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Monday, May 4, 2015

After our one night stay in Vieques, we moved onto the island Culebra, a two hour ferry from Fajardo. There were no ferries directly from Vieques to Culebra when we were there, and I'm not sure if that's changed, so we had to take the ferry back to Fajardo and then take another one to Culebra. We stayed in Culebra for three nights. Although we thoroughly enjoyed Culebra, we now wish that instead we would have stayed in Vieques another night because there was so much of the island we didn't get to see. On Culebra, we primarily spent our time on Flamenco Beach, truly one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to. If you hate throngs of tourists, Flamenco Beach is the place to go. There were only a few people there both days we spent there. It was like we were on our own private island in the middle of the beautiful Caribbean. The water was crystal clear, calm, and warm, the sand was soft, the sun was out everyday. Flamenco Beach left nothing to be desired, unless you're looking for crowded beaches and bars. There were a few huts that served food and beer. We spent our time on Culebra relaxing, lounging around the beach, eating, and sleeping. The only negative part I can remember was this never-ending cloud that just rolled in the same spot the entire day one of the days! It was so creepy. But otherwise, we had the perfect amount of relaxation in a stunning place. Do not miss out on this gem if you're in Puerto Rico, it is well worth the ferry trip!


Sunday, May 3, 2015

We spent one night on the island of Vieques, one magical night. Vieques is home to one of the best bioluminescent bays in the world, Mosquito Bay. We researched about this beforehand and already had a tour set up. After arriving via the ferry to Vieques, we took a taxi to our hotel, which is where most of my pictures are from. Our hotel overlooked the entire island with the most exquisite views. It's one of my favorite hotels we've ever stayed at. We spent the day out on a beach near our meeting point for the tour, which began late at night. The instructions told us to meet at this open field near the beach, and when we first arrived, there wasn't a single soul there, only wild horses running around. Dominik, per usual, was paranoid and worried that someone would come out and attack us, and I, per usual, was trying to calm him down. I was actually more afraid that the horses might come at us. We waited for quite a while until the first groups started arriving, and up to that point, we were thinking we were in the wrong place altogether. Finally, once the groups arrived, along with the tour guides, we piled into Jeeps and set out to for the Bay. The road to get to the Bay was so bumpy, I thought the car might flip a few times. At the Bay, the guides set up the kayaks and we were on our way.

The water was magical. With every motion, the water sparkled like the night sky, and a blue haze of light surrounded our kayak as we made our way out. We kayaked for about an hour or so, and it was absolutely one of the coolest experiences of my life.

There were these jumping fish there though, where they would zoom by in the water, jump out, and you'd hear a splash. As we were making our way out, one of the jumping fish landed right in our kayak! I tried to grab it to put it back in the water, but it had spiny scales so I quickly let it go. The fish is flopping around in our kayak, I'm screaming about the fish, our kayak is tumbling around as both of us are trying to grab at it, but alas, we catch the fish, set it free, and all was well with the world again!

The Bay always reminds me of the scene in the movie with Leonardo Dicaprio, The Beach, and that's seriously exactly how the water looked like. I'm so happy we got to experience that! If you are in Puerto Rico, skip the resorts and SeƱor Frogs, and make your way over to Vieques, a tropical paradise with one of the most beautiful, magical natural wonders of the world, the bioluminescent bay.

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