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Casa de Kathy - Walk to the Beach/BioBay

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum
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This charming two bedroom apartment, which sleeps five, is on the first floor of Casa de Kathy. Casa de Kathy is located in Esperanza, the PREMIER tourist area on the south coast of Vieques. We are a 5-7 minute walk to the town beach and a 15 minute to walk to Sun Bay. We are a fifteen minute ride to Playa Caracas (Red Beach) in the Wildlife Refuge. On the boardwalk ('malecon'), only two blocks away from the apartment, you will find reefs for snorkeling, restaurants, shops, and BioBay tours. One block away there is a convenience store and a bakery. The owner, Kathy, lives on the second floor and is available to orient you to the beaches and advise you on your tour to the world's best bioluminescent bay! Since 2003, Casa de Kathy has been rated EXCELLENT on Tripadvisor. Great value fo...This charming two bedroom apartment, which sleeps five, is on the first floor of Casa de Kathy. Casa de Kathy is located in Esperanza, the PREMIER tourist area on the south coast of Vieques. We are a 5-7 minute walk to the town beach and a 15 minute to walk to Sun Bay. We are a fifteen minute ride to Playa Caracas (Red Beach) in the Wildlife Refuge. On the boardwalk ('malecon'), only two blocks away from the apartment, you will find reefs for snorkeling, restaurants, shops, and BioBay tours. One block away there is a convenience store and a bakery. The owner, Kathy, lives on the second floor and is available to orient you to the beaches and advise you on your tour to the world's best bioluminescent bay! Since 2003, Casa de Kathy has been rated EXCELLENT on Tripadvisor. Great value for families…children welcome. Kathy promotes sustainable, green business practices. THE APARTMENT INCLUDES: Queen bed, two twins and a sofa bed (sleeps five) ** AC and wall fans in all rooms ** Living room with sofa bed ** Large, fully-equipped kitchen ** Spacious tiled bathroom ** Quality linens, beach towels, beach chairs & coolers, portable barbecue grill ** Decorated with Caribbean artwork ** Great wifi connection ** Personal DVD player and movies ** Guidebooks and maps ** Outside dining area ** Use of second floor balcony with panoramic ocean view ** Pack & play crib GREAT LOCATION: We are located on a quiet, residential street in Esperanza where tropical flowers and fruit trees are abundant. Great ocean views, sunsets and breezes from the main balcony. Walk, bike or take taxis to your destination … car not necessary. If you decide to rent a car, there is on-street parking in front of the apartment. Minimum stay varies from 1-4 nights, depending with the season. One and two night reservations are often accepted for bookings when your arrival is within 2-3 weeks. Sleeps up to 5 people. We recommend no more than 4 guests for longer rentals. BEACHES, BIOBAY AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS: Beaches Near By: Good Beaches within walking distance from Casa de Kathy • Esperanza Beach (7 minutes walking). • Sun Bay, Media Luna, Navio (between 20 to 60 minutes walking) • Coco Beach (7 minutes) Good Snorkeling within walking distance • Under the long pier in Esperanza • Cayo Afuera (Outside Key), the island in front of the restaurants, is the best close-by snorkeling. Rent a kayak or borrow my dive ring to avoid being hit by a boat. • Shore in front of the Malecon (get in at Bananas and swim west towards Trade Winds). • Coco Beach is west of the Malecon and has good snorkeling. Black Sand Beach – One hour to walk there and come back leisurely. Beaches in the eastern Wildlife Refuge (formerly the U.S. Navy base): All the refuge beaches have pretty white sand and are good swimming and snorkeling. • Playa Caracas (renamed Red Beach by the Navy). Snorkel on the east side (left). • Playa La Chiva (Blue Beach). snorkel on the east side of the big island in the bay and along shore on the sandy point in front of the island. • Playa La Plata (Silver Beach). You need a car or bike to get to these beaches. Taxis to Red Beach: $15 for two people each way, $20 for four. Taxis to Blue Beach: $45 up to three people. North & West Coast Beaches - Playa Gallito (just before the airport), the beach on the east side of the Mosquito Pier and the end of the pier, and Playa Arenas (Green Beach) are popular for swimming and snorkeling. Bio Bay Tours / Snorkeling Trips - One of Vieques’ most famous and enjoyable attractions is the “Bio-Bay”. It is best experienced with little or no moon. • Abe's Bio Bay & Snorkeling • JAK Water Sports (clear bottom kayaks) • Melaya's Bio Bay Tours • Taino Bio Bay Tours • Bieke Eco-Tours • Fun Brothers • Island Adventures (electric & paddle boat) Horseback Riding: Esperanza Riding Company – trails on the coast and behind Esperanza Taxi Horses - trails along beaches and hills on the north coast near the airport Sea Gate Hotel - trails outside of Isabel II, near ferry dock Other Attractions - I recommend a trip to the Conde Mirasol Fort & Museum and the Punta Mula Lighthouse in Isabel II. It is also worth a trip to the Puerto Ferro archaeological site north of the entrance to Sun Bay, about a quarter of a mile on the left. In the west, visit the 375 year old ceiba tree, Mosquito pier, the ecumenical chapel & Laguna Kiani. SHOPPING AND OTHER STUFF: Stores - El Dulce Panaderia (bakery) and Colmado Lydia (variety store) -one block away. La Tienda Verde (Green Store) at the entrance of Esperanza is a bigger variety store. Spanish Language - If you are a native English-speaker and also know some Spanish, be brave and USE IT. Although many people in Vieques understand English, they will appreciate you trying to speak their primary language. ATM’s – There are two ATM’s in the banks in Isabel II. And a few private ones in Esperanza. Unlimited Wi-Fi is available. Recycling We recycle aluminum, plastic, cardboard and paper. Best Radio Station: 90.1 Radio Vieques More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Ocean Views
Paper Towels Provided
Cycling Trips
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Staffed Property
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Fishing Nearby
Alarm Clock
Blender
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
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Reviews (2)
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Kathy has obviously been doing this for a while - pretty much everything we needed was right within reach including beach chairs, towels, AC and fans, kitchen and bath supplies, TV, music and a fascinating collection of local history and tourism books. She was a...More

Date of stay: February 2017
Thank Ken F
casadekathy, VR Owner at Casa de Kathy - Walk to the Beach/BioBay, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

Ken and his family were happy, laid back guests and were a pleasure to host. They did not rent a car but took a taxi to our famous Playa Caracas in the Wildlife Refuge to do some snorkeling. They also walked to the Esperanza beach...More

Reviewed 25 January 2016

We stayed here for two weeks during our honeymoon in June of 2015. Kathy was very friendly and helpful. She was always willing to discuss/provide tips on the best beaches, places to eat, or how to get around the island. She also frequently left fresh...More

Date of stay: June 2015
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casadekathy, VR Owner at Casa de Kathy - Walk to the Beach/BioBay, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Thanks to Brian and Brie for this very positive review. I enjoyed hosting them. I do need to clarify that they did NOT stay in the two bedroom apartment which has a full kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. The studio accommodates two people. Also...More

About the Owner
Kathy G
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2015
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About the neighbourhood
Casa de Kathy is located in the coastal neighborhood of Esperanza, two blocks from the famous 'malecon' or boardwalk where you will find the beach and restaurants. You can walk one block to a bakery and convenience store. The houses are painted vibrant colors, lush vegetation abounds, and dogs, cats, chickens, roosters and horses roam our streets. Our people are friendly and helpful.
How to get there
Many of my guests just walk to the beaches, bio-bay tour pick-up, and restaurants. For remote beaches, you can take a taxi or rent a car, bike or scooter. Taxis to Playa Caracas in the Wildlife Refuge is, for example, $15 each way for two people. Scooter rentals are about $50-60 per day. Car rentals are about $60-85 per day.
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