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Canada from , ; Feb 17, 2009:
'What a wonderful place you have! Thank you for a fantastic and relaxed holiday weekend.'
David B & Kevin M.
from , ; Dec 15, 2008:
'We stayed at Casa Ensenada from 11/21 - 11/25 totaly wished we could have stayed longer. We were in the Grande room which was more than enough space for the two of us. The views of the harbor were beautiful and the breeze that comes in through the kitchen after a day out in the beach was perfect. Nights looking at the stars while sitting at the end of the dock were exactly the kind of break from the hustle & bustle of NYC. Everyone we dealt with at Casa Ensenada was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. All the little shops are just lovely and our trips to Flamenco, Carlos Rosario, Tamarindo and Punta Soledad beaches were absolutely breathtaking. Dinhgy Dock had some great fresh Huck fish and Mamasita's on Saturday night was loads of fun. Everyone we encountered on this beautiful island was soo warm and welcoming. We already are planning to come back to Puerto Rico sometime next year with Culebra and Casa Ensenada as our main objects of interest. Thanks for a great experience!'
Misael Medina Torres
Ft. Riley, Kansas. US
from , ; Sep 7, 2008:
'Imagen a place where you wake up breathing the clean pure fresh breeze of the sea where an ocean of cristal clear water filled with exotic fishes is your back yard with hosts that are as friendly as your family can be. At any time you can get your fishing rod and at just a few steps out side the house you can get the catch of the day or just go for a swim. Take a walk down the freindly barrio and go to the local bar for a fresh cool beer while you enjoy the sound of the ocean and enjoy a great meal in peace with your family the travel to the local beach of flamenco enjoy a day at a white sand cristal clear beach with your wife and kids and go snorkling to the local reefs and loose your self in the most gratifing and beutifull site of the life in the sea. That was my experience at casa ensenada. I stayed at the Studio along with my wife kid brother and a friend. place was clean beutifull and quiet. enjoy your stay at CASA ENENADA, Culebra'
from , ; Aug 4, 2008:
'We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Ensenada. We stayed four nights in the Pequeno room and found it to be adequate for our needs. It was nice sitting on the bay and I was able to take the kayak out for a spin. The folks that worked there were helpful. '
Tony and Diana
New York, NY
from , ; Jul 27, 2008:
'We stayed in the Pequeño room over Memorial Day weekend and had a wondeful experience at Casa Ensenada. Our room was equipped with everything we needed, was clean, comfortable and was more than enough space for two. Having a fridge and toaster was great for keeping and preparing breakfast- also the free luggage storage really did give us an extra day on the beach. Flamenco beach is absolutely picturesque, and Carlos Rosario is an amazing, secluded beach for great snorkeling (totally worth the hike.) Mamacita's was the best for nightlife- try the bushwacker. Overall, a wonderful stay, thanks!! '
from , ; Jul 21, 2008:
'I had a memorable vacation at Casa Ensenada. I stayed in the Studio, cozy, clean and clear. There you have all you need: a litte freezer, towels, air conditioning, etc. The dock behind Casa Ensenada is amazing. You can relax and see the dawn and the evening. All three days I ate at Mamacitas, delicious! During day you can eat at kiosks near Playa Flamenco, cheap and delicious also. Carlos Rosario Beach is amazing. You can snorkel in the same shore. I saw a lot of beautiful fishes and a octopus. Many says you can see turtles also. Playa Flamenco is world class. I can assure. You will feel like in Corona Adverting commercial. I'm crazy to get back to Culebra. A hidden paradise in the Caribbean.'
from , ; Jul 21, 2008:
'This was my second visit to Culebra and stayed both times at Casa Ensenada. The deck is great, and this time I was lucky enough to get the Grande Suite. Days on the beach at Flamenco, eating out and meeting really nice folks, Culebra is the ideal relaxing vacation. I plan on returning many times and will always stay at Casa Ensenada. Great location, clean, beautiful harbor view. Within walking distance to most everything! Thanks Butch and Jackie!'
Jack Caldwell and Cathy Brannigan
New Windsor, NY
from , ; Jun 7, 2008:
'Cathy and I visited Culebra for the first time in April 2008. We stayed in the Pequeño Room at Casa Ensenada. Our hosts were wonderful. Jackie's emails provided a great deal of information to help us get there and get around. We rented a vehicle from Jerry. We found Zoni Beach to be our favorite. What an incredibly beautiful place!'
Woodbridge, New Jersey
from , ; Apr 8, 2008:
'WE were only going to stay at Casa Ensenada for 3 nights but we loved the island of Culebra so much and our hosts were so helpful that we extended our stay an extra night. We stayed in the Pequeno room which was pleny of room for the two of us. We used the grill to cook a couple of times. The view from the back is fabulous. Everything we needed was supplied. I would recommend Casa Ensenada for a pleasant stay. It is within walking distance to everything. We only rented a jeep one day to go snorkling. It is easy to take the taxi to the beach from town. Only two dollars. I would like to thank Jackie for sending us to Barbara Rosa's,best place we ate on the island. We are already talking about going back.'
from , ; Apr 7, 2008:
'We stayed in the Estudio at Casa Ensenada for three nights in early March of this year. Going to Culebra Island and staying here was the highlight of our trip. The gracious hosts helped us with pre-trip planning etc. and ideas upon arrival (Dinghy Dock..Mamacitas..Pandeli for breakfast (we also got lunch packs from there)...and eating from the vendors at Flamenco. Casa Ensenada is in walking distance of these downtown restaurants and you can catch a bus to Flamenco Beach. Once we got to the island we were able to RELAX and get away from it all. The beaches are beautiful and not crowded. It was great to be able to go to a beach for the day and come back and hang out on the back patio with a good book. I ran out of time as my sister and I had plans for the kayak and we didn't get to it! Next time, we will plan on a longer stay. If you are looking for a place to relax, that has everything you need without being pretentious.. Casa Ensenada is the place for you.'
jorge and judy jimenez
orchard park new york
from , ; Mar 11, 2008:
'(jan 8 to feb 5 2008)this was our third time at casa ensenada.we have stayed in pequeno and estudio, both being clean and comfortable, with cable tv, airconditioning, kitchen amenities,practical stuff etc...more than listed on the site.one of the best things is the large communal private patio on the water where you can watch the harbor action, barbeque your dinner,and watch the stars...almost everything is walkable..we have never rented any vehicle.we have walked to most all the beaches...small buses can drive you to flamenco beach for 2$ where you can laze, swim play and have lunch from the various kiosks..or you can arrange with a taxi to take you some place and pick you back up.... supermarkets, bakery, liquor store, restaurants,ice cream shop,laundromat, bars are close to home in dewey...favorite snorkelling beaches are melones, carlos rosario, louis pena(you need a boat for this)soldado beach, culebrita..once you are established, your hosts can suggest places according to your interest and tell you how to get there. culebra is a very laid back non glitzy place you will hate if you want casinos nightclubs and golf courses.it does not cater to tourists who don't want to slow the pace and let the casual environment lull you..we love it ..if you know how akumal on the yucatan( now riviera maya) was twenty years ago, culebra is very similar....we feel it is another home'
from , ; Jan 16, 2008:
'My family has stayed at Casa Ensenada twice. We have stayed in the Grande and the Estudio and both were excellent. We love Culebra it is beautiful and quiet. Great beaches and snokeling. Friendly atmosphere everywhere. We will go back to Culebra and Casa Ensenada again.'
Danny & Eric
New York, New York
from , ; Jan 7, 2008:
'We had such a great time in Culebra that we did not want to leave!!! Casa Ensenada played a big part in making our vacation so memorable. It was extremely clean, comfortable and really cosy! Butch and Jackie were extremely helpful and they provided us with insider's information on the best beaches and restaurants to go. We missed breakfast on the dock, kayaking to watch the sunset and hanging out with Cocoa! We will definitely come back to Casa Ensenada the next time we are in Culebra.'
Chance and Courtney Murdock
from , ; Dec 12, 2007:
'We stayed at Casa Ensenada in November for 4 nights and had an amazing time in Culebra! The people are SO friendly; the snorkeling is fantastic (Melones beach); and Flamenco and Zoni beaches are absolute gems! The drive to Zoni beach on a scooter was so beautiful! Perhaps the best view in the Caribbean is at the top of the hill just before Zoni beach, looking at Culebrita and St. Thomas. Butch & Jackie (and friendly Cocoa) are wonderful hosts, and they provide the perfect mix of being helpful and giving you privacy. The Pequeno room was just fine for two people, and you definitely can't beat the price. It's a perfect location to walk to restaurants, stores, etc. The woman at the dive/gift shop next door is wonderful & very helpful. Wear lots of suncreen and OFF, and you'll be set for an incredible experience! We'll daydream about this heavenly island until we return next year!'
from , ; Dec 6, 2007:
'I highly recommend a stay at Casa Ensenada and Culebra, especially if you want small town atmosphere, unspoiled beaches, and good snorkling. The pequeno room at Casa had everything we needed -- Jackie and Butch did a great job providing resources of all the things to do and places to go. For example, they helped us get a good deal on a jeep for a day, and suggested my favorite place to eat: Barbara Rosa for its great shrimp and red snapper, and low cost. I think 2-3 days is the perfect amount of time to spend on Culebra, unless you are a beach bum or avid scuba diver, then at least a week. Casa Ensenada is just 3 blocks from the ferry and easy walking distance to everything but the beaches, and plenty of publicos can take you there. Given our budget, I can't imagine that we could have had a better experience.'
from , ; Sep 6, 2007:
'My stay in Culebra and at Casa Ensenada was out of this world. It is definitely my new favorite destination. Old favorites were Placentia, Belize, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I loved my room (Pequeño). Everything I needed and location was spectacular. The kayak was a real plus too. I took it out several times for multi-hour excursions. Also, I managed a couple days of scuba diving (with Taz) and snorkeling almost every day. Since I ONLY had six days on the island, I didn't have time to hit many of the beaches so I will have to come back! '
Maribel y Fernando
Argentina y Puerto Rico December 2006
from , ; Feb 12, 2007:
'We spent a weekend at Casa Ensenada during the holidays and we had a great time. The place is very clean and comfortable. It is close to the restaurants and the town. The owners are very nice people and treated us very well, trying to recommend places to eat and beaches to visit. If you are visiting Culebra I strongly recommend Casa Ensenada, you will enjoy your stay and have a great time.'
01/29/07 from , ; :
'11/24-12/2/06 The week was not long enough for me. I enjoyed my stay on Culebra and was delighted with the choice of Casa Ensenada for my residence while there. It was so easy to walk to town, the Pandeli for morning coffee and a pastry and even to Flamenco Beach. Dinghy Dock was also good for breakfast though service was slow. Life at Mamacitas was lively and friendly. Jackie and Butch have mastered the art of hosting their guests with the right amount of friendliness and discretion. I was in the perfect location as a single woman on the island. I walked all over and always felt safe, even late evening. Jerry rented me a car for a day to see the other side of the island. There are so many stories of life on Culebra. I need to return to learn more. Barbara Rosa's served a wonderful meal, just steps away from Casa Ensenada. Would have liked company for the double kayak though! At night I sat under the stars in pjs at the end of the 65 foot dock; with a warm gentle breeze it was my version of paradise. Enjoy!'
new york, ny
01/27/07 from , ; :
'We stayed at Casa Ensenada for only two nights (we would have stayed a third, but sadly they were booked). Super clean, comfortable, well stocked for basic cooking, though since our short stay was so...short we ate out. Jackie and Butch were friendly and responsive. The garden on the bay is lovely. I would have happily passed an afternoon relaxing there but we were too busy running from beach to beach. We had the pequena room which wasn't so pequena, but it does get some noise from street traffic (which is not very heavy, in any event). I'd definitely go back but for atleast a week!'
Scott and Marsha
01/24/07 from , ; :
'Casa Ensenada was cozy, clean and close to everything to make our short stay very enjoyable. Culebra was beautiful. Great snorkeling, diving, beaches, with lots of cats and chickens! We would like to return for a longer stay.'
11/14/06 from , ; :
'You should not rule out Casa Ensenada which is run by Jackie & Butch Pendergast. They have a room that will fit 4 people comfortably with one bedroom having a king sized bed. You can call 866 210-0709 or 787 742-3559 for availability and information. They are located within walking distance to town and the airport which makes for a very short taxi ride to Flamenco Beach. You can also e-mail at email@example.com. If you click on the Shelter portion of this website you will get information and a virtual tour of the facility. Enjoy Culebra '
island vacation girl - Debbie
11/11/06 from , ; :
'we stayed here in mid-September 2006 and all i can say is WOW !! CASA ENSENADA could very well possibly be the best value in CULEBRA as you will definitely get any more than you pay for ! this entire place is simply wonderful ! the rooms are clean,spacious, and well stocked with everything you could ever need.i mean everything from nice dishes and cookware to coolers and beach-chairs to tote around the island. plus use of the 2 person kayak (at no extra charge mind you) ! this place is in a prime location on, right on HONDA BAY. beautiful and within easy walking distance to everything except the big draw beaches i.e. FLAMENCO OR ZONI !!they however are only a short drive away ! i loved staying here and most definitely will be back next trip in either September or October !!! thanks Jackie and Butch. Deborah Hernandez - island vacation girl firstname.lastname@example.org'
Ithaca, New York
08/15/06 from , ; :
'We loved Casa Ensenada. Rosarito was great. The other guests were good company. Access to a dock was terrific, although we never did get around to using the kayak. Location was good. But most of all, there was just a pleasant feel about the way the place was set up to welcome us - trusting and practical. Those fake iguanas were fun. I liked the map of the US where people marked where they came from.'
Alex & Danielle
Los Angeles, CA
07/10/06 from , ; :
'Casa Ensenada was absolutely enjoyable!! After spending 4 looooong days on Vieques (hint: don't go there) we were happy to make it to Culebra.Casa Ensenada was clean and very well stocked with everything you could possibly need. Like a posh resort, Casa Ensenada makes sure you have any amenities you might need. We especially appreciated the bug spray when we ran out! Our host was pleasant. We also enjoyed the helpful hints left by other visitors in the guest book. Casa Ensenada is close to all that you need. If you are a snorkeler then you MUST make the hike to Carlos Rosario Beach. Absolutely amazing! We'd stay here again for sure! Thanks!!! '
06/15/06 from , ; :
'I had a wonderful time during my stay in May at Casa Ensenada.I rented the Grande apt. for 2 weeks and I must tell you that your guesthouse is one of the most charming,efficient, well stocked little lodgings I have ever seen.First of all, it was very clean and well kept.All of the appliances are modern and in good working condition.The windows all had glass and screens and window blinds that were all in good working condition as well.The bathroom was modern and the stand up shower had good water pressure as well as hot water on demand.The ceiling fans in every room were a great feature also. The linens and towels were soft and fluffy and clean.The kitchen was amply stocked with nice dishes,glassware, wine goblets,pots and pans,and a good supply of silverware and utensils for every need. There was a coffee pot ,toaster, and microwave along with a full size refrigerator and range.All of these were modern and clean.I loved sitting out on the patio at the waterfront.The patio furniture was clean and in great condition.The gas grill was much appreciated.It feels like you are at your own house when you spend time on the patio.I thought it was very nice that you supply coolers and beach chairs for your guests. The foyer area in the front section of the apartments is very charming with the hand painted decor and interesting reading material for those looking to gain knowledge about the island.The guesthouse is at a great location.Walk to town in a few minutes.The El Eden, Mayra, Milka, andPandeli were all excellent places to find food, drinks, pastries,etc.All of these are within a few minutes walk of Casa Ensenada.Overall, I would give your little guesthouse a great rating because of all the little things that you have added to make your apartments more comfortable.Culebra is truly a gem of the Caribbean, and Casa Ensenada provides a great place to enjoy it.'
04/1/06 from , ; :
'I am a seasoned Culebra traveler. I have visited the Island now three times and wish I could get in a trip this year but it will have to be 2007. I have stayed on all three occasions at Casa Ensenada and cannot say enough great things about this guest house or its owners, Butch and Jackie. I would not stay anywhere else!! It is within walking distance to absolutely everything and you can always catch a van to Playa Flamenco for $2. Casa Ensenada has a gorgeous back deck area and you can save money by using the nice big grill to cook some of your meals. The free kayak is a great way to explore, especially Iguana alley!'
Kathy and Alan
03/29/06 from , ; :
'My husband and I stayed at Casa Ensenada.It was a wonderful experience!Unlike the large resorts, Jackie and Butch made our stay very personal and “homey.”Both our host and hostess were able to relay a wealth of information about activities on Culebra as well as the local politics.Coco, their dog, really made us feel as though we were guests in someone’s home.All the shops, grocery stores, and restaurants were in walking distance.We had a great time using the kayak.We highly recommend Casa Ensenada!'
03/22/06 from , ; :
'My wife and I stayed at Casa Ensenada in November 2005.This was our third stay on Culebra, but the best!I love the location of Casa Ensenada.I't just a walk to town and groceries.The accomodations allowed us to cook meals in our apartment when we wanted.We also were within walking distance of restaurants. We are planning on another trip to Culebra and a reservation with Casa Ensenada is our first step. '
02/11/06 from , ; :
'This was my second time to culebra and staying at casa ensenada, and once again we had a fabulous time, Butch and Jackie were very hospitable hosts. It was my abuelas first time here and she enjoyed it very much she like sitting on the back porch and reading. We rented bikes which was great becuase we saw a lot more of the island. We ate at dinghy docks again and the food was delicious, the second night we ate at mamacita's and once again the food was scrumptious. We went to playa flamenco and once again it was beautiful, we also hiked over to carlos rosario and went snorkeling it was real pretty. We'll be back for sure in the spring!!'
Duane & Cynthia McCullough
Key Largo, Florida, USA
12/3/05 from , ; :
'Our stay at Casa Ensenada was wonderful -- we only wish we could have stayed longer. Jackie & Butch were very hospitable and the place is a great site from which to explore the many wonders of Culebra. Jackie was helpful is providing travel information from San Juan to Culebra and Butch is very knowledgeable about his boat rentals from the place. We look forward to our next visit.'
11/1/05 from , ; :
'Great site. Thank you :)'
Lance and Donna
05/24/05 from , ; :
'We had visited Culebra in February and were not pleased with our overpriced, dark and cramped accomodations so in May we looked elsewhere and found Casa Ensenada.We were very pleased.The Estudio was light, spacious, had a well equipped kitchen which we used every night along with the grill, and it had a king size bed.And everything was clean.Karen and Dave took good care of us in Butch and Jackie's absence.It was a great week and we are already planning our next visit.A very fair price, too.'
Mike & Beverly Harper
02/3/05 from , ; :
'My wife & I discovered Culebra and stayed at Casa Enesnada in January 2005.It was far too short of a stay (2 nights Estudio), but enough to make us certain we will return.We rented the 20 HP tiller skiff from Butch and explorsed the outer islands.It was fantastic.Butch & Jackie were perfect hosts, and were nice enough to loan us the truck so I could take my wife to the island clinic when she became ill.The island was captivating, the accomodations were clean & homey.The view of the Honda was outstanding.culaterby'
JONATHAN AND KERI MILLS
01/2/05 from , ; :
'FABULOUS! THANKS JACKIE AND BUTCH FOR BEING GREAT HOSTS. WE PLAN TO BE BACK FOR MORE THAN OUR 3 NIGHT STAY. IT WAS JUST A TEASER AS THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO SEE ON CULEBRA THAN 3 DAYS CAN AFFORD YOU. BREATHTAKING FLAMENCO BEACH, TAMARIND FOR UNBELIEVABLE SCENERY WITH A BEER AND SNACK,RICHARD AT THE DIVE SHOP(SO HELPFUL),ZONI BEACH FOR THE LONELY STRETCH OF PARADISAIC BEACH ,MAMACITAS WITH EXCELLENT FOOD AND AMBIANCE, THE DINGY DOCK FOR BREAKFAST AND CASA ENSENADA FOR CLEAN COMFORTABLE ACOMODATIONS.INCREDIBLE!'
12/22/04 from , ; :
'I stayed in the grande and the estudio with 7 of my friends in October for 2 nights. We had a great time! The rooms were very clean and comfy. We visited Flamenco beach on Saturday (It was Beautiful!) Later that night we had dinner at the dighy dock resturant and it was delicious. Then we stopped off at Mamacitas and danced the rest of the night to the beat of conga drums. I speak for all of us and all I can say is that I will be back next year!'
09/1/04 from , ; :
'Enjoyed our 2 night stay at Casa Ensenada. It was clean and well appointed. We utilized the free 2 person kayak and enjoyed mornings and evenings on the harbor. Nice boat people that manage the place too. Beach chairs, umbrella, boogie boards were there too for no charge. '
08/27/04 from , ; :
'My daughter and I spent ten days at Casa Ensenada this August. We stayed in the Grande apartment. What I really love about this apartment are the views of the harbor from both the living room and bedroom. It was great to have a well-equipt, new kitchen since we cooked in for dinner most evenings. The apartment was very neat and clean too. Late every afternoon, after a full day at the beach, I just sat on the end of the dock watching the seagulls and looking for fish. We discovered that seagulls love bits of raw bacon! After dinner I'd go out on the dock again to check out the stars, something I can't do in Massachusetts. The in-town location of Casa Ensenada makes life easy. You can walk to everything: grocery store, liqour store, restaurants, dive shops, gift shops, post office, etc. A very convenient location! Karen and David were hosting for Butch and Jackie and they were excellent hosts, helpful and friendly. When we asked, they had good suggestions about things to do and see. Here are a few things I would definitely recommend:For breakfast, walk down to the Panaderia near the airport and order a delicious egg, ham, and cheese sandwich with Puerto Rican coffee. Their guava-filled pastry is fabulous too.At lunch, try El Batey, a short walk from Casa Ensenada. It's a bar but they make terrific sandwiches. Our favorites were the pernil or pork sandwiches. We brought them to the beach and ate them while they were still warm.There are several grocery stores but it's challenging to find fresh produce that is not pre-packaged. We had stopped at a roadside stand on the trip from San Juan to Fajardo so we had mangoes. Puerto Rico has the best mangoes in the world!Flamenco Beach is a gorgeous beach and you will love it! But be sure to go to Luis Pena to snorkel for the day. Captains Jack and Pat can take you there on their glass-bottom boat. Also go to Melones,(Turn right after the Catholic Church and follow the road until it ends) another smaller beach which also has snorkeling and lots of coral and shells. One more thing: Be sure to rent a jeep so you can see the entire island. Although you could manage without a car, you'll have much more fun with a car! '
Becky & Bob
Fort Lauderdale, FL
08/16/04 from , ; :
'Last week we spent an overnight on Culebra and stayed at Casa Ensenada (Pequeno).We wished we had stayed a week or two.We flew on Vieques Air from Fajardo arriving at 7 am.The staff was outstanding, seamlessly checking us in at the early hour, familiarizing us with the rental boat (Culebra Boat Rental) and island, and recommending local dining establishments (another vote for Barbara Rosa's).We spent the next two days exploring beaches and snorkeling the reefs of the west coast by 16' skiff, we saw turtles, rays, lobster, teeming fishlife, and some of the largest and healthiest coral we have ever seen.Carlos Rosario was the highlight.The sheltered west coast was easily accessible from Ensenada through the channel so it was a smooth ride, easygoing vacay. A gas station on the channel had ice for the large cooler provided on the rental boat.The Pequeno room was clean and as-advertised; perfect for our needs as we packed light breakfasts and sandwich lunches from the big island.Culebra locals were very friendly, Carlos (Carlos Jeep Rental) was kind enough to give us a lift from the airport and freely gave advice and inside info on Culebra as well as where we were staying in Fajardo.All in all a great experience.'
Becky & Bob
Fort Lauderdale, FL
08/16/04 from , ; :
Rio Piedras, Puerto RIco
07/27/04 from , ; :
'07/23/04 - 07/26/04Casa Ensenada really exceeded our expectations. Clean and very comfortable.The docking facilities were also excellent.Culebra has the most beatiful beaches we have ever seen!Excellent experience for our kids snorkeling and seeing so many different tropical fishes.Dining at Dinghy Dock was excellent!We are already planning our next visit to Culebra and for sure staying at Casa Ensenada.'
07/11/04 from , ; :
'We had a great time at Casa Ensenada last weekend.We have stayed at Culebra many times before, and Casa Ensenada was by far the best place.We were very impressed with the docking facilities, cleanliness and peacefulness.In short, everything was perfect.We will definitely be back soon. Thanks a lot. '
06/14/04 from , ; :
'I went to Casa Ensenada last year during the fall and it was thebest! Being a local I have been going to Culebra since I was little and Casa Ensenada its the best by far. Butch and Jackie are so friendly and helpfull and their dog Cocoa was a delight. She even provided me with mosquito repelent when I forgot mine =) It felt just like home after a busy day of beach hoping getting back to a clean, comfortable, air conditioned room with cable its priceless. If you are reading this and are not yet sure if this is the place for you book it right away! Believe me you will not be disaponted.'
South Royalton, VT
04/14/04 from , ; :
'Casa Ensenada is wonderful. I have been to Culebra twice and stayed there twice. They have a beautiful back yard right on the bay. The back deck area has an outdoor grill and nice lounge chairs. The sunrise is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The Pendergasts are a very helpful and the guest house has all amenities. They have a link on this site with helpful pictures. The Kayake is free for guests and fun to use. It is nice to paddle over to town and get out at Dinghy Dock for Happy Hour. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. It is is a great location with just a short walk to town. You can step out front and flag down the buses/vans that will take you to Flamenco Beach for $2.00. We always take one day where we rent a jeep and drive then hike to some of the more remote beaches. You can also get out for snorkling by chartering a boat which Casa Ensenada offers or you can pay and someone will take you out snorkling.You are in for a treat which will leave you longing to come back.'
Diane & Rick-2/16/04
02/16/04 from , ; :
'Rick and I just got back from our wonderful trip to Puerto Rico/Isla Culebra.Five out of our seven nights were spent at Casa Ensenda Guesthouse.Jackie and Butch are wonderful hosts, and the Pequeno was perfect for us, with a queen-sized bed, bathroom with shower, refrigerator, toaster, coffee pot, etc.We had toast and coffee for breakfast every day, and made sandwiches for lunch.For dinner, our favorite place was Barbara Rosa’s, a five-minute walk from Casa Ensenada.Barbara serves wonderful, reasonably priced food.You order at a window, and eat outside on a patio.The restaurant does not serve liquor, but Barbara has wine glasses, and you can pick up a bottle of wine at Happy Landing and bring it with you.We took the publico to Flamenco beach a few times, and from there, took the twenty to twenty-five minute hike to Carlos Rosario.Our favorite beach though, was Melenos, which is a fifteen to twenty minute walk from Casa Ensenada.The two days that we were there, we were the only ones on the beach. You might possibly want to rent a jeep for a day, but otherwise, unless you want to go out to Zoni, or Soldiers Point, renting a car is not necessary.'
12/11/03 from , ; :
'I just came from Culebra last week and stayed at Casa Ensenada. This is a great place with an excellent view. The owners, Jackie and Butch, are great hosts. We rented the Pequeno which is more than enough for 2 people. It comes equipped with everything you need for your stay. They also have a BBQ, tables, chairs etc.. outside for everyone to use.We also rented a boat from them and we had a blast. We are definitely staying here when we go back. Our favorite place to eat was the Dinghy Dock.'
11/16/03 from , ; :
'Culebra is beautiful, peaceful and well worth the trip.Casa Ensenada is an excellent choice for accomadations.It's close enought that you could walk from the airport or ferry dock.Then rent a bike and go to Zoni and Flamenco.When at Flamenco be sure to hike over the ridge to Rosario and do some snorkeling.Also be sure to take advantage of the Casa Ensenada gracious offer of free use of thier kayak. Kayaking around the bay is incredible.On top of all that Casa Ensenada's room are first rate and Butch and Jackie are very friendly helpful hosts.However, aside from all of that, the main reason I went to Culebra was for bird watching!!!If you are into birds I recommend Culebra.There is quite a variety from seabirds nesting on nearby islets to the fresh water lagoons (good for shorebirds and waterfowl), the mangroves (good for waders) to the hills (passerines). I saw several new species while on Culebra!Culebra and it's wildlife will be in my memory for a long time.'
Linda and Troy Puleo
08/25/03 from , ; :
'Thank you so much for the great time in Culebra we totally see why you would choose that island to live. We really had a great time the spirit of the people is so great. We felt no pressure from the locals to buy things or worry about crime. It's a beautiful place. Thanks for everything. We will come back.'
E. Randolph, VT
07/30/03 from , ; :
'I have been to Culebra twice and both times stayed with Jackie and Butch and Cocoa too!I can't say enough good things about the place.The back yard and dock are gorgeous.They have everything you need.We stay in the smaller room, Peqeno, and it is more than adequate for a couple.It is nice to be able to save money by purchasing food in town and cooking on the grill out back by the water.We also packed our own picnic lunches for the beach and didn't have to worry about coolers or ice packs as Jackie graciously supplied us with both!Casa Ensenada is also within walking distance of the town and shops and you can catch the shuttle van to Playa Flamenco by just standing outside and waiving your hand. Happy Hour at Dinghy Dock is a must!Tell the bar tender Judy that Connie from Vermont says hello! Culebra is a beautiful, pristine Island.Please be careful of the marine life and respectful of this beautiful place.'
Jose and Laura
04/21/03 from , ; :
'Our stay at Casa Ensenada was relaxing and warm. Relaxing because the view from the dock and the patio to Ensenada Onda Culebra is breath taking. You have to see the sun rising in the morning from the dock....BEAUTIFUL...It was very warm due to the hospitality and family atmospher that Butch, Jackie and Cocoa provided us with. Our 29 foot Phoenix (MAHI-MAHI) boat fit perfectly on the property dock.We will be back for sure with the kids.. We highly recommed to stay at Casa Ensenada when visiting Culebra..Thanks for everything.Jose and Laura '
Mass February 25, 2003 from , ; :
'Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Culebra and Casa Ensenada. Since our return, unable to stop thinking about the island, the people we met, and our stay at Casa Ensenada. Sitting at the end of the dock, sharing a glass of wine, and viewing the lights and boats at rest in the harbor at night is simply unforgetable. The beaches were great - not crowded and tons of coral and reefs to explore snorkeling. The dive shop next door was a big plus and, besides taking our son scuba diving, also delivered us on a deserted beach on an offshore island for the day complete with lunch and munchies. This might be heaven....'
Jose & Family
Centreville, VA September 19, 2002 from , ; :
'My family and I stayed during this summer (August 2002) . The children were ecstatic about how beautiful this virgin piece of paradise is. Casa ensenada is a little piece of that paradise. Imagine drinking coffee at 6:30 in the morning while sitting right on your own little pier. WOW! Playa flamenco is AWESOME! The marine life is so close, you'll fall in love. I don't have anything negative to say about Casa Ensenada. Just remember-It's not a hotel, it's a GUEST HOUSE. Do not go to Ricci's Restaurant, it's far from town and it's the most expensive restaurant I've been in my life! (They charge you for the courtesy bread).'
Michelle and Heather
March 27, 2002 from , ; :
'Casa Ensenada was perfect for us. We loved the in-town convienience and all of the wonderful amenities including blender, tv/vcr with all the channels, a/c, cooking utensils, cooler, beach towels, hammock, free kyack, wonderful friendly dog and especially the gracious hosts! I am definetley comming back to Culebra again to re-visit all of the new friends I made on this charming island. The beaches were perfect and there was just the right amount of relaxation mixed with fun things to do! The Estudio unit was perfect for us two traveling but would have still been quite comfortable had we had one or two more with us'
February 10, 2002 from , ; :
'We went to Culebra, Puerto Rico from Dec. 28-Jan. 2, 2001. We stayed at Casa Ensenada in the Estudio. There are 4 of us. Two adults, one 11 year old and one infant. The Estudio as two twin beds and one futon that pulls into a full size bed. There was plenty of room for us. We were supplied with everything we needed. The Estudio is very clean. You just have to remember that this is a guest house and not a hotel. The room will not be cleaned unless you are there five days. Also, you will not get fresh linens or towels until the 3 day. You are supplied with bath towels and beach towels which is an added bonus. Just remember to hang the beach towels outside for the next day. Jackie was a gracious hostess and went far beyond the call of duty. She answered all of my questions and volunteered some very good information. Culebra is a wonderful place to visit. The ocean is so clear and the weather so lovely. Just remember your sunblock 45. Willy from Willy's Jeeps took us by boat to the little island of Culebrita for the day. It only takes around 15 minutes to get there. Not a cheap ride but well worth it for the amazing ocean that you will be able to swim in. What a paradise. I highly recommend Casa Ensenada. The location is good, the hostess is wonderful and the island is charming. When you go, don't forget to pet their friendly dog, Cocoa for me! ( '
Jeff and Josephine
Sacramento, Ca. February 10, 2002 from , ; :
'This place and the people here are absolutely wonderful! Especially Jackie and Butch at Casa Ensanada. This was the best find in years for us!The rental was SO STOCKED with everything we need and more,that it truely felt like home away from home!We were in heaven snorkling in all the places Butch tells you about, and his boat gets you wherever you want to go! Snorkling, fishing(even I caught fish!!!A miracle!), sunsets on the water, romantic desolate beaches, you name it.Must eat at Mamacitas and Dinghy Dock, 2 of the fine places recommended by Jackie. WE WILL RETURN!!! It was our best vacation in years. And we will always stay at Casa Enseneda, thank you so much Butch and Jackie...and Cocoa!!! '
Ft. Rucker, AL - USA February 10, 2002 from , ; :
'This was one of the most wonderful vacation spots I have ever been too. The island is so beautiful and the Perdergast are wonderful. We really enjoyed the dining in the area as well. My mornings were spent on the deck overlooking the bay. We spent our afternoons snorkeling and lying on the beaches. I look forward to bringing my two young boys with me one day to experience the hospitality of the island and Casa Ensenada!!! ('
Andy Fitzpatrick New York City: Andy, Sinead, and Emer
New York City. February 10, 2002 from , ; :
'Just back to NY after a terrific but too short a week on Culebra (August 13th - August 19th, 2001). Our stay at Casa Ensenada was a dream. I'm sure many say they will return; well if we ever do, and we would love to, Casa Ensenada is the true Hacienda de Los Suenos en la Isla De Culebra. If you should pop into the Hotel Puerto Rico for cocktails, as we often enjoyed doing, tell sweet old Joe we said hola. Other highlights included dining with Joe, Senor Personalidad himself, on incinerated mouth watering pork chops at Tina's (El Caobo), nightcaps at Happy Landing, and little spot of dancing at the deliciously named El Eden. We miss you. '
Marysville, Wa.: February 10, 2002 from , ; :
'We stayed in the Estudio at Casa Ensenada in May, 2001. It was extremely comfortable and had everyting we needed to be able to cook some of our meals. It is within walking distance of town and on the route served by the publicos. Jackie and Butch were very great hosts, along with Coco, their chocolate lab. I look forward to staying there again in future.'
La Rue La Valley
Friday Harbor, Wa February 10, 2002 from , ; :
'My friend and I just spent 2 wonderful weeks in the Estudio at Casa Ensenada in late May 2001. Butch and Jackie are the absolute best hosts. They were very helpful and informative, as were their managers, David and Karen who took over when Butch and Jackie were gone. We felt very safe and quite at home, just like part of the family. Our room was very clean and had eveything we needed. Culebra is a beautiful and very friendly island. Great beaches! Had a wonderful and relaxing time! '