Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Pura Vida- 8 Seat SUV, 1 Block to Malecon, Kid/Baby Friendly, 100% AC

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Pura Vida is an inviting home located in Esperanza, the quaint fishing town of Vieques as well as the most popular tourist area. The three bedroom, one bath house is located in a great neighborhood, only 1 block, or less than a 5 minute walk, to the Malecon (ocean front promenade). We are 100% Air Conditioned at Pura Vida, stay in a house without AC at night in the summer and you'll know why it's a Nice To Have.

There is a lack of rental cars on Vieques, and if not reserved ahead of time, they may all be sold out. Avoid being left without a car to explore Vieques. Our SUV has three rows of seats holding 8 passengers. If you are a larger group staying at Pura Vida, an 8 passenger SUV negates the need to rent two vehicles, you can everyone fit in one SUV, thus saving you money on both rental fees, gas etc.

We are baby and child friendly! We had our first child in November of 2007, our second in January 2010. We enjoy bringing them to the island and they love Media Lunas gentle waves and shallow beach. At Pura Vida we have a Pack N Play crib, child booster seat for feeding (works well instead of high chair), and two convertible car seats for our SUV, capable of forward and rear facing. We also have a bunch of beach toys, child snorkel gear, books, games and puzzles to keep kids entertained. That is if they aren't worn out after a long day at the beach. We are happy to provide these child amenities to our guests free of charge, pending no abnormal damage to them. Each room is equipped with a TV and a Roku streaming device. We also have a Blu-Ray DVD player, a vast library of DVDs and a Playstation 2 and Wii with games for you to enjoy. WiFi is also included at the house to stream online video such as Netflix through a Roku in each bedroom.

Although we offer a SUV, our convenient location allows one to easily enjoy much of what Vieques has to offer without driving. Stroll to dinner and dine overlooking the Caribbean, grab a drink at one of the oceanfront bars, spend the day at the park, or experience the beauty (and nightlife) of Esperanza Beach and the Malecon, all within walking distance.

Keywords: Home Malecon Esperanza wifi SUV Jeep

More Details

Jeff Blanding
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2018

About Jeff Blanding

We purchased Pura Vida in the summer of 2006. Myself (Jeff), my wife (Michelle) and our two kids (Andrew born 2007, Caroline born 2010) are the proud owners of the property. We have put countless hours of sweat, capital and time improving and maintaining the home each year, which is not exactly easy on a remote Caribbean island!

We feel we provide an excellent location, value and convenience with our vehicle at Pura Vida, and many others feel the same. We have had many repeat guests who have become friends each year, hopefully you will become not only a guest but a friend as well. Each year we continually invest with capital improvements to make your stay more comfortable. We've installed an outdoor shower, completely remodeled the kitchen (summer 2010), and continually update and replace amenities for your satisfaction.

We have averaged over 250 days rented each year since 2009. We would not have rental numbers such as those without amazing and knowledgeable care takers, and satisfied guests. No house can claim to be all things to all people, however we feel we offer a tremendous value and location.

Jeff Blanding purchased this house in 2006

What makes this house unique

We offer 100% Air Conditioning at Pura Vida. All bedrooms and the main living area have AC units.

We are in a very safe neighborhood within walking distance to oceanfront shops, nightlife, and dining. Our 8 seat SUV will be waiting for you in the driveway and costs considerably less than a similar vehicle at a rental agency on island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time at Pura Vida! The house is so lovely and all your reference materials were a huge help. I will definitely recommend your place to friends and hope to stay there again on future trips to Vieques! Absolutely lovely! Joe and Mimi were wonderful as well. You've got some good people down there!
Dec 2012
  • 1 of 39


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • 1 Full bathroom with Shower. 1 Outside shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Green Room (Twin) - 2 twin/ single
    Blue Bedroom (Queen) - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) We have a Pack and Play type crib., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 small sofa which turns into a bed. Suitable for one adult or two small children.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • restaurants
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Wifi hot spot Forward/rear child car seats for SUV Pack N Play Crib Baby monitor Child Booster seat Playstation2 (doubles as DVD player) with games Blu Ray DVD player Roku internet streaming device (netflix) Large assortment of adult and children DVDs Hotel safe


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

93% Complete
3% Complete
3% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Pura Vida- 8 Seat SUV, 1 Block to Malecon, Kid/Baby Friendly, 100% AC
average rating of 4.903226 based on 70 reviews

Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

It was a great house in great condition. It is conveniently located next to a store and the restaurants.

  • Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Comfortable and full of all the little details that make a place home and fun!

  • 5 of 5

Would go back in a heartbeat. Loved the laid-back vibe of Vieques and Pura Vida had the perfect space and location to enjoy it. The car was icing on the cake.

  • Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Location, location, location

  • 3 of 5

The property is more worn down than the pictures show and the chickens and roosters take a little getting used to but the location is perfect for walking to a store or a quick dip in the ocean or catching dinner and local festivities without having to drive. We had everything we needed in terms of coolers and beach towels and there was toy snorkel equipment available for use (no flippers though) if you just want to play around with that. We set up a puzzle for our down time and enjoyed the clean linens and visiting lizards, crabs and horses. Overall a good time but the property could use some upgrade to appliances.

  • Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

excellent location, nice home, very cold A/C which is much needed after all day at beautiful beaches

  • 5 of 5

very nice place, perfect for a beach type home. Had all the necessary amenities. The use of the jeep we rented was a plus and a necessity to get around the island. Great place overall!

  • Submitted: 15-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Lower Langford, North Somerset, United Kingdom

Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect introduction to the Caribbean and the antithesis of Disney the week before. Exactly what we were looking for.

Great house in perfect location for meals out (we loved Duffy's); the beaches (cabins 12 and 13 at Chivas get the gold medals from us); and convenient for the Green Store for pretty much everything you could need.

We've been very comfortable here. The locals are super firendly and Joe and Mimi are terrifically helpful.

For us, the best thing has been the totally unspoilt character of the island. It feels very different to anywhere we've travelled before. It reminds me of remote Greek islands of 25 years ago - sadly no longer as original as then.

Thank you very much for an unforgettable 6 days.

  • Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Wild Wonderful Island

  • 5 of 5

Wowowowowowow! We stayed here for New Years this years with 3 kids 10,7, and 3 and my mother in law and husband and I. Absolutely the best family vacation we have ever had. LOVED the location of pura vida as we could walk to the malecon, pier , and Esperanza beach. Food selection was great, house was well equipped and it was great to not have to bring towels, beach towels, or sheets. The washer and dryer were a bonus to have on property and loved having the car there as well. My other favorite things were waking up to explore a different new beach every day it made every night exciting and it was like a new vacation each day filled with excitement and adventure. The island is crawling with wildlife , it was magical to swim with the turtles and biobay is such a unique experience . The only suggestions I would have is adding some kids books for nighttime reading and I didn't love the chickens at the neighbors house although they really didn't bother us and you couldn't hear them with the air on. Getting to the island can be a bit of a production if the ferry is delayed or your plane is delayed which happened to us but it's worth every second of delay to visit this unique magestic spot. I have been to several carribean islands and another interesting thing I noticed about vieques is that we never encountered one haggler which was very refreshing. Nice people as well. Loved the caretakers ! Oh and the wild horses. I heart vieques and if things go my way I'll be back as soon as I can get there! Better than Disney ANY day!!! Thanks for a great stay. P.s. Super fast refund on the security deposit was a nice surprise and all the information the owners gave in advance made traveling to this remote location a total breeze. Thank you thank you!!

  • Submitted: 8-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Elena Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful review. I'm sure it will help many people in the future, and we thank you again for that. We have a lot of kids books here and put them on our list to pack next time we go down. So glad to hear you enjoyed your time on Vieques and we look forward to having you return as friends in the future! Jeff
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2018
Nov 2 2017 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2018
May 1 2018 - Nov 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2019
Nov 2 2018 - Apr 30 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$127.61
Refundable Damage Deposit C$638.05
Tax Rate 7.0%

VRBO does not provide an option to include the SUV. If you would like to rent our SUV I can send a separate email detailing all costs. From this email you can easily reserve and pay via Paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Contact Owner

Other Vacation Properties