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Trip Report - Part 1

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Trip Report - Part 1

We arrived home from our trip yesterday and wanted to get as much of this down while it was still fresh in my mind. My family (4 teenagers, 19, 19, 18 and 15) hubby and myself traveled August 10th through the 18th.

Firstly, thanks to all the contributors to this forum, this was a wonderful resource and greatly added to my knowledge and therefore my family’s enjoyment of Vieques.

Day 1 and 2

We arrived in San Juan Sunday night and stayed at Caleta Guest House, which is associated with the Da House hotel. Nothing chic but a great location for touring old San Juan. We ate breakfast at La Bombonera Monday morning, toured San Christobal and then rode with Jose Padin to Fajardo to catch our flight to Vieques. He was a joy and our girls enjoyed practicing their Spanish with him. VAL flight was an adventure for the kids and reminded my hubby of how much he enjoyed flying small planes. We had rented a vehicle from Island Car Rental but their mini-van was broken so they steered us to Martineau, which cut us a deal on a Durango. Probably a better vehicle choice in the long run anyway. We stayed at a home called Colina de Brisas in Isabel Segunda and it was the perfect choice for us. The house is lovely, beautiful view, nicely furnished and one of the high points of the trip was sitting on the balcony each evening and enjoying mango daiquiris from the mangos we picked from the trees on the property.

We did the bio-bay tour that evening with Abe’s Snorkeling and while the moon was probably a bit bright, our guide was great and the dinoflagellates did their thing for us. A Scoop’s pizza was especially delicious for a quick dinner that evening.

I was a bit worried about grocery prices from reading other posts, but we found the prices at the Super Morales to be very reasonable and we saved a ton of money by doing most of our evening cooking at our house. Not very exciting I know but with 6 mouths to feed, eating out was a major expense.

Day 3

Blue Beach, aaahhh. I wish I was back there already. Water was gorgeous, snorkeling was fun and probably 3 other groups on the whole beach. We ate a late lunch at Charley’s in Esperanza and while there struck up a conversation with Abe Jr. who graciously volunteered to take us snorkeling at the Esperanza Pier. This was a definite highlight of the trip!! He showed us so many cool things and his enthusiasm was delightful.

Day 4

Navio Beach, the waves weren’t particularly big but who’s complaining. We picked up some coconuts and practiced our survival skills by cracking them open on the rocks. This is a heck of a lot harder than you would think but actually turned into a fun family project. Lunch was at the snack shop at Sun Bay and the empanadas were fabulous as well as the proprietor. In fact everyone we encountered in Vieques was very friendly, more than willing to offer directions or advice and put up with our broken Spanish. More snorkeling at Sun Bay more daiquiris and wine on our lovely porch.

Day 5

We toured the fort and walked the streets of Isabel Segunda during the morning. Pastries at the Panaderia were tasty and we just enjoyed seeing the ferry load up the school kids roaming the street in their uniforms. The iguana at the fruit truck was especially large and the avocados are completely different from those we get in Texas. Also bought some green plantains to fry using our VCHT cookbook which we found at our house. Afternoon was more empanadas at El Resuelve and then we found the black sand beach after a bit of roaming and a bit of direction asking and a very friendly dog who lead the way down the river bed. This turned out to be everybody’s favorite beach. Absolutely deserted and beautiful shells and sea glass for picking up.

More later.

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1. Re: Trip Report - Part 1

Fantastic report. I remember a friendly black lab escorting us around Isabel our first day. He seemed very laid back and calmly walked by all the barking dogs behind the fences.

How was the weather in August, hot but bearable with the breezes? Also the water temperature? It was a bit chilly in March but refreshing.

Cooking most of your own meals only makes sense considering some restaurant reviews are disappointing. Who needs to be throwing money away in today's economy.

Also I have to compliment you on your teenager's attitude. Many times posters will wonder if there is anything to do on a small island without all the typical tourist attractions but it sounds like everyone had a great time.

Vieques and Puerto Rico are truly a special places.

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2. Re: Trip Report - Part 1

Glad you had a great time. Family traveler is right, there have been 4-5 comments recently worrying about whether teenager and kids could stay amused for even 3 days on Vieques. We will refer them to this review.

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3. Re: Trip Report - Part 1

I am loving your report and can't wait for more!! Hurry Hurry! (said with a smile)

Thanks for taking the time to post.

Stephanie

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