Daily Archives: February 6, 2023


In recent years, Motor Man and I have celebrated our anniversary (February 2) at Snowshoe in West Virginia, where our celebration included sleigh rides. But this year, we switched gears and decided to go tropical.  I’ll explain in Wednesday’s post how we happened to choose Vieques, Puerto Rico.

But today, I thought I’d share some of the basic information about the island, which includes: beautiful beaches, horses, cats and chickens….lots and lots of chickens.

Someone had mentioned to us that, although the horses are owned by residents of the island, they roam freely.

And we found this to be true.  We rented a vehicle, and it was a little intimidating with us not being familiar with the area, the roads being narrow and winding and knowing you could encounter a horse in the road at any moment.

All the horses we saw looked to be in excellent physical condition.

There were also cats everywhere. This one, near Seaglass Beach, had found itself a little spot in which to rest.   I had to wonder if it had been made specifically for this kitty.

And chickens…… we stayed at a beautiful place (I’ll share a video later in this post), but a rooster woke us every night beginning around 12:30, and he and his buddies crowed until well after sunrise. One day, we had lunch at one of the restaurants on the boardwalk, and this guy showed up and serenaded us.

After dinner one evening, the huge tourist chair called to us.

I always refer to these as Edith Ann chairs. (Raise your hand if you’re old enough to know that reference.)  Isla Nena translates to “Little Girl Island”.

We visited Sun Bay Beach and Sea glass Beach (this picture), and I did find a few pieces of sea glass at both places.

Mosquito Bay in Vieques is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. We took an electric boat tour Tuesday evening, but I had read that photos are  impossible. So we just enjoyed the fascinating experience of seeing the water glow with every little movement. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but I must admit that science and biology are not my strong suit.

We stayed at Hacienda Tamarindo, which was recommended to us, and I’ll also explain that in Wednesday’s post. It isn’t your typical hotel, so I recorded this little video to share with my readers. It’s so open and tropical! Just a note: where I pause and call to Motor Man (“JR”), that was at the entrance to the library, which we passed through on the way to our room.

The sunrises and sunsets were beautiful. This was taken Tuesday morning from the balcony near our room.

And this was at sunset that evening from the boardwalk in Esperanza, the area where we stayed.

Tune in Wednesday to see the highlight of our trip (there was a clue in the hotel video)  and how we decided on Vieques as our destination.

~These Days Of Mine~