My 13-year-old son and I stayed at Ababor Suites for a week. We really couldn't have chosen a better place to stay. Being on the beach was terrific--was a nice place to take walks in the morning or evening and was a great place for my son to do a little fishing. Note that we didn't actually swim in the ocean at Ababor. There's something of a jetty a little way off shore that creates a small "bay" of water that's ideal for wading--if you want to actually get into the ocean you'll need swim shoes, as it's very rocky past the jetty.
We stayed in the Media Luna suite, which was fine for two people. It's basic--but that's all you really need for this type of vacation. Having a cooler and beach chairs to use came in really handy, as we would pack the cooler with lunch/snacks for the day before heading out to the various beaches on the island. (I rented a Jeep Wrangler from Wanda which served us well.)
Wanda was terrific. She graciously picked us up at the airport when we couldn't get a taxi and graciously drove us back the day we left. The only negative about our stay at Ababor was that the front door didn't shut tight--so at night when it was windy (and it was very windy every night) the door banged against the frame, which kept me awake. My son, however, slept through it.
Unfortunately, it rained for two days during our stay (I'm talking monsoon-type rain) so we didn't get to visit all the beaches that we would have liked to. Here's a rundown, though:
Red Beach: very calm, but had the most people on it
Blue Beach: outstanding--great waves--deserted
Navio: outstanding--great waves--
Sun Bay: beautiful and calm--I could see how this beach could get quit crowded, but when were there it was empty
Green Beach: our favorite. This beach is located at the other end of the island (probably a 45 minute drive) and you have to tackle a very pot-holey dirt road, but the water is terrific for snorkeling. We didn't go to the "main" beach area here--we just chose a side path in which to park and walked down a short hill where we had the beach to ourselves. (We did go back a second day and were eaten alive by bugs, so we left immediately.)
We also took a Bio Bay tour, which I'd highly recommend, and did a half day fishing charter with Captain J., which was also good.
Overall, I can't say enough about Vieques--I would go back again. Just be careful when driving--there are wild horses, dogs, cats, and chickens everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The suites are a retreat into your Caribbean beachfront escape. Your quiet beach exploration vacation is waiting for you at Bastimento Beach. Listen to the waves or the sounds of the palm or bamboo trees swaying with the wind. Rest on the hammock on your private balcony or in the gazebo. Watch the waves or the local fishing boats go by. Observe the wild horses pass by. Unwind on your beach chair while the tropical waters bathe your feet. Explore in the provided kayaks or floating boards. At night, enjoy watching as many stars as you have probably never seen before. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ababor Hotel Isla De Vieques