Perhaps the last unspoiled island of the Caribbean, Vieques is home to untouched beaches, crystal clear waters, 3,100 acres of thick green jungle, wild horses and the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. It’s a natural wonderland for travelers looking to experience tropical beauty at its best.
Visitors can explore this traffic-light-free island by bike, or trek along wildlife trails on foot or horseback. Underwater wonder also awaits here, with plenty of impressive snorkeling and scuba diving destinations and day trips.
But, without a doubt, the most popular feature of Vieques is Mosquito Bay—the world famous bioluminescent body of water. Travelers can kayak through this breathtaking lagoon where tiny organisms produce brilliant bursts of blue light whenever they make contact with a boat, paddle or other object. A visit to Mosquito Bay is a truly memorable excursion on what is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful tropical islands.
Vieques Island is located seven miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Travelers can catch a ferry from Fajardo or take a flight from San Juan to the island’s own tiny airport. The bioluminescent bay is best experienced during the new moon phase, so travelers looking for the best of this experience should plan their trip according to the lunar calendar.