Looking for a place to play Robinson Crusoe? Well, here you can wander along almost any stretch of sand and rarely see another soul.
As you sail along the pristine coastline, the allure of secluded beaches and untouched landscapes welcomes you to a world of tranquility.
For decades, Vieques grappled with a tumultuous history, marked by a clash between islanders and distant federal authorities. Two-thirds of the island’s expanse, predominantly on the eastern end, served as a U.S. Navy bombing range, while the western tip functioned as an ammunition dump. The aftermath of a tragic bombing incident in April 1999 sparked widespread protests, eventually leading to the military’s departure on May 1, 2003.
Paradoxically, the military presence inadvertently shielded Vieques from rampant resort development. Today, the former naval grounds have transformed into the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. The woodsy western end boasts cycling trails, offering a scenic ride around Monte Pirata, the island’s highest peak. Year by year, more of the eastern region opens up, granting access to breathtaking beaches that gently slope into the calm embrace of turquoise waters.
One of the refuge’s highlights is Puerto Mosquito, a bay shaped like a flask inhabited by bioluminescent microorganisms. Kayakers can revel in the enchanting spectacle of glowing waters at night, creating a mesmerizing experience amidst nature’s wonders.
As you sail around Vieques, the endless palms lining the shore stand testament to the island’s pristine allure. The absence of resort developers, coupled with the protection afforded by the wildlife refuge, ensures an untouched paradise for those seeking solace on the high seas.
In the embrace of Isla de Vieques, the echoes of a tumultuous past are replaced by the soothing whispers of wind and waves, inviting sailors to explore a haven where untouched beauty and serenity coexist in perfect harmony.