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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Casita Tropical Hotel Culebra