Adventure to Vieques 1/7/2013
Submitted: January 26, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
Waking up in Navio, straight ahead from my post bed the sea greeted me. Before sleep the night before, the tremendous mingling of garden sounds woven into the waves where I stood stargazing. This "amenity" was unexpected! Up to our red jeep, through the wrought iron gate three horses munching grass! Young men, often barefoot and saddle-less on horseback, pulling back on rope bridles to brake the fast gait. A walk down the street to the most friendly of bars, Al's Bar Azul, a breakfast painkiller or at sunset a crowd reflecting golden from the setting sun. I was told you could drive from that sunset to the other side of the island and see sunset twice!
Our lodging, the big house on sea level, Navio, is so beautifully decorated, the awe of vacationing in this home never left us. We really didn't have to decide on a beach, because staying there was amazing. The photos on line accurately depicted our paradise! In the distance, one can see nature at it's best. Huge low clouds bump against the mountains, dumping rain onto the forest El Yunque. This is something one only reads about! The ferries come and go,in the night they dress in beautiful lights. The air is always moving, sweet and cool. The oceans were always warm and the beaches are breathtaking. Not one huge hotel anywhere, old town squares, children laughing, cool galleries and friendly market visits. Everything we needed was there for us, and as it was our second week traveling, a laundry with detergent was unexpected. Three coolers, beach chairs, the teak bath and glistening tiles. We felt like it was our home and we felt the phenomena of being where earth and water meet, us there in our cushy teak chairs. I have never stayed in such a beautifully appointed and comfortable vacation home. One understands the sacredness,the knowledge of the ancients, at the edge, at the meeting place of land and sea. We couldn't remember the instructions for the T.V., as when we arrived, we were met and taken on tour with everything explained. One of the Bravo Boys immediately came and worked it out for us. The entire home is spotless, the sheets smelled heavenly! Huge rolled beach towels invited us to take beach adventures in our jeep. The W Hotel was a surprise, you can rent your jeep from there. There are many wonderful restaurants on the mostly primitive island, especially (sitting outside) at Next Course in the middle of the forest, enjoying a deep fried avocado and margaritas. Bravo by the Sea, perfect.
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