Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques Travel Blog

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View from Fajardo, PR
We made it! After leaving on a 6 a.m. flight from Seattle and a plane change in Houston we arrived in San Juan last night about 7 p.m. No doubt, Halloween in San Juan could be tons of fun but as wiped out as we were, all we had energy for was dinner and crashing.

What a change being in mid 80's tropical weather from Seattle's mid 40's1 We're loving it.

We drove down to Fajardo, which is about an hour's drive south of San Juan where we turned in the rental car we had and took the ferry over to Vieques. The ferry system in Puerto Rico is state run so is very affordable - for Jim and I to walk on was only $2 each.
This Iquana was just crossing the road in front of us!
That's the way to go because from what we understood it's practically impossible to get your car onto the car ferry due to all the commercial vehicles that need to make the trip. It was a really beautiful crossing that took about an hour and a half across that beautiful aqua marine Caribbean water.

Upon arriving on Vieques, there are plenty of people offering to give you rides to wherever you're staying and although there are supposedly "Publicos" - public transportation vans available - we didn't see any so when a guy in a Ford Bronco offered to take us to La Finca for a reasonable price, we said sure. Probably like many Caribbean islands, Vieques has very narrow, windy roads which our driver, who has lived on the island all his life flew along with no problem. We quickly learned the answer to the age old question, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" - because the other 50 chickens are on the other side! Vieques has it's fair share of wild chickens along the roadside but also a significant number of wild horses that are placidly eating grass along the roadside.
The "Malecon" beachfront main street in Esperanza on Vieques Island.
From what we learned they are descended from horses brought to the island by Spanish explorers and apparently, no amount of honking will get them to move if they don't feel like it!

La Finca turned out to be everything we expected - a very relaxing, laid back place to stay perfectly located in the middle of the island. Katrina, the caretaker, greeted us with a bowl of fresh lemons picked from trees right on the property which went REALLY well with my Coronas! If you want to hear more about La Finca, please check out our review on Suffice it to say, it was a lovely way to end a busy first full day in Puerto Rico.

More to come!
ZaiTuray says:
Great blog on PR guys. I found so informative. I'm planning on taking a trip out there in December. Looking fwd to checking out some of the spots listed.
Posted on: Nov 10, 2010
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View from Fajardo, PR
View from Fajardo, PR
This Iquana was just crossing the …
This Iquana was just crossing the…
The Malecon beachfront main stre…
The "Malecon" beachfront main str…
One of the many, many, many Anoles…
One of the many, many, many Anole…
Casa Nueva, where we stayed at La …
Casa Nueva, where we stayed at La…
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