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“Center of Relaxation”
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Casa Resaca
Ranked #2 of 20 Culebra B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 March 2014

For a very relaxing vacation baby-moon we wound up choosing Culebra for three nights. It's a great, new, two story guest house with a comfortable bed. The two best things about Resaca are the hosts and it's central location to everything. Culebra is small and inhabited by chickens and bugs. No matter where you go you can't escape them. But Resaca has nice windows, doors, and screens to keep the bugs at bay and the noise to a minimum. You need an understanding of Culebra to appreciate how great this place is. Thank you Cliff and Maureen.

Room Tip: The two rooms upstairs are more private. Nice size, nice layout, nice bathroom.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

We enjoyed our recent 3-day stay very much. Please be sure to note that Casa Resaca is only open during the winter months. It is extremely popular, so be sure to plan far in advance. Part of the allure is no doubt the welcoming and helpful host and hostess, Cliff and Maureen. We particularly liked the location, as it was a bit quieter neighborhood than many of the places closer into Dewey. I agree with other posters in that a car or golf cart is a must.

One of the things we most enjoyed were the common spaces where guests gathered to enjoy morning coffee and cook breakfast. We really liked that Cliff is an early-bird so coffee was ready when we were! The kitchen is well equipped so just about any kind of meal can be made. There is also a gas grill available. We bought groceries for breakfast and lunches upon arrival, but also had one evening to eat in with all of our restaurant leftovers. Beach chairs, coolers, frozen gel packs, water toys, etc. were all available for use. We also enjoyed birding in the lush surroundings while just sitting in the lanai with our binoculars and a cold drink! Cliff generously loaned us a laptop so we could see the Culebra on-line bird guide.

For the price, we thought that Casa Resaca was an exceptional value. That said, we cannot give exceptional marks for the Casita. Please don't get me wrong - we enjoyed our visit very much, however given the choice I would probably try one of the different rooms. There is a wiring problem in that one cannot run the air conditioner and take a shower at the same time. Even though Cliff warned us, I foolishly made this mistake and wound up covered in soap trying to find my way out of a pitch black bathroom! It actually was kind of funny, but not at the time. I didn't make that mistake again! We did run the air-conditioner at night mostly as it was just more comfortable and quiet when the neighboring chickens started to party early in the morning!

We did like that the Casita was very private as compared to the other downstairs room, but it also seemed to be quite the "ant magnet." We constantly had dead ants in various locations around the room. Cliff removed the night light which helped a little bit, but there was still an inordinate amount of ants. On the other hand, I'm glad that strong consideration is used before using poisons, but even for long-time outdoor tent campers it was still a bit much. Of course we know from living in Florida that occasionally there's just an "ant invasion" that is temporary in nature! Next time, I'll just bring ant traps! And what is "paradise" without a few bugs?

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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CMDCulebra, Owner at Casa Resaca, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2014

Thank you so much to these very interesting and well traveled guests for taking the time to write a review for Casa Resaca.
And, for also pointing out that we are only open seasonally Jan.-April(4 months). This is clearly posted on our website, but often goes unnoticed, as we do receive room requests year round. I apologize for this confusion.
Although ants have never been a presence in any room, there was an odd collection around an electrical outlet during this guests stay. ( We agree and stand by not spraying chemicals in this fragile & beautifully unique area of culebra).
And, as mysteriously as the ants appeared, they disappeared within a few days. Just normal life in the tropics ! Cheers !

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Summary
A clean, spacious, family-run B&B tucked away in a corner of Culebra.

The Good
- Large, clean rooms with king bed (two twins put together), sitting area, shelving, hangers
- Friendly, knowledgeable owners
- Beach amenities: chairs, towels, snorkel gear

The Bad
- Tight parking
- Sometimes tricky shower with hot/cold water
- “Beach” towels were brand new, but a bit small and thin

Review
Casa Resaca is a comfortable little family-run B&B situated about 5 minutes from the airport and just ten minutes from Dewey. Owners Cliff and Maureen have lived in and around Culebra and Puerto Rico for over twenty-five years and are a wonderful source of knowledge about the island (and many if not most of the bar and restaurant owners on Culebra seem to know them). Their little dog Chica is a great mascot for the place.

Our room was quite large, with enough room for a king-sized bed (it was two twins together but it worked out well), two end tables, a comfortable easy chair with ottoman, and a large, open-framed shelving unit with plenty of space to hang clothes (and dry damp clothes out – great for post-beach). The bathroom was also large with a beautifully done shower. The only drawback here is that the water is solar-heated and “on demand,” so a hot shower was a bit more challenging to use than a “normal” shower. Air conditioning and a ceiling fan keep the room cool and provide some white noise if needed.

Resaca also provided one of the best little thoughtful amenities we found in the Caribbean: small, soft bath mats on each side of the bed to get the sand off your feet before getting under the sheets.

Two rooms share a small, private porch with seating and there is another public porch with a couch available. Coffee (no food) is served in the morning in yet another screened-in porch area with couches and chairs - this area is somewhat shared with the owners. The attitude is laid-back, and we found sharing the space more of a joy than anything. There is a small dunking pool available for guests to cool off.

The parking is for about two Jeeps and a golf cart, but is tight. The Casa is tucked away in a forested corner of Culebra and not “near” any beaches, but you’re never more than 10-15 minutes drive away from a beach in any case. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: We stayed in the front main guest house room and loved it.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Cliff and Maureen, owners of Casa Resaca, are the perfect hosts. Staying there was like being guests in their home. A comfortable room, great Puerto Rican coffee waiting in the morning, beach chairs and snorkeling equipment at the ready, our hosts encyclopedic knowledge of places to go and things to do on Culebra, all contributed to a perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Casa Resaca during our stay on Culebra Island. Cliff and Maureen were very accommodating in helping us discover the "must sees" on the island. They even let us use their snorkeling gear to swim with the sea turtles on Playa Tamarindo. The bed was comfy and we slept with the windows open as the cool breeze blew in. The only annoyance was the roosters crowing, but they are something you have to deal with all over the island. We would recommend staying here and hopefully we will be back sooner than later. OH and pay attention to the handmade soap in the bathroom. It smells great!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Casa Resaca on Culebra (my current favorite island) was the perfect base for soaking up sun and warmth in the midst of this year's frigid winter. Maureen and Cliff are genial, interesting folks, full of information not just on local beaches and restaurants but on Cape Cod oyster farming as well. Our room on the lower floor was spacious, clean and inviting, with ceiling fan as well as efficient air conditioning. We appreciated the air conditioning as much for sound insulation from the crowing and clucking of the feral chickens/roosters as for the night time cooling. The communal kitchen is well equipped for meal preparation although we relaxed over Cliff's morning coffee before heading out for breakfast and enjoyed dinners in the island's restaurants. For us "vacation" includes neither cooking nor major dishwashing. Snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the remarkably clean and uncrowded beaches are the best. Culebra is a low key island. The absence of cruise ships and related tourist shops and fancy resorts while a significant plus for us, means the island is not for everyone.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We stayed at Casa Resaca for 3 nights and would have extended our stay if we could have. The hosts Cliff and Maureen are wonderful hosts and the guest house is clean, inviting and relaxing. The shared living space and kitchen are great for meeting new friends as well. We had a bottom floor room which was large and comfortable - each room has its own air conditioning unit as well. Casa Resaca is tucked away in the middle of Culebra's highest mountain but is still close to pretty much everything. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back and recommend it to friends. If you're going to Culebra, stay here!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Resaca

Address: Calle Resaca, 00775, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Culebra
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Culebra
Price Range: £68 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OPEN SEASONALLY JAN.-APRIL and CLOSED MAY-NOV.-Newly constructed Casa Resaca is located on the edge of town as you make your way up to the lush Mt Resaca area. Just minutes from the airport, restaurants and Flamenco Beach, you have the best of both worlds in this uniquely convenient and yet secluded location. As an owner operated Guest House we are available to help you discover all that is happening in Culebra, or leave you to explore on your own. *Sorry, adult(17+yrs.) Children only. ... more   less 

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