Casa Alta Vista
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... for an extra day, being told at 5 a.m. by Weather Routing
that we are ‘strongly advised’ to stay put due to sea squalls. I was of course
thrilled with the change in plans and remained in bed until almost noon enjoying
my first day off since last Tuesday.
Despite the gloomy sky we donned our rain gear and made the
most of our short stay here heading to El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest
in the US National Forest ...
... Slightly panicked I went to find out what our options were. I found out that there was actually one more ferry, the one mostly for cars and there was plenty of space still. Phhheeww! It would have been a bit nuts if we had gotten stuck on the island considering how difficult it was to find a place to stay in the first place.
After a bouncy ride back we made it to Fajardo where we jumped in the car and headed for El Yunque, then only tropical rain forest in the ...
... not a suitable carrier.
So we headed towards El Yunque with a really nice harness and some other stuff that we needed, but still without a carrier. At a stop light in Luquillo I happened to glance to the right and saw "Pet Shop" ... so I hung a right and Kimberly and I went inside while Ann Marie and Luna waited in the car. They had a perfect carrier, and they were so nice. We told them our story and I think it was all they could do to ...
... communities. Along the way, we encountered a family of chicks on the side of the road and Ronnie captured them in a great photograph which is posted with this entry.
While at Seven Seas we found a comfortable spot to sit beneath a pine tree for shade and we observed many local families enjoying the nice weather on this glorious Saturday afternoon. A walk along the beach permitted us to further appreciate the deep blue and varied hues of the sea and a coastline ...
... The food was really cheap and very tasty. We also had cafe con leche (coffee with milk).
It was recommended in my Fodor's guide to stop at the "El Portal" before heading into the forest trails. Here, we received a lovely park map from Jesus (hay-zeus), who asked if we were hermanas (sisters). This was the second time we were asked that! He also told us the Mount Briton Trail was tough and mostly uphill, but we, as Wisconsin girls could handle it. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Alta Vista Isla de Vieques
Caa Alta Vista is perhaps the best deal for your money on Vieques especially in Esperanza. Inexpensive but nice.
Our 3rd Stay
This was our 3rd stay at Casa Alta Vista, and it just gets keeps getting better. Mark is steadily improving the property. They always treat us well and make us feel more than welcome. We love the Sun and Water, and there is much to see and do. I really recomend the Bio Bay excursion, as I am sure you have never seen anything like this before!
See you Guy's in July, Louis
Just returned from Vieques, where I stayed at Casa Alta Vista. Mark (the owner), Ricky and Saritza were so friendly, laid-back and helpful: they gave me a tour of a few beautiful beaches in Mark's Range Rover, saving me a long walk into unknown territory on my first day. The rooms are plain (bed, desk, mini-refrigerator, fan, shower, sink), but mine served me just fine: I needed to keep costs down, and all I wanted was a place to crash after a day of sunning and biking. (Casa Alta Vista also rents out bicycles and scooters.) And having a little terrace with a hammock and a view of the ocean made the room that much more special.
Great people to stay with
Just two blocks from the restaurants and shops, this quiet little inn was the perfect place to stay. Wild horses across the street and a store downstairs really made for a nice stay, but the best thing about it (besides the reasonable prices) were the people who went out of their way to make our visit as nice as possible. Great place!
Priceless Hospitality in Vieques
The owners/ managers of this inn are extremely friendly and personable, and are both fluent in English and Spanish. The inn is a 3-minute walk from the center of Esperanza (i.e., the second-largest town in Vieques, but also the one with all of the beautiful beaches). The inn is very accomodating, with a bodega downstairs that has everything you could need. The rooms were clean and simple, but the people running the place are what make this an inn I would return to over and over again: they are extremely helpful (instructing you on the best beaches and restaurants) and sincerely pleasant to be around. They live in one of the rooms upstairs, so if you need water or something to eat late at night, they're willing to come downstairs and open up the store. PRICELESS HOSPITALITY!
My friend & I just returned from Vieques and stayed at Casa Alta Vista.
Mark & Ricky were extremely helpful, knowledgable, and fun!
They made sure we had very thing we needed and looked forward to our return at night to hear about our adventures!
Casa Alta is the new kid on the block, so to speak, but they are heading in the right direction!
When I go back, I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else...they made us feel at home and to me that is one of the most important things!
The rooms aren't overly decorated...but it was perfect for us...if that is what you want then Vieques most likely isn't your kind of island anyhow.
I would highly recommend CAsa Alta Vista.
Casa Alta Vista is a wonderful value. The accomodations are perfect for anyone who is looking for nice comfortable lodging without spending a fortune. It had a nice relaxing feeling and I had the opportunity to speak with many friendly locals, an experience I wouldn't have had if I had stayed in a huge tourist hotel. The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. The Esperanza location is ideal and the service we received was excellent. Marc the owner went out of his way to help make sure that we were enjoying our stay. We were within walking distance of beautiful beaches, restaurants, and bars. We rented bikes and snorkel gear from Alta Vista, and with Mark's directions, got the opportunity to bike and snorkel around some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (biking is a great way to see the island). It was also helpful to have the convenience store downstairs--especially to refill on bug repellent and sunscreen.
With most establishments on the island charging in the range of $200/night, Casa Alta Vista was a cheap place for us to spend a night before we moved on to more luxurous accomodations. But as with most things, you get what you pay for. While clean, our room was basic to the extent of being barren. It felt like we were staying in a old and tired college dorm room. Or a hostel.
We spent a wonderful superbowl weekend in lovely Vieques staying at casa altavista. Prior to arriving, we knew nothing about Altavista. What a pleasant surprise though. The location was just right for us. The guesthouse is on a hill two blocks from the strip in Esperanza which means you are within close walking distance to the restaurants and bars but away enough that you avoid the traffic and music at the weekend. The rooms were nice and clean ( our room also had a mosquito net), there's a roof top deck with views of the ocean, the owners were incredibly warm and accomodating ( Marc and Szaritza, thank you). It also has a mini mart with provisions so you don't always have to go the Green store and there's scooter and bicycle rentals. We rented a scooter and rode it to Red beach. You can walk to Sun bay beach (which we did). We paid 50 bucks a night for the room and for value, very difficult to beat.