Swimming at Night in Vieques

Author: , January 16th, 2015

Vieques - Image via W Retreat and SpaWe start at twilight, piling in the van for the bumpy ride to Mosquito Bay. We park in a sandy lot, and our guides ease the kayaks into the dark waters. “Don’t jump in,” Enrique instructs. While this bioluminescent bay has had thousands of visitors who have enjoyed a dip in the spectacular lagoon, the government is attempting to protect the delicate, microscopic organisms that glow when disturbed, so it doesn’t want people spoiling the water with chemicals and other toxins.

Although my partner was born and raised in Puerto Rico, he’d never visited Vieques (a former U.S. military zone), and no trip to the tiny, 21-mile-long island off the coast of Puerto Rico is complete without a trip to Bio Bay, as it’s known. As we paddle out to the center of the lagoon, we see the green glow. “Like Avatar!” one of the other guys in the group says. Since the moon is full and the sky is clear, we huddle under a parachute to block the light, and we begin to drag our fingers through the warm water and see the glow that does look like a movie’s special effect. It’s a night we’ll never forget.

Without much to do beyond the miles of gorgeous, pristine white-sand beaches, the entertainment takes place at the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island. Its restaurant, Sorce, is the best place to eat on the island, so no need to feel an urge to go prowling for seafood anywhere else.

By Jerry Portwood – Full Story at The Advocate | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Dos Chivos, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Author: , August 26th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Puerto Rico Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Casa Dos Chicos, Vieques Island, Puerto RicoCome stay with us at Vieques Island’s Casa dos Chivos and keep cool in the tropics! We offer a stylishly renovated one or three-bedroom Caribbean vacation rental villa in the Los Chivos Hills, with fantastic ocean views.

Our Puerto Rico villa was designed with comfort in mind. Casa Dos Chivos offers stylish furnishings, a stylish tropical palette and all the conveniences of home, including a new, fully-equipped kitchen, a/c in the bedrooms, satellite TV and Wifi internet access.

We also offer a wide selection of books, games and DVDs for your entertainment. But you’ll probably want to spend most of your time sitting on the balcony doing nothing but taking in the spectacular Caribbean views!

Our Caribbean vacation rental can be rented either as a one-bedroom or a three-bedroom property. Whichever option you choose, you will have total privacy: if you rent the house as a one bedroom, we will NOT rent the other portion of the house during your stay.

See the Casa Dos Chivos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here