09 March 2012
escaping the city
A little bit ago, I spent a weekend on la Isla Nena, Vieques, a tiny island off the east coast of the "Isla grande". The natural beauty of the island is unparalleled. Strict zoning laws are in place protecting the island from overdevelopment. It's nice to have a break from the chaos of San Juan and the metropolitan area. If you come to Puerto Rico, it's well worth the trip for several reasons:
-Solitude. If there are 10 people on the beach, that's too many.
-Beaches the way they were meant to be seen: without skyscrapers, hotels, and resorts in the background.
-No traffic lights on the entire island
-Beautiful wild horses roaming around
-The world's largest and brightest Bioluminescent Bay is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen in my life (check out the pictures on the link!)
-Ecotourism: kayaking, hiking, bike riding, horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, and a whole slew of other activities
-A wide variety of beaches and sand, from white sugar coated groves of Playa La Plata, to the black volcanic sand beaches of Playa Negrita, and everything in between.
-Fresh seafood and other great local food options
You can either take a really short yet somewhat costly plane ride from the main island, which I've never done, or take the ferry for about $4 round trip from the town of Fajardo on the west coast. A trip to Puerto Rico would be incomplete without seeing its sister islands.