After quite a disastrous Sunday in Vieques; the rain, the lack of a car, queuing for 45 min to buy ferry tickets for Monday to be told that they only sold tickets for Sunday, getting stuck in the ferry terminal because of the pouring rain etc, we needed to be cheered up. We had a few drinks together with our fellow guests from New York (well, originally from Minnesota – with an extremely Swedish name, and Croatia) out on the porch of the guesthouse while discussing recycling, Kosovo’s new independence and the Balkans, US vs Europe, visa problems, the difficulty of speaking both Italian and Spanish… One of those great connections when you feel that you could talk forever and never run out of subjects! Later on we headed to Al’s bar by the sea, where we were joined by another New York couple (our new friends from the ferry on Saturday) – at one point I heard one of the older men in the bar call us the Yankee group!! We were actually 4 Europeans and only 3 Americans!
O, P and I suggested that we have dinner in Los Pepes, a restaurant just around the corner where we had already eaten on Saturday. It was one of the most affordable places in Isabel II, (as we didn’t want to pay $25 for a plate of pasta), tasty local dishes and the Viequenses running the place were very friendly.
Vieques has “wild” horses, this one we found in the plaza in Isabel II one morning. However I read in one of the guide books that most horses do belong to somebody, but they are allowed to walk around pretty freely.
The sun came out again yesterday and we had a great last day on the Isla Nena as it is also called (Baby girl island). Around 2/3 of the island used to be occupied by the American navy and used for target practise until 2003 when the Americans finally pulled out after years of protests from the Viequenses. However, thanks to this long occupation of the navy, a big part of the island is still undeveloped and wild – you can find great beaches if you have a jeep…
As I have already mentioned, we didn’t manage to rent a car, but our new friends from the guesthouse offered us a ride to the beach – we are forever grateful! We found a beautiful place called the Secret Beach, at the end of a dirt road full of mud and rocks…
The Secret beach in Vieques
The sea was calm and not too hot, and we could have stayed there the whole day, but we needed to get back to the town Isabell II (named after the Spanish queen) to catch the ferry back to the main island. The guys drove us to the second town in Vieques, Esperanza and we caught a público back to the guesthouse for our luggage. Our público driver looked like one of the members of the Buena Vista Social Club, and was the calmest driver I have ever encountered in Puerto Rico😉
In the end we concluded that Sunday wasn’t too bad, it was quite relaxing to do nothing (we did take an extended afternoon nap!) hanging out in the cosy guesthouse and the evening was fun in the company of nice people, and finally Monday was a perfect day on the beach.