When it comes to the best beaches, no one can beat the Caribbean. The Caribbean is known for its pristine beaches, picturesque islands, beautiful reefs, and cays. However, there are so many heavenly islands that choosing one for your holiday can be difficult. Vieques is one such island that rose to popularity in recent years.
Apart from its turquoise waves and sugary sands, this Caribbean paradise has a lot to offer. There are many exciting things to do in Vieques on a tour. If you are looking for a reason to visit this paradise, here are ten reasons why you need to plan your holiday to Vieques.
- Driving Around the Island
How does a long drive on empty roads with the ocean in your eyesight sound? Amazing, right? Well, you can make this dream come true in Vieques. There are many roads on the coastline to enjoy a perfect trip. You can rent a car and take a trip around the island, enjoying its true, untouched beauty.
Many of those roads take you to mesmerizing beach coves. If you are lucky, you’ll get to share your route with roaming horses. There are no traffic jams to irritate you or massive billboards to distract you while enjoying this beautiful island.
- Kayaking in the Ocean
Kayaking is one of the most popular water activities in Vieques. You can ride a kayak through the thick mangroves and enjoy offshore cays. You can also reach secret snorkeling spots, which are only accessible by kayaks.
The Bioluminescent bay AKA the mosquito bay is the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay. You can witness the wonder of nature, the magical illuminating blue organisms at night in a crystal kayak. So no matter what your fitness level is, you can enjoy kayaking.
- Hiking in Nature
Hiking is the best way to explore the island. You can take a hike through the lush green forests and witness the rich wildlife of Vieques. You get to see wild horses, iguanas, mongoose, and more than 140 species of birds.
You can hike through the Playa Grande Sugar Mill ruins and continue your hike for miles to the beautiful coastline of Playa Grande. Finally, you can watch the magnificent sunset of the Monte Pirata to end your day perfectly.
- Explore the History of Island
If you love to explore historical places, you should walk to the various archeological sites on the island. You’ll get to visit multiple locations that will take you back in time when the pirates used to rule the ocean. It’s your chance to live the Pirates of the Caribbean movie moment.
- Bicycling By the Beaches
Who wouldn’t like to go bicycling by the beautiful beaches of Vieques? The cold, salty breeze in your hair while you paddle down the road is a pleasure worth experiencing. You can explore numerous trails, the old navy base, or the Playa Grande Sugar Plantation ruins. Just carry your sunblock, snacks, and lots of water to stay hydrated.
It’s almost impossible to sit under the sky at night and watch the whole sky lit up with the stars in the cities. But if you love stargazing, you will truly enjoy your time at Vieques island. You can sit on the beach and watch the sky full of stars above you.
The skies in the Isla de Vieques get very dark after the sunset, so the stars look brighter than you see in the cities. Two-third of the island is a natural reserve, which means there is very low light pollution, making it perfect for stargazing.
- Experience the Wonder of the Bioluminescent Bay
Mosquito Bay should be on the top of your list of things to do in Vieques on tour. The place is magical thanks to the magnificent wonder of nature, the bioluminescent organisms called Pyrodinium bahamense, Dinoflagellates (dinos).
These organisms or “dinos” produce a bright burst of blue light when they come in contact with another organism or are shaken by water movement. It creates a magical feel when you touch the water, and the water illuminates with tiny blue lights.
In 2008, the Guinness Book of Records declared bioluminescent bay the brightest in the world. Regardless of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, this wonder of nature still recovered and now shines brighter than ever.
It will be a priceless memory of a lifetime to visit Isla de Vieques to witness this natural wonder. It’s best to visit the bio bay during the new moon phase for a better experience.
- Fishing Like Never Before
In Vieques, you get to experience fishing like never before. With no fast boats and no crowd at all, you can peacefully enjoy your fishing session. The island flaunts its beautiful reefs, beaches, and mangroves that are perfect for fishing. A lot of tourists visit Puerto Rico to experience fishing.
- Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is one of the must-have experiences to get in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The locals, known as Viequenses, love their horses and proudly ride them around, wherever they go. As a result, you get to see many horses roaming free on the trails and the island’s streets.
Horseback riding on a secluded beach where you can only hear the waves and the trees moving by the wind is a dream come true for many. There are friendly guides who will take you on these unforgettable horse rides.
- Jet Skiing
Cruising through the mighty waters and defeating the waves is an experience of its own. Jet skiing on the island is a must-have experience for adventurers. You get to see the places from a different perspective when you are in the water, cutting the waves on your jet ski. The thrill of rapidly cruising through the water is unmatchable. You can experience this thrill while jet skiing at Vieques.
These were enough reasons to convince you to plan your next holiday to the Caribbean wonder called Vieques island. You will get to experience things like never seen before. Now go and pack your bags. This magical island is waiting to host you.