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“Amazing, relaxing and magical getaway!”
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La Finca Vieques
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Seattle
2 reviews
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“Amazing, relaxing and magical getaway!”
Reviewed 22 March 2013

We had a great time staying at La Finca Caribe! Our hosts, Corky and Bill were so gracious and helped us get set up with everything we needed: car rental, snorkeling and kayaking trips, restaurant recommendations and beaches. La Finca is a very welcoming and casual place to stay—it's funky and eclectic, but that is what makes it so special. We loved falling asleep to the sound of the coqui frogs chirping and waking up to the sounds of roosters crowing. The outdoor showers are so awesome too. Everything was perfect and we look forward to our next visit! Thank you Corky and Bill for being such awesome hosts and sharing La Finca with us!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cummington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

I strongly recommend La Finca - our family (two adults, 3 kids ranging in age from 1.5-13) had a wonderful time there. The kids enjoyed the pool, we loved the ability to cook for ourselves. The beds were comfortable, the people friendly and helpful, the living space simple and comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. I'd go again, with no hesitation!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

La Finca is a special place, there is no doubt about that. I was looking for a place to get out of the city and relax on Vieques island, and I couldn't be happier I ended up here! I was traveling alone and wanted a good mix of meeting people, yet being able to completely unplug and relax. This was it!

La Finca is not your typical hotel, it's more Swiss Family Robinson, then your Holiday Inn experience, and this is exactly why you should go. There is nothing more boring then, showing up to your exotic location and checking into a typical hotel room, one bed, one night stand, TV, bathroom, small soaps. The whole point of traveling is for an experience, something you will cherish forever. La Finca is tucked away in the hills of the island, with some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. The whole property is rustic, and lush with plant life. The showers are outdoors and open 24 hours, there is a salt water pool. Every window and door is open giving you plenty of fresh air flowing through the property. There is a large kitchen fully stocked (with pots/pans etc) for cooking, and a ton of places to sit / lay down on for lounging, reading, or taking a quick nap.

Many of you will be coming to get to the beach, so make sure you book a car in advance. You can not walk to the beach from La Finca, but to be honest being away from the downtown areas is really ideal. I rented a scooter since I was traveling alone, it was a TON of fun, but sometimes I wished I had more room to bring a beach chair, etc. Also getting to the smaller hidden beaches on scooter was NOT EASY, but to me was a fun adventure :)

If you want to experience something unique, relax, meet some great people, and really feel like you are experiencing Vieques, come to La Finca. If you want to just spend your vacation watching TV with the AC on, this is not the place for you.

Pros:
- If you stay in the communal house, it's a great way to meet other travelers
- Beautiful views of the island from up on the hill
- Outdoors showers (day or night)
- Warm breeze blowing through the whole house
- Cozy rustic bed rooms
- Beautiful HUGE kitchen (Bring your own groceries to cook)
- Salt water pool
- Plenty of chairs / Hammocks to plop yourself in for a nap or to read a book
- No TV, No Ac (you don't need it!)

Cons:
- The bedroom walls were a little thin, but this is all a part of the experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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corkyparker, Owner at La Finca Vieques, responded to this review, 11 March 2013
Ahhhhhh thanks! You captured the place. And we could tell having you here, the place captured your heart...we love our guests, and love the way they get the Finca! And -- for those of you who want more privacy then the thin walls in the a main guest house, you can choose one of our two little cabins, or casitas for your own. we have all sorts of choices, and you still get to share the place, the pool, the decks , the fruit, the views....and so on. Hope to see you back with your sweetheart before long!
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

A pal and I just stayed at La Finca for five nights, lodged in the Family cabana. The stay was wonderful and really exceeded our expectations. The setting is beautiful. I loved reading while installed in one of the swinging benches on the porches...grilling dinner on our cabin's barbeque...eating on our terrace....listening to evening frogs or the patter of a rainshower on the roof. A morning coffee and an evening cocktail enjoyed on the main house terrace overlooking treetop with a view of the sea became daily rituals for us. One feels perfectly comfortable either keeping to oneself, chatting with fellow guests or tapping into the knowledge and guidance of the owners Corky and Bill. Thanks to them, we were steered to some wonderful island restaurants, beaches and outings. Our cabin's decor was the opposite of cookie-cutter. It had been furnished with cheerful, good-taste...though I will mention that it is not the place if you want all your towels to match...ditto kitchen plates. Next time I visit (soon I hope), I place to mobilize my friends as this is a place that could also be great for a group. There! First time I've written a hotel review, but La Finca deserves it.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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corkyparker, Owner at La Finca Vieques, responded to this review, 2 March 2013
We blush! But still -- we love hearing that we've made your stay more enjoyable. Thank you for sharing. Our mission is providing real folks like you, the real Caribbean...casual, beautiful, natural. Muchas gracias! Come back next year!!
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

La Finca is the perfect place to stay in Vieques. It's simple and beautiful and very cozy. The rooms are rustic, very clean and breezy. The showers were our favourite part, they are communal, with curtains for privacy, and you can see the sky, stars and trees while you shower. So refreshing after a long day at the beach. The place has a communal kitchen, where we met many other travelers and ate, and there is a beautiful deck that overlooks the jungle, with lights and candles set up at night on the tables. The place is a little far from the beach and town (by far i mean only 3 miles), but if you have a car or scooter it's no problem at all. Just make sure you have some sort of transportation (book cars in advance), cabs aren't so reliable on the island and biking is hard with the hills. But you don't want to stay right in Esperanza, it's noisy at night...the location of La Finca was just right for fresh air and serenity.

The owner of the place, Corkey, is a rare and beautiful human being. We were three young women and she was very helpful with directions, places to eat, tours to take etc...she also drove us to the airport when our cab bailed on us..if it wasn't for her kindness, we would have missed our flight. She also chatted with us and genuinely took an interest in our visit...we felt safe and can ask her for any advice! Thanks again Corky, you're the best!

Sarah

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

I rarely write reviews, but I felt the need to share my amazing experience at La Finca Caribe on Vieques. The compound is the perfect place to call your home base as you explore. If you crave simple rooms with screened windows and doors that let in the evening breeze; hammocks that overlook the rolling hillside down to the ocean; a drive through a jungle where it feels if you were to stop for too long, the vines might make you part of them; and on-site hosts who look forward to offering their estate to you, and helping you discover the beauty of the island, than this place is for you. I will return again and again. The rates are extremely reasonable, and the place is in beautiful shape. They offer any combination of separate houses with bath, or a room in the larger house, with shared showers. Definitely more of a camp feel than a luxury hotel though, so if you're looking for the latter, you'd be better off at the "W" down the hill.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, but we stayed in the Casa Nueva, which had a great open space downstairs wi...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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corkyparker, Owner at La Finca Vieques, responded to this review, 15 February 2013
Hey rustic m,
Thanks so much for the sweet words, and of course for coming or stay with us. you so totally get the finca! we love sharing the place, with folks like yourself! so come on back -- like you promise here, and send your friends. Lonely Planet says "la Finca caribe personifies Vieques" . -- but, its not just this magic place....it wouldn't be near as special without our wonderful guests, like you!
( and really this response should go to all the folks who've taken the time to write such sweet reviews...thank you all! Sorry I just don't get the time to write often enough! ) cheers, corky & bill
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

I got the best nights sleep and had the most relaxing time here. Open air, quiet nights (with the frogs!) and really low-key lodgings made this place just what I have been looking for. Pam & Graham were phenomenal hosts and the low-impact style of La Finca Caribe made the stay worry free. Thanks again for a great time and make sure to add to the karma jar! The good karma will keep coming your way when there.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: La Finca Vieques
Address: Rte. 995, km 1.2 | Barrio Pilon, 00765, Puerto Rico (Formerly La Finca Caribe)
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Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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, 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.) ... more   less 
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