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Sunny Days and Glowing Nights on Vieques

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A March 2007 trip to Vieques by stomps

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Quote: A quick day trip to Vieques proved to be the most memorable of our week in Puerto Rico, especially our trip to the bioluminescent bay!

Sunny Days and Glowing Nights on Vieques

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Vieques port Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Vieques, also known as La Isla Neña, is a small island province of Puerto Rico, located just off of the main island’s east coast. It is a tropical paradise that people have generally only heard of because of the huge protests in 1999 against the US Navy’s occupation of the majority of the island. The Navy bought nearly two-thirds of the island during World War II and used it for extensive bomb testing, which drew the ire of the local residents when one accidentally killed a local. The campaign of civil disobedience finally ended in the Navy leaving the island in May 2003, leaving it a nearly completely undeveloped Caribbean delight. And don’t worry—bomb contaminated areas are limited to a small region...Read More

SeaGate Hotel

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Hotel | "Sea Gate Hotel"

SeaGate Hotel Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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According to the Sea Gate Hotel’s website, the Sea Gate "sits on a hill overlooking the ocean and the last Spanish fort built in the Western world." With a description like this, how could the hotel not be a charming lodging on an island paradise? This is exactly what Cristina’s mom thought when she booked the hotel, and she was absolutely right.I wish I could give directions to the hotel, but we took a taxi from the ferry terminal in Isabel Segunda to the hotel, which is only about five minutes away. If you cannot find a taxi, the hotel offers free pickup from both the airport and the ferry terminal. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

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

Richards Cafe

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Restaurant | "Richard's Cafe"

Richards Cafe Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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The owner of the Seagate Hotel, Penny, gave our group advice on where to eat in town, narrowing the choices down to “The Patio” and “Richard’s Café.” A quick look at The Patio took it out of the equation as well, since there was absolutely no way fourteen people could fit in its tiny confines. Richard’s it was.Everyone took quite a long time to look through the Puerto Rican cuisine on the menu, trying to find something they wouldn’t normally eat. As sides and appetizers, they offered both amarillos and tostones—sweet, ripe plantains and fried green (unripe) plantains, respectively. We got many plates of both and I got amarillos (my favourite) as a side. Mofongo, the other way plantains are pre...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Richards Cafe
Highway 200
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Sun Bay Beach

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Sun Bay Beach Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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In Puerto Rico, an island 100 miles by 35 miles large, one never has to go very far to find a beach. In Vieques, a tiny island off Puerto Rico’s east coast, one has to go a fraction of distances on "the mainland" to find wide swaths of sand and glittering sea. Essentially, the beach is right on everyone’s doorstep here, and it would be a shame to miss it.After what seemed to be the longest meal ever (reviewed in my Richard’s Café entry), we finally got on our way to the beach around mid-afternoon. Since we had taken the passenger ferry across, we had to rely on the few taxis on the island to get us around, and fortunately, one of them was a van that fit all fourteen of us. The driver, who ...Read More

Kayaking the Bioluminescent Bay

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Mosquito Bay Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Even though we had something exciting planned for every day of our short sojourn to Puerto Rico, kayaking the bioluminescent bay was the activity we were most excited about. Visiting the old Spanish forts of Old San Juan and admiring the Flaming Lady in Ponce’s Art Museum were both exciting, but what could beat jumping into a bay and watching it turn from midnight blue to glowing green in a span of seconds?Since we were such a large group (there were fourteen of us), we had our tour booked long before we arrived on Vieques. All we had to do when we arrived on the island was tell Vieques Tours where to pick us up from—which happened to be Sun Bay, one of Vieques’ Caribbean beaches (which I ...Read More

Kayaking the Bioluminescent Bay, pt. 2

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Mosquito Bay Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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This entry is a continuation of Kayaking the Bioluminescent Bay.As can be seen from my rather dark photo of the entrance to Mosquito Bay, darkness was very much falling as the guide described the formation of the bay to us. Soon, she pointed us in another direction, telling us that this was where a buoy was that we could moor our kayaks on while swimming in the bay. Excited about the prospect of getting out of the kayaks and into the water, we quickly paddled off.Once we had all been tied to the buoy, the guide told us more facts as we waited for the bay to begin lighting up. Unfortunately, not many of us paid attention, as we were wholly immersed in sticking our paddles into the water...Read More

Fajardo to Vieques Ferry

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Puerto Rican mainland Photo, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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While many local airlines do fly from both San Juan and Fajardo to Vieques, we chose the slightly longer and much cheaper option of riding the ferry across the ten miles separating Puerto Rico and its tiny island province. This ferry leaves from the Fajardo Ferry terminal (from which ferries to Culebra, another island off the Puerto Rican coast, also leave) and costs a grand total of $4 for a round trip ticket.The ferry ride took about an hour. There were two floors to the boat, and the upper was mostly covered but was still outdoors. I don’t do well indoors on rocking boats, so I chose the top, along with nearly everyone else in our group. None of us really minded the ride over, since none of...Read More