I traveled to Vieques from March 21-23rd. It was absolutely great! Dana is a great hostess, the rooms are well maintained and the whole feeling is just relaxing. The location was very nice and close to the main towns. Vieques is tiny to begin with so it's not easy to be 'far' from much. Breakfast was awesome, pool was very nice and so was the common area. The grounds are gorgeous and Dana is great to talk to. My only concern was, it's a little hard to find the first time around. You have to follow the signs througout island very closely and our first day we left during the day and returned at night so we missed the 'right' to go up the road, and when it's dark on a dark road - its scary. It's also a pretty rocky road, but that's why you MUST rent a jeep while you're in Vieques.
Also, I was having trouble with the email account, it kept kicking it back to me so I just called Dana directly. Much easier and it's free to P.R. so doesn't matter. I would HIGHLY recommend Great Escape to anyone!!!!
What we did in Vieques:
Food: If you're a city person, please note that restaurants close at around 9:30 pm so there's not really option for a 'late dinner'.
BANANAS: Had a pina colada and a chicken sandwich at Bananas. It was 'okay' - it's an ideal location but the food lacked flavor.
M LOUNGE: Very very cute, food was very good. Located in Isabella Segunda.
There was a place we stopped on our way back from Red beach near the fire department that had some DELICIOUS empanadas.
Yes, they are beautiful, but not typical lay out in the sand beaches. Also, besides Sun Bay, you have to drive down a long long dirt road to get there. Plus at the entrance there will be a sign with the 'tourist name, and the regular name'. For example Red Beach is actually known as something else (you may want to remember the 'other' name because most of the signs show that name not the touristy name.
- Sun bay beach is the most ideal for laying out and it has place for food, bathrooms, etc.
- I also liked Red Beach, it was pretty easy to find a nice patch of sand to lay out on and just enjoy the beauty. The other beaches have small patches of sand and a lot of greenery so definitely bring chairs if you plan on sitting on the beach.
Did the bio bay tour - obviously a must. And definitely GET IN THE WATER!!! It looks totally different once you're in the water.
Rented a car from Maritza's car rental. It all worked out, but definitely best if you speak spanish because there was a major discrepency in a) the amount of gas they claimed there was in the tank and b) the amount of time I rented the car for. In the end it was worked out no problems but I think it helped that I was able to explain in Spanish.
FYI - lots of horses around town - most are just roaming around so keep your eyes open!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Great Escape Bed & Breakfast Inn is located on a hilltop on 3.8 acres of land in La Llave, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Almost constant trade winds make for a temperature several degrees cooler than in the towns. There are 10 modern guestrooms and 1 apartment with one bedroom, which, via connecting doors can be rented as a 2 or 3 bedroom. Continental Breakfast is served poolside daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Escape Hotel Isla De Vieques