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EL NIDO (THE NEST) - ROMANTIC TROPICAL HIDEAWAY

Al and Mary Custer

Advertiser since: 2013
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People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Al and Mary Custer

Advertiser since: 2013
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Within 12 hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
3 March, 2015
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EL NIDO (THE NEST) - ROMANTIC TROPICAL HIDEAWAY

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Culebra - El Nido - The Nest

One Acre Hilltop Caribbean Style House

Beautiful Caribbean style house surrounded by porches on secluded hilltop acre. Gorgeous panoramic views from every room.

When El Nido property became available we just couldn't pass it up. It is located on the next hill from our home and the views are amazing. We rebuilt the existing house and added the bathroom and surrounding porches. The project was a labor of love. My wife and I built the windows, shutters, railings, and cabinetry and my son made the unique bamboo furniture from Puerto Rican bamboo. They say when you build something by hand it has a heart beat. El Nido definitely has that.

El Nido is entirely off the grid - it uses solar energy and rain water captured in cisterns. Conservation is a must while staying on the property. Culebra is an arid island and grass fires are a danger. There is NO smoking allowed on the property.

The house consists of three pods all connected by a porch surrounding the house. One pod is the kitchen, living room combination. The bedroom with queen-size bed is another pod and the garden bathroom is the third pod. The bathroom is truly unique with the fourth wall entirely open to view the ocean.

As amazing as the house is, you will spend most of your time on the surrounding porches. The breeze is glorious and views breath taking. Sunrises and sunsets, sailboats in the distance - its hard to leave the porches!

If you LOVE the outdoors - Culebra is the place for you! You can stay a week and visit a different beach every day - all different, unique and gorgeous. You can take a water taxi to Culebrita for the day and explore the light house or just kick back on the beautiful secluded beach. If you like hiking you can explore Carlos Rosario or Brava Beach for the day. For the more adventurous Resaca Beach may be the thing.

If you have never tried kayaking here is your chance. Kayak tours are offered from Tamarindo Beach daily. Snorkel equipment is provided for snorkeling with the turtles.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Al and Mary Custer (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
Call Owner
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
3 March, 2015

About Al and Mary Custer

My wife and I first visited Culebra in 1988 and we were hooked! Just could not get enough of Culebra.

We owned a small guest house for several years and finally made Culebra our home in 2001. We truely can not see ourselves living anywhere else. The fabulous beaches, coral reefs and relaxed life style make this island a paradise. The local Culebrenses are wonderful warm people.

Al and Mary Custer purchased this house in 2012

Why Al and Mary Custer chose Culebra

When El Nido property became available we just couldn't pass it up. It is located on the next hill from our home and the views are amazing.

What makes this house unique

The house is on a secluded hilltop but is close to town. Punta Soldata beach is about a mile away.

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

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El Nido (The Nest) - Romantic Tropical Hideaway
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
Eden Prairie, MN
5

Carla M.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 2 weeks at El Nido. By far one of best rentals we have stayed at. Al and Mary are great hosts and met us at the airport when we arrived. They even guided us to a local grocery so we could pick up a few essentials. The house is immaculate and stocked with all kinds of little extras from condiments to beauty supplies in the bathroom. We spent most of our time outside on the spacious porches. The outdoor shower was amazing! Wonderful breezes with all of the windows and we hardly used the ceiling fans.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Santa Fe, NM
5

One of our best rental EVER!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting properties around the world for over ten years and this was one of the absolute best. Mary and Albert were super helpful and they have built an amazing getaway. The property is very well thought out and clean. We spent mornings diving or snorkeling and then came home to spend the afternoon and evening reading on the porch, cooking and generally relaxing. The outdoor shower was a highlight, as were the two porches. We encountered very few mosquitoes and the temperature was perfect in late December--we rarely even needed the ceiling fans. You will definitely need a car to stay here. We found the snorkeling at Punta Soldado (a quick drive from the property) to be pretty good (and not as crowded as other places).

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is quite a compliment to us that your review was so great. We are very proud of this property. It took over 2 years of planning, contracting, and numerous problems to get this finished property. Replies like yours made it worth that effort. Thank you very much, and hope to see you again. Al & Mary
Montgomery, TX
5

There aren't enough words

  • 5 of 5

This place is very special. Everything you would want in a tropical vacation from the mind-blowing views to every detail at "El Nido".

My only complaint is that I brought too much with me. Pack your suits, snorkel gear, and a pair of sandals. Everything else you need is right there.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent review. We put our hearts and souls into planning, building, and providing this gem. We will continue to improve the property. You were very special guests (Texans), and we welcome you back again. Have a Happy New Year Al & Mary
5

Time in a Bottle

  • 5 of 5

I apologize for my late review. Unfortunately, once you leave El Nido, life speeds up again. I wish I could close my eyes and be back there now. El Nido is the perfect oasis for any couple. High up on the hill, overlooking St. Thomas, is where you will find peace and solitude. We loved the comfort of keeping the doors and windows open to invite the ocean breeze. We nicknamed the house bunny "John Edwards, bunny money". The roller coaster ride up and down the mountain leads to many gorgeous beaches with their own distinct personalities. There are plenty of markets, restaurants, and kiosks to keep your cravings satisfied. We made homemade pina coladas, relaxed on the porch, and gazed out of the telescope for our happy hours. The correspondence with Al and Mary was congenial and inviting. They were out of town and had their friend welcome and introduce us to the area and facilities. I would move to Culebra in a heartbeat if I had the chance. Peace on earth. We all need more of it! Thank you so much Al and Mary for inviting us into your little paradise. We are already planning for a return. I hope you will welcome us once again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are always welcome to our little piece of paradise! I knew you both would love Culebra and I can't wait to meet you on your next visit.
Iles de la Madeleine, Qc
5

Most relaxing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tranquility of the place, the view, the nice BBQ area, the outside shower, and the fact that it is independant in energy (solar and water from rain). The internet wire was broken, but it was even more relaxing! Quite a lot of mosquitos however, even at this windy place! I think the context of the 70 mm of rain, just before our arrival, caused an outbreak! Thanks to the very nice owners, Mary and Al!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. It was quite a compliment considering that you live on the beautiful island of Madeleine. Sorry about the Internet, but I have been assured that the new connection will be done shortly. In the meantime, a wireless hot spot is available. The mosquitoes were breeding, as we had 5.05" (128mm) of rain in the 5 days before your arrival. You were wonderful guests and we would love to have you back. Thinking of visiting Madeleine. Thank you Al & Mary
5

Perfect piece of paradise!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for couples- breathtaking views, a terrific breeze and a romantic setting! The porch is an amazing place to sit and eat your meals or read a book, and the views from the bedroom and bathroom are incredible. Everything about this rental was well planned out. Plus it's just a short drive to the beach and downtown. Can't wait to stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you at El Nido and are so glad you enjoyed Culebra. Hope to see you back here every anniversary!

Location

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Culebra Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Dingy Dock
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Culebra - Fajardo
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Dingy Dock
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa Soldado
Car: necessary

Snorkel with the turtles from Tamarindo beach. Take a kayak tour to Luis Pena. Hike to Brava Beach for the day. Visit Flamenco Beach where the sand is like powder. Get a water taxi to Culebrita and see one of the oldest lighthouse in the Caribbean. Tortuga Beach on Culebrita is the best beach in Puerto Rico.

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Prices & Availability

From $211 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Culebra, Puerto Rico

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1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
5 night minimum stay
$1,053
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$1,436
 

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Rates listed are for double occupancy. Maximum number of guests is 2 adults and one child.

A minimum one-week stay during holiday periods may apply.
30% deposit on booking, balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
Payments made by check.

Cleaning fee additional.

Deposits are non-refundable unless booked period is re-rented.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 560 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Huge garden shower with entire wall open for fabulous views of Vieques, Southeastern Puerto Rico, and stars at night. Your privacy is guaranteed with large planters on the outside floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Sleep in luxury on custom made queen size bamboo bed. Ceiling fan and wardrobe. Recline with a good book and wonderful ocean view of neighboring island Vieques.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Beach bag provided and already stocked with beach towels. Beach chairs and cooler provided for your island adventures.

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