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“Loved it (but note that the TA map location is wrong)”
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Casita Tropical
Ranked #3 of 19 Culebra B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Netherlands
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128 reviews
121 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
“Loved it (but note that the TA map location is wrong)”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

We really enjoyed staying at Molly's Casita Tropical for six nights. She is an extraordinarily open and friendly hostess, and a snorkeller extraordinaire. She also knows everything about the island.

We particularly liked the casual atmosphere of the place. We enjoyed the pets running around. It's a basic cottage-like accommodation with older stuff, but everything worked well. Very clean. Plenty of towels. Good airco. Good TV with lots of American stations. Hot high pressure shower. Small kitchenette. Hot plate. Fridge. Coffee maker (taking ground coffee). Large screened patio area (for the small efficiencies) with table and good hammock. Molly gives the place a tot of TLC and it shows.

Plenty of parking. Small above-ground pool was nice, as was the outdoor shower and the wet area to dry our stuff.

I am really quite grateful for the time Molly took from her obviously very busy schedule to help us when we first arrived. This little bit of orientation made all the difference.

There is a free (but basic) gym in the rec centre, just pass the school, about 1200 m from the hotel. Open 7:00 to 19:00.

We found affordable dining on the island to be a problem. Talk to Molly about that when you arrive. There's a charcoal BBQ on site that you can use if you want.

Molly, we did check out the museum on our last day. Thanks for telling us about it.

A point about the location: TripAdvisor's map currently has this accommodation at the wrong location. Contrary to what is shown on the TA map, Casita Tropical is in the residential area right behind the airport, not near the port area where the restaurants are.

This link should show you where it actually is: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=culebra&hl=en&ll=18.314387,-65.30204&spn=0.001757,0.003098&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=47.704107,101.513672&t=h&hnear=Culebra,+Puerto+Rico&z=19

I only mention this because my original plan was to stay near the port and get around the island without renting a vehicle. I chose this accommodation partly because the TA map location led me to believe it was close to the port/restaurant area.

If you stay at Casita Tropical you more or less will have to rent a golf cart or car, which is at least $52 a day with insurance. This was not a problem, once we got over the surprise of the unexpected additional expense.

I'm glad now that this situation forced us to rent a vehicle. It's not all that expensive, and it allowed us to enjoy the island more. We drove everywhere during our week there, and the gas only cost us $20. Riding the golf cart was fun and helped make the trip what it was.

You have the view and usual sounds of a residential Puerto Rico neighbourhood at night (including crowing chickens, barking dogs and the occasional radio), but it didn't bother us at all.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dallas
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

My wife and I did a little get away to Culebra. Since there is no major commercial hotel development, we found this place and were very happy with it!

This is a placed owned by Molly, who if I recall is a former resident of Pennsylvania. She has been on the island for quite some time, and makes it a great stay. She is clear about her rules - no sand or smoking!

But this is a great central location especially if you fly into Culebra. You are right next to the airport, which amazingly enough was not really a disturbance factor to staying here. I guess you get used to the sound of the small planes taking off and landing. One thing we had an issue with are the sounds of the roosters on the island...they were crowing ALL night it seemed like.

One thing you will want to do is spend all of your time at or near the water - Flamenco and Tamarindo are your spots...Molly does a morning snorkel at Tamarindo and shows you were the turtles are, so you are in good company because she does a morning snorkel on a regular basis it sounds like. She also has beach chairs and ice chests for you to use while at the beach.

Now that I am writing about this experience, I am going to start planning my return trip and will definitely stay here if there is availability!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2014

If you choose your vacation lodging to some extent based on the likelihood of interacting with fascinating, nice people, then the Casita Tropical is for you! Molly is an outstanding hostess: friendly, accommodating, and full of useful information (like where to rent a golf cart at half the going rate). And the other guests are frequently a lively mix of ages and backgrounds.

We just returned from nine wonderful days in the Casita, enjoying the very comfortable queen sized bed and the completely equipped kitchen where we cooked most meals. It was nice to have the living room to spread out in, though we didn't even turn on the new looking TV. The only down-side was the noisy roosters, but ear plugs and the fan for white noise made them a non-issue after the first night. When we were disappointed that the restaurant where we wanted to take our friends was closed, Molly offered to host a BBQ on the patio and include them! While we and Molly's other guests contributed a few side dishes, Molly spread out an entire feast that included perfectly grilled Cornish game hens. How can she do something like that while still charging the lowest rental fees on the island?

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Catawba, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

It is such a pleasure to review Casita Tropical! The moment I saw the large, comfortable room and the hammock hanging in the screened porch....I knew I was home! We spent 2 days enjoying Flamenco Beach and eating local food from the kiosks. Maybe the most beautiful beaches in the world. The next day Molly took us to Tamarindo Beach to snorkel with the Hawksbill Turtles, Stingrays, star fish and all the beautiful fish that make a reef alive. The next night there was a party...we brought the Pina Colatas. All the guest and friends of Mollys joined in to celebrate our vacation together....what a wonderful experience...OK, this vacation rental took on special meaning in our lives. Beyond the great accommodations, there is Molly. There are really no words to express our thanks for being the "Best Host Ever". Molly introduced us to the Juice Man across the street (a daily visit ) and took us on several snorkel trips with her dog Sophie. She knows the Island and the people that make this island special. She brings it all to her guests with a smile and enthusiasm. There is no better ambassador for Isla De Culebra....Thank you Molly, we love you and we will be back really soon! We wanted more than a room on an island, and we got it.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Casita Tropical is the perfect traveler's travel rest stop! It's a quaint quiet guest house located in a neighborhood about 3/4 a mile from the ferry dock and the main spots in town. Since it's not located in the center of town it's much more private....even with the shared kitchen and screened in porch. The owner Molly knows everything there is to know about the small island. She will gladly pick you up from the ferry or airport and she even got up at 5 AM to drive us back down with all our luggage in time to make the 6 AM ferry.

Casita Tropical has bikes and snorkel gear you can check in and out. We never had an issue using the beach cruisers to get back and forth to town. I wouldn't recommend them for further than town excursions...but Dick of Dick's bike rentals will gladly come and drop off some SPECIALIZED MOUNTAIN BIKES if you want to ride all over the island.

The room was super clean. Had a fridge, A/C, hot water, beach towels, bath towels, clothes racks and hangers, The screened in porch we shared with the unit next door had a small electric range, dishes and cookware to cook if you decided to go to the store. There was also a couple of hammocks which we enjoyed nightly. There is even a pool to take a dip in after your day of hiking or kayaking.

The world famous Flamenco Beach is a hefty hike from Casita Tropical but we managed to walk it in about an hour.

We can't say enough good things about Molly and her guest house! We will definitely be returning to the island and Casita Tropical will be our only place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Casita Tropical is warm, comfortable and welcoming. the location is great and you have everything you need including towels, chairs and even snorkeling gear. Molly is an extremely accommodating host and you will want for nothing while you are with her. She truly makes you feel like family.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Molly is awesome. We mostly stayed here because the reviews were so complimentary of her and they are well deserved. Molly's guest houses are behind the airport in a residential neighborhood. Molly does a great job maintaining the grounds and providing a lot of items a person might need or forget on a beach vacation. The room is well appointed with air-conditioning, a couple of fans, fridge, toaster oven, bathroom, and some side tables. There's an enclosed shared space outside the entrance to the room with a table, chairs and a hammock. The neighborhood and grounds aren't fancy; neither is anything on the island of Culebra. If you're expecting the W then this is not the best place for you. For us, however, it was perfect. Molly is friendly, knowledgeable, and lent us her snorkel gear and gave us helpful tips where to go. She has the cutest dog named Sophie and there are plenty of cats who have adopted her around the house. Culebra is rustic, laid back, populated with plenty of ex-pats, and has the most beautiful and clean beaches I have ever seen. This island hasn't been corrupted with development or commerce which is a great thing when it comes to enjoying the simple island life.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casita Tropical
Address: 72 Villa Muneco | Bo Resaca, 00775, Puerto Rico
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Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Culebra
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Culebra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small Garden Guesthouse.All first floor units -Two small guest rooms accomodating 2 guests each with, TV, AC, private bath and kitchenette, screened in patio.-One large guest room accomomodating 6 guests with 3 ceiling and 3 floor fans, kitchenette and TV, open air screened in windows. House accomodation with private bathroom, kitchen, livingroom with TV, 2 bedrooms with AC and full beds, up to 5 guests. (Can combine with large efficiency for larger groups) ... more   less 
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