By John C. McAuliff
Vieques Island
Puerto Rico
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The little Puerto Rican island of Vieques is an oft-forgotten paradise off the larger island’s eastern coast, a perfect blend of American and Puerto Rican culture and cuisine. Even in the high season for tourism, Vieques’ beautiful beaches are rarely populated by more than a few groups of American travelers, making it a quiet Caribbean getaway, and one of the least expensive destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
   
Traveling to Vieques is an adventure in itself, and is one reason why it goes overlooked by many tourists. EscapeWizard.com is pleased to help you book flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico at San Juan International Airport (SJU) from anywhere in the world. Book your flight by clicking on this link, (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Travelers can hire a taxi to Fajardo and take a $2 ferry ride over to the island, passing the beautiful and world famous “El Yunque” rainforest. EscapeWizard.com provides the best prices anywhere to make your voyage fun and affordable!
   
The first thing every weary traveler wants to do when they land in Vieques is head to the beach! EscapeWizard.com invites you to sample the islands unfailingly beautiful beaches depending on what you are searching for. Navio Beach, which happens to be the filming location for Lord of The Flies,  is a short drive from either of the islands two towns—Esperanza and Isabel II—and provides bodysurfing on rough days and sparkling sand and calm surf on fair days. For an excellent snorkeling experience for any level of ability, Green Beach on Vieques’ northern coast provides large shelves of reef less than 10 feet from the shore! The reefs are home to a large variety of crabs and lobsters, and viewing the occasional octopus or stingray is far from rare! Circling the tiny Cayo Juan off the far tip of Playa de la Chiva also makes for an exciting trip, with long exploded US Navy shells still visible in the shallow surf.
   
After getting a tan and exploring the beach, EscapeWizard.com recommends treating yourself to a round of mixed drinks at the many bars which line the malecon—an oceanside walkway—in Esperanza for the perfect Pina Colada or Painkiller. For dinner, try some Puerto Rican style seafood at any of several bars and restaurants along the little strip. The combination of American and Latin tastes is sure to light up your palate like the boiling lobster you just ate! EscapeWizard.com will assist you in finding lodging in Esperanza or Isabel II. If you are looking for a fun night out, head to Club Tumby, which is housed in an old US Navy bunker, for the best party on the island.
   
Once you burn up from forgetting your bottle of sunscreen, EscapeWizard.com recommends you take a day off from the beach and explore the unique Puerto Rican-American culture. Up until 2000, Vieques served as an American naval base, and many bunkers which date back as late as World War II dot the North Western part of the island. Also visible are the ruins of sugar plantations and a massive radio emitter which you will encounter traveling along a beautiful mountain road near Club Tumby.

Before you leave, EscapeWizard.com strongly suggests you tour the Bioluminescent Bay, often called the 8th wonder of the world. Trips run at night, and will take you out into a protected cove where every pebble thrown in the water leaves a bright green trail of light, and fish can be seen swimming even at midnight. Travelers can opt to take a swim in the bay right off the boat, and watch as their own hands create ripples of light in the water.

Adventurers, beach bums, culture seekers, and food lovers are all welcome to take part in the beauty that is Vieques, and no Caribbean traveler should consider themselves experienced until they have hiked Mt. Pirata and drank the island’s famous “Bili” brew of rum. Let EscapeWizard.com make it easy for you and book today, so you can start enjoying your vacation tomorrow!
Hotels in Vieques Island
By Tekisha Slack
W Retreat & Spa
State Road 200,KM 3.2 - HC-1 Box 9368, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
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Let your fantasies run wild and lose yourself in tropical indulgences at the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island. Nestled on two private, secluded beaches; style, sophistication and sensational sunsets are just some of the things that you will find at this W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island.
You’ll want to stay awhile in one of the W Retreat’s 157 Guest Rooms. Room balconies offer ocean, pool, or garden views. Wake up in the hotel’s signature W bed with pillow-top mattress, fluffy goose-down duvet and 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. Enjoy breathtaking views of beautifully landscaped gardens, tropical pool and the alluring Caribbean Sea. Cutting-edge technology and uniquely modern amenities including Bliss® Spa bath amenities, high speed internet access, W pillow menu and spectacular in-room entertainment are just some of the standard amenities waiting for you.

Dining options at W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island include:

W Living Room

The W Living Room offers a non traditional lobby design. The walls have been knocked down to create a place where you can open your mind and feel alive while dining on delicious foods and tantalizing cocktails

WET®
Laze by the pool soaked in the sun with a cocktail in hand.  WET® offer magnificent views of the beach, the most happening happy hours and fresh seafood sizzling away on the grill all day.

MIX ON THE BEACH
MiX it up as you sit down to dine on Caribbean cuisine served against breathtaking ocean views.

W CAFÉ
Serving on-the-go light snacks and on-the-run chilled and hot drinks all day long, W Café has everything to power your beach escapades and tropical adventures.

Escape to a serene sanctuary at the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your trip to paradise today. Just use this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.