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Vignettes of Vieques

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A May 2005 trip to Vieques by ext212

Casa Ladera Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: I wanted to get away from New York City and head to the beach. We hesitated about going to Puerto Rico because we've already been to Culebra, but the short flight and the 85-degree F weather forecast made us visit Vieques.

Vignettes of Vieques

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Overview

Vignettes of Vieques  Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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I wanted to get away from New York City and head to the beach for a few days. We hesitated about going to Puerto Rico because it has only been 4 years since we vacationed in the tiny island of Culebra, but the quick 5-hour jaunt, 85-degree F weather forecast and a homey place to stay like Casa Ladera all convinced us that we should fly to San Juan and then take a small plane to Vieques, another island a few miles southeast of the mainland. Just only 2 years ago, the US Navy stopped its bombing tests and military practice on Vieques after 60 years. The US bought the island in the 1940s, and many families who depended on the agricultural land were forced out to make way for militar...Read More

Casa Ladera

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Hotel

Casa Ladera Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Casa Ladera Email: jen@casa-ladera.com Phone: 917/570-7558 www.casa-ladera.com Casa Ladera is a rental villa that sits on the north coast of Vieques with a view of Monte Santo beach. We stayed in the two-bedroom casita right next to the main building, which also has two more two-bedroom suites. The casita is separate from the main house and complete with a nice bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. It is painted tropical blue outside and a calming salmon color inside. The doors in the living room open up to the patio so you can see the garden...Read More

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Casa Ladera
Monte Santo Playa
Vieques, Puerto Rico
(917) 570-7558

Cafe Media Luna

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Restaurant

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Café Media Luna 351 Antonio G Mellado Street Phone: 787/741.2594 Prices are steep in Café Media Luna compared to the rice-and-beans shack down the street, so we were a bit skeptical when we were told that Café Media Luna is the best restaurant in Vieques. Most of the ingredients that make up the menu are shipped from either the city of San Juan or from the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands, but we never thought we would see lamb chops as one of our choices for dinner. When we made a reservation two days before we left New York City, we were told that there is no corkage fee if we decide to bring our own bottle of wine. We brought one of the two b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Cafe Media Luna
351 Antonio G Mellado Street
Vieques, Puerto Rico
787/741.2594

Navio Beach

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Attraction

Navio Beach Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Navio Beach is supposed to attract the surfers because it offers the fiercest waves in Vieques, but we found it to be the most isolated at the end of May. We had to walk through a clearing to get to the beach, but as soon as we parked our car, we were rewarded with the most serene view. Once on the beach, there was no shade to protect us from the glaring sun, but I still situated myself close to the water, equipped with a book, a camera, a towel, and a cold bottle of Sapporo, without any intentions of moving. But wait, where was my bottle opener? I walked back to the car to get my boyfriend—now trying to nurse his burnt shoulders—to open my beer with his lighter, but to no avail. I was then forced to ...Read More

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Navio Beach

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Red & Blue Beaches

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Red & Blue Beaches Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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We went to Red Beach, or Playa del Corcho, two times while we were in Vieques because it was the only beach with several gazebos to let us have a proper lunch. The sun was so intense throughout our stay in Vieques that any bit of shade we could get while on the beach was much appreciated. Red Beach is more of a family beach because of the facilities, and we watched as the locals and other tourists set up barbeque grills and picnics. We were even approached by young guys asking us to place pizza orders to be delivered on the beach from their restaurant. We did not mind the family and party vibe, but there were times when we just wanted to be alone and call the beach our own. We drove...Read More

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Red & Blue Beaches
South Coast, Inside Garcia Gate
Vieques, Puerto Rico