Vieques is basically Paradise Island, right off the coast of Puerto Rico. We’d heard wonderful things about this beautiful little island and knew immediately that we needed to take a trip. We drive one hour outside of San Juan to Ceiba to catch a cheap-ish island hopper plane and the entire experience was worth the cost and our time. We stayed in the Lazy Hostel, the hostel that’s right in town, which was cheap, easy, and comfortable. A private room had two full sized beds and air conditioning, which gave us plenty of room.
Our time spent on the island was full of tacos (excellent excellent tacos, right on the beach), beers on the sand, a Jeep rental that let us drive ourselves over to the most perfect beach ever ever (down a rocky dirt road), wild horses wandering the roads and fields next to the beach, and snorkeling that showed us neat island fish, purple sea urchins, & more, all swimming right in the incredible teal water off of the truly white sands beach. This island is so good. So so good.
And with that, photos! Enjoy! xo
Magical looking shipwrecked boat, right next to the main street in Vieques.
Super tasty ceviche tacos from Lizzy’s Lunchbox. The service was slow and the tacos are not cheap, but DANG, so delicious. I actually went back for another serving, they were so tasty.
Pristine views and excellent snorkeling from the main beach in town.
My friend Dave on our perfect white sands beach. I think the insane clouds are one of my favorite things to see on islands like this – it leads to absolutely beautiful light and insane sunsets.
Coral, just washed up on the sand.
We saw tons of tropical fish, dozens of large purple sea urchins (don’t touch!), and dragged our toes in the soft white sand. The snorkel rental was an excellent idea.
I mean COME ON with the color of that water! So good.
Me and our Jeep. Loved this thing! They also picked us up from the airport, which was perfect, and then took us back as a part of our rental fee. Easy peasy.
Wild horses looking like mangy magic animals. <3 We got up for sunrise on the island. The light purple sky and water was beautiful, as was having this bustling beach to ourselves.
I was so exhausted from waking up so early though that I fell asleep on the sand. Like, kinda snoring & completely passed out sleeping. Too funny.
Worth it for that view though!
Coral pieces just washed up on the sand all along the beaches.
It’s the perfect spot to beach comb for neat finds.
One of my favorite shots from this trip. #plantsonpink and so on. haha. 🙂
Wrong island, same vibe.
We ended up missing our flight back to the main island, which sucked. Neither of us had ever missed a flight before, although this was a weird case to consider the first. We rolled up to the car return and opened the trunk to realize that we hadn’t returned the snorkeling gear.
We popped back into the Jeep and raced down the quiet island streets. The shop owner’s daughter chatted with us about snorkeling and sea urchins and island life as we anxiously returned our gear. We popped back in the car and raced right back to the Jeep rental. They drove like crazy to get us to the airport and get us all checked in. Our flight hadn’t left yet and they didn’t have anybody loaded, but they wouldn’t let us on.
We begged: “There are only ten people! It’s only a ten minute flight! The plane is RIGHT THERE.” But nothing.
“FAA regulations require you to check in 45 minutes before your flight,” they said, and there was nothing we could do about it.
We paid a change fee and checked in for the next flight, two hours later. Then we promptly walked out of the airport and down the street to the beach. The lady about had a heart attack.
“Will you wait at the cafe?” she asked.
“No, the beach,” we responded and she gave us a lecture about how we needed to be back in time.
We basically rolled our eyes. We were all checked in now. As long as we showed up on time for the actual flight, they’d have to let us in.
We ended up at a locals only kind of beach. A bit less clean than the other beaches we’d been to and, on the opposite side of the island, it was a bit rockier and the sand less soft. But the water was clear and the ocean was beautiful and, unlike the populated beaches on the other side, there were tons and tons of empty conch shells just lying around on the sand. So beautiful.
All that and we made our next flight. haha.