The island of Vieques -- also known as "Isla Nena’ or "Little Sister Island"-- is approximately 7 miles east of the main island of Puerto Rico. Just 21 miles long and 4 miles wide, the island has two towns -- Isabel Segunda with uptown area Mambiche and the small seaside village of Esperanza -- beautiful beaches to explore, and one of the most vibrant Bioluminescent Bays. It is a "Must See" when you are in Vieques, a "Once in a lifetime experience". Bio-Bay in Vieques is unique. None of the pictures you see really do it justice. It is just spectacular where an evening visit offers the remarkable sight of water illuminated by single-celled organisms that emit a flash of bluish light when the water is agitated. Because the viewing of Bio-Bay is affected by light, even the reflected light of the moon can dim an otherwise incredible experience. Therefore, there are times when it becomes less than desirable to venture out on the bay. It is best viewed during a New to Waxing or Waning moon, or before moon rise or after moon set. A full moon is not the best time to see the bio bay. Fanned by the prevailing easterly trade winds, Vieques has a sub-tropical climate with an average temperature of 79 degrees in December and 87 degrees in June, July and August. Having driven the U.S. Navy out in 2003, Vieques has for the most part resisted outside and commercial forces and retains a slow-paced, friendly atmosphere. There are a number of great bars and fine restaurants, along with grocery stores, a vegetable stand, and even a small health food store. Activities on the island include beach combing, snorkeling, sailing, charter fishing, visiting the bioluminescent bay, and yoga. Cultural offerings include an historic fort with a cultural center, lighthouse museum, town plaza and occasional performances at various venues along with openings at local galleries. But as many would attest, it is exploring the natural beauty of the remote beaches and encounters with locals which give this captivating place its transporting quality.
Vieques has a free runnig horses called ''Paso Fino'' or fine stepping horse. You can meet them everywhere, please drive carefully. There are a few horseback riding facilities in Vieques.
Vieques Trail Ride offers horseback riding with a guide. The ride includes a 2 hour tour of the town, mountains, and beaches. Call (787)667-2805. Expediciones en Bieque tour 787-435-0073 offer rides at 8:30 am and 4:00 pm for $65 per person. Consist of a guided two-hour ride through the hills, open meadows and beaches of the Esperanza area. For small children ride cost is $15.