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Esperanza - local kids

The following day we took a cab ride across the island to spend a few hours exploring the only town of any size besides Isabela Segundo ---> Esperanza.  Esperanza is charming in its own beat-up way.  Positioned on a pretty bay on the southern half of Vieques, it is reminiscent of being in the Florida Keys.  Our drive to Esperanza was highlighted by seeing horses tied up in front of many houses, not unlike a parked car!  There are a lot of small, wild horses running around the island ---> these are “Paso Fino”, descendants of horses brought over by Spanish conquistadors centuries ago.  Be careful if you rent a car here as I heard several folks talk about hitting a horse with their car and spotted two vehicles that seemed to have experienced an unfortunate encounter with a Paso Fino.

Esperanza - local transportation

There are only a few art/gift stores, several bars and one museum, but the town has a great vibe.  All these centered right along the shoreline and the pretty boardwalk, the ‘malecon’.  We enjoyed watching a bunch of children run off the pier and swim in the bay, and had a tasty lunch at Banana’s.  Of course we purchased the necessary tacky magnet for Vieques in Esperanza too!


The museum was the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, which is worth a quick visit.  There's no admission charge and its teensy (they claim to have the world's smallest aquarium and I believe 'em...but it's fun), though it offers some quality tidbits about the area and its history.  The gift shop had a nice selection too, especially some nature/science books and we picked up a couple for Spencer.

fran2011 says:
Vieques is awesome..
Posted on: Jun 25, 2007
WaltJake says:
All right! Another tacky magnet! lol
Posted on: Jun 17, 2007
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Esperanza - local kids
Esperanza - local kids
Esperanza - local transportation
Esperanza - local transportation
Esperanza - local entertainment
Esperanza - local entertainment
Esperanza....um, local island???
Esperanza....um, local island???
The malecon at Esperanza
The malecon at Esperanza
Shirts, yes....roosters, NO!
Shirts, yes....roosters, NO!
It is so sad that the legal drinki…
It is so sad that the legal drink…
Esperanza Sights & Attractions review
Two of the most endearing things about Vieques are the native frogs, coqui’s, who lull you to sleep every night with there melodic croaking, and Coq… read entire review
Esperanza
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