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Hector's by the Sea
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

My then fiancé and I stayed at Hector's in June of 2012 (just catching up on reviews I needed to do now). The overall experience was amazing. I am usually a person who will only stay at chains and only highly rated B&B, Hector's did not disappoint. The best part of the place is that it is an intimate experience. You are not sharing the B&B with 20+ people, more like a handful! It's very clean and well kept, the pool is beautiful, you can see horses everywhere, and it's a beach walk away to one of the nicest black sand beaches. My now husband and I will be back for sure!

Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Summary
If there was one place in Vieques that combines peace, relaxation, comfort—yet with proximity to almost everything of note on Vieques—it would be Hector's.

The Good
- Pool, hot tub, short stroll to (an essentially private) beach
- Quiet, and only a 5 minute drive to Esperanza
- Clean, comfortable, room; kitchenette; small dining area

The Bad
- The driveway has been washed out several times and has extremely deep ruts. It’s easily (albeit slowly) navigated with a Jeep or other high-carriage car; I wouldn't try it in a sedan.
- No Wifi

Review
Situated on a large piece of property directly on the water, but with plenty of space to stroll around, Hector's has three generous bungalow type lodges, two put together as a duplex and the third (the one my wife and I stayed in) on the second floor of a utility building (The Mango, Casita 1 on their website).

The grounds include a pristine in-ground pool, a raised hot-tub with a view of the ocean, plenty of space to walk or stroll, a large cabana style party/dining building that is open for use by guests (never used as a commercial bar, as far as we could tell), and a short path down to a narrow beach perfect for beachcombing (though not swimming). Beach towels, beach chairs, and a cooler are provided for guest use.

Our room “The Mango” had a comfortable queen bed, a dresser, a bistro table with two chairs and matching place settings with utensils, a kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator, and a large bathroom with shower. It was spotless and had a good amount of room for two adults to move around comfortably. There was a deck with two comfortable chairs and a hammock (note, however, it receives a lot of sun). There's enough parking for a dozen cars or more (since you more or less park in a corner of the enormous yard). There is no TV or WiFi (we found we didn’t need either). Hector’s 3 horses live on the premises, sometimes in their paddock, and sometimes freely roaming the grounds (often eating up the fruit dropped from the trees overnight by our stairs).

Hector's is just a mile away from Esperanza, so you can reach the action in under five minutes. If horseback riding is of interest, Hector's shares a fence-line with Esperanza Riding Company (you can slip through the fence to get to it). Isabella Segunda and the airport are a short drive away.

Hector and his wife Mary live on the premises but were rarely seen, though Hector was easily accessible for questions at several different times during the day. No meals are served (but you can make most anything in the kitchenette). We’d stay here again in a heartbeat as our #1 preference on the island.

Room Tip: The Mango is more private (separate from the other two casitas), but you can't go wrong in any r...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stayed at Hector's in May 2012 and had the best trip! We were in the second story apartment and loved the ocean views from the hammock. We had a quick stop at the grocery market in Esperanza and then the room was equipped with everything you needed for breakfast in the morning then we were close enough to town to get a great meal every night. Mary and Hector were great hosts, they helped us when we needed it, including renting a car that was waiting for us at the airport and very convenient, but weren't overbearing at all. We did have a nice night of drinks with them the last night in their beautiful pavilion and enjoyed hearing stories about how Hector's came to be. I highly recommend staying at Hector's to anyone visiting Vieques, it's your own little slice of heaven!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

My wife and I spent here the last week in December, 2013. Mary was extremely helpful with all the travel arrangements (a rental car was already waiting for us) and email communication was prompt and friendly. Hector is an entertaining guy who made sure to tell us all about the beautiful beaches, local restaurants and other attractions. He was also very attentive to all our needs.
The property is perfectly located near Esperanza. Yet, it is quiet and you are surrounded by beautiful nature,roaming horses, and breathtaking views. Stargazing while sitting in a jacuzzi and having DonQ is absolutely a must. A swim in the pool is very refreshing if you are too lazy to go to to beach:)))
Our casita was spacious and very clean. The beds are comfortable. Our room had all the appliances needed to spend a perfect vacation: refrigerator, coffee maker, and a microwave. It is an ideal location to get away from the crowds. However, Esperanza offers a variety of restaurants and bars, including dancing on the weekends.
I would definitely recommend Hector's By the Sea to my family and friends and my wife and I would love to go there again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Mary and Hector couldn't have been kinder, more welcoming or accommodating to us and their hospitality was only rivaled by the incredible location of their property. I don't think I've ever seen more beautiful sunsets anywhere in the world. Horses roam the area and everywhere you look there is another unique and breath-taking view of the ocean. We particularly enjoyed time on the patio of our casita, swinging in the hammock and drinking coffee in the mornings. There is a large open air dining area overlooking the ocean that is catered for dinner two nights a week which was a special treat. This is relatively new offering and the service was a bit challenged but given the fantastic location and the fact that we only had to walk across the yard to get there, it was a definite thumbs up. We also really liked exploring and watching horses on the beach which was so unspoiled and strikingly beautiful, complete with hand-build rock cairns, lots of sea glass and intriguing tidal pools. The swimming pool and hot tub are pristine and lovely and were a welcome respite from a day at the beach. Some folks have commented on the road up to the property, but we didn't find it difficult to drive at all. The location is very convenient to Esperanza and many restaurants and beaches but you feel a world away when you are at Hector's. All in all, an exceptional experience and a real pleasure to make the acquaintance of such terrific folks.

Room Tip: We loved our casita near the ocean cliff and the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Me and my husband were here on our honeymoon and had a blast!! Hector is a really great guy, helped us a lot with directions, advice and evrything else we needed. We stayed in both mango room and vistamar, rooms were clean, scenery is beautiful, pure paradise! We spent most of our evenings having a drink in the jacuzzi and watching the stars. The place is soooo quite, the sound of the waves is the only noise in the area. We will be back this year again for sure!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We were met, when we approached Hector’s by the Sea, by an imposing gentleman with soft eyes who could have just stepped out of a Graham Greene or Hemingway novel. In a soft spoken voice Hector toured us over his beautiful, splendidly isolated verdant paradise which juts out into the Caribbean Sea. With just three units, Hector’s by the Sea wraps one in singular isolation ensconced with gorgeous views of Esperanza Harbor and the Caribbean Sea. After touring the island of Vieques, and viewing the other accommodations of the island, we would find it inconceivable to consider any other venue, other than Hector’s by the Sea. The natural nature of the access road into Hector’s definitely suggests renting a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Indeed a 4-wheel drive vehicle is also recommended when visiting the beautiful Blue Beach and Red Beach of Vieques and the other remote splendors of the island.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hector's by the Sea

Address: Puerto Real | HC-02 Box 14008, 00765, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range: £87 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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Hector`s By The Sea Hotel Isla De Vieques

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