Thursday, January 23, 2014

Life's a Beach


Between Steve and me, we've been to a ton of places around the world ... but none other rivals the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. With only a handful of hotels, an nothing americanized about the island, this place is a rare untouched gem in the Caribbean. Below are some of our fave spots on the small strip of land ...

Playa Grande 
As the name suggests, it's one of the longest strips of beach. 

Playa Negra
Named for the black sand on the water's edge, this beach was worth the 20 minute hike through tropical foliage. Our reward? A few of the island's many wild horses galloping down the beach.

Blue Horizon Boutique Hotel
Our incredible accommodations included amazing food, the friendliest staff, and despite being full last week, rarely another person in view.

Sun Bay
This beach was one of the more popular spots (which means there were about 10 other people besides us) and a killer sunset view.

Secret Beach
Is just that – tucked away off a little road is the most spectacular tiny beach. 

Media Luna
This beach, named for being a half moon shape, was the most calm spot – both because of the water and the fact we were alone (and yes, you just pull your jeep right up to the sand).

Playa La Plata

One of the most beautiful spots, again no more than 3-4 other people around.    

So to recap: Isolated beaches, wild horses, amazing Caribbean food, some of the friendliest people I've ever met ... yup, Vieques takes the vaca-cake. 

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