GUANICA, PUERTO RICO
Discover Tu Casa at Mary Lee’s by the Sea; A unique and eclectic four-bedroom five bathroom oceanfront home ideal for ocean, hiking, and/or mountain biking aficionados. Mary Lee’s by the Sea is a charming vacation rental compound that has been hosting guests since the 70’s. We recently renovated part of Mary Lee’s to create Tu Casa, which is a large home consisting of Mary’s original house, 2 of her rental apartments (Susie’es and Ruthie’s), and the office. We mixed vintage furniture and decor from the original Mary Lee’s by the Sea apartments with assorted pieces of new furniture, new ACs, and a classic 20-year-old kitchen to create a truly special home for large groups. Tu Casa has a private dock, a wood deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Gilligan’s Island, and a Watersports Shack with kayaks and paddleboards. Gilligan’s Island is a 10-minute kayak ride away from the home. The Bosque Seco de Guanica hiking and mountain biking trails are a 5-minute car ride away. We are still making improvements to the property in between reservations but Tu Casa is ready to receive guests and has been receiving great guest feedback. Tu Casa can accommodate up to 12 guests if you are willing to max out every mattress and futon available. All Sunday check-outs have a complimentary late check-out of 5 pm. Please read the following before booking:
REQUESTING LINENS FOR FUTON: We can set up the full-size futon as a bed in the master bedroom if requested in advance by guests. Please let us know as soon as you book if you would like this.
INTERNET AND CABLE: We offer satellite internet that works fine for email and messaging apps but will not work for video streaming. The internet will sometimes go offline if the day is overcast. All bedrooms have Direct TV.
KAYAKS AND PADDLEBOARDS: Tu Casa has a Watersports shack, which includes three 2-person kayaks, one single kayak, a large paddle board that is great for adults and beginners, and a small paddle board ideal for small kids or advanced adult riders. Life vests are included and must be used every time you head out on a kayak or paddleboard per Coast Guard regulation. The Watersports shack also has floaties, and small coolers for your kayak adventures. All of this is included in the nightly rate.
BEDROOMS OPEN DIRECTLY TO INTERIOR PATIO: The only bedroom with direct in-door access to the main home is the master bedroom. The other three bedrooms are accessible via the interior patio. This is important to note if you are traveling with young children since you may not want to have them sleeping in a room that is accessible from the patio.
BRING WATER SHOES: We have water shoes available for use in the watersports shack but recommend that guests bring their own. The shoreline has sharp rocks; you will need to walk over to take kayaks to the water. Parents should be careful with their children on these rocks. Once you pass the rocks, the sea has a grass floor where you can wade barefoot, although most people prefer to have water shoes on.
HANDYMAN ON SITE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Our handyman may be at the property on weekdays cleaning common areas and working on an apartment below the home.
CONSTRUCTION NEXT DOOR: The home next door is under construction. There may be some noise Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm.
WING FOIL EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR RENT: There is a wing foil closet with assorted equipment available for rent at an additional cost of $100 per day. It includes a 60L F-one board, an 80L F-one board, 4.2m 5.0m 6.0m, and 7.0m F-one wings, a 2400 Armstrong foil on a 72cm mast, a 1550 Armstrong foil on an 85cm mast, 2 helmets, 2 impact vests, and a pump. This is only available for experienced foilers and is subject to approval.
GETTING AROUND AND PARKING:
Renting a car is a must when staying at Tu Casa. There are no taxis or Ubers. There is space for 3 vehicles in front of the property.
LIVING AREA AND KITCHEN:
You will enter Tu Casa directly into the classic kitchen. The kitchen has 20-year-old wood countertops, a vintage backsplash, and is fully equipped with everything you will need to cook for large groups. There is a cascading countertop that seats guests and a center island. Directly beside the kitchen, you have a 10-person dining table with assorted chairs and a reading nook that separates the dining table from the living room. The living room has a large 70-inch flat-screen TV with Direct TV, seating for 8, and a shelf with assorted books and loads of board games.
There are multiple outdoor spaces for your enjoyment. Tu Casa has a large wood deck with spectacular views just outside the master bedroom, dining room, and living room. The deck has four lounge chairs, an outdoor seating area for 8, and a 4-person dining table. The front interior patio has recently renovated landscaping with fountains (originals from Mary Lee’s), cactuses, flowers, and a 3-person sofa ideal for outdoor reading. Downstairs in front of the Watersports Shack, you have a large deck with seating, an outdoor shower, and a dock.
The master bedroom has a queen bed, sofa, 65-inch flatscreen TV, and an extra-large bathroom with a two-person shower and make-up vanity. The 2nd bedroom has a cozier layout with a king bed, 65-inch flatscreen, two reading chairs, and a dedicated bathroom. The 3rd bedroom has a bunk bed with two full mattresses, a 65-inch TV, and a dedicated bathroom. The 4th bedroom is basically a studio apartment with a king bed, sofa, 65-inch TV, 4-person table, kitchenette and a dedicated bathroom with shower and tub.
THINGS TO DO:
Guánica Puerto Rico is definitely off the beaten path but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many things to do. Here are some of our favorites:
West Indies strives to deliver top-notch service and amenities to guarantee our guests feel at home while visiting our properties. All of our properties are outfitted with freshly laundered bed linens and towels. We provide 2 bath towels per guest and 1 beach/pool towel per guest. Our properties typically include at least 2 beach chairs and an ice cooler for your road trips.
West Indies provides the disposable amenities necessary to get your vacation off to a comfortable start. These amenities include 1 set of hotel-size soaps and shampoos per bathroom, three garbage bags, one roll of paper towel, two rolls of toilet paper per bathroom, 1 dish soap, 1 dish sponge, and a small amount of laundry detergent. We do not provide unlimited disposable amenities. It is your responsibility to review what is included in the property and stock with whatever else may be needed for the duration of your stay.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS:
The West Indies Vacation Rental staff is eager to ensure everything about your vacation is 5-star. Once you reserve, our Vacation Planning Team will send you detailed property information, suggestions on where to eat and what to do, and the contact information of the Guest Service Manager that will be available to assist you during your stay. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want additional suggestions and expert opinions on what to do during your vacation. We want to make your experience the best it can be!