Our family of four, including children ages 13 and 3, stayed at Casa Ladera. We had a fantastic week in Vieques. Casa Ladera was the perfect base for our island adventure. Both Jen and Lauren, property owners, were very nice and efficient. Jen was quick to provide prompt e-mails when booking Casa Ladera. We unfortunately never met Jen as she was away on business, but did have the pleasure of meeting Lauren on several occasions. We were greeted at the airport by Seth (a friend and caretaker when Jen and Lauren are away). Just to note that Casa Ladera does not provide transportation back to the airport/ferry, however, a list of taxis is provided. Casa Ladera is located in a nice residential neighborhood. The property is beautiful and the grounds are well maintained. There is a security gate and fence that surrounds the property. We felt comfortable and safe at all times. We of course took the standard precautions at Casa Ladera (locking doors) and the beaches (never leaving valuables in car or unattended) as you would on any vacation. After a day at the beach we found the comforts of home at Casa Ladera. Most nights we ate in having bought food from the local grocery store (which is located 2 minutes away by car). We found the kitchen to have the essential items needed to cook a meal. The grill(s) located poolside is a nice addition that we utilized as well. Another convenient item was the use of the washer and dryer (downstairs unit has a set and the upstairs unit and Casita share). Although not on vacation to do laundry the washer/dryer was great for the end of the day beach/pool towels. We made use of the pool in the late afternoons. The pool area is very nice with plenty of table/chairs and lounges. We took advantage of the convenient jeep rental that was offered by Jen and Lauren (a jeep is essential in order to get in and around Vieques and the various beaches). The gas station(s) are located just 2 minutes from Casa Ladera. We explored the beach just down the road from Casa Ladera (2 minute walk). My oldest son loved finding sea glass and other beach treasures. The Casa Ladera beach is not really ideal for swimming (especially with young children); however, this is not a draw back as you’ll want to explore the many beautiful beaches of Vieques. We spent our week exploring the different beaches (taking with us the included beach chairs and cooler) and relaxing at Casa Ladera. The entire family loved the Bio-Bay with Island Adventure; truly a must do experience. Vieques and Casa Ladera are for those who are self sufficient vacationers seeking a quiet and laid back experience. We look forward to a return visit. Thanks, Jen and Lauren!
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Right now I am livid because I had a rental agreement contract with one of the owners, Jennifer, and my $500 security deposit was supposed to be returned within two weeks. It is now over a month later, and my security deposit still has NOT been returned. I have contacted Jennifer several times by phone and email. First, she said she did not have my address (scary to think if I hadn't contacted her that she may never have told me this). Now, she is saying that it was mailed. The place was left cleaner than it was when I had arrived and the car was left with 3/4 of a tank of gas (they require 1/2 a tank). So what is the hold up?
I can leave a more impartial review after i have my deposit safely returned.
We (my wife, three children, and I) had a fantastic stay at Casa Ladera the week of April 7, 2007. This was our first visit to Vieques so we did not know exactly what to expect. Casa Ladera was better than as advertised, as pictured on its website, and as discussed in the positive reviews on trip advisor, and it exceeded all of our expectations. Prior to our arrival, we dealt with Jen and she was always extremely professional and offered excellent advice (flights from San Juan to Vieques, restaurants, transportation, etc.) which made our travel easier and more enjoyable. Since Jen was out of town the week that we were in Vieques, we were greeted at the airport by her partner Lauren (who was waiting patiently for us since our small flight from San Juan was 15 minutes delayed) with our rental car (which we rented from Casa Ladera - something that was extremely convenient) on our arrival. During the week, Lauren was always available to answer any of our questions and she couldn't have been more friendly or helpful.
Vieques itself also is absolutely wonderful. We particularly enjoyed Navio Beach for the waves and Blue Beach (Playa Chiva) for its sheer beauty and snorkeling opportunities. We also were pleasantly suprised by the quality of the restaurants on the island. We particularly enjoyed Cafe Mama Songa and El Quenepo for dinner and Cafe Violeta for breakfast (all Jen and Lauren's recommendations). We also had a very good meal at Trade Winds and a lot of fun on steel drum night at Chez Shack. For local flavor, we had great bakery products at the window panaderia in Isabel, great sandwiches at the Viequenese Panaderia in Isabel (more or less across from Media Luna Restuarant), and a very good informal dinner at El Resuelva. Finally, a biobay tour one evening during your stay is a must.
We are very much looking forward to the time when we can go to Vieques and stay at Casa Ladera again. As I told Jen and Lauren by e-mail when we arrived home, I hate to post this positive review for selfish reasons out of fear that Vieques and Casa Ladera will become (more) discovered.
About us – two families renting two units and one car from Casa Ladera.
First impression – “rough”, slightly unfriendly woman picking us up from the airport with our rental car (circa 1995; wanna save 20 $? go for it! Otherwise I suggest renting a new one from a real company) and wanting to drop off only one family. (I guess the tension started when I asked to give a ride to two families)
Second impression – beautiful three-unit hotel in the middle of the rough village with most of the needed amenities. We reached the ocean in 5 minutes an saw beautiful cliffs and picturesque rough waves. (FYI I do not suggest swimming)
Next impression! – If you come at the end of the week be prepared for scarce food supply (nothing to do with hotel, but worth mentioning; food comes on Tuesdays)
Then goes the beautiful island with deserted beaches and wild nature! GREAT BBQ place in the evening (back to the hotel).
Mixed feelings begin with a family moving out of the third unit and the new family (with teenagers) moving in. Next day we discover bottles of ketchup and relish floating in the pool (until the end of the vacation - nobody cleans it!). Then we have a “pleasant” conversation with Lauren telling us that we have to rent another car! (We do not, big mistake) … Vacation has passed 1.5 month ago... Where is our deposit? Hmmm, the “fun” begins! (We should have rented the other car! LOL) First news is that Jen had to charge us 100$ for the “extra cleaning” - amazing excuse!!! I spend 80$ to clean my 4 bedroom home and apparently in Puerto Rico it costs 50$ extra to clean a two bedroom apartment! I make a fuss and then there is a revelation – we are “forgiven” for the dented car door (remind you the old bitten off steering wheel of a Jeep Cherokee circa 1995) and smoke burns in the sink! (That really pissed me off, considering we had 2 kids in each unit and we WOULD NOT smoke inside!!!). Bottom line - be careful of your co-vacationers and unexpected charges!!!!
Thank you for a great vacation! Casa Ladera was perfect for our family. I can't imagine a better location on Vieques. The accommodations were spacious and welcoming, the pool was huge and well maintained. And for a traveling family, the washer and dryer made a big difference in cleanliness and comfort level.
Lauren is so helpful with recommendations and her knowledge of the island. And Jen's website is inviting, welcoming and accurate.
We enjoyed many of the beautiful beaches on the island: Navio Beach, our favorite for body surfing; Media Luna and Sun Bay for calmer waters, and Bio-Bay for a fantastic evening expedition! The beach just steps from Casa Ladera is sprinkled with sea glass, and is a nice location to watch the sun set. All of the other beaches are an easy drive from Casa Ladera.
Rent your vehicle through Casa Ladera; you'll be glad you did. (You'll need a four-wheel drive.)
Lauren and Jen run a great operation. We highly recommend Casa Ladera.
My husband and I recently returned from Vieques, and were thrilled with
our stay at Casa Ladera. It truly was everything the web site and photos
made it out to be, and much more. As these other reviews have mentioned,
the owners were extra helpful and accommodating, and made our stay all
that much more relaxing. We stayed in the downstairs unit, which has a
comfy king-size bed, a big kitchen with all the amenities of home, and a
massive poolside terrace with ocean views right off the living room. The
pool is huge and wonderful for cooling off after a long hot day at the
beach, and we enjoyed grilling and eating out on our poolside terrace
The house is located in a really convenient spot on the island, right down
the road from the main supermarket and just a few minutes by car to the
two towns, the airport and the beaches. Of course it was also great to be
able to walk to the small beach right near the house, which has beautiful
views of the sunset and the other islands. All the extras provided, like
wireless internet, satellite TV, welcome basket, DVDs & videos and more,
just added to the charm of this lovely spot.
We didn't have any problems with theft either at the house or on the
beaches. The island felt safe, was very friendly, and is just a beautiful
place to come to relax and explore. We will be back to Casa Ladera next
Casa Ladera continues to be an excellent Vieques location for families and small groups. Can't beat the beautiful pool, outdoor grill and fridge, and high-speed wireless internet. Okay, it is vacation, but it is nice to be able to check your e-mail. Jen and Lauren manage the property very well and provide great hospitality - assisting with car rentals, airport/ferry pick-up, welcome basket, etc. We have also found it to be a comfortable, fun, and safe place to stay with preschool and school-age children.