Tu Casa at Mary Lee’s by the Sea | Kayaks and Paddleboards included |Eclectic waterfront home


3 reviews
Guanica, PR
House
4 Bedrooms
5 Bathrooms
12 Guests

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. 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. 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. 

IMPROVEMENTS IN PROGRESS: We are finishing a kitchenette in one of the bedrooms. The area is closed off with a curtain but the rest of the room is nice and comfortable. This work should be done by mid-November. 

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 $150 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.

OUTDOOR AREAS

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. 

BEDROOMS

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 larger with a king bed, sofa, 65-inch TV, 4-person table, and 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: 

  1. Kayak to Gilligan’s Island. It is 10 minutes away and is gorgeous. We recommend leaving before 10 am before the wind picks up. The paddle to the island is against the wind, and the paddle back is with the wind. So if you leave early you can get there easily and ride back easily on your way back once the wind picks up. 
  2. Hike or mountain bike the Bosque Seco de Guanica trail. The Bosque Seco de Guanica is a state park that is unique in the United States. The dry forest, beaches, and cliffs you will find are very picturesque. We recommend doing this early in the morning before it gets too hot. 
  3. Check out the bioluminescent water from the dock. This doesn’t happen all  the time and you need a new moon (no moonlight). Head down to the dock when it gets dark and splash the water. If you are lucky, you’ll see some pretty cool bioluminescence. 
  4. Do a day trip to Playa Santa, enjoy the beach, and have lunch at Umami. This white sand beach is a 15 minute drive away. It gets crowded on the weekend so this is an ideal adventure to escape the neighboring construction on the weekdays. Umami is open for lunch and early dinner from Thursday to Sunday and they take reservations.
  5. Visit La Parguera for dinner and nightLife. One of our favorites is the Yacht Club at La Parguera for dinner and from there you can stroll downtown for live music, drinks and dancing. This is about 30 minutes away. 
  6. Hit Copamarina Hotel for lunch or dinner. It is 5 minutes away from the property and a great option if you want nearby food and drinks.  
  7. Go for a Jet Ski tour at Eco Water Adventure, a 5 minute drive from the property. 

AMENITIES:

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.

HOUSE RULES:

  • Check-in time is at 4:00 pm
  • Check-out time is at 11:00 am except for Sundays which have a complimentary late checkout of 5pm. 
  • Guests can use water equipment at your own risk and indemnify West Indies and the owner from any accidents that may occur. Always wear like vests when kayaking, paddling or foiling.  
  • NO SMOKING: Smoking is strictly prohibited. A smoking fee of $500 will be charged if violated.
  • NO PETS: No pets are allowed at any time. A $300 fine will be charged if violated and you will be expelled from the property.
  • Building quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. Please keep noise levels down during these hours out of respect to the neighbors.
  • The host will not pay for a hotel, vacation rental, or transportation expenses incurred because of an interruption in water or electrical service.  If water or electricity is interrupted for more than 3 hours, guests have the option of canceling their reservation and requesting a refund for the nights not used. Under no circumstances will we refund consumed nights.
  • All bookings are contingent on signing a short-term rental agreement that will be sent via email. It must be signed within 48 hours of booking or before entering the property, whichever happens first.
  • Maximum occupancy of 12 adults/children at all times. This includes visitors. 
  • Max. occupancy is strictly enforced and exceeding it may result in immediate cancellation of booking or being expelled from the property.
  • Towels and linens must only be used for their intended purpose. Do not stain them with food, grease, or any other substance. Do not use towels to clean up any mess. Stained towels/linens will be charged. 
  • Subletting not allowed

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!


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We stayed at “Tu Casa” to celebrate our anniversary; we invited three other couples. Upon our arrival,…

October 18, 2022 by Daniel Einstoss
We stayed at "Tu Casa" to celebrate our anniversary; we invited three other couples. Upon our arrival, everything was as described on the website and in emails we received once we made the reservation. The place was super clean, and they left us a

All was great. House is beautiful and confortable Thanks for the presents!

September 3, 2022 by Jahsh Cofán
All was great. House is beautiful and confortable Thanks for the presents!

5 star rating

August 23, 2022 by Janet Garcia

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Guanica, PR
17.94897 -66.87588
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