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Vieques Puerto Rico-A Treasure Often Missed

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A February 1997 trip to Puerto Rico by unorthodox traveler

SeaGate Hotel Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: I travelled to Puerto Rico for much needed rest and relaxation but instead had to cope with noise,honking horns and traffic conjestion. Desperate for solitude, I discovered the island of Vieques, only a few miles off the coast.This precious pearl provided what I needed.

Vieques Puerto Rico-A Treasure Often Missed

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Overview

The Island of Vieques Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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Walk the stunning, fine-sand beaches without crowds of tourists, sign up for the bioluminescent bay at Puerto Mosquito tour (read journal), Scuba or snorkling, Underwater Nature Tour, and biking around the island.Quick Tips: This is a low-key island - quite different in many ways than its very popular, very expensive Culebra. If you're seeking a quiet, inexpensive place to visit that is easy to reach from the United States, this is it.Best Way To Get Around: I took a ferry from Fajardo(telephone 863-0705) Puerto Rico which took 1 1/2 hours and cost only a few dollars. I decided not to take my car to the island which was a mistake - I wish I had spent the extra money to hav...Read More

Sun Bay

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Hotel

Sun Bay Camping Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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I love to camp, to be outdoors, to experience the natural beauty of a new place. I also appreciate the low-cost of housing when I camp. So, after spending two days at the Sea Gate Hotel, I camped at Sun Bay--an experience I''ll never forget. First of all, the campground is very primitive - it''s basically a field next to the bathhouse at the Sun Bay Beach. Once you register,(if you can find someone around to sign you up), you can use their bath facilities - which were dirty. Now for my unusual experience. I''m in my tent, it''s around 3 am in the morning, and I hear noise - almost like a herd of horses galloping. Must be dreaming. I attempted to go back to sleep but suddenly some...Read More

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SeaGate Hotel

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Hotel | "Sea Gate"

SeaGate Hotel Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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I found this hotel after getting off the ferry. It was a short walk. Without a car to explore, I picked this place because it was inexpensive and right on the ocean. If you need a basic place to stay which is inexpensive, this is a good choice. There are 16 rooms which are very basic but clean. The big plus in staying here is myriad of views of the sea and fort from just about every room. I had a room with private bath, a balcony, and comfortable bed for around $40. The restaurant also serves breakfast for under $5.This is an optional choice for you but since I get up early, I took advantage of the open restaurant. Another advantage of staying here is the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

SeaGate Hotel
Ruthye and Penny Miller
Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765
+787-741-4661

Bananas Bar and Grill

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Restaurant | "Bananas Restaurant"

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This is a very popular place on the island which serves delicious fresh fish. It has a lovely outdoor terrace. The atmosphere is lively, the service friendly. You quickly get the feeling that this is THE place many locals hang out...great food and decent prices. If you're not into seafood, they also serve grilled meats, ribs, chicken and even pizza. The night I was here I had a delicious lobster with crabmeat - it was my last night on the island and I decided to blow my budget. No regrets. You can get a good meal with an impressive array of home-made desserts for around $20-25. There is also entertainment - rock, jazz, and reggae music keep t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Bananas Bar and Grill
142 Calle Flamboyan
Esperanza, Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765
(787) 741-8700

Media Luna Beach

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Attraction

Beach Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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What a beach - you can walk out for hundreds of feet without getting wet above your waist. This is an ideal place for young children - it is safe without any undertows, or dangerous sea creatures-like sharks.

This is also a great place to scuba dive or snorkel. Being a diver, I rented diving equipment at the Blue Caribe Dive Center (744-2522) and spent a day diving around-clear water with many colorful fish and decent coral.

Pictures are worth a thousand words so look at these photos.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2001

Bioluminescent Bay at Puerto Mosquito

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Attraction

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This is a must to experience - this place is one of the most important and best-preserved places on this earth to experience the bioluminescent effect which is created by the movement of unicellular microscopic organisms, dinofagellata, which are found in warm and calm tropical waters. The millions of micro organisms emit a glow when the water is disturbed by any movement, such as swimming. I joined a tour to this bioluminescent bay (Cost around $30-worth every penny). You really can't do this on your own-the tour people put you on an open truck and you go some distance through unpaved, unmarked roads. Then you board a boat to the bay. There were around 20 of us on this particular night...Read More

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Exploring The Island of Vieques

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To fully appreciate this interesting and beautiful island, you really need to spend a day exploring by car or bike. As you may know, since 1941, approximately 70% of Vieques belongs to the United States Navy, who run two naval bases, Camp Garcia and Navy Base, situated at the eastern and western ends of the island. Many tourists have stayed away from this island due to Naval bombing practice and an occasional death to civilians. Vieques has been in the news of late with protestors demanding that the Navy leave this island. The US presence has decreased substantially over the last several years but there is still an obvious military presence with planes and helicopters a common site in the s...Read More