Lay of the Land
Still mostly undiscovered, Vieques maintains a laid-back island atmosphere that can be hard to find on more developed Caribbean islands, which makes it the ideal destination for the do-it-yourself traveler. If the idea of exploring the island in a Jeep Wrangler on your own and passing by fields of roaming wild horses is your idea of bliss, then this is a spot for you. The main seaside village, Esperanza, has shopping and a low-key nightlife scene in local bars and restaurants. The island’s other town, Isabel Segunda, also offers several shops and restaurants.
Scattered throughout the island are white sandy beaches that offer excellent snorkeling and diving. Blue Beach has some of the best marine life and shallow calm waters. Red Beach is also popular among visitors and locals, framed by mountains on one end and rocks on the other with a perfect swimming beach in between.
Vieques lies a quick 25-minute flight from San Juan. CapeAir runs a number of flights a day for a range of prices depending on the time of day and year.