Experience close encounters with giant sea stars, bask on sunny beaches, and soak up local culture on this little-known island near Puerto Rico.
Photographer David Hillegas
Check in to the Hix Island House, located on 13 acres of natural refuge. Tall grasses, almond trees, palms, butterflies, and birds punctuate the no phone/television atmosphere here. The Zenlike minimalist lofts are designed to be one with nature: Outdoor showers and private open-air terraces are part of the design to reduce carbon footprint. Or check out the Bravo Beach Hotel, a small bohemian resort overlooking Culebra Island. Formerly a private hacienda, the property has been revamped with tropical gardens, verandas, and luxurious handcrafted beds. Stay for breakfast: Locally grown fruit, warm baked breads, Viequenese honey, and freshly made yogurts alongside a piping-hot carafe of Puerto Rican coffee are a delicious start to your day.
Getting to Vieques
Vieques Air Link; 888/901-9247 or