Partial view of Tamarindo Estates Beach Apts.
Below are some recent travel reviews at TripAdvisor.com.
Reviewed 29 March 2016
I hesitate to write this as I don't want the word to get out too much. Staying at Tamarindo Estates Beach Apartments was the best choice we made on this trip. It truly made for the most relaxing vacation ever and I will not hesitate to go back in a heart beat. In general in Culebra you are not going to find a fancy resort. This was perfect. The little apartments have everything you could need to make your stay unforgettable. The internet service was pretty good most of the time (depending on the wind), the kitchen had everything you would need to make meals each day (with the exception that you should remember to buy any spices you may need to cook and cooking oil - the apartment had utensils, pots, pans, etc.) If you are looking to be waited on and have your room cleaned each day then you probably shouldn't have picked Culebra in the first place. Tamarindo Estates is the greatest (along with Jerry's Jeep Rental).
Reviewed 8 March 2016
We traveled to Culebra in February to escape the winter cold in New York and to scuba dive. Our choice for housing was Tamarindo Estates where we stayed for the entirety of our 18 days on Culebra. There are 12 apartments on the estate housed within three structures. All are facing west. The apartments have a sizeable porch along with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The apartments are not large but are quite comfortable. Linens and towels are supplied. The bedroom has an air conditioner that easily cools the bedroom and can also cool the entire apartment if all the windows are closed. We found that air conditioning was not necessary but its there for those who wish it.
All windows had screens so we simply left the windows open all day and night. An interesting anomaly is the hot water supply. Hot water only emanates from the shower. The sinks only produce cold water.
The kitchen has a stove, sink, microwave, toaster, and refrigerator along with plates, glasses, silver ware and pots and pans. Our routine was to eat out for lunch and have dinner at the apartment or vice versa. There are three grocery stores on the island that are well stocked, including alcohol. On mornings when we were scheduled to scuba dive we traveled into town to first have breakfast and then go scuba diving with Culebra Divers. We often went into town around 8 am to find parking near to the Culebra Divers shop. After our dives and lunch in town we arrived back at the apartment around 2-3 pm. Later in the day as sunset approached we would sit on our porch and watch the sun descend, just spectacular!!
It is a short walk down to the beach within the estate. It is home to one of the most elegant shallow reefs we have ever seen in the Caribbean. It is a must snorkel if you are staying at Tamarindo. The estate owners/managers do not allow non-guests onto the properties hence the beach area is a very quiet, private and peaceful place. It is a natural beach that translates into rocky so some care is required while entering and leaving the water.
The estates are at the end of a road that allows access to Tamarindo beach. The road is in need of repair but is passable. To stay at Tamarindo or any rental property on Culebra requires a car. There are taxies but there is no “real” public transportation. There are three car/jeep/golf carts rental establishments on the island. Make a reservation before you arrive.
Tamarindo delivers all that any traveler needs. Its strength is the setting along with the natural sounds of the surrounding forest and the truly beautiful vistas of Luis Pena islet directly to the west, Vieques to the south and on a clear day behind Luis Pena islet it was possible to see Puerto Rico.
Reviewed 22 February 2016
If you love snorkeling and don't mind living simply, this place is for you. The apartments have a view of the sea and the islands beyond. This is an underwater nature preserve where you can see a gorgeous garden of coral, tropical fish, octopus, stingray, turtles and crabs. You can choose from the rocky beach, private to the property, with a shelter and toilets or the sandy beach nearby.
The noisy roosters described in other reports have been removed for the most part. You can still hear some in the distance by the sandy beach. The is indeed not much hot water, but the small apartments are fine enough if you are not looking for luxury, just nature. A fabulous excursion is to Flamenco Beach parking lot, where you can take the hike over the mountain to a section of Tamarindo beach that has beautiful coral gardens and lovely sand. Or continue on the trail to Carlos Rosario beach, which has very large dramatic coral, although a bit farther of a swim out to reach the reef.
Room Tip: Upper rooms have better views of the bay, but all rooms have views. Wifi is spotty.
Reviewed 14 February 2016
We found our stay very private, and enjoyed our very simple little dwelling up on the hill overlooking the bay. The apartment was almost too sparse (paper towels? kleenex? a couple kitchen items like salt and pepper or cooking oil would be so nice). The bed had a plastic undercover I found uncomfortable However... We loved the access to a beach for snorkeling that was very satisfying once we figured out how to get past the rocks and corral and get into the water. The privacy (we were alone in a three apartment building) I hope someone fixes the road to the Estates soon. It is both comical and a bit dangerous riding a golf cart up the hills to get to the estates and to Tamarindo Bay. We managed, but it was desperately in need of road repair! You have to have a good neck to take all the bumps!
Room Tip: The 300 building has a great view.
Reviewed 16 January 2016
For 2 weeks in Jan. my husband and I shared the commanding view of the hills of Luis Pena Nature Preserve and smaller surrounding islands inhabited by turtles, rays and fish, from the red-tiled deck of our practical- but- plain cottage in the acacia woods. Except for the visiting hens and chicks, thrushes , mourning doves and iguanas it was very quiet up here--even with 2 adjoining cottages. After a steep half-mile Jeep drive up a very rutted road past a security gate we carried luggage and groceries up 25 steps to the cottage.(There are lower cottages as well, 12 in all) . While the affable managers, Gail and Dennis Johnson make every to support your comfort, Tamarindo Estates provides like many of rental apartments on Culebra, basic amenities which could do with a bit of upgrading. Our cottage had an extra bed and a futon but standard double bed. Most items are provided except for extras for the beach like coolers, beach chairs,and similar equipment would need to be rented or purchased. Many renters expect to find at least sugar and salt and some other disposables like charcoal for the grill available but that was not the case at Tamarindo Estates. We were well-cooled by the combination of a./c. and ceiling fans and occasional island breezes but at this time there was little or no hot water. The scarcity of supplies reflects Culebra as a whole:everything must be brought in by ferry from the mainland expensively.
A short walk brings you to a secluded strip of pebbly shore: Tamarindo Beach- where you can snorkel if you wear water-shoes and are sure-footed at high tide.
There, green turtles,rays, and even an occasional octopus may be observed. Otherwise read or see what the bay has washed up from the chaises and picnic tables.
One of the world class beaches, Flamenco, is a short drive down the hill where you can body surf and lounge under the palms or buy local foods from kiosks there.
This small island has two roads leading to several gorgeous beaches as well as many choices for meals Tamarindo Estates easily accesses those.
It was a beautiful, restful experience to get away from winter for a bit.
- Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple
Reviewed 6 January 2016
This is not a "hidden gem." I was able to snatch the last of the 12 cottages in early September for our New Year's stay. The place is popular for two good reasons: proximity to the Flamenco beach and excellent snorkeling from the private beach that belongs to Tamarindo Estates. Beach house is a nice amenity.
I would not call the accommodations "rustic" or "basic," either. A decent size cottage house with a patio and a grill. A/C, hot water, good kitchen.
Yes, great views from the patio.
It is about 3 minutes walk to the beach where you can snorkel. We saw excursion boats and kayaks parked at the buoys, which means that people paid to get there to snorkel. A sandy beach is about 7 minutes walk from the property, if that. You can rent a kayak and snorkeling gear from one of the companies on sandy beach and paddle to Grand Tamarindo beach or, if you are experienced you can go across the bay to Pena reserve. The experience will come handy since there are currents to consider.
A couple that manages the place are very nice people. We bought fish from them, "today's catch" and it was wonderful to cook the fish fresh from the ocean.
WiFi may be a problem. It works unpredictable hours when it does. T-Mobile has no reception in this area.
- Stayed December 2015, travelled with family
Reviewed 23 December 2015
The view from our cottage porch was incredible! The most beautiful scenery and sunsets imaginable (you think you are in Tahiti). This is a gated property with several cottages high on a hilltop. There is a beach-house on the private shore with picnic tables, lounge chairs and bathroom facilities for guests only. The best part is that there is great snorkeling right there. The coral reefs are right in front. Do not step in the water barefoot, as there are many sea urchins. You need water shoes. There are many fish and coral to see while snorkeling. I heard there are also many sea turtles, however, I did not see them, as I was in the wrong area. I only have 2 complaints. The road leading into Tamarind Bay is the worst road I ever drove on. I rented a golf cart, but even if I had a jeep, this road has very deep potholes. You need to drive very slowly and carefully the last half mile to the property. I did not want to drive this road at night, so we bought food at a grocery store and ate our dinners in (which actually is a great idea as you have the best views from your porch). The other complaint is the shower (it is either cold or extremely hot, no in-between). Also Flamenco Beach is only a 10 minute drive away.
- Stayed December 2015, travelled as a couple
“One week in heaven”
Reviewed 21 December 2015
We stayed at Tamarindo Estates for 8 days and 7 nights. The cottages are spaced in such a way that we felt as if we were living in our own private beach house. Every morning we would cook breakfast and eat outside overlooking beautiful blue waters and lush scenery. Our host, Gayle, was very knowledgeable about the local attractions and spent time with us marking out a map of Calebra so we knew where the best grocery stores and attractions could be found. There is a beach house with access to an incredible coral reef just a few minutes walk from each property. It was world class snorkeling!
If you are looking for a pompous resort with a chocolate on your pillow at night this may not be the place for you, but if you are looking for a charming and comfortable cottage with a million dollar view and perfect snorkeling location, this is it!
- Stayed December 2015, travelled with family
Reviewed 29 July 2015
I like peace and quiet, and this place is perfect for that. Lots of space - stunning views (particularly from our room #101). The challenge in Latin America/Caribbean in general is figuring out how to avoid incessant loud music - there is none here. It is blissfully quiet. Beautiful pool and beach. But access is via one of the worst roads I've ever experienced - apparently the owner and present mayor don't get along. So - be sure to rent a jeep or a golf cart to get here - it is really back of the beyond. But nice apartment - nice porch - nice kitchen. Wifi is there, but spotty - ok for email, but don't count on watching movies.
Reviewed 27 July 2015
I stayed at Tamarindo Estates for two nights over Memorial Day weekend. I am from Chicago and live a "city life." Therefore, I was initially apprehensive after reading some reviews stating that a stay here was too bare bones and not a pleasant experience.
We had a wonderful time!! The location is amazing: our cottage had a balcony that overlooked turquoise water. We went snorkeling at Tamarindo Beach, where we encountered sea turtles, a ray and beautiful coral. We loved it so much that we snorkeled there twice on the same day - once in the morning, and another at sunset. The beach is just a short drive from the cottages.
Culebra is an island that is off-the-beaten-path, and I'd say Tamarindo Estates simply reflects this. The amenities were comfortable, but not new. The bed was just okay, but we slept just fine. Again, this is the nature of just about everything on Culebra. The owners are wonderful people and stayed open late for us when our flight was delayed.
I hope to make it back to Culebra one day, and I'd certainly stay at Tamarindo again!
- Stayed May 2015, travelled as a couple
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TAMARINDO ROAD. One of the major complaints from our guests throughout the years is the 3/4 mile municipality road that leads into Tamarindo Estates, which was severly potted. We are happy to announce that as of May 10, 2016 the Municipality finished paving most of the road.