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PERFECT BEACH HOUSE STEPS FROM SHACKS BEACH, PUERTO RICO

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Colin Gowland

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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PERFECT BEACH HOUSE STEPS FROM SHACKS BEACH, PUERTO RICO

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Isabela - Villa Coqui

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Only a few steps to one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico, Villa Coqui is a classically styled and well equipped guest house ready for your perfect Caribbean vacation. This area of the island is known as the 'Garden of the Atlantic,' and it's easy to see why once you've spent just a short time here. This is truly a nature- and water-lovers paradise with miles of untouched and uncrowded beaches to explore. Snorkeling, kiteboarding, surfing, swimming, fishing, diving, windsurfing and many other watersports are available right out front or at the many surrounding spots within a short drive.

Villa Coqui has been designed in the spirit of traditional beach shacks by optimizing a tranquil, open common space and by minimizing distractions, bells, whistles and touristy knick-knacks. We've deliberately minimized decor and large scale entertainment centers to optimize your tranquil island experience. The decor includes original art of the surrounding area, cool tile floors throughout and simple, comfortable furniture. The expansive front windows provide brilliant light that give the main room an open, airy feel. Enjoy a good book on our 'L' couch, or plan an exciting day with your friends and family at the round kitchen table over fresh local mangos, papayas and oranges. Villa Coqui has plenty of ceiling fans throughout, which help provide great ventilation and bring the fresh Caribbean air direct to your senses. Escape the high rise condo/apartment complexes. Trade the beach hotel experience for a more intimate and private beach vacation.

Villa Coqui boasts 2 bedrooms with A/C in both: one holds a full bed; the other 2 bunk beds. Both rooms also have open, hanging closets. The beds are fitted with all organic, eco-safe, breathable cotton linens and pillow cases for a comfortable and natural deep sleep.

Other necessary amenities such as hot water, refrigeration, a gas range, toaster oven, blender, in-line tap water filter, cooking utensils, and dining ware are provided. The house is best suited for 4 people for maximum comfort and adequate living space; however, an additional person could be accommodated on the couch if needed (additional fees apply). A stereo system and high speed internet with WIFI are set up for your enjoyment at the house.

Outside, you'll find landscaping that includes lemon, palm and aloe plants. Birds and other wildlife frequent the area including wild parrots, pelicans, tropicbirds, doves and cormorants. There's also an outdoor shower behind the house -- perfect for a fresh air rinse after a great beach day. Our porch comes complete with chairs and a small table for relaxing over a morning coffee, book or chat. There's also a charcoal BBQ perfect for entertaining a few friends in the evenings.

The neighborhood is quiet, safe and secluded in a small beach community that claims an extremely friendly Garden Bar just a few blocks away. There are 2 other restaurants within a few minutes by foot. Within about 20 minutes by auto, you can access grocery stores, more restaurants, movie theaters and gift shops. Other activities at the beach or nearby include tropical horseback trail rides, golf, caving, rain forest hikes and more. We're happy to provide plenty of suggestions for recommend activities based on your vacation needs.

We hope you'll enjoy your time at Villa Coqui as much as our past guests. It's one of the most special places on earth, and it makes us extremely happy to share it with you.

We know you’ll be delighted with the accommodations and location, and we look forward to making your stay in at Shacks Beach exceptional.

Keywords: Beach, secluded, surf, surfing, caribbean, kitesurfing, kiteboarding, shacks, villa tropical, Puerto Rico, snorkeling, scuba diving, beach walking, horse back riding, winter vacation, small great house

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle

Colin Gowland

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My name is Colin Gowland. I was born in Canada and spent most of my life there, traveling for sports interests when I could. In 2002, I moved to the Outer Banks to pursue a career in kiteboarding. In the same year, I begun traveling to Puerto Rico in search of the finest wave and wind conditions in the Caribbean. Myself and other close friends and family scoured the island for the best conditions and vibes available - what we found time and time again, is that we really just wanted to be at Shacks. In 2007 I bought the house with a colleague and friend from Hatteras. I now reside in Maine, where I work in the yachting industry. I enjoy sailing as well as most watersports; I also love music-- both playing and listening. I try to get back to this beach house whenever I can. Shacks is a magical spot: one of my absolute favorites, and I sincerely hope you enjoy your time there.

Colin Gowland purchased this villa in 2007
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday villa rental in Isabela, Puerto Rico

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Perfect Beach House Steps from Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews
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Perfect Beach House Steps from Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p381349vbi
2075052202
Isabela Puerto Rico
4

Pretty good

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
Pluses: very nice/responsive property manager, great location very close to beach, nice breezes esp in large bedroom; we did not need to use AC. Use of washing machine. Fenced yard with grass, not too noisy (some barking dogs). Kitchen is well equipped, though no microwave. Nice layout in the main room with a counter + dining table + coffee table/couch area. Small collection of books/games/sand toys.

What could have been better: second bedroom is tiny, with much shelf space taken up by owner's stuff--eg a large number of heavy quilts (?). There are no rails on upper bunk, making it a little precarious for kids. Several things were in poor repair--eg fridge leaked a lot causing puddles on the floor; bathroom smelled; outdoor shower handle fell off every time we used it and there is no door/curtain on the outdoor shower. Not super clean--we found mold covering a pot that had apparently been put away dirty, & under the sofa was filthy. Couch is apparently meant as outdoor furniture, cushions constantly sliding off.

About the location/neighborhood: Shacks is a beautiful, clean beach and you can walk far in either direction. Many good snorkel spots. There is lots of sharp coral, sea urchins, and relatively rough surf and strong currents. There are places where kids can get in, & my five & nine year olds snorkeled happily, but it's not the kind of beach where you can park yourself in a beach chair while kids swim on their own for hours. For that, we drove sometimes to Crashboat (biggish beach with litter, food kiosks, paddle board rentals etc) and Montones (big shallow tide pool that never gets more than a few feet deep & has no waves). At the bottom of the street the house is on is a gross but fascinating swampy area where many birds & iguanas hang out. we enjoyed Ola Lola's (dinner) and the Breakfast Club (on the same premises).

We enjoyed our stay here and the house was perfectly fine, but relative to the three other houses/apartments we have rented in Puerto Rico, I expected it to be nicer for the price. Others were variously bigger, cleaner, in better repair, had nicer landscaping etc for less money. However, the other places we stayed were in Vieques, near El Yunque, & Old San Juan--not in Isabela--it may be that the market here is priced higher for some reason.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi Gwen,

Thanks for your comments. It is always helpful to get other people's views of the house. The Shacks area is very exclusive and so it does have relatively higher price rentals than other places on the island.

We had just done the floor tile in the outside shower before your stay and they didn't have time to install the new shower door, but the shower handle has been attached properly. We have plans to remodel the outside areas this fall to include a shade structure to the front porch for some most needed shade now that the neighbors took down an almond tree that was there before :-( The fridge just started giving us trouble since it is not closing properly, so we will be replacing it when we redo the kitchen this fall.

I apologize if the place wasn't clean enough. I love cleanliness and usually inspect before each tenant arrives, but I was out during your stay and I guess cleaning lady missed a few spots.

The rooms are small and the bed covers are needed when the AC is turned on (at least for Puertorican renters since we get colder faster). We had a few books, but the collection has gotten bigger since guests tend to leave their own books/magz behind for other tenants to use so after reading your comments I went ahead and cleared most of the shelves space and I'm having a railing put in the upstairs bunk!

Its been a good rental season and its easier to fix something when we are made aware so thanks so much for your time to write your comments! We thank you for your business which allows us to keep improving our small, but lovely beach house!

Hope to have you back in Shacks soon!!

Take care and thanks again!
Enily
Helpful votes: 1/2
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Perfect Beach House Steps from Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p381349vbi
2075052202
Isabela Puerto Rico
5

Felt like home

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
Highly, highly, highly recommend this property. Extremely comfortable - it felt like home. I would like to live here forever.
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Perfect Beach House Steps from Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p381349vbi
2075052202
Isabela Puerto Rico
4

Authentic & Fun PR

Authentic & Fun PR
  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
Villa Coqui was a great choice for our family, including two teenagers. Location: Easy to find, even after arriving on the night flight from Newark. Fabulous, as in right around the corner from the beach...a la wake up and stroll the beach or surf before breakfast. Terrrific snorkling. We liked having our own house where we could kick back make our own meals when convenient. Everything was neat and clean. A short trip to grab groceries. Fun places to hang out and meet others - i.e. Ola Lola's. Also, it's a short hop from other notable stops, Crash Boat Beach, Rincon, Arecibo Radio Telescope, Caves, etc.. highly recommended.
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Perfect Beach House Steps from Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p381349vbi
2075052202
Isabela Puerto Rico
4

stay at Villa Coqui

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
Your location was awesome for snorkeling; the weather was not! Due to the storm system in the States, the water was too rough to snorkel during our stay but we loved your location and the area and will come back. Can't count on Mother Nature in a fixed time period! One thing I would recommend is an under-the-cupboard light by the sink and also maybe more light by the stove. I love to cook our meals and sometimes we would be out later and when we got back and I started to fix supper, it was dark and the light by the stove and sink was very poor. One of those battery operated stickup lights by the sink would be great! Other than that, the house was great and the neighborhood quiet. You are blessed to own such a property!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks Roxanne! I will figure out a way to get some more light in there! We have plans to upgrade the kitchen soon and hopefully by your next visit mother nature will play nice! ;-) Take care and thanks for the feedback!
business
Perfect Beach House Steps from Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p381349vbi
2075052202
Isabela Puerto Rico
5

Sweet little beach home

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
We had a great 5 day stay at this cute little house with our two teenage daughters. The beach is 30 steps away from the house, plenty of fun things to do in the area. Nothing wrong with the house or the neighborhood, exactly as described. The yard is fenced in and has shade, so small children could do fine at the house. The wifi was superfast and the iHome greatly appreciated. We cooked about half our meals at home, the rest we ate out at Eclipse next door (2 minute walk) or Ola Lola Cafe (5 minute walk).
The neighborhood was very quiet and safe, the beaches deserted. The ocean was very rough in the days we were there from a storm system offshore, but we swam in the morning or waded in. The waves were a sight to see, beautiful! Horseback riding is right next door to Villa Montana and a fun outing.
The sea urchins on the reefs make swimming a little tricky, but there are several open spots were those prickly guys are not. The best one is just past Villa Montana's beach umbrellas.
Even though the airport is really close by, the flights are scarce. The only ones we would hear were the 9 pm and the 4am. Didn't bother anybody. We can't wait to get back next year! Thanks, Enily!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time Walter! Your are quite welcome! Hope to have you back soon!
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Location

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
BQN
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
#2
Nearest Beach
Shacks Beach
Nearest Barpub
Ola Lola, Eclipse
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Aguadilla Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
Eclipse Restaurant
Car: recommended
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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday villa in Isabela, Puerto Rico

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Summer Special
1 May 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
$130
$135
Fri,Sat,Sun
$795
$2,250
3 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$138
$143
Fri,Sat,Sun
$935
$2,750
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $250.00
Tax Rate 7.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Isabela, Puerto Rico

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking Off Street
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed
  • Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • nude beach
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
We have a selection of books and a stereo that is ipod/computer ready. The beach, one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean is 150 feet from our house.
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