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Trip Report Just back from a fantastic week in Vieques, PR

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I don't know how to make this short, but will do my best. Got lots of help from this forum. We are a family of 5, celebrating my DH and my 50th b-days, and daughter #2 graduating college and getting hired! Other daughter is 25, son is 16. We rented a house in Esperanza, about half a mile to waterfront (Malecon). Owner had a small Geo Tracker that we rented from her for the week. Only regret of the whole trip was that decision. It was 2 door and tiny, not good for 5 adults. We should have asked more about it and rented a 4 door jeep. But, it made for lots of jokes, and it made it to every beach we attempted to see!

The weather was hot and quite cloudy mixed with sun. It rained every day, very heavy but for short periods. Felt like a tropical rain forest all week. The clouds were actually welcome, since our NE white skin could not have taken a full week of sun. We never went out without SPF 30 or higher, and all came back very tan. Our house had AC, but we were the only ones in the town who had it on. Everyone had windows open. The roosters, stray cats and dogs, horses, were all very charming, we loved that part of it.

We just were amazed with each beach we discovered. They are all so beautiful, and there is practically no one around. It feels like your own survivor island. And the trek into some of them felt like a scene from Jurassic park; tiny sand roads with huge ruts and puddles.....you definitely need 4 wheel drive. We are all beach people and loved snorkeling at each beach we visited. Our best luck was out to the left of Red beach, my son followed a large sea turtle for about 15 minutes, and the fish were such vivid colors.

We brought too much with us, our house had beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, snorkel equpment for 4, water shoes for 6, laundry available. There were plenty of little stores on the island, and I didn't think prices were too bad. ie: $10 for sunscreen instead of $8 at home. You definitely need to keep mosquito repellent with you at all times. We did, but still got lots of bites, not bad enough to bother anyone, though.

I will continue with part 2............

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