Isla de Vieques

 On the third day of our Puerto Rican backpacking trip we took the ferry out of Fajardo to the island of Vieques. Vieques is a beautiful island 6 miles off the mainland of Puerto Rico. Vieques is best known internationally as the site of a series of protests against the United States Navy's use of the island as a bombing range and testing ground, which led to the Navy's departure in 2003. Today the former Navy land is a national wildlife refuge, with numerous beaches that still retain the names given by the Navy, including Red Beach, Blue Beach, Green Beach and others. A large portion of the island is still restricted land, for the wildlife refuge and the potential of unexploded bombs. Our cab driver told us that the most beautiful beaches, the ones that he grew up going to, are now restricted from the public. 
The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands.
The main reason we decided to visit the island was to visit the Mosquito Bay, the highest concentration of bioluminescent organisms in the world. This night was unlike anything I have ever experienced.

Ferry Ride to Vieques from Fajardo

The ferry was late, of course, so we made a mad dash to where we were to meet for the kayaking tour. It was really a miracle we made it at all. "Biolumescent Bay Tour" should be on everyone's Bucket List.
First of all you are kayaking on a huge bay at night. Already cool, by itself. Next, the water begins to illuminate as it is stirred. Unbelievable. Seriously, I was trying to think of how the guides were doing this parlor trick, only it isn't a trick. It's a natural occurance in Mosquito Bay, year-round. They wouldn't allow us to take our cameras with us, but you can check out some pictures of this phenomenon here.
I will probably do another post just on this experience, in order to give you the specifics.

The next day we found this beach by accident and stayed there the rest of the day.

Sun Bay

Waiting to take the ferry back to the mainland.

From the dock.

From the dock.

From the dock.

From the dock.

From the dock.

My awesome new Gregory pack that my girlfriend got me for Christmas. Highly recommend this pack. 

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