Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

We are in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. We have rented a car and our home for the next couple of days is Hacienda Tamarindo. Vieques is a secluded, non-commercial island with not very many facilities, some amazing beaches is listed on several registers as one of the 1,000 places to see before you die. This is because of its bioluminescent bay.

Vieques – Blue Beach

We spent the afternoon at blue beach; one of the prettiest beach I have ever been to. It has Caribbean blue waters, pure white sand and very few people. The water is warm and the currents are mild. The sun is bright, but the ocean breezes keep the temperature (even in the sun) perfectly comfortable.

Binita at Bananas, Vieques
G at Bananas, Vieques

We spent a good portion of the afternoon basking in the sun before catching lunch at a cozy little restaurant called Bananas. There was a solo singer churning out tunes by U2, Van Morrison and even Pink. It was mellow, low-key and relaxed; a perfect way to unwind after an Ironman 70.3.

Binita under the Cieba Tree – Vieques

We also swung by a 350-old tree called the Cieba tree where an Iguana was hanging out in the cool shade.

Surprisingly, I went for a 2-mile jog from Hacienda Tamarindo to Playa Grande (Grande Beach). It was an easy, relaxed run. My leg muscles are still tight, but it was a good way to start loosening them up. I startled a few wild horses as they neighed and took off (note: Vieques has about 3,000 wild horses that you see everywhere).

In the evening was the highlight of our trip to Vieques. We kayaked out into Bioluminescent Bay. It was a sight to see when you put your hand in the waters and the water lit up like fireflies a thousand times over. While Vieques doesn’t have much else to offer (besides beautiful, secluded white sand beaches), bioluminescence is definitely a must. No pictures or videos can do it justice; you have to experience it yourself!

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