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Apr 15th, 2006, 12:08 PM
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part of the fun is in the planning and anticipation! i agree. somebody on line also mentioned bravo beach hotel in vieques. have you any info. on that one?
i hope you have a wonderful time and come home with some great stories to tell.
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Apr 15th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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We looked at the Bravo hotel and were enticed by its good reviews but not so impressed with the website. The website (as I recall) didn't have a lot of detailed information about rooms, ameneties, rates for extra person, etc. It looked very cool and hip, but we wanted a place that exudes warmth and welcome, if that makes sense. I could have totally misread the place, I grant you. And a vacation is really what you make it, after all, at least in my opinion. No doubt we would've been happy there, but at this point I'm well-primed to love the Hacienda Tamarindo.
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Apr 15th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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If you haven't been there yet, you can find reviews on all of these hotels at tripadvisor.com.
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Apr 15th, 2006, 03:11 PM
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I replied to another post about the Inn on the Blue Horizon. We have been there for cocktails at their beautiful outdoor bar several times. We dined there (at the outdoor bar with the bar menu) and it was great, but I think they have changed chefs since then. The restaurant has a new name. The grounds are peaceful and beautiful and you always feel secluded, but I just felt that it was for the really elite. And that is fine, but there are all kinds of people and everyone is looking for something different. So it was not "us"! We prefer to be out there with the locals getting a feel for the culture.
We were at BBH last night, at the Palms bar, you feel like you are away from the rest of the world in this little outdoor bar within the pool area. It is a bit upscale, but comfortable. We dined from the tapas menu and the food was excellant.
I cannot offer any info about the hotel itself, except that it is in the Isabelle II part of town so you need to go through town and all the reconstruction of the roads. They are a trip!
Hacienda Tamarindo, is beside the Inn on the Blue Horizon, so is near Esperanza, it is closer to the tourist type restaurants. Do try the local places...
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Apr 15th, 2006, 06:30 PM
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soggydollar, you say you feel the Inn on the blue horizon is for the "elite". were you "uncomfortable" there? i like a place that is a combination of very nice but comfortable. i don't want to "rough it" on vacation but i also don't want to be intimidated by the surroundings or the staff. can you clarify what you mean?
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Apr 15th, 2006, 07:33 PM
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After finding out our house was double booked, we were put into a different house and location. We thought our vacation was truly not going to be what we wanted it to be.

What we discovered was that Vieques was not about your "housing". Because its so low key and not very developed, you spend your time in the towns and beaches.

While we ended up with a house on the hill with a view from the pool of Culebra and Puerto Rico; our best memories are of our drives through the neighborhoods and towns.

Just go and enjoy! We can hardly wait to get back!!!

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Apr 16th, 2006, 06:27 AM
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The staff at Inn on the Blue Horizon was very nice, and very welcoming. This one bartender there was a hoot! We went inside the check in office to get some info and the young man working there was extremely helpful and nice.
I guess what I felt the last time there was here are all these couples sitting around this beautiful circular bar, but no one had a smile on their face! It was sooo quiet.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that the guests we saw that night were kind of "stuffy". There I said it and I hope I do not get blasted!!!
You will feel comfortable with the staff, it is a beautiful place.
As Beachgirl said, you may find yourself out exploring and spending time on the beach, that where you stay may not matter!
But the hardcover book, "Vieques" by Gerald Singer. Lots of info in there. We hiked to this black sand beach (down an old dried up riverbed). We learned about the hidden things like that from the book.
Have fun...
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Apr 16th, 2006, 08:29 AM
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i know exactly what you're saying. wherever we've stayed in the caribbean, the only time we're usually at the hotel is in the morning for breakfast and in the late afternoon and early evening when we're getting ready to go out to dinner. many times i haven't even taken a swim in the pool because we're out exploring in our rental vehicle all day. the thing is we do like to come back to a "nice" room with a "nice" bathroom and a pleasant place to sleep that's not loaded with bugs that bite. i agree that the island is the thing we're most interested in but it's terrific to have a lovely place to stay with a staff that's friendly and helpful.
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Apr 16th, 2006, 10:34 AM
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Then I think you will be extremely happy at the Inn. The setting is serene and tranquil, and the staff is welcoming.
Try calling them or emailing for their brochure, it includes pictures of some of the rooms and the grounds.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 05:09 AM
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how far is a beach from Hacienda Tamarindo and Inn on the Blue Horizon? just curious because it's lovely to take a walk first thing in the morning and at dusk. also, how far a ride is it from the "airport" in vieques to these hotels? i assume one has to take a cab to the hotel. the suggestion was to make sure you rent a jeep. does everybody agree who's been there? my husband drove a n.y.c. taxi when he was in college so he's pretty fearless about road conditions but if a jeep would be better i'd like to make arrangements.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 06:07 AM
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Rent a 4x4. I think most of the rentals down here have 4x4. There are "mini-craters" on the road to Navio Beach and it is a beach you really do not want to miss.
Also for exploring the Fish and Wildlife grounds.
There are lots of taxis waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel. But if you rent a car, perhaps they can meet you at the airport.
The hotels you are talking about are about 1-2 miles from the waterfront in Esperanza, which connects to Sun Bay. A wonderful place for a morning walk.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 11:50 AM
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my husband is an avid saltwater fisherman and always brings his gear when we travel but rarely has any luck fishing from piers or gettys or the shore in the caribbean. does anybody know of any good places for him to fish in vieques without going out on a boat?
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May 9th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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ejcrowe-have you returned from your trip to vieques and hacienda tamarindo? if so, how was it?
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May 10th, 2006, 04:55 AM
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ejcrowe doesn't leave for Vieques until May 19th! I think you can hope for a report around the end of May ...which I'm eagerly awaiting!
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May 10th, 2006, 05:10 AM
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hi, putch and highflyer--

I leave next Friday morning and will return very late on Tuesday evening. I'll see what I can do to have a trip report posted by the following evening, but if not, definitely by the end of the week.

Let me know if y'all have any specific questions or interests that haven't been addressed here on the forum, and if I can, I will check them out while on the island.
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May 10th, 2006, 10:59 AM
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Hi ejcrowe!

We're travelling to PR (3 nights)and Vieques (4nights) in Nov. We've booked Hectors by the Sea on Vieques (I was considering the Haciendo Tamarindo but I read that children under 15 weren't accepted there... we have a 9yr old and a 15yr old).

We're interested in the Biobay tour (are you going with Island Adventures?), good beaches to snorkel from and maybe a snorkeling trip by boat.

Any up to date food recommendations would be appreciated too (the more casual the better).

I look forward to hearing about your experiences and I hope you have a wonderful time... bon voyage!

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May 10th, 2006, 01:22 PM
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we're trying to decide between martineau bay, haciendo tamarindo and inn on the blue horizon.
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May 10th, 2006, 03:13 PM
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Depends on what you are looking for. Tamarindo and Blue Horizon is a toss up, more or less. Both are boutiquey hotels. Martineau Bay is a more traditional resort-like hotel with probably 6 or 8 times the numbers of rooms that the other two have. All are great.
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May 13th, 2006, 05:05 AM
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would you say that they are all the hotels are kind of "equal" and that we should take the hotel that offers the best deal, in terms of price? since i'm trying to see if any tour operators can give me a package that includes air and land, it seems like i should go with the best numbers since there aren't great differences in the "quality" of the hotels.
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May 13th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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The only one that you are likely to find as part of a package is Martineau Bay. As I said earlier, it really depends on whether you want something large or small. For other reviews, I would advise you to check out tripadvisor.com
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