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“Not what we expected” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casita Tropical

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Casita Tropical
Ranked #3 of 19 Culebra B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not what we expected”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

From all the good reviews we were excited to stay at Casita Tropical. This was not a good experience for us. The property was run down and the neighborhood was very noisy. I would not recommend this to a friend.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank banks449
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

This February I had the good fortune to be able to return to Culebra for vacation along with my husband and friends. Our stay at Casita Tropical was most enjoyable and memorable mainly because Molly goes out of her way to make sure your experience includes the best that this island has to offer. We plan to travel to Culebra again next year & stay at Casita Tropical for another memory maker!&

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gina B
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Twin Cities
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We arrived on Thursday afternoon by ferry for our very first trip to the island. Once we arrived at Culebra's port, there were taxis available to take you wherever you wanted to go, but Molly was kind enough to pick us up. Upon arriving at Casita Tropical, we found it to be very clean and cozy with everything you would need for a comfortable stay and much more. Molly's warm, friendly hospitality is unmatched - from her extensive knowledge of the island, to the best places to eat, the most ideal spots to snorkel(including free use of her snorkel gear), and the perfect places to view the amazing sunsets. While we were there, one of her guests had a birthday, so Molly made a delicious pineapple upside down cake for everyone to enjoy=] Some of our favorite places to eat were Zaco Tacos, The Dinghy Dock, Barbara's, and Heather's(great pizza!). Every day was largely spent at Flamenco beach soaking up the sun and the area's stunning natural beauty - there's a reason this beach is rated one of THE most beautiful in the
world!!! We will definitely be back to Culebra and would not consider staying anywhere else except Casita Tropical! SO difficult leaving paradise after our week stay, but look forward to returning ASAP. Also, had a wonderful flight from Culebra to San Juan - the views from the plane were spectacular. Thank you again, Molly.....you're THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Angel363
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Netherlands
Level Contributor
124 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Room Tip: The small efficiencies are close together and share a patio and kitchen area. If complete privacy is...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank zwerf
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Dallas
Level Contributor
107 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cardhuneat
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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?

Room Tip: The Casita, with its two bedrooms, is perfect for a family or larger group; the two smaller efficien...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Ann W
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Catawba, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Ray M
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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
Hotel Style:
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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