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“One of the nicest places on the island”
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Casa de Amistad
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“One of the nicest places on the island”
Reviewed 18 January 2006

We stayed 4 days during chistmas. We had #3, which was a nice because we had a small living room. The room was spotless and nicely furnished, kind of scan design styling. Owen was very helpful to everyone.
The common area was great. But the small ice box in our room worked great. Air conditioning worked great.

We looked at a 1/2 dozen other places after we got there and it was the best location and nicest by far.

The island was very uniq. I loved it, my wife wasnt crazy about it. You need 4 wheel drive car. The main steet is a mud mess right now. The other street arent much better. Beaches are 5 stars.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed 30 December 2005

Stayed at Casa de Amistad over Thanksgiving 2005. Had Room #1 (its the one in the picture on their website). Loved the room and the Amistad! Clean and stylish, the Casa has a small dipping pool and kitchen. It also provided coolers and beach chairs/umbrellas for our use. Your hosts (Owen, Dan, Armando and little sweet Isa) are excellent. They're really friendly, warm and knowledgeable - made our stay even more enjoyable. Located in the middle of Isabel Segundo, its convenient to the local restaurants and bars.
Overall a super value! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2005
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed 7 September 2005

I stayed here for four nights at the end of August with my wife and 4.5 year old. We had a nice time and the place was cool. The room was very small - too small for our 4.5 year old, but it would have been fine and cozy if it was just my wife and me. Owen was super nice and cool. He showed us all the good places to go.

It was a bit hot in late August, but still much cooler than Nevis where we stayed the week before.

I put up a few pictures of the trip on my blog at www.stuckincustoms.com . The beaches on Vieques are not to be missed!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed 1 August 2005

Wonderful place, wonderful people. Very cozy, very warm but hip and cleverly decorated. The streets of Isabel II are so bad as to be intentional and deliberate but we got over that as soon as we walked through the door at Amistad. If you must have a four-star resort with everything neat, proper and spotless at all times, keep looking and probably bypass the whole island--Vieques is for "adventurous" relaxation. But we are fairly well-traveled and have stayed at some spectacular resorts and hotels but have never had any that combined charm, value, comfort and service as well as Casa de Amistad. We will definitely return, probably with a large group in tow.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Michigan
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Reviewed 29 May 2005

We went back to Vieques for a three-day getaway in paradise. We took the ferry over from Fajardo (the high-speed ferry from San Juan stopped running in April for the low season) and walked about 3 short blocks to the guesthouse. The pics here and on the website capture the place, but of course don't do it justice.

It's a cozy guesthouse situated on a slightly ramshackle, but nevertheless safe, block in Isabel II. The back courtyard is a little oasis in the small and surprisingly hopping town. We stayed in room 1 (it's featured on the Casa's website in the Rooms and Rates section), which overlooked the courtyard and suited us perfectly. It's not a huge room, maybe 12x12, but it had everything that we needed and was clean and very comfortably appointed with a beach-hippie vibe. Owen is just fantastic, and seems to be known by just about everyone! And Isa is a sweetie, hunkering for a rub when you walk in the door.

We woke up every morning with the roosters (there must be millions of 'em on the island), burned ourselves crispy on the gorgeous beaches, dined at excellent restaurants, and came back to our room to really relax. We could park our jeep right in front of the guesthouse. We were usually out the door before coffee service, but I don't drink coffee anyway.

Must-do's:
-Dining at Tropical Baby, on Antonio G. Mellado near El Patio. She is cooking for our wedding reception. Fabulous, fresh, and healthy food with more of a global touch
-Kayak/snorkeling tour of the biobay with Abe
-Renting a jeep to get around. The last time we were there we took publicos and rented mountain bikes, but to get to some of those beaches without losing 50 pounds of water in the heat, I'd recommend a jeep
-Finding some alone time on one of those gorgeous beaches (this is not hard at all)

We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed 16 May 2005

Me and three of my friends stayed for 2 nights at Casa de Amistad on Vieques. I had read the other reviews and checked out their website. The place looks just like their website shows. We were not disappointed by Casa de Amistad! Without any need to think, we all agreed we'd stay there again! It was a very comfortable, clean, well decorated with a wonderful very personal atmosphere. It felt like I was coming home everytime I came back. Owen, the owner is a very nice and sociable person as well as Sylvia who helps him with running things. I highly recommend this place. The prices are a steal for such a wonderful place.

Vieques in general is beautiful. We took the ferry from Fajardo. It's an hour and a half, but it's relaxing and beautiful. We rented scooters on Vieuqes (I'd highly recommend it), and had no problem getting to any of the beaches. We visited three while there. They were beautiful and pristine. It was such a relaxing time. I can't put into words just how much so. I'd also highly recommend the BioLuminscent bay tour. We went with Blue Kayak tours in Esperanza. It's a phenominal adventure out in this small enclosed bay. These guys give you a lot of info on the ecology and the microscopic lifeforms that bio-illuminate. We found a lot of the people we met while there were very friendly. Overall it was a fantastic two days there before we returned to the main island.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Boston
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Reviewed 22 March 2005

We stayed at Casa de Amistad last year and loved it. It was recommended by a friend who owns property on the Island. We walked everywhere or took cabs. The hosts were pleasant and very accomodating with recommendations for restaurants and things to see . There is a small pool and outdoor patio and of course the beaches are magnificent. The room was comfortable and nicely decorated with an island feel. Coffee every morning and fresh fruit. Very inexpensive use of internet so I could daily read and answer my emails. We went snorkeling off the Island on a sailboat and the skipper was very helpful. The water on Vieques comes form the mainland rainforest and it very drinkable. Watching the sunset every evening over the rainforest in the distance, from the deck of the Crow's Nest was a relaxing way to wind down and talk to locals and other tourists.
The stay in season (February)was very reasonably priced and the weather was a perfect 80-82 degrees. It was a bit over $100 per night.
We took the ferry and upon our return to San Juan spent the weekend in the city and loved that as well. Mel and Jill

  • Stayed February 2004
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Property: Casa de Amistad
Address: 27 Calle Benitez Castano, 00765-3027, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Amistad is a cozy seven room guesthouse located in the heart of Isabel Segunda on the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Close to the ferry, restaurants, bars, museums and the town plaza. A/C, pool, courtyard garden, common kitchen are just some of the amenities. Hope to see you soon... ... more   less 
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