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Review of Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments

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Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Culebra
Certificate of Excellence
Puerto Colombia, Venezuela
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best Time Ever !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

We were very impressed by the property. Everything very peaceful and clean. The owner is most helpful and his employees as well. Everybody is bilingual. Excellent location. snorkel beach and private sandy beach There is also a private swimming pool . You have the best view ever !!! Plus you will wake up to the rooster's call. Wi-fi. There is a pc you can use for free. Hot showers, ac and all other amenities. Anything one needs, the very friendly personnel will cater to your needs.
I highly recommend this place. I will try to come back as soon as possible. Paradise on Earth!

Room Tip: Just check their website and contact them for any special needs. they are very friendly.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

We just had our second stay here and love it for the radiant view, quiet ambiance, and basic comforts – an oasis of calm in the tropics. The units are well maintained, with bedroom, bath, living room and a deck– with the bonus of a stove and fridge, as well as AC and TV in the bedroom. The shower with auxiliary heater is fine for the tropics – no steam bath, but I take a couple of showers with exercise and coming out of the ocean. Outside there is a shower with unheated water for rinsing off the beach sand, a wonderful amenity.

VIEW from the deck is a treat as you can see mainland PR in the distance; at night without urban clutter the stars and moon are wonderful. I like that we are on the hillside a few hundred meters away from the water; I’d rather walk a few minutes to snorkel, or enjoy the pool, than be on the water for lots of reasons  Trade winds keep the bedroom cool in the evening without the annoying hum of AC. Wonderful ambiance for a good night's sleep.

You really want your own rental vehicle for a grocery run, dining out, and exploring other beaches. We so enjoyed a Jeep Wrangler Sport from Carlos Jeeps, low- mileage (3k miles), detailed to the point of Armorall on the tires – we’d rented light duty Japanese SUVs before in the Caribbean, but nothing beats a real Jeep®. While Tamarindo Estates had beautifully paved lanes, the public road to Tamarindo Beach has challenging wrinkles in it – which frankly I enjoy negotiating! Not as rough as Antigua roads for example, but simply part of the fun of an island paradise. We snorkeled several of Culebra’s wonderful beaches, and getting there is half the fun – unless you are a wimp, in which case you should probably stick to Disney World.

Tamarindo Estates was a good value, a fine place in the country, with nice staff- the whole experience leaves us with a happy glow.

Room Tip: We like the 2nd floor for the view and the breezes.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Nick C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

My wife Ellen and I recently stayed at Tamarindo Estates. First off, being in Culebra is like a trip back in time to a place where everything moves more slowly and every one is pleasant and helpful. Don't look for a lot of upscale groceries or great roads. You will find absolutely beautiful beaches, very good restaurants, beautiful scenery, and great snorkeling. Some of the best views and best snorkeling are at Tamarindo where there are three groups of either three or six units isolated from each other all with great view of 180 degrees. Tamerindo has its own private beach with some of the best snorkeling on the island. Jose, the owner, Gail and Dennis, the care takers, will do any thing they can to enhance the quality of your stay. The cottages are certainly as nice as the beach cottages we have stayed at on Sanibel Island. The water pressure is a little low, but this is not objectionable. We would and will return to Culebra and Tamarindo.

Free & Ellen Bishko

Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

This place is our little secret. So I am very hesitant to share our favorite spot. If you are the kind of person that wants the caviar to burst in your mouth in a precise moment, stop reading, go elsewhere. This is not Ritz Carlton style. The cottages are small and simple. You get a small bedroom and a kitchen with all utilities. The equipment is old, but clean and it works. It gets pretty hot in the summer and you need to run AC all the time you are inside. The AC is window type in the bedroom only. In winter nights are cool, so you generally do not need it. The unt is adequate for two and may be one child, no more than that. Although ther are 12 units, we rarely met more than a couple people at a time. The grounds are large. Practically all units have a beatiful view of the beach. You have to walk to the beach for 3-4 minutes. It is a private beach with great snorkelling that begins at less than a foot of water depth. It is all coral, there is no sand, lots of sea urchins, you have to be carefull. There is another beach within 5 minutes walk where you can always find turtles feeding on turtle grass. For sunbathing and swimming you can ride (5 minutes) or walk (25 minutes) to the Flamenko beach. Plenty of sand and coladas there. You can find light fare on Flamenko or go to the town for a restaurant. Alternatively you cook in your room. Tamarindo also has a small freswater pool next to the beach. It is surronded by the walls, very private and for most part you will be the only one there. The quiet and serenity is a trademark of the place, If you like simple and very relaxed vacation - this is for you. The groundkeepers there are very friendly and are ready to attend your needs and give you a nice advice. If you want to move around the island, it is best to rent a car. Taxi is easy to get during the day and is cheap, but forget about it if you want to go for a dinner. For SCUBA divers there is a SCUBA shop in town, but I have a mixed experience with it. As long as this place remains peaceful and quiet, we will be coming there again and again. If you decide to come too, please come in small numbers so that we preserve its beaty and serenty. Have a great vacation!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

Tamarindo Estates Beach Cottages are not on the beach. Although a ten/twelve minute jeep ride (a must for this island) from world class Famenco Beach, Tamarindo cottages are about a quarter mile up the hill from a good snorkeling beach; lots of coral. There are 3 buildings with 12 units. The kitchen is adequate with full fridge, stove, etc. but no hot water! We couldn't get the (plastic) glasses clean. The only hot water is in the shower in the clean but tired bathroom. The BR is very small with a smaller yet double bed. We used the AC at night even if we didn;t need it because the ceiling fan rattled. Tiny closet. No dresser. The best part of the unti was the west facing deck; gorgeous views. Plastic deck furniture however and no chaises. The road in is a mile plus of ruts and huge potholes. Once you bounce your way into the property, it is quiet. However, you have to bounce back out to go swimming or to bars/restaurants. On site staff very friendly and accomodating.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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carbwatch, Owner at Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments, responded to this review, 22 January 2012
The review mentions the 10 minute drive from the airport by Jeep (“a must for this island”), and also that the access road in “is a mile plus of ruts and huge potholes,” and “once you bounce your way into the property, it is quiet”. Unfortunately, we have no control over the roads leading to the property. We realize that most roads in Culebra are in dire need of attention and we would like nothing better than to see them newly paved. In fact, we have a new mayor on the island and he is promising to fix the roads! We may wonder why most vehicles for rent on Culebra are 4x4 jeeps. However, the roads under our control that are a part of the 60 acre Tamarindo Estates are well paved.

Tamarindo Estates is very quiet and provides good privacy. Also to be noted are its breathtaking panoramic views and its remarkable snorkeling beach. One could surely find luxurious accommodations elsewhere in the world, but in today’s fast paced life one would find it very difficult to find Tamarindo’s “private” snorkeling beach, the solitude, and the peaceful feeling as if you had stepped back in time some years, provided by this property. It all boils down to what kind of vacation a person is looking for; obviously not all places appeal to everyone.

It is not at all uncommon in Puerto Rico that houses provide only hot water in the shower, as tap water comes naturally warm enough to clean the dishes. Also as electric rates here are 2 to 3 times that in the United States, and in an effort to keep costs down for our guests, we opt for the warm tap water. We do, however, provide hot water in the shower for our guests’ comfort. If any of the guests feels like they absolutely need hot water in the kitchen, they are always welcome to boil it on the range.

We would like to apologize for the ceiling fan that made a rattle because it was out of balance. We wish that one of the resident managers that are on site and on call, 24 hours a day, would have been notified. Two phone numbers are provided to our guests upon check in, to get assistance. We would have fixed the fan or moved the guest to another room. Upon investigation we found the fan blades to be bent and indeed making a racket. We determined that one of the maintenance men must have hit it with the ladder when working on that apartment. We would like to mention that we are always happy to help with any complaint or request. It, however, takes communication from our guests.

The Tamarindo Estates rental apartments sit on a hill, allowing gorgeous views, and are an easy four minute walk down a well paved trail to its “private” snorkeling beach, the beach house with a lovely lanai, and the pool. This is unlike many beach cottages in the States that are a good hike, in hot sand, to the beach.

All said, the owners of Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments feel they offer a unique vacation experience for the person wanting to get away from the hectic pace of life and relax in peaceful, quaint, and quiet surroundings. Our friendly staff, as mentioned, is always on duty for the comfort and happiness of our valued guests. We do sincerely want our guests to enjoy their stay.
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Additional Information about Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments

Property: Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments
Address: end of Tamarindo Beach Road, 00775, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Culebra
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Culebra
Price range (per night): $154 - $302
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tamarindo Estates provides twelve 1-BR guest rental apartments on a remarkably virgin 60-acre estate, in the quiet and exclusive Tamarindo beach location, across from Culebra's Marine Reserve. It is nicely secluded, yet a short 5 to 7 minute drive to town, where restaurants, grocery, and other stores are located. The 12 guest apartments afford great views of the ocean while you relax and sit on the apartment's private, covered deck. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Tamarindo Estates Beach Cottages Hotel Culebra
Tamarindo Estates Beach Hotel
Tamarindo Estates Beach Resort

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