows kept the temperature perfect indoors 24-hours a day (though if we'd been warm, we could've opted to close the windows and use the A/C).
From the terra cotta tiling, to the private roof deck to the provided bathrobes and linens, owners Jen and Lauren seem to have thought of everything. Add to that a setting on a quiet residential street just a minute's walk from the beach and a large pool/patio area with two brand-new gas grills, a fridge and outdoor bathroom and you have no reason to leave the property (though you'll want to to check out all the island has to offer in the way of beaches and sights).
As vegetarians, my husband and I loved having a full kitchen and there's actually a natural foods store just a couple of minutes' drive away that stocks vegetarian friendly foods -- from flax seed to Amy's veggie burgers.
Casa Ladera is a first rate place to stay. It's clean, cheerful, well-decorated and you can tell that the owners take pains to keep the property in tip-top shape and are constantly making improvements. Still, the vibe is the best thing about the place. The owners are friendly, flexible and reachable 24/7, have rental cars available for guests, have encyclopedic knowledge of the island and the property even comes complete with a dog (shout out to El Capitan!), for pet owners who may be missing four-legged family members.
We can't wait to go back.