The Complete Guide to a Vieques Honeymoon for a Secluded Escape
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Being in Vieques is a bit like being in a Disney movie; magic swirls over each cloudless day in this honeymoon haven. As a US territory, Puerto Rico is the easiest of the Caribbean islands to reach for Americans. As it's just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Miami and six miles off Puerto Rico's eastern coast, the destination is reachable via ferry or local plane.
The remote location of Vieques filters out most tourists to leave lovers in their very own tropical paradise. Unspoiled beaches, semi-wild horses on hills, and most famously, a bioluminescent bay (which also happens to be the brightest in the world) are just some of the buzzed-about wonders that await couples. While some prioritize relaxation on the flawless coastline of the island, most sprinkle in an element of outdoor adventure on their itinerary—it would be a shame not to. Here's our complete guide to an unforgettable Vieques honeymoon known as Puerto Rico's island jewel.
Is Vieques Good for a Honeymoon?
Pros of a Vieques Honeymoon
This US territory comes with a slew of perks for American travelers. No passport is required to enter, and you'll hit the ground running as soon as you touch down at San Juan Airport. In Puerto Rico there's no need for currency exchange and US cell carriers provide the same domestic coverage.
Cons of a Vieques Honeymoon
The allure of the island has captivated many, so depending on location, some visitors may not feel far enough from home. Things are generally more expensive on Vieques than back in the US, especially renting a car. Speaking of which, roads can be bumpy, so you're advised to seek four-wheel-drive options.
The Best Times of Year to Go on a Vieques Honeymoon for Good Weather
Vieques enjoys a tropical climate year-round, with peak season running from December to May. June to November is considered hurricane season, though great deals can be found and the shoulder ends are still relatively dry. Consider planning your dates around Vieques' moon cycle if you're planning on a trip to the bioluminescent bay—you'll want to come as close as possible to a new moon, as a darker sky means a brighter bay.
Things to Do During a Vieques Honeymoon
Kayak on Mosquito Bay
The number one attraction in Vieques is Mosquito Bay, the world's brightest bioluminescent bay according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The water contains 700,000 tiny dinoflagellates per gallon, and these microscopic organisms react to movement by flashing a blue-green light for one-tenth of a second. Glass bottom kayaking is the best way to experience them as you'll see flickers with every paddle, and the result is spellbinding. Advance guided tour booking is recommended.
Walk Along Playa Negra
A blissful stroll on the beach with your beau is given for any island honeymoon, but on Vieques, there's an added sight for sore eyes. Playa Negra, better known as Black Sand Beach, is layered with mesmerizing black sand composed of volcanic matter washed on shore by rain and stream. Watching the foamy white waves crash against the dark-hued shores at sunset is almost dreamlike.
Spend Some Time Under The Sea
For budding merpeople, there's no better place to flip your fins than Vieques. The east and west ends of the island are unpopulated, meaning miles of healthy mangrove swamps, lagoons, and clear waters. Book a dive with Isla Nena Scuba, a socially responsible small business offering intimate scuba diving and snorkeling tours from both boat and shore.
Horseback Ride on the Beach
One thing you'll notice upon arriving in Vieques is that there are horses roaming all over the island. Many are not wild, but simply given free rein by their owners (who know where to find them!). Colón Horse Riding is a family-run team that offers scenic rides throughout the north shore beaches of Vieques. Rides last about an hour and a half and no experience is required to join.
Best Hotels and Resorts in Vieques for a Honeymoon
Hacienda Tamarindo has just 17 boutique hotel rooms, each beautifully designed by the owner, Linda Vail, who fills interiors with a lifetime's accumulation of art, antiques and collectibles. During peak season, no children under 15 are permitted.
This farmhouse-style bed and breakfast inn sits on a hill with wonderful cross-ventilation, surrounded by luscious greens and the soothing symphony of the native Coqui frogs. The location boasts spectacular views including ideal conditions for stargazing.
Hix Island House is a spacious 13-acre retreat with a zen-like architectural elegance filled with a natural refuge of native trees, tall grasses, birds and butterflies. With no phones, televisions or WiFi (except at the front desk), this is an opportunity to disconnect to reconnect.
What to Pack for a Vieques Honeymoon
Due to the hot and humid climate, visitors should pack light clothing, plenty of waterproofs and tropical essentials such as mosquito repellent and sunscreen. If you're here off-season, bring a rain poncho. Don't forget a driver's license if renting a car.