Vieques, Puerto Rico Travel Diary

As promised in last week’s other travel post, here are my recommendations for Vieques Island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico.

As the lesser known neighbour of Culebra Island, Vieques felt like diamond in the rough. A secret paradise island kept hush-hush by locals who want to protect its natural beauty and keep it as authentic as possible. Now, Vieques’ history isn’t all Piña Coladas and pristine beaches. It was, for many years, testing ground for explosives for the US government. Some off-limits parts of the island still harbour land mines. Nowadays, it is an up and coming tourist destination and wildlife refuge.

One of the most amazing experiences of my life has to be kayaking at nighttime on a clear boat over the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques. It was insane. I didn’t take any photos because I didn’t want to risk dropping my or phone camera in the water, but somehow that makes it even more special. I have no tangible reminders of that night, just the most beautiful memories in my mind. It was magical. Our guide was beyond knowledgable and nice. We first admired the bioluminescent plankton around us, beneath us… Casting neon trails on the water behind our oars and our kayaks. Splashing on our skin, dripping from our hands as we dipped them into the shallow water of the cove. Then, our guide pulled out a laser pointer and made us look up to the sky. I have never seen so many stars! It was crazy because they weren’t reflected on the ocean, but the plankton was so bright under the water that it might as well been a mirror image of the stars above. He pointed out the Little Dipper, Big Dipper and a handful of zodiac signs.

As for hotels; we stayed at El Blok. A beautifully designed boutique hotel on the most lively street filled with bars and restaurants. Just a short walk away from the hotel, there’s a great place for comfort food called Duffy’s. As for drinks along that strip, Lazy Jack’s is a fun time. Another place that was so much fun is Hector’s By The Sea. Make sure to go at around 5 or 6pm for sunset cocktails and oceanfront dancing.

Another great hotel is the W Vieques. Even if you’re not staying there, I recommend going for an afternoon, hang out by the pool and have lunch, snacks or dinner. Everything was delicious and the staff was so welcoming! Likewise, if you don’t stay at El Blok, you can still go for drinks at the rooftop bar or for dinner at their restaurant.

As for the beaches themselves, well you pretty much can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose. We rented a Jeep and drove around the island beach hopping from one to the next! Red beach, blue beach and green beach are all spectacular!

Thanks so much for reading!



Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Puerto Rico as seen from the Ferry to Vieques

El Blok hotel in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

El Blok design boutique hotel in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

Room at El Blok hotel in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

Design and architecture of El Blok hotel in Vieques Island


Rooftop pool and bar of El Blok hotel in Vieques Island


Maristella wears a one piece bathing suit by Lenny Niemeyer at El Blok hotel in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

Design of El Blok hotel in Vieques Island

Maristella wearing Celine sunglasses, Lenny Niemeyer one piece bathing suit and a straw tote bag with poms at El Blok hotel in Vieques Island Puerto Rico


Design and architecture of El Blok hotel in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico


Sunset at Hector's by the Sea in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

Restaurant at El Blok in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

Exterior facade of El Blok hotel in Vieques Puerto Rico

Caribbean folliage

Exterior design of El Blok hotel in Vieques

Maristella wears Celine sunglasses, off shoulder black bikini and straw tote bag. Vacation style, beach style, summer style, island style

Beach in Vieques Puerto Rico

Pristine beaches in Vieques Puerto Rico, Maristella wears a straw boater hat from Zara, off the shoulder black bikini with high waisted bottoms

Vieques Island beaches

Vieques Island beach in Puerto Rico

Vacation outfit idea, beach style OOTD by Maristella wearing a Zara straw hat, off shoulder black bikini top with high waisted bottoms and Celine oversize white sunglasses

Vieques Island

Maristella wears a Topshop stripe dress, Tory Burch sandals, straw wide brim hat and Celine sunglasses. Getting around Vieques Island in a Jeep

W Hotel oceanfront

W Hotel Vieques design and decor


W hotel Vieques has beautiful interior design and decor


Interior decir at the W Hotel in Vieques Puerto Rico

Decor and interior design at the W hotel in Vieques Island Puerto Rico

W hotel ocean front fire pit in Vieques Puerto Rico

Sunset in Vieques Island

Sunset in Vieques W Hotel Puerto Rico

Ocean front Fire Pit at the W Hotel in Vieques Puerto Rico

Vieques Island Sunset

Photos by me. Photos of me by Marivi Gonzalez or Jose Castrellon.