2000s Archive

An Island in Bloom

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Being There

It’s possible to get a taxi, but to truly see the island, it’s essential to have a car. Martineau Car Rental (787-741-0087; mcrci@coqui.net; from $60 per day) has a range of Jeeps. The Bioluminescent Bays (Island Adventures; 787-741-0720; biobay.com; nighttime tour $25 per person) contain a concentration of dinoflagellates, which create light underwater. Vieques Sailing (787-508-7245), with Captain Bill, offers three trips, including a half-day sail with snorkeling for $50 and a two-hour sunset sail for $30. Blue Caribe Kayaks (787-741-2522; enchanted-isle.com/bluecaribe; tours from $25) leads day and evening kayaking tours and fishing trips and rents equipment. Construction on Fuerte Conde de Mirasol (787-741-1717; $2) began in 1845 on a hill overlooking Isabel Segunda. The Spanish fort was never used in battle but has served as a prison, and has now been restored as a museum, art gallery, and historic archive. (Most of the display is in Spanish.) —C.L.W.

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