Dream Island Escapes

Craving an island vacation? Get inspired by these exotic destinations.

Visit Vieques

Experience close encounters with giant sea stars, bask on sunny beaches, and soak up local culture on this little-known island near Puerto Rico.

Vieques Puerto Rico: Hunt sea stars and gather sea glass
Photographer David Hillegas

Hunt sea stars and gather sea glass

Tread through the clear, shallow surf to see these spiny five-armed friends. They usually hang out in groups, so they’re easy to spot. Between Green Beach and Mosquito Pier, you may find sea stars as large as Frisbees! Visit Playa Grande for pieces of worn-smooth blue, green, and amber glass to take home as souvenirs, but leave the sea stars where you find them.

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