Vieques - Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbjekes]; English: /viːˈeɪkɨs/
More than a dozen pristine beaches where white sands unfurl into forever. The dazzling Caribbean Sea that laps under softly swaying palm trees. Pretty fishing villages lightly abuzz with the rhythm of an afternoon salsa. Just between you and us, Vieques Island is Puerto Rico's best-kept secret where unspoiled shorelines and laid-back living have come to get away from it all. Where W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island nestles on two private, secluded beaches, welcome to where getting away from the everyday means stepping back into when time stood still, so you can catch up on life's most perfect pleasures.
Voted Best Caribbean Island by Travel & Leisure in 2008, most of the island's secluded beaches and breathtaking coasts are off beaten tracks and on par with paradise—whether you're off-roading or trailblazing to get there, you'll discover immaculate playas in their purest form, isolated from crowds, vendors and touristy distractions. Do it all, from snorkeling, diving and sailing where every beach has its own character and personality, from family-friendly (Red Beach) and local favorite surf's up (Navio) to swimming (Sun Bay Beach near Esperanza) and completely isolated (Punta Arenas). Media Luna is perfect for picnics and swimming, Bahia la Chiva has cool kayaking, Bahia Caracas is a prime spot to be seen on the scene and Playa Grande is a hot spot for fishing. But for one of the world's most stunning natural sights, the largest bioluminescent bay at Puerto Mosquito is a perfect after-sunset activity, also home to an amazing array of native wildlife.
Beyond the beaches, choose your own island adventure from horseback riding in the mountains and mangrove tours through the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to exploring local towns. Isabel Segunda is the largest town with the most bustle, but give up a few moments of serenity for the best variety of authentic cuisine, from burgers and fresh seafood to tapas and brunch. Or slip away into Esperanza, a tiny hamlet where you can swap surfing stories and fishing feats with local villagers over rounds of rum in an open-air bar by the sea.
Where paradise is found and perfected, come lose yourself amid natural wonder and tropical charm. Mi isla es su isla.