on June 24, 2005
Casa Ladera is a rental villa that sits on the north coast of Vieques with a view of Monte Santo beach. We stayed in the two-bedroom casita right next to the main building, which also has two more two-bedroom suites.
The casita is separate from the main house and complete with a nice bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. It is painted tropical blue outside and a calming salmon color inside. The doors in the living room open up to the patio so you can see the garden and the pool. We've stayed in some fancy hotel rooms before, but Casa Ladera is the most civilized house we've ever rented. How can I ever go back to a cabin the size of a jail cell, like we had in El Salvador, now?
During our stay, we treated the casita like it was our own, cooking our own dinners two out of the three nights and eating our breakfasts out on the patio or on the rooftop. All the supplies we needed were in the kitchen, and we were even able to make our own pitcher of iced coffee every morning and strawberry daiquiris at night. Who washed the dirty dishes after roasting a whole chicken stuffed with rice and raisins? There was dishwasher to keep my boyfriend and I from flipping a coin.
If we did not play Scrabble after dinner, we watched one of the DVDs in the library until it was time for bedtime. There was no breeze coming in when we were there in May, but the air-conditioners provided the comfort we needed while we slept. Each morning, sunlight came through the windows to remind us that we have a beautiful day ahead of us.
I'd certainly return to Casa Ladera if ever I'm on the island of Vieques again, but if you choose to go, let the owners know that ext212 from IgoUgo.com sent you.
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