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26 reviews
Villa Bonita
Villa Bonita
Captain\'s Quarters private terrace
Captain\'s Quarters fully equipped kitchen
floating
Dive Boat loading at marina
Playa Santa
Playa Santa Beach
Gilligan\'s Island
Angel says: See you at Villa Bonita
Perfect Sun Set
Island Scuba: dive shop & boat: just steps from Villa Bonita
Manglillos: Beautiful -snorkel,shore dive, swim, float, picnic, tan & so much fun in the SUN!!
Island Scuba (sanjuandiver)
Did I mention FISHING?  The Best!!
Sun Set at the Beach: Playa Santa
La Jungla ~ Just Relax . . .
Playa Santa Water Front~Beautiful Beach access
Marina~steps from Villa Bonita
Paddle Boats at PLAYA SANTA
Pino's Banana Boat Ride
PINO'S Boat & Water Fun
Having a Great DAY!
Great food right on the BEACH!!
bananas at the Villa Bonita!!
little beach - just a few steps
always lemons!!
catching some sunshine
Boat Tour with Pino's Boat & Water Fun!!
One of our favorite restaurants-watch the SUNSET!!
Just before Sunset
Morning Swim
Local fisherman bring in fresh fish/lobsters/octopus daily-just 2 houses from Villa Bonita
Little Beach
bedroom 2 of 3 at the CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS
fully equipped kitchen
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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Guanica, Puerto Rico

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Very good - based on 26 reviews
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jena1974
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My home in PR”
Reviewed 11 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
2
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Exceptional value if you want a home away from home. You are treated like family with as much attention as you like or don't like. The place is clean, safe, hot water works all the time, and air conditioning when you need it. This was my second stay. March was the first. Wonderful if you are going to dive with Island Scuba too. Hoses are provided for rinsing and taking care of my gear.
I'm already planning the next trip!!!! Thanks Barbara & Bonita, see you again soon.

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Travelling group: Large Group
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4dakz
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best trip ever!”
Reviewed 4 March 2013 for a stay in January 2013
3
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Villa Bonita is located in a wonderful area of Guanica a short walk to the beach. The accomodations were great clean and comfortable. Barbara met our every need playing most tour director in answering our many questions reagarding where to do and what to see. We spent time in a neighboring town Parguera. Where we took a bio-luminesent bay tour. We went to a wonderful Rum Bar! Ask Barb she can tell you how to get there it was amazing. The boys fished and had a huge catch of Dorado.

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Liked best: Bonnit's mother Barbara, the beach, the atmosphere the comfort of it all.
Liked least: Probably the roaming dogs they were all so cute and I wanted to take them home! It made me sad.
Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
4 Mar 2013
Diane & Family
Thanks so much for your review!! My MOM is GREAT. She loves PR as much as we do!
We need to get together soon-can't wait to meet you all in person in PA or in PR!!!
Always welcome to our spot! My mom loved having you at the Villa Bonita!
May the SUN SHINE on YOU and keep YOUR HEART WARM!
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Pavel J
Winterthur, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The best guest house on Puerto Rico”
Reviewed 20 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
2
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We spend two days in Ensenada (next time will be more) to go dive with Island Scuba. Barbara was really friendly, the room is large and well furnitured. Great view on the see.
There is no problem to wash up wetsuits and all the diving equipment.
For divers definitely the best choice to stay in villa Bonita and go dive on the Wall dive with Island Scuba.

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Liked best: simply nice place a good guest house
Liked least: nothing to complain
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
20 Jan 2013
Pavel !! Gracias!! Barbara said you were great!! You are welcome to stay with us any time! Island Scuba is the best!!
Hope to meet you in person when we get down there !!
Bonita
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Karen H
San Diego, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed 5 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012
3
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My husband and I stayed in the larger area of this house with 4 other friends. We had a great time. The house was clean and had everything we needed. The manager was extremely helpful and friendly. She knew everything about the area and gave us many great suggestions of where to eat and what to see. We would stay here again in a heart beat.

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Travelling group: Friends
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penmick
San DIego, California
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“We loved Playa Bonita!”
Reviewed 23 July 2012 for a stay in July 2012
2
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We were a group of 3 couples traveling together. Playa Bonita was the perfect place for us to stay. It is a tri-level. The bottom level is where Barbara, the manager lives, the top level has a small studio. We stayed on the second level. It had a full kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a very large outside deck. The bedrooms each had an airconditioner.

Guanica is very small and not a big tourist spot. We loved it because we are divers and there is a great dive company 1 block from the house. There are lots of great places to explore in this area as well. The beach is 1 block away. There is hiking in the dry forest a few miles away, snorkling, kyaking, historic towns to explore, a cute little winery, and beautiful seanic drives.

Barbara was so friendly and helpful. She shared ideas of places to eat, shop, beach spots. She had an ice chest that we could borrow for excurtions, BBQ if we wanted to cook.

The house is not fancy but was clean, comfortable and in a great area if you are not looking for city life and crowds. The property is gated and had plenty of parking area. We wish we had stayed longer and will return here again!

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Liked best: The location and Barbara!
Liked least: That we din't stay long enough!
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
23 Jul 2012
Penny & Crew My husband & I really wish we could have met you all! My mom says you all did it all and made it your own. Thank you so much for your kind words ~ we love the Playa Santa, Guanica area and it is our pleasure to share it with you!! Bonita **Let us know what else we can do for you for your next visit!!
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Scott030
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Incredible Hospitality and Value, Exceeded ALL of our expectations.”
Reviewed 27 March 2012 for a stay in March 2012
3
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Absolutely tremendous!!. One block from three of several tremendous beaches, one block from the fish market, beautiful area for a local neighborhood walk. This area is NOT your typical all inclusive resort atmosphere, this is pure Puerto Rico including friendly islanders and local cafes/bars. We LOVED it! Barbara was extremely attentive and guided us impeccably through our every need or request. We explored the Guanica and surrounding region every day and Barbara ALWAYS directed us to a wonderful new destination. We went fishing with the locals and I have posted a few pictures, there are dozens of scenic pictures I wish I could include. Barbara's Parrot Angel is a lovely, entertaining "watchdog" and we thoroughly enjoyed her. Barbara made sure that we had ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that might make our trip more enjoyable. This rental facility is wonderful. If not for the fact that my wife, Kathy and I & Steve and MareMare want to always see new places, Villa Bonita would be our vacation destination over and over again. It could not have been better! Our heartfelt thanks to Barbara. Scott

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Liked best: The tremendous hospitality, attention to detail, and helpfulness of Barbara (and her Parrot
Liked least: Having to leave for home
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Mar 2012
Thanks Scott & Crew
You all took full advantage of our beautiful spot in paradise and made special moments all your own! My Mom is a fantastic person and we are so lucky to have her look out for and take care of our Villa. I can tell by the smiles on your faces that you enjoyed every moment-my husband and I only wish we were there to share some good times and lots of laughs with you all. We certainly hope to meet you all in the future! Bonita & Jeff
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njt68
irvine, ca
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent place for serious SCUBA divers”
Reviewed 15 February 2012 for a stay in February 2012
2
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My wife and I stayed at Villa Bonita for a week to dive with Island SCUBA. I highly recommend both Villa Bonita and Island SCUBA.
We were offered a package deal as SCUBA divers that made a full week in Guanica affordable. The family who owns Villa Bonita, Barbara, Bonita and Jeff, made us feel very much at home during our stay. They were very accommodating whenever we needed anything (including cheese!) and their check in and check out times are flexible for SCUBA divers in case you need to squeeze in one last dive before you leave. Villa Bonita is less than a block from the ocean, dive shop and fish market so we enjoyed cooking as much of the fresh and local seafood on the BBQ as possible.
This is a great place to stay if you are interested in SCUBA diving a wall that compares to Belize or Grand Cayman, in my personal experience, and you would like a nice place to stay. This is not a good place to stay if you are looking for fine dining or nightlife that includes more than the one local bar.
Island SCUBA is run by Pedro Padilla and his wife, Nayda. They have a fantastic dive shop, they offer good quality rental gear and they will bring out the dive boat in the middle week with only a few divers. If you get the chance, go out on an odd day to try and catch a boat with only 2 or 3 other people. Pedro is also a great photographer and his work is all over the internet. Just type "Pedro Padilla Island SCUBA" into Google images and see what comes up.
Other than diving, Gillian's Island makes a great day trip and many other cool cities like Playa Joyuda, Cabo Rojo and La Parguera are a short dive away.

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Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
15 Feb 2012
Hola Nick
What a great pleasure to meet you both!! Thanks for the delicious grilled Catus-just to mention a bit of both your wife & your cuisine talants!
Hope to have you stay with us again-we've discovered more great treasures in our Playa Santa area.
Have a good winter!
Bonita
Villa Bonita
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