The sail to Vieques was mostly downwind and a bit rolly. Jeff put out the fishing lines and we got pretty excited when a fish was spotted. Alas, it was only a big barracuda (which can’t be eaten because they carry a nasty disease called ciguatera.)
As we turned around the southern point of the island we made our way into the anchorage at Bahia de la Chiva. Only one other boat was anchored there.
After the rockiest night of our trip we pulled up the anchor and traveled the short distance to Esperanza – the main town on Vieques.
Esperanza has little shops and restaurants. We had lunch at Duffy’s where the sign at the bar says “No wifi – Put down your phone and talk to somebody.”
For dinner we ate at El Quenepo where it was like entering a world of fine dining. The food and service were outstanding. I had the special – mofungo that was made into a bowl and filled with a lobster mix.
On our last day of vacation we sailed to Paliminos, a small island close to where we started. The island has a beach used by the El Conquistador guests and is a popular spot for Puerto Ricans enjoying their weekend.
Thankfully, they all left at sunset (some with the assistance of tow boats.)
Next morning we headed back to the marina. Fuel up, clean up and taxi to the airport.
We stopped in Pinones for lunch. It’s a beautiful beach near the airport that’s mostly visited by locals on the weekends. It was practically deserted on a Monday.