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Vieques: Quiet Island Get-a-way with Marvels of Nature

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A December 2008 trip to Vieques by travelswithkids

Casa Alta Vista Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: Vieques is a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. It features an uncrowded and laidback style, beautiful arcs of sandy beaches, and an amazing bioluminscent bay, truly a wonder of nature.

Fajardo Inn

Hotel | "Fajardo -- Gateway to Vieques"

Fajardo Inn Photo, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Fajardo is a good-sized city on the east coast of Puerto Rico, with easy access to the El Yunque rain forest and Vieques (the ferry leaves from Fajardo to Vieques).The Fajardo Inn is a very pleasant resort/hotel on a hill in Fajardo and is a nice place to stay either before or after going to Vieques. We stayed at the Fajardo Inn after returning from Vieques and it was a very nice stopping noff point. The hotel features a very nice pool area, complete with swim-up bar, a small mini-golf course, a gym with a juice bar, two restaurants, and a very nice and helpful staff.We enjoyed the more casual of the two restaurants very much. It's a mexican food restaurant on the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2009

Fajardo Inn
BELTRAN 52
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
787-860-6000

Vieques Ferry

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Attraction | "Cheap Ferry to Vieques"

The Vieques Ferry Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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The passenger ferry from Fajardo is a great inexpensive way to get to Vieques. It's only $2 per person, each way for the roughly two hour journey. The ferry runs 4 times per day during the week and 3x/day on weekends.The ferry ticket offices both in Fajardo and on Vieques are sort of annoying. They don't open up until just about 45 minutes before the ferry is to depart, so you have to line up in a long queue, and then it takes an amazing amount of time for them to complete a very simple transaction: OK: ticket, $2/person. Here's the money.. How hard can it be? But the ticket lines take forever to empty out and you're sure you're going to miss the boat. But somehow it does work out an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2009

Beach at Esperanza Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Vieques has some really beautiful beaches. There are very nice beaches that you can easily walk to while staying in Esperanza. Other's on the island will require renting a car or hiring a driver. From talking with others there, it sounded like hiring one of the local taxi/collectivo drivers wasn't really such a great idea since they tended to charge a lot more than the car rental just to take you to a beach and them come back an hour or two later to pick you up.The Esperanza beach is a pretty spot to watch the sunset, and it has some picturesque palm trees leaning out over the narrow strip of soft sand. There's a pier sticking out into the water at one end and we were told there was goo...Read More

Bananas Bar and Grill

Restaurant | "Best People Watching Spot to Dine in Esperanza"

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Bananas is a bar and grill style restaurant right on the Malecon (main beachfront boardwalk area) of Esperanza. The atmosphere is definitely laidpback beach-bum bar casual.Catch a table outside for the premier spot to watch the nightly car cruise up and down the beachfront street -- it seemed to be an entertaining mix of locals and tourists in their rental jeeps. And everybody else who isn't driving will be walking past Bananas central location.The food was typical grill food -- burgers, fries, chicken, nachos and that kind of thing. Nothing fancy, but it all tasted good, and the beer was cold. The prices were fair compared to many other places around town.Both ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2009

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

Bioluminescent Bay at Vieques Island

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Attraction | "Bio Bay -- Amazing Wonder of Nature"

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We've been a lot of places, and the bioluminescent bay of Vieques is truly one of the most magically unique places we've seen. Briefly, the bay is home to microscopic dinoflagellates who emit light when they are disturbed. Our trip happened to fall during the new moon, so we had to experience this, and it was our primary reason for coming to Vieques. The subtle effect is washed out by the light of a full moon, so many of the tour operators don't even make the trip during that time of the month.Our kayak tour was with Blue Caribe Kayaks, located right on the main street of Esperanza, not with Island Adventures. Island Adventures does the tour aboard a big electric, non-polluting pontoon...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2009

Bioluminescent Bay at Vieques Island
Island Adventures
Vieques, Puerto Rico
(787) 741-0720

Casa Alta Vista

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Hotel | "Crappy Hotel Room. Don't Stay Here"

Casa Alta Vista Photo, Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Casa Alta Vista came pretty close to ruining our stay on Vieques, but our stay was saved by the enjoyable experience of the rest of the island. It is the kind of pretty, independent, small hotel that you really want to like: but the room was really just terrible.If we'd paid about $30 for the room, then maybe I'd feel differently, but it certainly wasn't worth the price.Casa Alta Vista is a few blocks off the end of the beach front main street of Esperanza. It's a pretty building with around 3 stories, with a few rooms on each floor and a nice ocean view from it's rooftop.The main problem with our room was the bugs. I mean, its a tropical island, you expect a few bugs f...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 14, 2009

Casa Alta Vista
297 Flamboyan St.
Vieques 00765
+787-741-3296