This past weekend, I took a quick trip to the beautiful island of Vieques, which is just off the coast of Puerto Rico. It is a small island, 21 miles long, 4 miles wide, and has approximately 9 thousand inhabitants. Until 2003, the United States Navy had been performing military exercises on the island and since then, much of the island has been designated a national wildlife refuge.
I had the wonderful opportunity of staying in a villa in the W hotel residences with some friends and explored this beautiful destination! Unfortunately, the W Hotel and many of the restaurants were closed as it is the low season, but we made our own fun :) We arrived Thursday afternoon after taking a jumper plane from San Juan! I was the co-pilot, and our Pilot let me fly a bit! I may have scared the rest of the girls as I was a bit heavy handed on the wheel, but we managed to land safely. We landed, drove straight to our villa, got dressed into our bathing suits and made ourselves cocktails! That night, we headed to Duffy's and enjoyed some fresh mahi tacos, fried whole Snapper, and ceviche.
The next morning, I lead a lower body high intensity interval training workout (I had one participant, ha! but she was a trooper!) and we were sore for days! We then were picked up by a private Catamaran boat and sailed to a private bay. We swam, snorkeled, and relaxed the entire day. That night we enjoyed a delicious dinner from a private Chef; fish tacos, caribbean slaw, a sweet potato and yuca salad, and chocolate banana chip muffins.
The following morning, I lead a slow flow yoga class while gazing at the ocean. Then we packed our beach bags, loaded up the jeep, and went to a local beach called La Caracas, which was on the caribbean side of the island. It was truly one of the most beautiful beaches I have been on! Pure white sand, crystal turquoise water, and a beautiful breeze! That night, we went to the El Blok hotel and enjoyed a delicious dinner of breadfruit soup, conch ceviche, grilled mahi mahi, and churros!
The following morning, we slept in, enjoyed a few more hours of sun, and then jetted back to the main land. Until next time Puerto Rico!