I can’t pronounce it correctly but I can spell it! Vieques Island is an island 8 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico sometimes referred to as the Spanish Virgin Islands. On a clear day, one can see St. Thomas. The United States Navy used the island as a bombing range and testing area before it vacated the island in 2003. Relatively undeveloped, this island is a treasure if you are looking to unwind, relax, enjoy the beaches, swim, snorkel, scuba, and enjoy some of the best food in the Caribbean.
We flew to San Juan and then immediately took a puddle jumper to Vieques. However, next time I would add a night in San Juan to explore and dine in one of the many fine restaurants in Old San Juan. We stayed at the W Retreat & Spa which was truly wonderful. The lobby was comfortable and relaxing with a funky decor and a cool place to hang out at night. My teenagers loved the billiards table for a break from the sun.
One of the best experiences we have ever had was a bioluminescent bay night kayak tour in Mosquito Bay. A magical experience and one my kids will never forget. Its claim is that it is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. Plan to book ahead and check the moon phase calendar to ensure the timing is right. We went with Fun Brothers . Our guide was very informative and the only regret was we could not take photographs of the experience.
Definitely, rent a jeep for part of the time. If you are staying at the W Resort there is a car rental on premises, Island Car Rental. It was convenient and affordable. The beaches on Vieques are beautiful. We loved Caracas, La Chiva, and Playa La Plata. Mosquito pier is also a place to visit. We saw plenty of starfish and went snorkeling under Mosquito Pier where you can see plenty of sea turtles. I recommend renting beach chairs and an umbrella. Pack a picnic lunch as there are no convenient places for food near the beaches. Dinners out were absolutely divine offering the best of the local flavors. The Tin Box was a barbecue lovers delight!