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Coco Loco Guesthouse
Ranked #13 of 32 Isla de Vieques B&B and Inns
Randolph, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Perfect for us - like staying with old friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2009

Joe and Margo made us feel so welcome, even before we got there! They were helpful with advice and answered our questions about the island and activities. Joe told us a funny story about a guest who showed up with a set of golf clubs (there is no golf course on Vieques). We stayed in the small studio. it has an extra large bathroom with counter space tor making coffee and sandwiches. The room was clean and nicely decorated, no need for AC. We felt safe in the neighborhood, even walking home after midnight. There are coolers and belly boards available to take to the beach. One thing the first time traveler to Esperanza should know is that there are roosters running free all over the place and they start crowing after midnight and don't stop until morning. (this will be the same anywhere you stay in the town.) We were fine with this, but if it would bother you, get the AC and button up the windows.
Coco Loco has 3 very friendly dogs and 1 charming cat, they recognize who the guests are immediately but will bark at strangers. Just so you know.
Don't miss the breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked bread from the bakery right around the corner, get there early, yum.
If you're coming to Vieques for the first time, realize it's pretty much a DIY type vacation. You should rent a jeep if at all possible (book far ahead), but even without a vehicle, Sun Bay beach (the only beach with facilities- but is very nice and excellent snorkeling) is only about a 20 min walk. Even Esperanza harbor has good snorkeling . But if you want to have say, a mile or so of beach all to yourself, you'll need to drive (or hike for an hour or 2). We used Maritza's car rental, which we would highly recommend. They picked us up and dropped us off promptly, and didn't bother to charge us for an extra couple of hours overtime. If you need to use a publico (taxi), we highly recommend Julio's taxi service. When our bags didn't come on the same flight we did, he dropped them off later, no charge. Very nice guy, prompt and reliable.
We were a little disappointed with the Marauder sail/snorkel charter, only because the place they took us we could have just as easily gotten to by land. However, they were very nice, had good equipment, gave good tips for what to look for, and served up a tasty lunch.
Last but not least - down on the Malecon, try skipping the tourist joints once in a while, go across the street and check out the homemade pastelillos (turnovers) made by Laura at the little trailer (I think it's called "La Rana", next to the pier). She had native conch one night and native lobster another - out of this world! She also had homemade lasagna and other goodies, different menu every night. No liquor license, but no problem, just bring a six pack, her husband and his buddies will be happy to let you join in a game of dominoes. They play music on the nights the locals joint "La Nasa" isn't open, so we danced the night away to old school Salsa!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Owensville, IN
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2008

We planned far in advance for our honeymoon on Vieques hoping that we could choose the right places. Upon arrival at Coco Loco we knew instantly that this was the perfect place. Joe showed us to our room which was spacious, immaculate, comfortable (my back didn't hurt for the whole week we were there), well stocked and beautifully decorated. Immediately after showing us to the room, he began to tell us where to eat, where to get gas, what time things closed, the best places to go, etc. He was so helpful in every aspect.....AND he was doing it alone. Margo, his wife was on vacation herselt, and Joe was left to tend to the guests every night alone! Joe was very hospitable. We even borrowed 2 movies to watch on our down time. His home, his rooms, etc were absolutely safe. We never worried for one second that we might have our items stolen or gone through. I can't say enough about this stay. It was wonderful, the room was wonderful, the amenities, the hospitality....We felt we made a friend in Joe. We hope to go back to Vieques time and time again. Each and every time we go, we will stay with Joe at Alas Del Coco Loco!!!!!!!

Stayed April 2008
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2008

We rented the one-bedroom apartment for a week and found everything exactly as advertised. It's clean and spacious, stocked with basic kitchenware, a large bathroom with plenty of towels and hot water, on a residential street five minutes walk from the water and the Malecon.

The owners, Margo and Joe, are easy-going and friendly, quick to offer advice and recommendations if asked but not at all intrusive.

The only downside - and it 's not specific to this guesthouse but to the island in general - is the noise of crowing roosters and barking dogs during the night. Whoever said roosters only crow at dawn never lived on Vieques! But we got used to it pretty quickly, and had a wonderfully relaxing week.

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  • Disliked — Noisy roosters
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2007

That was our first trip to Vieques Island, so we had spent a lot of time on-line looking for the most convenient and inexpensive accommodation for 4 adults. We were truly surprised by Coco Loco as soon as we got there. Everything was wonderful. The property's location, owner's attitude, the guesthouse itself (big rooms with a/c, nice clean kitchen and restroom with all necessary equipments, large balconies, etc.) were above all expected. Though Margo was not at home during our 3 days staying there, Joe was so nice and helpful to us that we'll never forget our experience of Vieques this summer and will strive to visit Coco Loco again.

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Property: Coco Loco Guesthouse
Address: 14 Calle Hucar | Esperanza, 00662-2847, Puerto Rico (Formerly Alas Del Coco Loco Guesthouse)
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coco Loco guesthouse is walking distance to just about everything you need: beaches, little grocery stores, pizza shops, parks, and the Boardwalk (Malecon) with oceanside restaurants, gift shops, bars, clothing stores, a museum with an aquarium of local creatures, rentals of kayaks, snorkeling equipment, jet-skis, and scooters, and more! The Biobay Tour companies pick up people at the corner of our street. We are in the popular neighborhood of Esperanza- but just far enough from the Boardwalk to be free from its occasional noisiness. You can walk a block and a half to join in the fun, or stay behind at Coco Loco if you want to relax! We offer cottage-style beach living at a very low price. Stay for one night, two nights, or however many you need. Our Studio is perfect for short visits or a low budget vacation. Our One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments have wonderful balconies, and stairs to the rooftop! The apartments are spacious and comfortable for however long or short a time you'd like to stay. ... more   less 
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