I first stayed at TradeWinds MANY years ago after spending a horrendous night elsewhere on the island. Got up in the morning and looked elsewhere, ending up at TradeWinds, where the lackadaisical summer staff put us up.
If you're expecting pampered luxury, this is not the place for you. If you enjoy camping out, as I do, TradeWinds may seem like luxury. The rooms are a very comfortable step up from camping out. Don't expect TVs, phones, or luxury bathrooms. DO expect clean rooms and good AC. That's what you'll get. You might get the odd bug (this IS the tropics, and they're right outside).
My first experience at TradeWinds was good enough that I have revisited the place 6 or 7 times since, and I have enjoyed it every time, especially the service from the owners (Harry and Janet) and the regulars.
I understand that staffing the place in the off-season is a problem. That's true everywhere. I have been to several out-of-the-way places in the Caribbean off-season, and you will find restaurants closed and guest houses staffed by temporary ex-pats without much in the way of hospitality skills. This has been less of a problem at TradeWinds than elsewhere.
The rooms are very comfortable--if just to sleep in--and their breakfasts are a great way to start the day. Equally good marks for the restaurant and bar.
I have enjoyed every stay at Tradewinds and I look forward to my next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the south side of Vieques, Esperanza fishing village is the place to be. Since 1984, Trade Winds - within walking distance of beaches and restaurants - has offered affordable rooms, a congenial atmosphere, popular bar and fine restaurant specializing in Caribbean lobster. All rooms are air-conditioned, non-smoking and most have shared terraces. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served al fresco overlooking the tranquil harbor. Easy access to biobay tours makes Trade Winds the savvy choice. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Trade Winds Guesthouse Hotel Isla De Vieques