Restricted Area

The US Navy used to own about 22,000 out of the 33,000 acres on the island. Even though they recently released a lot of the land for public use, there remain several restricted areas. It was with a leery eye with which I anxiously explored down the roads that said, “Danger, Unexplored Ordinance.”

I knew I was staying in a bad part of the island when my hotel directions said, “Turn left at the hidden land mine and keep going straight for 2 miles when your Geiger counter explodes.”

Out of Gas

I rented this car from Maritza Car Rental. The island only had one gas station that was open right when I ran out of gas. Luckily, I ran out of gas at my destination, where I bribed a guy to go fill it with gas for me while I was busy eating fried conch fritters. Handing money blindly to a non-English speaking Puerto Rican may sound scary, but it really wasn’t. Yes it was.

Casa de Amistad

We stayed at a unique little place in Isabella Secundo called Casa de Amistad. At first I thought the rooms would be inexpensive because we would be sleeping aboard a slave ship. I was wrong, unless Martha Stewart came up with her new “Fall Slave Ship Collection.” It did have tiny rooms, but they were very nice. It also had a nice pool out back.

Midnight Crab

On the way to the bioluminescent bay, we found a pregnant crab. Even though this looks like a pretty nasty thing to hold, it was a little bit more pleasant, like holding your own entrails as they spill out of your severed belly.

You can see the hairy egg sacks on the bottom of the crab. I suppose that sort of thing is pretty gross, unless you are a male crab in Puerto Rico that has nothing to do all day but watch Telemundo.

Isla de Vieques

After leaving Nevis, we decided to go to Isla de Vieques for a while. Never heard of it? Neither had I a few months ago! It is a tiny island right off Puerto Rico that used to be a fairly major Naval base for the US until just recently.

It is completely undeveloped and undiscovered. The beaches here are some of the best I have seen in the Caribbean, and I was really impressed. Most of the beaches we visited were either totally empty or had just a few people on them.

I’ll put up a few quick pics here of the beaches until I have more time.

Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques

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