Jason and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico. We only had two days but we were able to see a lot of the tiny island. For those of you unfamiliar with the island it is a small island about 7 miles from mainland Puerto Rico. Many times it is referred to as one of the Spanish Virgin Islands but is technically a part of Puerto Rico. It has a population of about 9,000 and is only 7 miles by 21 miles. Cars drive in mph, highway distances are measured in kilometers and gas is sold by the liter. Many people speak both Spanish and English. The island used to be owned by the Navy who only recently vacated it which has kept the island a lot less advanced than the mainland. Stepping off the ferry (or out of a tiny plane) onto the island is taking a step back in time. Many residents ride horses around town, roosters roam the streets and make sure everyone wakes up promptly at sunrise. So much of the land is unspoiled and extremely breathtaking.
The island is home to the brightest bioluminescent bay (as recorded by the Guiness Book of World Records in 2008) in the world. Unfortunately when we were there it was a full moon which is a less than an ideal time to see the bioluminescence. Tours are about $35pp to take a kayak out and explore the glow but we didn’t want to spend the money in case the full moon (which was ridiculously bright) made us unable to see anything. Some may call our new cruiser friendly money management ways cheap, but we just want to make sure we get the most for our money. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back and you better believe we’ll be checking out this natural wonder!
The island had a bunch of good restaurants, beautiful secluded beaches and a few landmarks/ruins. If you are looking for a Caribbean destination a little bit off the beaten path but still relatively easy to get to head to Vieques!